2-stage Shop Vac

I’ve had the parts to do this for a few months now. I had to empty the vac and clean the filter the other day so I figured, while I’m at it…

OK, all attachments attached!

FYI, that’s a Dustopper from Home Depot.

CNC

My workstation for the CNC machine has evolved a lot since I first got the machine put together a couple of weeks ago.
I’ll be building a hood around the back side of it, and a mount on the spindle mount for dust collection. I may even put a lazy Susan under the little shop vac to reduce any stress that might be placed on the spindle.

This is my first real project for the machine. Some small snowflake ornaments.

Flip-top Final

When you are limited to a garage for a shop you have to get creative when it comes to floorspace. I combined my chop saw and planer into a flip-top cabinet.

I reduced the footprint of these tools to less than half of what they were as stand alone tools.

I’m also very happy with how the flip top came out considering I built it from my old router cabinet. I only had a basic idea as to how to engineer this when I started on it but flipping it over is smooth ad nearly effortless. Locking the platform in place is a little awkward but I can improve on that later.

Flip-top Planer/Chop Saw Cabinet

Now that I have my router built into my table saw I can re-purpose this old router cabinet I built more than fifteen years ago.

Old router cabinet
My old “Custom” router cabinet
Old router cabinet
Filled with dust and tools
Deconstruction and rebuild
Cabinet gutted and flip-top construction has begun
Deconstruction and rebuild
That’s the platform from my old standing desk
Deconstruction and rebuild
Deconstruction and rebuild
Deconstruction and rebuild
I took the handle off of the planer…
Deconstruction and rebuild
and hung it on the side with an allen wrench…
Deconstruction and rebuild
so I wouldn’t have to cut even more out of the side panel.
Deconstruction and rebuild
I found this hardware in a box of odds and ends parts
Deconstruction and rebuild
I’ll be capping off these sides with some scrap hardwood
Deconstruction and rebuild
Deconstruction and rebuild
Deconstruction and rebuild
Deconstruction and rebuild
Deconstruction and rebuild

It’s ugly, but it works, and it’s a lot more stable than I thought it would be despite the planer being much heavier than the chop saw.

Gap Cap1
I eventually got the gaps at the top capped off.
Gap Cap2

See the Flip-top Final post for more info and pix on this project…

Router Table Insert

Several months ago, in order to reduce the footprint of my tools, I decided to build a router table into my table saw.

I had a Skill 1820 2hp plunge router I rarely used since I had purchased my Porter cable router with dual bases (fixed and plunge).

I also had a scissor jack that I had bought more than a decade ago. It was still in its original unopened box. I’m not even sure now why I bought it in the first place but I figured it would work well as a lift mechanism for this project.

Ridgid Band Saw Rehab

The Ridgid BS14002

This is probably one of the cheapest non-tabletop band saws ever made, and it shows. I was never able to make straight cuts with it. Every time I used it I thought it was going to shake itself apart. Once we got moved into our new home and I had a chance to asses my tools, fresh out of long-term storage. This band saw was the first to get the full treatment.

I reviewed several YouTube videos where people far more familiar with the maintenance of band saws were overhauling these models with seriously respectable results. Better than out-of-the-box results. I took in all of their advice and had at it over a couple of weekends:

Once I got it all back together with a new blade I tuned it and 95% of the vibration was gone. I was even able to get a nickel to stand on edge on while turning it on and running it.