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  1. J

    Lightweight handheld sanders

    The smallest sanders I've ever used are air sanders such as the Dynabrade which are specifically designed for one-handed operation - but the downside is that they require a compressor, and a fairly big one at that to operate (5HP+/-). Having used one a couple of times I'd have to say that the...
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    Thicknesser overhead block

    Extremely poor and completely unsafe practice! You support materials on roller stands - never with your hands! Kickbacks can occur, even on machines with anti-kickback pawls You didn't mention the requirement for 3 phase, 10HP and 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 tonne weight. Realistically a machine like that...
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    making furniture for my new house

    Don't take this the wrong way, but anyone running a shop would need to be barking mad to allow a non-employee to use what is by and large relatively dangerous kit - that's both on H&S and insurance grounds. Even if you are a qualified wood machinist (often a requirement nowadays) it's still very...
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    Refurbishing kitchen worktops

    There is realistically no way to relaminate with the lippings in situ because the lippings are always applied after the lamination has done. The lippings will need to be sawn off using something like a Festool saw and rail - or even an ordinary saw running on a saw guide - and then the edges...
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    Makita sander base pad help

    The Makita belt sanders I've had always had two pieces of material, not one. Closest to the steel base plate is a piece of thin cork sheet and between that and the belt is a piece of graphite cloth. Either should be available from a woodworking machinery dealer or an abrasives supplier who can...
  6. J

    making furniture for my new house

    For stable pine board to make furniture have you considered pine board? Ron Currie local to you does it in a variety of sizes at 18mm thickness. Good on price, too
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    Thicknesser overhead block

    It is a thicknesser, marked as discontinued, though :oops: Looking around in the USA, Delta appear to have dropped that type of thicknesser. The other US suppliers have all seemingly gone over towards the bed rise/fall type machine - looked at Grizzly, Powermatic and Shop Fox (the recession...
  8. J

    powershop 110 ras

    You might like to read this article on the history of the deWalt radial arm saw (from an American perspective - they don't take into account European production). Interestingly the Wadkin BRA industrial radial arm saw is supposed to have been developed (copied) from the deWalt industrial radial...
  9. J

    powershop 110 ras

    Could well be the very end of production, then. Also take a look at the photo of the American market model I posted above - this is a 7790 which were apprantly marked "Made in Italy" and look very similar to the DW110/DW111 models, other than the paintwork and guard details, oh and the start...
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    powershop 110 ras

    Prior to 1960 deWalt were owned by AMF, not Black & Decker, so that means that even the oldest Black & Decker radial arm saws are 1960 or later. Some B&D stuff like the radial arm saws were rebranded deWalt in the late 1960s or early 1970s, but I can't sem to find any reference to when DW's...
  11. J

    Thicknesser overhead block

    Sorry, very similar, still a poor piece of design IMHO The head DOES go up and down on that one. Having open sides makes the tool noisy, less safe and have poorer dust extraction FWIW
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    Thicknesser overhead block

    The type of thicknesser you are looking for is an American design. I cannot recall ever seeing any similer models made in the UK, nor by manufacturers such as Lurem or Chambon in France. The reason is as stated - the weight of the head is far higher than that of the table, but also thetre are...
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    vacuum bag press/equipment

    This is the pump, a Javac CC-31 1.4cfm pump. The references I found elsewhere state that it is an oil sealed vacuum pump which I don't think is suitable. Dry pumps are generally advised for woodworking tasks because of the dust. Dust contaminates the oil and can cause all sorts of issues with...
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    vacuum bag press/equipment

    Hi Miles. You may want to try rubber sheeting suppliers as PU sheet and neoprene are both sold by rubber suppliers, although one firm I've come across in the past who sell PU sheet is Dataroll in Weston SM. Personally I'd consider silicone rubber instead of PU because it's possible to use it in...
  15. J

    Staircase book

    Thanks. I know that Stobart-Davies have it in stock, but, I want to be able to look at what's in it before I buy. Call me old fashioned but I'm not keen on spending money on anything sight unseen (too many bad experiences over the years). I've been trying to get a loan copy from the libary, but...
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