Yes, it is woodworking show season once again in Melbourne! Can’t wait :)
Along with all the usual suspects, and the restocking that I find I do a lot at the shows, an interesting development from Carbatec: the big catalogue is back! (Finally!!)
But it is bigger than ever – previous ‘full’ catalogues were around 150 pages. The latest one is massive – 384 pages! Of course, going that large does come at a price – literally. A whopping $5. Or free if you spend over $100.
Do hope the show has some new stuff to see – as much as I enjoy catching up with people, and restocking consumables, the show should be about new products, new techniques (and not just the same old). As much as sales are needed to justify the huge expense of a stand, the show itself needs to encourage more than that.
The latest issue of The Shed magazine has just came out
and it includes my take on a mobile device charging station.
From The Shed website, a sneak peek (there is a bit more than this screen shot on their site), but if you want the full 9 page article, check out your local newsagent.
FWIW, the workgear seen in the article is the Mascot gear from Proskill that I picked up from their stand at the recent Home Ideas show.
Been some rumours flying about over the past year or so about the Woodworking Warehouse (Melbourne) closing its doors.
Guess what – complete fabrication. Dropped in there today to pick up a replacement starting capacitor for my drill press, and had a bit of a sticky beak at the Jet drill press which they have on special, and the Laguna range they now stock.
For a business that is meant to have gone, their doors are still wide open.
Granted their website has had an issue recently (still being resolved, although it is up again), and they have had a change of email address because of it, but they are still there in Citrus Street, Braeside.
You can also contact them via email at their new address email@example.com
With a little more time, and some minor changes to the layout once the dust extractor was relocated to the mezzanine, the dust extraction ducting was finished.
At least the first stage!
Stage 1 – connect up a functional dust extraction run from each of the main machines to the dust extractor, with blast gates isolating each machine.
Further work to be done as time, energy and motivation permits:
Modify base of dust extractor so it fits properly in the available space. This may also involve shortening the legs by a couple of inches to assist with clearances (to be assessed).
Capture dust from the tablesaw dust guard.
Improve (straighten) path from thicknesser to vertical ducting.
Break into existing ducting to add a run towards the wood turning area. Includes a pickup from the bench for the bench-mounted tools, and a quick coupling connector for the superflex hosing for cleanups.
Set up extraction as appropriate from the lathes.
Increase diameter of trunking from the dust extractor along the main run to 6″
Add a cyclone separator if possible.
The Super Dust Deputy is $US239, or $A626 for the metal version.
Not sure if and when they will be available in Oz, but they cost $US239 for the XL version, and $US169 for the standard version. It will be interesting to see how the price compares.
I haven’t paid too much attention to sliding tables before, although the Sliding Extension Table on the Triton was rather handy.
The latest offering from SawStop looks rather interesting, and I’ll be giving it serious consideration when it becomes available down under.
Aluminum Extrusions: T-6 Aircraft Grade
Table Depth: 47.25″
Table Travel: 55″
Table Crosscut Capacity: 48″
Table Crosscut Capacity (flush mount): 36″
Fence Width: 43″
Fence Extends To: 58″
Fence Scale: Imperial / Metric
Fence Scale Pressure: Adjustable
Miter Gauge Measurement Range: +- 60 degrees
Mounting Type: Pre-drilled holes for SawStop saws
No doubt it will be able to be fitted to other tablesaws.
I do wonder if anything has been added to insulate the fence from the operator- I would imagine that if you cut the fence accidentally while you were contacting it, the brake would activate.
In any respect, I can well see how useful an add-on it would be- very tempting indeed.