Tuesday , February 20 2018
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Shop Tip: Cleaning and Refurbishing a Drill Chuck

by Alexander M. We have all read Blame’s post about cleaning out the dust and old grease, to reduce wear and improve concentricity.  But what about drill chucks, they certainly can benefit from disassembly and cleaning, however the lack of screws make it seem impossible to disassemble. It turns out that by pressing out the sleeve, the whole thing unravels. Here …

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Shop Tip: Follow Up Video on DIY Punches and Dies

Just a quick post to let everyone know that I’ve put up a video on YouTube showing the DIY punch and die process that I mentioned last week using twist drills and scrap. I had a couple of members who had some questions about the process so I thought a video would be the easiest solution. Let me know what …

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Making a DIY Cyclone Dust Separator for Your Shop

DIY Cyclone Dust Separator by Dan Clark

It turns out that making a cyclone dust separator is a fairly simple process, and the DIY version seems to work as well as a commercial separator. Small scale (shop size) cyclone dust separators typically attach to an intermediate tank (like a trash can or 5-gallon bucked) and separate the dust and large chunks of debris from the air being …

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Plans for an Improved 6″ Craftsman-Style Circle Cutter

by Glenn W. Material: Steel Units: (in) This Craftsman-style circle cutter is designed to be used in a standard Drill Press or Vertical Milling Machine only. It is designed for cutting 1″ to 6″ diameter holes in sheet metal, brass, copper, plastic, wood, or other composite materials. You can also cut 1″ to 6″ diameter circular disks or wheels. This …

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