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Tool Talk

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by Flat Thunder Channel, May 7, 2020.

  1. aighead

    aighead Senior Member

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    2 new tools for the showing today! Well one is a jig but kind of a new tool.

    Dust collector! Harbor freight had a damaged box one in stock when I looked yesterday, though I didn't know it was a damaged box when I went to buy it. They gave me 20% off. Everything was there minus a few pieces on hardware, namely a few washers. No big whoops.

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    Next is a table router table. I didn't feel like digging out a 4x8 sheet of melamine, so I just went with an easy to access sheet of plywood. I sanded it down so it's relatively smooth but I wouldn't surprise me to have to redo the top, we'll see.

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  2. aighead

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    Oh yeah! The router almost killed me! I got real lucky that the cross piece of wood at the front/bottom, running horizontally, was there holding the legs stable. The router fell out of the hole while running and I didn't notice for the first few seconds, I stepped back and looked and all the spinning bits were pointing at my stomach, with the router body laying up against that cross piece.

    My miscalculations of wood thickness, router bit depth, and beveled holes for the screws to hold the router to the bottom of the table almost cost me a good ol' fashion trip to the hospital. I guess I was serious about redoing the top.
     
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  3. Flat Thunder Channel

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    Not tools but just as important, tool organization! I finally installed the 'Wall Control' branded peg board behind my work bench. It was a gift from my sister and I have been sitting on it for years. Yesterday Dad stopped in and helped me mount the shop cabinets and my peg board. The peg board is really nice and it's made in the USA! The hangers are also much more robust than traditional wire hooks! I have a pretty awesome family! #winning

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  4. thepumpguysc

    thepumpguysc Senior Member

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    Nice.. I noticed the coffee can.. those are SOOO handy.!!
    I store extra gaskets and orings for
    different pumps..
    Handy to grab 1 and head out to a field job.,
    Enjoy your set-up.!!
     
  5. Flat Thunder Channel

    Flat Thunder Channel Senior Member

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    Thanks! I use them all the time! They are extremely handy for several different things. I just used a smaller plastic one earlier today to soak a paint brush in mineral spirits.

    Last week I had a 'diagnostic tool' I created out. It was a vintage metal Maxwell house can. You don't see those anymore!
     
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  6. Flat Thunder Channel

    Flat Thunder Channel Senior Member

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    I finally bought an arbor press for the shop. It's a cheap import model, but I couldn't pass it up. It was $220 plus tax with free shipping. I always envisioned a Dake American made unit, but they always sell for big money. I have a first impression / unboxing video on the YouTube channel. Now I need to build a solid mount! No more using the lathe as a press.

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  7. thepumpguysc

    thepumpguysc Senior Member

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    Wow.!!! That IS a nice one..
    I got my #3 from Northern Tool and it IS a cheapie.!!!
    I only use it to press in/out the brass pilot tube in “RoosaMaster” pumps, so it doesn’t see any real action..
    U may not think u need to but find a permanent home for it AND BOLT IT DOWN.!!!
    The first time u use it it’s gonna tip forward on u and scare the bajesus out of u.!!!
    Enjoy
     
  8. Flat Thunder Channel

    Flat Thunder Channel Senior Member

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    Yes! I have tried using a smaller one in Dad's shop previously with similar results! Not sure why we never built a stand for it? o_O Haha

    Luckily Dad brought over a small fabrication from his pile of cool unused parts. It fits the base of the press very nicely and with a few mods should make a decent stand. The tricky part is I cannot bolt it to my floor. I have pex tubing in the concrete for radiant heat. The plan is to affix the stand to the pallet rack. :)
     
  9. Coaldust

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    Arbor press is an often unappreciated and underutilized tool. I occasionally lust for a Dake.
     
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  10. Tinkerer

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    You could fabricate a bracket to the stand and bolt it to a wall. Maybe ?
     
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  11. mekanik

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    I picked this up off Kijiji for $100. Its a two ton.
    I have used it enough that it was money well invested.
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  12. Bumpsteer

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    Arbor Presses can be a challenge to find used and in good condition. They never become obsolete.
    I looked for a couple years to find one that wasn't stupid money or further than I wanted to drive. Got this one.....online auction, rural area and stupid cheap.
    Atlas #5, 40's vintage, 15 ton capacity and 1700 lbs of cast iron.
    The 17" Delta drill press was bought 2 weeks ago. Has the Morse taper spindle and table raise options. 1946 vintage, has been re-bearinged and original paint. The po installed the ball brg chuck and foot switch.

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  13. Flat Thunder Channel

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    Awesome! I wish I had space for something of that size. It's a beast! Does the front press plate hinge outward? I have never seen this model / version.
     
  14. mitch504

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    Now, you know a foot switch on a sensitive drill press is a great idea! Wonder why I never thought of it or saw it before?
     
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  15. Bumpsteer

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    There are 2 lower platens that will swing out of the way, the work piece can go all the way to the floor.

    The foot switch was added by the previous owner. Power switch on those was mounted where the light mounts. Awkward toggle type and hard to reach if something went wrong.

    Ed
     
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  16. 92U 3406

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    I picked up a used miter saw a few weeks ago. Definitely beats a circular saw for doing trim and moldings. Have already done new trim around my garage window and a door with it and the 45° angles come out perfect every time.
     
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  17. mitch504

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    Yeah, my 70 or so y/o drill press has a toggle switch between the pulleys, I have once or twice had a workpiece break loose and go to spinning and I didn't have the guts to do anything but flip the breaker.
     
  18. JD955SC

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    a good miter saw, even better if it’s a larger one with the slides and compound miter, is indispensable for carpentry.

    you can also use them to cut PVC pipe easily and neatly.
     
  19. 92U 3406

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    The window I just did I used PVC moldings and it cut them really nice.

    Next to zero carpentry experience but learning quick when the only other option is to pay someone else.
     
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  20. aighead

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    I like the foot switch on the drill press too. Pretty slick.
     
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