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TOOL NEWS: SawStop adds 110-volt closed-cabinet tablesaw

SawStop has added to its ever-growing lineup of tablesaws with a 110-volt version of its Professional Cabinet Saw. This new model, available in August, is essentially the same 10″ saw as the 3-hp version we reviewed in the May 2010 issue of WOOD Magazine (and won a Top Tool award), except this one has a 1-3/4 hp motor and 30″ rip capacity. This new saw features the same heavy-duty cast-iron table, steel cabinet, and cast-iron trunnions (which mount to the cabinet rather than the top, for easy adjustments), as well as top-notch dust collection. And, of course, it includes SawStop’s patented blade-brake safety system. Weighing just 367 lbs in its basic configuration, this left-tilt saw will sell for $2,299. It includes an aluminum T-square-style rip fence, but a traditional Biesemeyer-type fence is available. Also available as options are 36″ and 50″ rip capacity fences and rails, as well as a mobile base integrated inside the cabinet or an industrial mobile base the cabinet sits in. For more information, go to sawstop.com or call 866-SAWSTOP.

TOOL NEWS: Clear Vue Cyclones out of business

As of May 1, Clear Vue Cyclones, makers of the see-through two-stage dust collectors, closed its doors and will no longer sell new dust-collection equipment. According to an annoucement on the company’s Web site, Clear Vue will fill existing orders and continue to support previously sold units for an unspecified length of time.

Mobile Tablesaw Base, Part 4

Switching over to the new blog system had me traipsing down memory lane a bit. And I realize that I’ve not updated you on the progress of my tablesaw mobile base. I know that you’ve been hanging on the edge of your seat with your fingernails, but just in case you don’t regularly read and re-read this series of blog posts, here’s where you can get up to speed: part 1part 2, and part 3. I’m riffing off of a plan that can be found in the October 2003 issue (no. 151) or for purchase here.

And here’s where it’s at now:

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Shop Tips, Dust Collection, and KISS

I really hate to pass up an opportunity to gloat over what a fun job I have. So I won’t.

One of the funnest parts of my jobs is editing the Shop Tips column. Every issue, I get to call up a fellow woodworker and let them know that they’ve won a tool valued at more than (sometimes way more than) $300. There is just no way that can turn into a bad conversation. Believe me, I’ve never talked to a grumpy shop tip winner.

To rub it in some more: every couple of weeks, I get to sit down with a team of experts and pore through a fortnight’s worth of entries choosing tips from clever woodworkers who have come up with novel ways to make life easier in the shop.

And then there are the ones we don’t choose. Read more

Shop Re-org Chapter 7

Finally, a weekend of real progress. After finding sewer and drain line in white, I got down to plumbing in the duct work. I’m using 6″ ductwork with 4″ wyes on three of the four drops. (The fourth is a 6″ wye.) The toughest part was getting the duct from the DC down to the sill where the main line will run. I puzzled over how to do this with the fewest turns, then realized that simply by turning the DC 90°, I could get the angle I needed:

DC hookup

DC hookup

This is the first wye. I installed another 4x4x4″ wye below it to branch off to the disc/belt sander and to the bandsaw. Read more

Shop Reorg, Chapter 6, part 2, verse 1…

I had a chance to snap some photos tonight to show some of the progress for those that are following along (Hi Mom).

Here’s the DC in place on top of the cabinet. Disc/belt sander fits where I originally had the drill press. Should have no trouble collecting all the sanding dust!

DC in place on cabinet

DC in place on cabinet

Here’s a “before” shot of the clamp rack that I’ll be rebuilding. Similar construction, just longer with slots that are closer together so I can pack more clamps in the same area. Read more

Shop reorg, Chapter 6

In my last post about this, I said I knew myself well enough to know that I’d be moving machinery around several times before I was done. How true.

As shown in Chapter 5, there wasn’t enough room for the drill press next to the DC cabinet. So I moved the drill press back to its original position. Then I decided to swap it and my bench so that all my machinery would back up to (or at least be within reach of) the main DC trunk. That worked great… until I wanted to get into the attic storage above the garage. The corner of the bench sits right where the pull-down ladder to the attic needs to rest. So the bench and DP were switched once again. The planer was moved once. The miter saw was drug around to a couple of locations, then ended back in the spot where it’s always been. But now at least I think I know where everything is supposed to go.

Getting things positioned is a big step, but I feel like I lost a whole weekend that I hoped would be spent plumbing the DC line. Not that I had the ductwork to work with anyway. I’ve decided on PVC instead of metal ducting because the run will be about 8″ above the floor. PVC won’t get crushed when I lean a piece of plywood or something against the wall.

I found all the wye’s and fittings I need at the local big box store. The problem came when I drove into the lumberyard to pick up the pipe. It was a putrid looking green. Not a problem if you’re using it as sewer pipe and intend to bury it in the ground, but it would look like… well, sewage against my white walls. I tried five other stores but couldn’t find it in white. Plumbers and plumbing supply houses aren’t open weekends, so I’ll try to track down white pipe this week.

Once the trunk and branches are plumbed in, I can start connecting machines. THEN I can start on yet another shop cabinet for general storage, and a new clamp rack. Maybe someday I’ll get back to building something that’s on the wife’s list!

Craig Ruegsegger

Shop Reorg, Chapter 5

The cabinet is complete and in place! Here it is, tucked into its corner. I’ve moved the drill press into its new home next to the cabinet. (The DP is hidden behind the band saw.)

DC cabinet in place

DC cabinet in place

But I discovered a problem. I didn’t allow much room for pieces to extend off the drill press table, as you can see here:

DC cabinet in place

DC cabinet in place

So I had to revisit my floorplan model and I think I have a revised setup. It involves the placements of the bandsaw, belt/disc sander and drill press. I know myself well enough to know that I’ll be moving those three more than once until I get a workable solution.

Next up is to get pipe, wyes, blast gates and flex hose.

Craig Ruegsegger

Shop Reorg, Chapter 4

This weekend was gorgeous! I should have been out on the bike exploring backroads, and searching for great pie shops, but with $4 gas and a shop in the condition mine is in, it wasn’t hard to spend time working on my cabinet.

I got a lot done. A third old cabinet was sold, my daughter unloaded some of her old toys that were taking up room (thank goodness for  Craigslist. I’m not affiliated, but certainly a satisfied user!) and that made it easier to move around the shop/garage. Here’s the cabinet with drawers installed:

Drawers, no fronts

Drawers, no fronts

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Shop Reorg, Chapter 3

It was a productive week for the shop re-org. The two old cabinets were sold. $15 each, so I got all but $5 of my original investment back. Not bad. Getting those out of the way helped give me a bit of breathing room. During the weekend, I got all 8 drawers built and installed. The drawers have a groove down each side that fits over hardwood runners in the cabinet. It took a bit of planing of the runners to get a good sliding fit, but after sanding and waxing, they glide like silk.

Now all I need to do is make the false drawer fronts and the doors, then I can paint the cabinet and move it into place.

I still want to make sliding trays to go behind the doors. Because the cabinet is so deep, they’ll be necessary so I don’t have to pull out everything in the front of the cabinet to get to what I need, which will inevitably be at the rear. The trays can be built after the cabinet is in place.

I know, this post would be better with pics! Frankly, the shop was such a pit, that I was embarrassed to take any. But now that the drawers are in the cabinet, I’ll try to snap a couple tonight to post later.

Craig Ruegsegger

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