Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Shop Layout

Keeping my tools (new and old) safe during transport resulted in a lot of packaging. With things unloaded the shop floor was littered with cardboard, metal straps, plastic straps, hard foam, plastic wrap, and bubble wrap. With that cleared out and the majority of machines reassembled I can start to think about layout.

The shop space is 5.4x4.8. Major items include the workbench, table saw (50' rails still to arrive) with included router table, jointer / planer combo, 14" bandsaw, dust extractor, drill press, and wood scrap bin. I plan to keep the metal shelving on the left. The bench on the far wall. The tablesaw in the middle. But then the tetris game gets messy.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Slinging the Wingings and Mounting the Routings

Excuse the tragic title to this post but I want to share about the table-saw wings. The wings are cast iron and attach to main body via three bolts. It's precision work and they are heavy. Moreso I've elected to upgrade the right hand wing with the Laguna Router table. The router table upgrade weighs about 40kg. Good thing I have a crane handy which made the task easy. (Aligning the top will be a task for another day.) I'm still deciding what to do with the secondary MDF extension table and the spare iron wing.

Platinum Series Table-saw Router Table Specs 
  • Table size: 19-3/4 in (502mm) x 26-7/8 in (683mm) 
  • T slots: 3/4 in x 4 each (2 in each direction) 
  • Dust port: 2-1/4 in (57mm) 
  • Fence length: 23-1/2 in (597mm)
  •  Router rings: 2 each 1 1/8 in (28.6mm) dia. & 2-3/8 in (60mm) 
  • Fixing holes: 3 side one, 4 other side 
  • Jointer spacers: 0.06 in (1.5mm) thick & 0.03 in (0.75mm) thick 
  • Table pins: 2 locations 0.371 in (9.43mm) dia x 1.5 in (38mm) long 
  • Universal router mounting clamps: 4 each fitting into t slots 
  • Guard: Yes 
  • Weight: 84 lb Shipping weight: 93 lb

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Unboxing Platinum

Thanks to everyone who gave input on my table-saw search. Although many machines would have been adequate I decided the best value for money option available in the Australia the Laguna -  Platinum Series Tablesaw w/ Dovetail Mech Left-tilt. (Official Website.)
Our Platinum Series Tablesaw features a precision ground table top made of premium grade cast iron, heat treated and ground to mirror-like flat surface. It has a 20" x 27" main table with 2 T-slots, fitted with two 10" x 27" cast iron ground wings. Massive widely spaced cabinet mounted trunnions: perfectly machined to high accuracy to support the heavy-duty saw carriage. Minimizes vibration and ensures proper blade alignment. It comes with a robust spindle supported by two precision ball bearings. Triple belt drive system mounted between the two spindle bearings. This tablesaw comes with a powerful oversized 4HP TEFC motor with a standard magnetic safety switch. EZ-Glide T-Square system for accuracy, repeatability, and easy operation. Standard precisely machined miter gauge with adjustable miter bar. It also comes with a 4" dust port with a sloped dust chute inside cabinet for better dust collection. Standard regular insert and dado insert. CSA, UL, CE certified. What sets this machine apart is the saw carriage traveling via dovetail ways. This provides smoother control when raising and lowering the blade as well as minimal vibration and blade deflection.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Planer Maintenance

As part of the move I had to remove the iron from the planer/ jointer. On the underside I realised there was a little rust and obvious chips in the paint. A simple clean and repaint with some black enamel anti-rust paint had this look 100% again. I treated the top machined surface with a thin layer of wax. 

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