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The Big Install   9 comments

A full day of fun. The task was to install The Oneida Air System’s V-3000 Dust Collection System, and I drafted the Building Inspector and the Engineer to help out. Thank goodness.

We started at 8:15a with breakfast burritos. Work began at 9a, and we finally quit at 6p with a functional system that will only need a few tweaks to be complete.

Here’s how the day looked.

Posted January 3, 2016 by henrymowry in Woodworking

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Even Dirtier   3 comments

If you’ve followed my adventures in sawdust, you know the dirtiest job in the shop is changing the bag in the dust collector.

No more.

I spent New Year’s Day reaching a new level of dirt. I uninstalled my dust collector, including the pipes, connectors and hoses that had been in the air for 10 years. And they were covered in dust.

And that’s not to mention that to actually get to all of the pipes, I had to move every tool in the shop out into the driveway. It looked like a really interesting garage sale … but it was not a clean one.

Then I had to move the sawdust out of the garage. I swept. I stepped up and blew it with my air compressor. That’s when I realized that to really to the job, I needed more power.

More. Power.

225 MPH. 450 CFM. I unleashed the dogs of war on my dirt problem … with my leaf blower. Then I swept. And then I did it again. Then I swept. And then I did it again. Get the picture?

Why am I so focused on cleaning out the garage woodshop? My Mrs M finally had enough of my imitation of Pigpen whenever I went into the house, so she approved my purchase of an upgraded dust collection system. I’m going from a 110v, horse-and-a-half hobbyist unit to a 3 horse, 250v unit that’s requiring a crew of 3 tomorrow just to install it.

We’re getting serious about cleaning my air. The dust collector has a HEPA rated filter, just as my new random orbital sanders do.

So, the woodshop is as clean as it gets. 8 boxes of dust collector and 8 boxes and a Jeep load of ducting and hoses (hosiery?) are awaiting the skilled ministrations of the building inspector, the engineer, and your humble scribe. Tomorrow promises to be a great day; I’ve been planning for this day for months!

Posted January 2, 2016 by henrymowry in Woodworking

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Key Woodworking Tools   1 comment

My garage hasn’t seen a car in many years. What it does see is woodworking.

Here are the key floor and bench top tools that I use. I’ve built everything from our kitchen cabinets to curio boxes. Check out some of my work on my woodworking blog, which is a part of the Lumberjocks website. See my projects, here.

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