Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hifi Project: The Vents

To prevent dust and little curious fingers from getting into the electronics. Easy enclose the cabinet. However, the electronics can also get warm, so a cooling system is needed. I decided on a passive ventilation system has intake vents at the front above the kick board, and outtake vents at the top of the back panel. Air goes in and out in a linear fashion. At least in theory... but I think it's a good theory. The mesh is 5mm woven stainless steel. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HiFi Project: Timber Take #2

My second attempt for the case timber used 1" stock rather than 2" resawn stock.  Instead of using the Veritas Small Plow Plane, I used a Carb-i-tool router bit to produce the Tongue & Groove joints. 

HiFi Project: Timber Take #1

Here's a few photos of my first attempt at preparing the timber in for the HiFi project. It was the first time resawing wide boards on the new bandsaw. Worked well until a change in the weather rendered some of the boards closer to bowel than a board. These panels that would meant to be for the cse will we re-worked as shelves and rear panel.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

Rack It - Timber Rack

In November 2010 I first posted about building a wood rack for long lumber. Well... 4 1/2 years later the project never got off the ground, so I took a different strategy. Down to Bunnings for some metal shelving. I'm using 3 x 900mm wide 2.1m tall shelving units. There are lots of advantages to this system - quick (took less than 2 hours to buy and install), easy inspection and access, termite proof, and eacg shelf rated at 750kg. Wasn't cheap though.     

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Planer Tune Up

The planer / thicknesser combo was an easier tune up. I purchased some new blades from carbatec (took over 2 months to arrive, despite me checking that they were in stock before ordering). The old blades I have had sharpened locally. Always a little tricky to level the three blades which are suspended by 12 springs and 15 bolts. 

Bandsaw Tune Up

The current HiFi project requires some 50mm timber resawed and machined to 18mm. Assuming the bandsaw was still in top condition after more than a year since serious use... was a mistake. The first resaw job looked like I was making shingles with a beautiful cut at the top and a wedge at the bottom. The culprits were a combination low blade tension and the lower blade guide having come loose. It was a good excuse to take it all about and give a clean. Immediate rewards from a little maintenance with the remainder of the cuts working well. 

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Project: HiFi Cabinet

After a long hiatus from furniture making, I have a new project, a small entertainment cabinet. Should be a 'straight-forward' project with a few points of interest. Tomorrow I start the rough cuts. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Tree House Update

I don't get much time to blog anymore. A quick post to show you the updated treehouse; complete and operational. The tallowwood also boasts fairy lights scattered through its leaves.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tree House Progress: Posts & Rails

With a new shipment of timber, I've made some progress on the tree house. The posts are made of tallowood milled to 72x72mm, the handrails milled to 72x60mm. Tested out the new carbitool handrail router bit. All worked well and quickly. Still a bit to do. 

To do the initial break down I used some old saw horses and the trusty circ. 

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