First footage using the Axis360

The panning slider has arrived, so have done a very quick test to see how it can work.  Smooth!  Going to be really interesting to incorporate it into the video equipment lineup.


(Video test only – no sound)

The Mint

Been away for a week or so, visiting Canberra fwiw.  Been a good trip with the family, which is why it has been quiet around here.

While visiting the Royal Australian Mint (and seeing all the coins being made), happened to notice their air filtration system.  Look familiar?


Suspended in the workshop area (where all the dies are made, as well as any other component they need) are not one, but two of the larger Carbatec air filtration units.



A drum full of $2 coins – about $500,000 worth apparently.

mint-3Titan – the coin tipping robot.  Its job is to pick up drums of coins, or their blanks, and tip it into the hopper above.  The robot weighs 4.6 tonne, and is one of the world’s most powerful robots, capable of lifting and maneuvering 1000kg at a time (equal to that of the current record holder).


Woodworking Warehouse

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

Go North, RR, Go North

One day, not that long ago in the scheme of things, the Roving Reporter packed up the shed (and everything else), and headed north, to sunnier climes.

After suffering through the pain of shed withdrawal, a new one made an appearance.











And so another shed begins the journey to be set up with woodworking in mind.


What do you get when you fuse timber with metal, timber with glass, timber with resin, or any combination of the four?

Some particularly magnificent tables such as these creations. The first of which is local, from Timbercraftsman (which appears to be SE Melbourne- based).


Image sourced from Timbercraftsman


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Duffy London

The Greg Klassen River Collection


Image sourced from Duffy London

The Greg Klassen River Collection


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Duffy London


Image sourced from Duffy London


Image sourced from Pinterest – origin tbc


Image sourced from Matthew Robinson Furniture


Imaged sourced from Hilla Shamia


Imaged sourced from Hilla Shamia

Pencil Sharpening

Most Oz woodworkers would have discovered Carbatec (and if not, well, probably worth a look). They are, of course, well associated with sawdust and wood shavings, but what is appearing on the clean carpet floor of the corporate office is a different type of wood shaving- pencil shavings.

No, they are not coming out with a new product line of pencils (at least as far as I know!), these pencil shavings are simply being generated from the pencils they have been sharpening in preparation for the Melbourne Working with Wood show in a few short weeks.

Specifically, from what a little bird has told me, the show will reveal a drop in the price of their Powermatic range of machines.

So if your workshop is craving some mustard-yellow machinery (and let’s face it, we’d all like some!) this would be good step in the right direction. And with the Australian dollar falling against the greenback, it will probably be quite a while ’till we see lowered machinery prices.

Anything tickle your fancy, like the 3HP dust extractor……


Or the quite magnificent 4224B lathe?



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.

snapz-pro-xscreensnapz001Alternately, the latest version has a standard size, or an XL size for larger HP extractors.

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.



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