This studio is a place of sawdust... and some music.
It was originally used for several cars, lawn and garden tools,
camping gear and whatever else might be stored in a typical
garage. Now the dream shop this in this place.
My tools are old and, by "Norm's" standards,
are probably deemed outdated. But, they are somewhat unusual,
which I am use to.
My biscuit joiner is an old Elu from the 1980s, like the
one Norm once used. One of my sanders is a rare Skil Sandcat
2½ x 16 belt sander. I currently have no Sears power tools.
I mostly have garage sale finds i.e. a B&D 1960s drill.
I also have lots of old hand tools handed down from my father
and several uncles. I doubt there's anything of any antique
The jigs I have are all home made. The
box joint jig, the sliding panel cutter for the table saw, and
the router table (similar to Norm's) are what I've constructed.
Table Saw Upper Arm and Lower
dust collection system is all home made including the automated
Rube Goldberg blast gates. These gates are powered
by 25lbs of compressed air and are activated by a two way solenoid
refrigeration valve. The actuator is a 3/4" air piston.
The blast gate it self is a $6.00 4" from the Penn State
tool catalog. The springs were from a flea market.
The valves and pistons were from
Mendelsons Surplus in Dayton
I installed a relay in each stationary tool so when powered
up, it closes the circuit and opens the refrigeration valve
which allows air to pull open the blast gate. After the
gate is fully opened, a small micro switch closes a circuit
that energizes a relay that sends power to the dust collection
motor. As the gate is de-energized the residual air is
passed back into the other side of the piston keeping dust from
getting into the piston. I found that if it weren't
for the automated blast gates, the dust collection system would
never get used.
This is a fun woodshop. The real ordeal happens
in the finishing room. This is also where the real miracles
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