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Holy fuck, what a pain in the balls. Finally got all four bolts out since this piece has to come off for the new spindle mount. The last bolt would not move with heat, mallet, etc. and the impact was just going to round it out. Ended up having to use a rubber mallet on the router mount to twist it around and finally broke the last bolt loose. 
 

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Making through plumbing and wiring now.

I find it hilarious that Next Wave tells you in several places that you should never support the weight of the dust collection hose on the gantry and it has to be hung from the ceiling, while saying nothing about adding 55lbs of junk and liquid to the gantry for the spindle. 

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Cheap PoS Chinese cooling system is leaking at the hose leading back into the reservoir from the spindle and not spinning of the flow indicator at the spindle. 

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9 minutes ago, VPI said:

Cheap PoS Chinese cooling system is leaking at the hose leading back into the reservoir from the spindle and not spinning of the flow indicator at the spindle. 

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Make sure it’s fully seated. Or pull it out and verify it was cut properly. 

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2 minutes ago, VPI said:

Full of Propylene Glycol at the moment so I have going to have to pump the whole thing out to see if the hoses that came attached were actually properly done.

Try seating them better? Sometimes it takes a bit of force to get them that last little bit to fully seat. 

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Sorry for your troubles with the magic side table, Jeff.

I've been meaning to post another plug for Doug's idea of waiting for a combo jointer/planer. I've been using my Hammer A3-31 in both modes to mill some maple and it is such a joy to use. It is very smooth to operate and the results are fantastic. The minor hassle of converting between modes is worth having both tools in one relatively small footprint. I'm sure it will take awhile to get one but it will be worth it.

Speaking of maple, Steve and I have finished the miter saw station gave frames and drawer fronts. Very happy with the station and its functionality. Not measuring most cuts because of the StealthStop works great and is really precise. I also got a hose adapter so I could use the 2.5" hose with the Kapex.

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2 minutes ago, Voltron said:

Sorry for your troubles with the magic side table, Jeff.

I've been meaning to post another plug for Doug's idea of waiting for a combo jointer/planer. I've been using my Hammer A3-31 in both modes to mill some maple and it is such a joy to use. It is very smooth to operate and the results are fantastic. The minor hassle of converting between modes is worth having both tools in one relatively small footprint. I'm sure it will take awhile to get one but it will be worth it.

Speaking of maple, Steve and I have finished the miter saw station gave frames and drawer fronts. Very happy with the station and its functionality. Not measuring most cuts because of the StealthStop works great and is really precise. I also got a hose adapter so I could use the 2.5" hose with the Kapex.

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Looks fabulous! 

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The micro adjustment wheel on the stealth stop system is awesome. We were cutting face frame pieces that were quite similar in length, but not exact. All I had to do was dial the micro adjustment a hair this way or that. IMO this fenceless miter station is brilliant.

If I ever am able to put together a decent sized shop, it's the system I'll use myself.

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I've been watching this kids videos for a few years now. I'm constantly amazed at not only his abilities at such a young age, but also his sense of design and creativity. But he took it to a level I truly marvel at in this project. 

 

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Finally got the whole magic side table together and did a test cut for an upcoming personalized drawer front project. 
 

I guess with the new 3HP spindle it needs to be set almost all the way at the top of the clamp to allow the dust boot to actually enclose the bit and suck better. 

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Managed one test before blowing the fuse, which I cannot get locally, with the giant 2 inch spoil board flattening disc. Will probably just plug the spindle into its own circuit and love with plugging it in each time instead of running off the controller power supply. 

Finding the spoil board design to be lacking as I have too few t tracks. Might just use the base layer and screw/glue wood to the MDF, once the midget fuses finally arrive. 

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12 minutes ago, VPI said:

I have discovered that CNCering is a whole lot of standing around hoping nothing blows up. 

Once you get good you can walk away and hope nothing blows up. 

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4 minutes ago, VPI said:

Would you like to know the sound of a 3/4 bowl bit digging in without ramp .5 inch into Walnut?  
 

I know. 

I think I mentioned to use cheap bits for a while. If it was a 1/4” shaft I assume you bent it? Then again your steppers might not have the power. 

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No issues. 1/2” and noise but it fought through until I could press one of the 70 emergency stop buttons. 
 

The funniest thing is I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out why Walnit was falling to the bottom shelf of the CNC cart before realizing my dust collector bag had split and was blowing chips onto the adjacent stand. 

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I did manage to finish the first “project” on the magic side table. Did the key tray with 1/4” downcut windmill followed by the bowl bit to round the bottom. The large one was done with the 3/4” bowl bit and came out much better. 
 

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Have some woodworking advice needs. I am building an address sign of sorts for the driveway and I am trying to come up with a way to hang the sign between two 4x4 cedar posts, so that doesn’t swing in the wind and has minimal visible hardware.   

Any ideas?

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