Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Drill Press Upgrade - Part 7 Sliding doors and slide ways

The sliding doors are made from some 1/4" birch plywood cut to size. I also glued some thin hardwood finger rails onto each side. This has the benefit of preventing much wood dust falling through the gap and enables fingers to push or pull the doors open or closed.

The slide ways were made on the router from some hardwood scraps.

They are designed so the slide ways simply are glued to the sides.

As can be seen in this view the doors actually protrude beyond the top of the carcass.
This is by design as the door top rail is a slot in the underside of the storage cabinet top
After the slideways were glued the cubby/carcass and slideway fabrication was sanded and finished with General Finishes Exterior 450.

The cabinet top is the next item to be made.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Drill Press Upgrade - Part 6 Assembly of cubby and carcass

The assembly of the cubbies and carcase is very simple. There is no glue used on this and they are simply held together with wood screws. Clearance holes are drilled into the rear panel of the carcass, the cubby is aligned with the edge of the carcass and clamped into place.
Care is taken to ensure the sliding door slots in the bottom plates are aligned and then they are screwed together.

The same process is carried out on the other side.

If you got your measurements right then the column of the drill press will clear the gap created by the back faces of each cubby.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Dewalt DW738 Bandsaw Review

I've had this bandsaw now for nearly 10 years and thought it's about time to review it.
Essentially this is a 13" bandsaw (nominally 12") and has a resaw capacity of 155 mm or 6".
The version I have is a 2 speed saw with the speed changed by moving the drive belt onto different pulleys. When supplied from the factory it is in low speed mode and I didn't move that setting until early on in 2014. Then it was found that it ran much too fast for the type of work I use it for. So I moved it back to the slow speed. It is more trouble than it is worth to change it.
Assembled Dewalt DW738 Bandsaw

There is another saw with a continuously adjustable speed setting and it is designated the DW739. That saw is not reviewed here but probably is similar in specification and operation.

Unlike a lot of good Dewalt equipment it should be a different colour. Like Bosch DIY green against Pro blue. Dewalt DIY stuff needs to be brown instead of corporate professional yellow. It is definitely hobby DIY level but has served me well for the last 10 years.

Reworking the clamp wall

For a number of years I have been building up my clamp wall. The wall is made from concrete blocks and I have simply screwed the shop made clamp racks to it. Over time the wall has got fuller and fuller to which point I needed a change. The white paint on the blocks had become lightly coated with wood dust, as happens in a wood shop, so I had the idea of getting 3 - 4' x 8' sheets of 18mm (3/4") OSB to line the walls.
Organised and fairly tidy

But could do with improvement

A delivery of OSB3 was made a few days ago and I cut them to the right length with my tracksaw. Then it was a simple matter of standing each of them upright and screwing them to the wall using masonry screws. Any load hung on the boards would be partially transferred to the concrete floor and any turning moment would be compensated for by the screws.

A few hours later and the wall was lined with OSB. I then set to work on the wiring. There is an existing double socket for the computer and an existing fused switched outlet for the radiant panel heater. I routed the wiring to suit the required position of the devices.