Episode 34 Woodpeckers Saw Gauge

Triton Catalogue 08-09

FWIW, the new Triton Cattledog is now hot off the presses.

Triton Catalogue

Triton Catalogue

Update on the Dust System

Once upon a time, when Triton made orange tools (workcentres, router tables and Superjaws etc) in Cheltenham, they used to go through tonnes of MIG welding wire. These didn’t come in the small rolls that we are used to seeing on more portable units, but large drums for the robotic welders.

(Aside – I had probably my last look around the now quiet factory last week. Funny seeing it all shut down. It looked like any busy industrial site when it was running, but shut down, it looks just like a large Rube Goldberg machine.)

One of these large cardboard drums looked just the right size for my dust separator lid, and so…….

Dust Separator

Dust Separator

And what do you know, it was almost perfect.  It is still very strong, as the weight of welding wire it once contained would have been significant.  It has a method for attaching directly to a crane, just to be able to manoeuver it into position.  I don’t think I will have the same problem with it full of dust though, but I might look at making a wheeled base for it.

Inside the New Dust Bin

Inside the New Dust Bin

The inside is quite interesting as well, with a inner tube that the MIG wire was curled around.  With some thought, this might work very well in assisting with the cyclonic dust separation, providing a torturous path for the air to flow.  Some more investigation needed.  There is also a basic ruler on the inner wall (as seen), that will provide a measurement of how deep the dust is (although I don’t think it is going to be particularly important!

So I’m very pleased with it – seeing as I could not find a bin large enough in Bunnings to do the job.

Wooden Train Track

Made another 6m of train track on the weekend for one of my friend’s at work (well, it is probably for their 4 year old…)

Thomas Wooden Railway Track

Thomas Wooden Railway Track

Of course, I had to try it out, just to make sure it all worked with the trains I keep especially for….uh…..testing…..

Wooden Track - Extra Attention!

Wooden Track - Extra Attention!

The trains running around the track did attract some extra attention, and someone obviously on their way to becoming a train robber with the skill they can derail a train!

Wooden to Plastic Track Converter

Wooden to Plastic Track Converter

I also knew the new owner currently has some of the plastic track, so I made some of these converters that meant both systems could be combined.

Wooden to Plastic Track Converter - Taper

Wooden to Plastic Track Converter - Taper

Because the plastic track is thinner than the commercial wooden track (which I matched for thickness and for the joint), my converter sections had to take this into account.  Rather than try to machine the taper, then cut the track out, I went the other way around – I made the track, and then used the disk sander to produce the taper, by applying pressure to one end of the track only.  It was very effective as you can see here.

One of these days, I will work on producing curved sections.

I did come to one conclusion while making these – I really don’t enjoy working with pine.  The amount of tearout was….unpleasant.  It does come down to the router bit as well – the dovetail bit had nowhere near as much chipout / tearout as the ball and socket bits.

Triton Demonstration Evening Thursday 21 August 08

Fountain Gate Bunnings is having a demonstration night for all things Triton this Thursday, starting at 6:30 through to 8:30.

The workcentre and router table will be there, but the focus will be on a lot of the new equipment in the Triton range – the thicknessers, bandsaws, sanders, sharpener, and some of the newish handtools.

There will be refreshments, and a WC2000 is being given away as a door prize.

(Yes, I will be one of the demonstrators).

Shop Vac

FWIW, Safeway have a bunch of Shop Vacs in stock for about $70.  Looks like it can handle typical workshop waste, and liquids as well.  No idea about them, but thought I’d mention it.

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