Came across the video from when I headed over to Denver to appear on Cool Tools, demonstrating the Torque Workcentre. Wasn’t that long ago in years, but it was a lot of grey hairs ago that is for sure!
There will shortly be a new CNC machine (CNC router) on the market. Once that is Australian designed, and made as well.
Comes from a pretty interesting stable too – the same inventor behind the Torque Workcentre, and his company, YAS Engineering. Now Keith (for those that don’t know) is actually a specialist in CNC machines, and has been making custom builds for years from the small, to the very large. This design is one for production, rather than custom builds, and it is only about 6 weeks or so away from making the transition from prototype, to the first production machine.
And that machine will be making its way down to sunny Melbourne, to a modest shed that I am somewhat familiar with!
The bed on the CNC is 600x900mm, although the overall cutting capacity of the machine is more than that (yes, more, not less). That means it can work over the end of the bed, so working on the ends of boards etc will be possible.
Thinking Aspire would be the best product to get to really showcase the capabilities of the machine, rather than just sticking to VCarve. Have played with VCarve already, looking to jump to the next dimension (the third dimension) with my CNC routing!
More news as it comes to hand!
Received a rather interesting email tonight from Toolstoday.com. They send out a regular email promoting their latest router bit, video, sawblade etc, (and I subscribe to it – makes a nice break from the mountain of work emails that come through!)
Tonight’s one will look rather familiar
(And yes, they did seek my permission to put the video on their YouTube channel – I was more than happy to allow it)
26 crates of tools in the shed
26 crates of tools
And when one of those crates gets unpacked
There’ll be 25 crates of tools in the shed.
Still slowly working through the boxes and crates of tools packed over a year ago, finding them new homes, or at least placing them where their home should be so I get an idea of just what storage options I still need. Getting to the point that I will need to start making some, which will be good. I’m also looking at some other options to complement some cupboards, such as a collection of Festool systainers on roll boards stored under the TWC for all the miscellaneous items (abrasives, glues, various handtools etc). Have to have a chat with my local Festool dealer (and yes, I mean that in the drug-dealer way – damned addiction that it is ).
I am still finding items that will no longer be required, and so the sales pile is slowly growing. Latest items include a Makita 3612 router, a Triton 184mm circular saw, a Triton Router table and stand, a scrollsaw, and a Dewalt radial arm saw. This is also related to the Festool drug – as I look to upgrade tools, my current ones go on a hit list. Still looking for expressions of interest (or preferably, offers to buy!) on the Torque Router Master, and the TS10L 52″ 3HP cast iron tablesaw.
On the mezzanine front, I decided the best option was a small crane arrangement from Hare & Forbes. Costs only $209, so quite reasonable for what it is.
I will work out the best method to securely fix it to one of the main support beams, and add additional reinforcement to counteract the bending moment it will create for the beam. It will still use a chain hoist to lift I expect, given its operational range is less than the height of the mezzanine, but that will be a bit of suck and see when I get it installed. 2200mm of operating height isn’t too bad, given the mezzanine floor is at something like 2800. It might just mean something that needs lifting only needs to start from about the height of a workbench, which is an interesting proposition (but I still can’t see it working without a chain hoist being involved).
Irrespective, once the item is lifted above the mezzanine floor, the crane rotates easily allowing the load to be deposited onto the floor, rather than having to be collected from above the hole. Still need to sort out some balustrading around each of the openings.
After taking much of the day to do some family things (beach before, and BBQ after) for Australia Day, I also moved a number of machines into the shed, now that the electrical was completed and therefore the machines wouldn’t get in the way.
Heavy buggers, especially over soft, churned up dirt the backyard has become. The pallet jack is such an asset – able to lift the heaviest machine easily, and with reasonably wide wheels, can even manage the ground to a certain extent.
Even so, it was too much to move the thicknesser on my own (230 or so kg), so with a brief assistance of a couple of neighbours, it flew across the back yard.
Paying the price for it all now though!
Never-the-less, a good number of moves was achieved – slowly emptying the garage, and the shed starting to take on real character.
Placement/layout is by no means locked in (never is in my shed!), but am roughly placing them still in accordance with the original plan.
What was moved in this time was the Jet lathe (still uncertain about its long term plan), Jet 14″ bandsaw, Torque Workcentre, the workbench, thicknesser.