Keeping it Cool!

Installed portable Air Conditioners not only to keep things cool but to drop the humidity as well.

First I cut a 4 inch hole in the wall for the exhaust, hit a 2×6 on my first attempt…

Keeping it cool!

Put a vent cover on, sealed and painted it up:

Keeping it cool!

The exhaust pipes on these 2 units gets VERY hot. They might heat the room more than the unit cools it. I bought some insulated ducting and ran the exhaust pipe through it:

Keeping it Cool!

It worked! It is not cold, but it is probably 75% cooler.

Portable Air Regulator/Dryer

I wanted to make a portable air dryer/regulator for use with my paint booth, air brush or any other system that could and would move around my shop. Here is what I came up with:

Made a tee with scrap pine 1×6, glued and screwed.

Then added Harbor Freight Dryer/Regulator and coil line. Quick and easy, gets the job done.

Band Saw Mill Sled


Started clearing the property and we have some logs smaller logs I want to try to mill up myself.
Started by cutting a ¾” sheet of plywood to 24” x 36” and adding in 2, 18” T-Tracks
Measured the distance from the blade side of the miter slot to the blade and used that distance to screwed on the miter bar. Sanded it down and good coat of wax.
Cut 2 13”x36” pieces and put 3/4” rabbits on the ends and back and a 3/4” dado directly in the center:
On one I cut 2 1/4” slots in:
Cut 3 support pieces, put a curve on them and glued them in place. Also drilled holes for the T-Track bolts and knobs.
Setup my rollers and mounted everything up:
Used the slots to secure the log with screws and went for it:
Think it worked out pretty good:

Elgin Shop – Table Saw and Out Feed – Follow-up

Finally got around to adding some much needed finishing touches to my out feed table. First up, miter slots. Pretty straight forward; lined it up, marked it up, and routed it up.
I also routed out a lip so I could get it over the metal support bar on the back of the table saw and bring the whole out feed table flush with the saw and side table. I noticed that the out feed table legs are rubbing the rear ‘L’ bracket and wont let me bring it flush. You can see the black marks on the legs
To fix it, I cut the offending piece away:
Then I finished the switch for the router table and added a 4 inch dust collector port.
The dust collector port is a 2 to 4 inch adapter. The table saw only has a 2 inch port. The adapter on the saw is a quick disconnect so I can quickly remove if I need to move things around:
Here is a complete shot:

Elgin Shop Dust Collector – Harbor Freight 2HP Collector Externally Vented – Part 2

Got the first 4 inch pipe run. I am not going to show every run here, just the core run. You will see other runs in future posts.
I am using 4 inch sewer pipe, it is thick enough for what I am doing and much cheaper that regular 4 inch PVC.
I used 2 small sheet metal screws to help hold everything together. I did not glue everything together, I want to be able to take everything apart if I need to.
Here is a shot of a Wye with a blast gate:

Elgin Shop Dust Collector – Harbor Freight 2HP Collector Externally Vented

Back in the shop! I decided to vent my 2 HP Harbor Freight Dust Collector to the great outdoors. Hereis my original HF dust collector installed in the old shop. I will continue to use Thein Cyclone I built so there will only be fine dust blowing out.
First thing I did, while I had everything apart was touch up the paint:
Using 2×4’s and some very long lag bolts we got the Harbor Freight 2 HP motor mounted on the wall. The 2×4’s are mounted to the wall with 5 inch lag bolts screwed into the wall studs, the mounting bracket is bolted on using 2 inch lag bolts screwed into the 2×4’s.
Mounted up the impeller shroud:

I had to notch out one of the 2×4’s to get it to work:

Cut a hole in the wall and attached the vent. I sealed everything up with HVAC tape.
Here is a shot of the outside. Sealed everything up with clear silicone:
Here is what I used to build the vent. Metal 4 inch vent and a metal 5 to 4 inch reducer. Not pictured are 2 rubber 4 inch grommets I used to seal each end of the pipe.
I built a cart to hold the Thein Cyclone and hooked everything up. Added wheels to the cart so I could just roll it out and empty.
Next up if putting in 4 inch PVC for the plumbing.

Elgin Drill Press Part 2

Started by putting the speed changer back together. It will be on top so I want to slide it on first.
Next up, put the head stock on and started putting it together. The thing is heavy! I decided to add weight and put it together while it is on the wall.
Again, this thing is heavy! So I got these extra clamps to help hold the load
Put the table mount on using the same clamps as above for extra support.
Got a lot of it put together, just the motor and some minor parts and I will be done!
Hope to be done soon.

Elgin Drill Press Part 1

Getting the drill press set up. It is a ShopSmith 10E and looking at the serial number spreadsheet maintained by the Shop Smith mail group it was built in 1949. Still works great!
It got a little scuffed up during the move so I decided to break it down and give it a rebuild/refresh. The first thing I did was to clean up the way tubes. I used my other Shop Smith 10E as a lathe, hooked up the tubes using an expandable rubber stopper and a home made wheel rest. Turned is on slow and started with150 grit sandpaper to remove the rust and polish them up.
Then cleaned and painted up the base and other parts:
Then hung it up:
Took the headstock and motor apart for painting and cleanup:
Got the motor put back together:
 Hope to get more done soon!