Since May, we have been able to add a few new pieces of equipment to our shop, and we had to replace one broken piece of equipment.
Vacuum Bagging System —
We located and purchased a well-used vacuum bagging system from a local wood-working shop that upgraded quite some time ago. What does a vacuum bagging system do? I’m glad you asked. Think of it as an over-sized FoodSaver system. You put two or more pieces of wood you want to glue together into the 4-1/2′ x 10′ bag; then you seal the bag and vacuum out all of the air. Why go to all this trouble just to glue some wood together? Picture how the FoodSaver bag shrinks down over the food you are saving. When we put in a form that we want the wood to follow and then shrink it all down, the layers and pieces of the wood are pulled against and shaped by the form — allowing us to make our own, customized plywood! We can use any kind of wood we want and produce customized, bent wood parts. We bought the vacuum bagging system to make the bent wood parts we need for our new line of marine-grade outdoor furniture. You’ll be hearing more about this later in the newsletter.
Bosch 12″ Miter Saw —
We just installed a new-to-us Bosch 12″ miter saw, a Craigslist find. Se we almost had a catastrophe back in May with a tried-and-not-so-true Craftsman 10″ miter saw we had been using. As I cut some very small trim pieces for the detail on a coffee bar, a mounting screw for the motor/blade assembly came loose and allowed the blade to swing about halfway out of its normal path — right into the blade guard. Talk about sudden stoppage and needing a new change of clothes! I inspected my fingers and they were all still there, but my heart continued to race for another couple of hours before I dared go near another power tool. The repair parts from Craftsman were about $140, which I think was more than the saw cost me 20 years ago so off I went to Craigslist and eBay. Patient vigilance paid off in the form of a lightly used Bosch 12″ model from a guy in Bloomington who had just finished a trim job in his house and had no further use for it. It had been listed for four hours when I found it and immediately snatched it up for $160. New, it would sell for $330, so I think we did OK. We built a new shelf for it, and it now stands proudly on the miter saw bench, having already contributed some nice four-square setup blocks to the shop tool chest.
Delta 18-36 Belt Sander —
We’ve also just acquired a used Delta 18-36 belt sander that is going to be a great addition. It will be a huge help not only in preparing the strips we use in canoe and kayak building but also in laminating layers used for the bent wood chairs. We picked this up at a local wood supply shop that is upgrading their in-shop equipment. Thank you, CU Woodshop!
Rockwell Floor-Standing Drill Press —
A floor-standing drill press has made its way against the blue tarp in our shop. Rory very generously donated the use of this great, older drill press until he needs it for his home shop. We appreciate your support! This will replace the table top model with the slightly bent spindle. (Thanks to Andy Kunz for that donation!)