(Yet Another Shop Saturday)
What an awesome Saturday it was. I went out shortly before lunch and got to be out there basically until dinner, and even a touch after. Most days out in the shop, I go out with no plan or motivation, just to improve a little bit. Today was one of those days.
I started off just by being out in the shop and watching some videos on the TV, while picking up a bit. An idea came to me to hopefully improve dust collection on the miter saw – use the old Shop Vac hose. I had to keep the rubber coupling, but otherwise the hose fit fine. The idea was to increase the velocity by using a smaller diameter. Then I thought about how I was going to hook it up to existing dust collection. Hmm…
I had bought 1.5″ pipe for the overarm component of the table saw dust collection project, and since I shortened the old router table, it hasn’t been connected. I discovered the Shop Vac hose fit inside the PVC absolutely perfect. I decided to use it as a bridge between the SV hose and the 35mm Bosch hose. Easy disconnect. I do need to look at modifying the dust collection on the tool itself, I have a couple of ideas. I secured the pipe from above with some screws and finish washers. The amount they protrude into the pipe shouldn’t cause an issue.
Right after this, I noticed the smaller diameter PVC pipe I had left over from something. I knew immediately I could use this as an upgrade to my ‘boom arm’ setup. The Festool hose was catching on the little utility hook, so I cut a 4″ piece of the smaller diameter pipe, split in half, and knew immediately it wouldn’t work – I’d break the pipe trying to get it on. I had also some 1″ pipe and tried the same thing. I couldn’t get the piece split enough to go on the hook, so I took the hook down and banged it on. The split had enough give where it worked. Now the hose will slide effortlessly where I need it to go. A worthy upgrade.
I was looking around the shop and noticed the other bit of myrtle I had for a bowl blank, and decided I wanted to turn on something. The cedar I turned just for kicks had awful tearout. I found the center, did a circle with the compass, and used the bandsaw to cut the corners. The turning went mostly well aside from the fact the bottom of the bowl isn’t sitting well in the chuck. I went for a wide bowl this time, with steep sides. I sanded from 60 grit to 150, but there is still tearout on the outside of the bowl and I’m not sure I can fix it. Also, apparently, I’ve thrown out my turner’s finish. Dammit.
Even after all this, I still had time in the shop. I found some random things to sand with the new guy and I just still love it. Yes, sanding is now fun.
I had previously ordered an empty Domino systainer to store my 5mm beech tenons and the 10mm mahogany tenons that I purpose-bought for the outdoor table. I had been wanting the full systainer that has an assortment of 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10mm beech tenons, plus all the cutters. That arrived yesterday, which means aside from buying some other width mahogany tenons, I’m good on these for a very long time. It gives me the ability to use other sizes on projects, and use them more often. I put together my miter saw cart with Dominos, and it is holding up exceedingly well. Screws are easier, Dominos are nicer. I can now also sell at least the 10mm cutter to recoup a bit of cost. I don’t need two of them, but would probably keep the other 5mm. Depends on what I could sell it for. Festool keeps value pretty well, but I’m not sure about what could be considered a consumable. In the picture you can see the new bag of 5mm tenons in the mahogany systainer. I’ve got a bunch of those now. It’s a shame that Festool hasn’t deemed it appropriate to make stock number stickers for the mahogany.
Once I’ve paid off the Domino sys next paycheck I’ll start building up my sandpaper assortment for the new sander. Since I still have plenty of paper for the old sander, I can start small and just get higher grits. Some of these are only sold in 50 or 100 packs though, so it is still an expense. The other option is to go through a dealer to have them break down the bigger packs. I don’t know how much that would be, though. 100 discs would last me for years, which is probably both good and bad.
Lastly, right before I left I decided to grab pictures of my major power tools and their serial numbers. I need to make a list of tools with pictures for insurance purposes, and to register my Festools for warranty coverage. Registering them also gave me extra entries for this month’s giveaway, which is a RO150 and a CT26 – both things which I would like in the extreme. I don’t know if I’d replace the Ridgid vac with the 26, but it would be cool. Perhaps the Midi could be dedicated to something like the miter saw? I don’t think I would sell, but I could.