Assembling a Dust Deputy

The Oneida Dust Deputy is a small molded plastic cyclone-style dust separator for use with a shop vac. They claim it removes 99% of the dust from the vacuum flow before it reaches the shop vac filter. I don’t know about 99% but it does a pretty damned good job. Removing the dust before it […]

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Porter-Cable Profile Sander Repair

I have a Porter-Cable Model 444 profile sander. I’m not sure where I got it, and I’m not sure I’ve ever used it. I think I either bought it used, or got it from my father. In any case, I wanted to use it the other day. I got it out, put some sand paper […]

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Ferrules and New Belts for the ShapeOko

Yes, more mods and accuracy calibration for my ShapeOko mill. There was a discussion on the forum about how it was a bad idea to tin the ends of wires when they were going to be clamped in screw terminals and that you should use ferrules instead. Since I didn’t own a ferrule crimper, and […]

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3DMG Props – Complete!

I know there have not been any more updates about building these, but it’s because we had a tight deadline and were working hard. But I’m happy to say that as of yesterday evening, the 3DMG props are finished! Below the fold are some (not very good) photos of the finished project. I’ll get some […]

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Making 3DMG Props – The Beginning

What the heck is 3DMG you may ask? 3DMG stands for 3-Dimensional Maneuver Gear. Still in the dark? Both of my daughters are into Cosplay. What is Cosplay? According to Wikipedia, Cosplay is “short for “costume play” … a performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.” Cosplay is usually based on Japanese Manga (comic […]

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Precision Leads to Accuracy

Lack of precision, not so much. This is actually not a ShapeOko post for a change. Well, it’s related… One of the things I sell in my Etsy store is loading blocks for reloading ammunition. These are finished planks of maple with various sized holes drilled in them.

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Table Saw Ripping Jig

I’m making a two sets of custom grips for someone and they want the diamond pattern that I made before. So I need to make some more glued up material. In order to do that, I have to rip a bunch of 1/4″ and 1/2″ strips of walnut and maple. The last time I just […]

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Dust Collection is a Good Thing

I’ve had a dust collector in my shop for a long time. It’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made. I could stand to have one with a little more suck, but this one gets most of the dust from the tools. A couple of years ago I added a dust separator to the […]

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