Freud LP30M

The next review from the “Battle of the Blades”. The Freud LP30M, 40 tooth combination blade.

Woodpeckers Router Lift

The original gold anodised Woodpeckers Router Lift was always something to aspire to – costing somewhere between the cost of a good router and a Festool one (no I have no idea how much the Festool one is – they are always unrivaled on the size of the pricetag!)

Now Woodpeckers have bought out Version 2

Machined out of a solid aluminium block, with a toolless microadjustment (that’s the large wheel front right) it looks pretty impressive.

I have a couple of niggling concerns – the brake still needs an allen (or hex) key which is a bit frustrating, and secondly – what sort of router is it designed for?  The V1 was the same – could only fit a smallish motored router (non plunge), which I guess is where the concept of the Uni Lift came from (sold in Oz by Professional Woodworkers Supplies)

So I’m hoping that some of the upgraded concepts of the V2 will be incorporated into a new version of the Uni Lift, so we can still stick a Triton router under it!

Neither are on my router table though…..sadly.

Linbide 360

The next review from the “Battle of the Blades”. The Linbide 360, 100 tooth crosscut blade.

Table of Blade Measurements

I have added a page to the Battle of the Blades review which gives a table of all the blade measurements side-by-side. Table of Blade Measurements

There were a few unusual measurements that came out of it, but all in all, it is the performance of the blade that really counts. Other than perhaps carbide thickness, which gives an indication of how much resharpening the blade can take.

One item that offered some correlation between the measurement and the cut quality was blade runout.

There were a few blades with a significant degree of runout, and each also gave a poor finish. I only get to test one blade from each, so I can’t say whether it was just a rogue blade, or batch, or if that is typical. It really did highlight the fact that it is definitely worth testing a new blade’s runout before putting it to use, and if you are not satisfied, return the blade.

The typical runout found was 0.005″ / 0.13mm. The lowest was a remarkable 0.002″ / 0.05mm. The highest was 0.030″ / 0.76mm. That blade literally screamed when it was run unloaded, with the noise going from a typical unloaded (but running) level of 95dB to 105 – 110dB after a few seconds. Not sure if one resulted in the other, but it is interesting.

It is not just the blade runout that affects the quality – variation in tooth width (the kerf) plays a large role as well.

I didn’t get into the angle of the grind and how it plays a part in quality – perhaps a job for another day.

Crossing off the list

Had a mate drop in on the weekend, and we were able to cross a couple of items off the shed’s to do list.

We hung the Carbatec Air Filter (finally), and although it is not an ideal location for optimum performance, given the size of the shed, everything has to be a compromise.  Still, it is the dustier end of the shed, and with a fan placed in the opposite corner to encourage air movement towards the filter, I think it will do a pretty good job.  It certainly seemed to be working, even when it wasn’t plugged in…….

At least where it is, it is not intruding on my working area, and the noise level is very low.  In a very short time I forgot it was even running, so it is not going to negatively impact on my shed time.

With the combination of it, and the dust extraction system I found my nasal passages and lungs were a lot happier at the end of a day of dust generating activities!

The other (minor) bit was getting to hang the air hose reel (seen in the corner).  Given the length of hose, it can reach all areas of the shed from there (and well beyond).  As I have mentioned in the past, compressed air is a real asset in a woodworking workshop, from powering equipment to simply blowing dust off the tools etc.  The air compressor itself is in the small shed next door along with the dust extractor, so I don’t have to put up with the noise they generate.

CMT 290.250.24M – 24 tooth Rip Blade

The next review from the “Battle of the Blades”. The CMT 290.250.24M, 24 tooth rip blade.

IT Savvy

May not be of interest to many, but fwiw I have started a new blog called IT Savvy, with bits and pieces I pick up along the way (given I work in IT).  It is not meant for IT professionals – it is being written for everyone else so hopefully a few will find it a useful resource, especially as it grows.

Currently located at http://itsavvy.wordpress.com

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