It has been in the 50’s and 60’s here for the past several days , what a relief , the snow is melting and we can now see the ground again, that’s a good thing , hope the rest of you are as fortunate , and taking advantage of the better temperatures to get into the shop .
I have been super busy making pieces and parts for the various projects, been filming a lot as well on the new DVD , It’s all about color “, and also working on getting the show filmed ahead as we have to be out for a few weeks at the end of the Month , so not a lot to take pictures of or show you until I get further ahead .
Pitt Bull and some of the other guys had been raving about the Oneida Dust deputy http://www.woodcraft.com/Catalog/ProductPage.aspx?prodid=26325
I use my shop vacuum a lot for my router table as well as the shop , and as it seems to give my vacuum filter a fit , so I went to using the bags , they are expensive , so I got one , man oh man , now I know why folks are raving about them , I filmed a clip for Woodcraft on it, this thing really does the job ,I was amazed how it seemed to deposit even the fine dust in the bucket , and how it seem’s to increase the suction , this is a winner in my book , you can get just the cyclone and use your own buckets , but in any case it , sure works well .
Not really doing tool reviews here but occasionally something like the dust deputy comes along that really gets my attention , For me , cross cutting large panels has always been an issue , not having a large cross-cut set up , because of space limitations , I usually cut them with a jig saw then a straight edge and a router , and to be honest I usually just used a piece of wood clamped to the board , but Woodcraft had ask me to film a clip on http://www.woodcraft.com/Catalog/ProductPage.aspx?prodid=28352
I was thinking , yea yea yea , another straight edge , whats new with that , well it was quite impressive , the one shown , is the 8 footer , you can get a 54 or 56 inch one as well , but get the clamps too , the 8 foot one ( two sections) , will go from one corner of a piece of plywood to the other , but for quick set up and squaring panels it was very easy, I love the clamps , it was just easy and impressive, then I found they have a plate guide http://www.woodcraft.com/Catalog/ProductPage.aspx?prodid=24552
so you can attach a router or skill saw to it , so I attached my skill saw , I will honest im not the best with a skill saw , so a guide that locked into the straight edge was appealing , guys it worked super well , again it made enough of an impression on me I have written about it here, as well as the forum and couple other places , and even showed it in tomorrow nights show , then I got the Freud 60 tooth blade for my skill saw , http://www.woodcraft.com/Catalog/ProductPage.aspx?prodid=28850
now this blade and stuff isn’t cheap , but with the guide , plate and the blade , my big panel or plywood issues came to a screeching halt , now on the forum one of the guys was having an issue with how he could cut dados on some 24″ wide plywood , my response was this set up , and use some of the undersized plywood router bits , makes sense to me , actually you could set up and two at once , oh well enough about tools, just thought I would let you know about a couple things that actually work well.
Crystal is about to arrive so I guess its time to start filming , will catch ya later guys .