Homemade (power) Tools

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Alukuchen, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Alukuchen

    Alukuchen Senior Member

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    Homemade Tools (maybe for making slingshots - who knows) <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>I wanted to ask you guys if anyone of you makes their own power tools, or tools in general (for whatever reason).<br>I got a little into improvising my own tools because I discovered that there are some really fancy things out there, but I can't afford any of them.<br>It would be great If you would post pictures, videos or descriptions from what you have come up with or what you have built. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br>I'm going to do the start with my table saw and a disc sander that I recently built. Both came in really handy already:<br><br>[youtube]<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR94aheUe60%5B/youtube%5D" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR94aheUe60[/youtube]</a><br><br>[youtube]<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JmSN-xzlU8%5B/youtube%5D" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JmSN-xzlU8[/youtube]</a><br><br>I'm really looking forward to see some of your creations!<br>Cheers!
     
  2. Very cool! I have some electric motors set aside I scrapped from vaccuums and fans I had planned on making some sanders and such with when I get moved to the new place after the first of the year. (Hopefully that or sooner but I'll have to see how it goes) I have some pdfs on how to make some different tools as well as books on blacksmithing and one about making a personal foundry for casting metal I will have to dust off and give another read through. Though the plans I have for a lathe are not as accurate as a store bought one but it works for most applications.
     

  3. zwillie

    zwillie New Member

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    Hi,<br>here my routertable.<br><br><a href="/t2240-diy-routertable?highlight=routertable">http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t2240-diy-routertable?highlight=routertable</a><br><br>Zwillie
     
  4. I loved that post where you showed how that thing goes together. I'm going to have to steal your idea zwillie lol.
     
  5. Bert the Welder

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    Nicely done Alukuchen!!!( and you to Zwillie!) The modern web is a real boon for the DIY'ers. <br><br>Look up a guy that does wood gears. I think he's Canadian or American. Just google "Wooden Gears" He's an engineer and has built just about everything you could want in a shop and done it in a way that is very efficient. I think he even sells scale plans for the projects and has great videos too!<br><br>I usually build all my welding fixtures. Bucks and jigs for bending anything from 1/8" to 5/8" round bar, cold. In the wood shop, I'll build little fixtures and guides too, but haven't built many tools as when I need it, I usually need it then and there. <br><br>One thing I would very strongly urge you to do ASAP is to move that electrical box out of the inside of the saw base. It looks like there's no cover plate on it, making it worse. It's a huge fire hazard! Dust will build up and can cause a short and a fire. Burning the house down doesn't go over well with the family and the insurance company may leave you out to dry because it was not built safely. They tend to look for any excuse to screw you. Just mount it out side the box. On the bottom, with the plug sockets facing down would be best, but even under the top on the side would be good. <br>Only other thing I'd recommend would be a bit of an out-feed support. Having to think about long pieces tipping as they exit the cut area is something that takes your focus away from keeping yer fingers out of the blade and also can contribute to "kick back" in which the board jams in the blade an gets shot back at you. Not so back with your circular saw set up as there's not a lot of power compared to a 3hp cabinet saw, but it's always good to get in good habits. Hate to see you get hurt and worse if I didn't mention it. <br>Great job on the fence too, by the way.
     
  6. Alukuchen

    Alukuchen Senior Member

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    Hey guys thanks for your responds! great router table Zwillie!<br>Your point with the fire hazzard is actually just too true, Bert! haven't thought of that! I will not attach an outfeed table to the saw because then it would be too big for my shop.<br><a href="http://woodgears.ca/" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://woodgears.ca/</a><br><a href="http://www.ibuildit.ca/" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ibuildit.ca/</a><br>Those two sites are my main inspiration <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  7. zwillie

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    Hi Alukuchen,<br>I always used encapsulated motors from the junkyard for my machines.<br>Zwillie
     
  8. Bert the Welder

    Bert the Welder New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Alukuchen wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote"> I will not attach an outfeed table to the saw because then it would be too big for my shop.<br><a href="http://woodgears.ca/" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://woodgears.ca/</a><br>Those two sites are my main inspiration <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>That's the guy I was referring to. <br><br>The out feed doesn't have to be a table. Lot's of very compact, fold away ideas online, if you decide otherwise. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cool.gif" alt="Cool" longdesc="6"></span>
     
  9. I have been hoarding motors from vaccuums and fans for a year now to make assorted sanders and such. Thank you for the advice, I had some plans that were fire hazards before.
     
  10. Bert the Welder

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    I had a plug short and smolder in my nice new metal shop. Metal dust from the chop saw built up and eventually make a connection. Cashed in some good Karma points with that one! I now have dust flaps covering all my wall plugs. Probably not a bad idea in a wood shop too. <br>I cob'd together a belt sander using parts from a dead, commercial one and a 1/2hp drill press motor. It was a "need this working right now" kind of fix but needs a redo. The contact wheels are insanely priced so I'm going to make some from MDF and some inner tube rubber glued on the surface. There's a little sander built in the latest (Vol. 21/ Issue 126) of Shop Notes magazine. Nice little unit. Complete set of drawings included. Would be a good size for making SS's. You could do a small mod and make a variety of different dia. contact wheels/drums for different size radii and to get in tight corners. You'd need to modify the tensioning arm to get a greater range of movement to accommodate the various size drums, but that would just take some thinking. Might even be able to buy just the plans online, on their website, for those that don't get that mag. where you live.
     
  11. I have some plans for drill presses and different saws and such I will upload on my website if you would be wiling to take a gander and maybe let me know iof they are sound?
     
  12. zwillie

    zwillie New Member

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    Here my sander with wooden wheels and metal frame.<br>Bandsize is 2000 x 150mm.<br><br><img src="http://up.picr.de/12701525sk.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>Zwillie
     
  13. Nice sander, looks like a monster!
     
  14. zwillie

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    No it`s a small one 2000mm bandlength.<br>The board is about 750mm.<br>Complete length about 1 metre.<br><br>On the left side the funnel shaped board is for the vacuum cleaner.<br>My other sander I have sold because i don`t had any need for a bigger one and not enough room. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3">
     
  15. I caught the 2000mm bandlength I knew it wasn't very large. Was just saying it looks like a beast, very good work machine. It's a "tough" looking build.
     
  16. tokSick

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    Great job on that. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5">
     
  17. Bert the Welder

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>mikehunt042084 wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I have some plans for drill presses and different saws and such I will upload on my website if you would be wiling to take a gander and maybe let me know iof they are sound?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Sure. Drill press would be a tough build, I'd think. Interested to see it.</span>
     
  18. zwillie

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    Hi,<br>there are some good books about woodworking machines.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Woodworking-Machines-Articles-Selected/dp/0918804310" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">This</a> one is my favorite for machinery.<br><br>It is about adjusting, restoring and working with woodworking machines.<br><br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.de/Proven-Shop-Tips-Woodworking-On/dp/0918804329" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">This</a> one is for tips and tricks. (drawing elypses...)<br><br>From both books I have learned a lot.<br><br>Zwillie
     
  19. Thank you for posting those, I will have to pick them up and give both books a good read.
     
  20. zwillie

    zwillie New Member

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    Just an example what you can do with a good bandsaw<br><br><strong>Don´t try this at home!</strong><br><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXW55S4X9zo" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXW55S4X9zo</a><br><br>Zwillie