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A place to discuss tools specifically relevant to knife making and restoration. But since Boys (and girls) like toys, we'll likely end up talking about tools in general anyway!

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Lapping Plate

Started by D ale. Last reply by John Bamford Apr 12. 10 Replies

Lapping platesBeing we’re all into sharp & often pointy tools ..aka.. knives … there exists a good chance we own some natural sharpening stones. With use .. these natural sharpening stones loose…Continue

Bandsaws, tips, upgrades and advice.

Started by Michael Squier. Last reply by Carl Rechsteiner Jan 9. 18 Replies

Ok, ive got an old sears craftsman 12" bandsaw on a floor stand. It gets used the most of my power tools. My upgrades are added wheels so I can roll it out of my harage to use. Now lets here your…Continue

Most useful tool in the shop

Started by D ale. Last reply by allanm Dec 24, 2016. 22 Replies

Which tool in your shop do you find the most useful ??Which one do you simply use the most ??Are they one in the same ??.Where did you source it ??Have you modified it ??Be specific.Add ons .. again…Continue

Routers in knife making

Started by allanm. Last reply by allanm Dec 24, 2016. 4 Replies

So maybe routers are not used much in knife making, but I do see some admittedly limited, potential use. Specifically, I have a number of hardwood flooring pieces (free samples are very easy to get,…Continue

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KnifeMaker
Comment by Carl Rechsteiner 18 hours ago

An alternative would be go to the local "Box" store (HD, Ace or Lowes) and get a simple fernco reducer - plumbing section - and get one for each machine to reduce  to your needed dimension. Then you would not be constantly moving the adaptor for use, just plug and go.

Is an aggrevating issue for sure. I have a 2hp/double bag from Griz with 4" hose so have chased the adaptor issue a bit. Which ever way you go I'd just adapt each machine to vac size and be done with it.

A thought - would be to use rigid adaptors to prevent hose/gravity drag that might collapse a rubber coupling. Good luck which ever way you go.

Comment by allanm on Wednesday

This is the PeachTree one on amazon, I intended linking it but forgot

Comment by allanm on Wednesday

Dust collection question - I'm sure others will have experience and some ideas to help me. I have a small WEN band saw with a 2 inch dust port. I have a 1 x 30 Central Machinery (Harbor Freight) belt sander with 1 3/4" dust port. I'm considering a spindle sander with 1 1/2" dust port. This might be a rhetorical question with no good answer, but this all seems really stupid - why don't the makers put on standard size dust ports? I have a ShopVac with 1 1/4" hose connector.

So my real question is how to deal with this, and adapters that will allow me to hook the SHopVac up to a y of the tools.

I have been looking at one from PeachTree Woodworking, a stepped rubber one that appears to be intended to cut off at different sizes - 2 1/2, 2, 1 1/2, 1 1/4 and 1 inch external diameter, with inner diameter being about 1/4 inch less than outer.

Any ideas or suggestions on better adapters?


KnifeMaker
Comment by Carl Rechsteiner on June 7, 2017 at 6:52

Wow talk about redundant! Sorry folks, too much coffee jitters.


KnifeMaker
Comment by Carl Rechsteiner on June 7, 2017 at 6:50

Just looking through this thread and realized that I must have forgotten to post pics of my modified portaband (as promised way back). If I did and just missed it in a fast scroll through, sorry for the redundancy.

Portaband%20Saw%20Conversion.docx

Hope you find this useful.


KnifeMaker
Comment by Carl Rechsteiner on June 7, 2017 at 6:50

Just looking through this thread and realized that I must have forgotten to post pics of my modified portaband (as promised way back). If I did and just missed it in a fast scroll through, sorry for the redundancy.

Portaband%20Saw%20Conversion.docx

Hope you find this useful.

Comment by Jan Carter on June 6, 2017 at 19:47

OMG those are so funny and true!

Comment by D ale on June 6, 2017 at 11:53

I've made a point in the past as to the importance of SAFETY in one's shop environment. I offer this as for both humor and cautious reflection ...........

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Comment by D ale on March 30, 2017 at 2:15

!!! .. THANK YOU, Carl .. !!!

Sage advice folks .. from one who speaks from experience.

!!! .. THANK YOU, Carl .. !!!
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I am an engineer by training. As such .. I witnessed industrial accidents that were horrific. In every case .. they were the result of safety procedures NOT being properly adhered to.

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My formal training also allows me the freedom of "creatively" implementing a tool NOT designed for the purpose to perform the given task at hand. I will simply echo Carl's statement ...

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"Sure, I "made" them work, but very few lasted any cost effective length of time."

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I would also add .. it wasn't always the safest.

...again...

!!! .. THANK YOU, Carl .. !!!

Comment by Carl Rechsteiner

... "Just if you are the least bit serious, don't waste the years I did learning and being frustrated by using the wrong tools. Sure, I "made" them work, but very few lasted any cost effective length of time. Just asking you to give it some thought and weigh out the end result." ...

... "As to the warning about the Buffer......the buffer and the wire wheel are probably the two most dangerous tools in your shop. They must be given respect and used with total concentration." ...

Comment by allanm on March 29, 2017 at 9:27

A general post for tool buyers in the US.

I am not a fan of frivolous litigation - I think (as an immigrant observing, now a citizen) too many people are using stupid ways to make money off other people and companies. This may be another case, but it is a valid class action suit if you are not aware of it. Harbor Freight, like many other stores lists their prices, and sometimes reduced prices, along with a "compare at $xxxx" price. Those of us with a brain know the compare at references other retailers, with other brand names, not the same products being sold. But somebody in Ohio initiated a class action suit against Harbor Freight for misleading advertising on that basis - and between the courts and Harbor Freight, they decided to settle with cash refunds or gift cards to a maximum of $23 million.

You can find more details here, or I could paste in the full text of the email somebody else forwarded to me if you can't see enough.

In short - any purchases between April 8 2011 and December 15 2016, if your receipt says "you saved $xxx" can get 20% cash or 30% gift cards of the total you saved amount. Credit card statement without receipt you can get 10% cash or 12% gift card of your total purchases. Others, under penalty of perjury meeting some conditions can claim a $10 gift card

 
 
 

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