99c Triton Wetstone Sharpener

Nuf said!

Triton Wetstone Sharpener

I will be advertising the Scheppach 380 Planer Blade jig (for up to 16″ blades) that fits the Scheppach and Triton wetstone sharpeners in the next day or so, so keep an eye out for that.

Bandsaw Down!

It is 9:30pm, dark, and still the mercury is holding high – a typical Australian evening after a 40 degree day (104F).  Then it occurred to me that I hadn’t moved the Jet bandsaw into the lower shed, and I really didn’t want to leave it sitting outside all week.

Weighing in at around 86kg and having to be moved down a 20 degree slope, and over dirt (covered with thin ply for the move), I guess the next was inevitable.

It was surprisingly quiet when it landed (or perhaps not so surprising – that sort of weight thuds rather than crashes), downhill (of course).  So with the mozzies lavishing over the free banquet on offer, with rather restricted access, I had to untangle the unit from the now destroyed plastic box and galv steel shelving unit it had landed on, spin it around then right it.

All in all, not too hard an evolution (could have been a bit easier though!) Got it into the lower shed which I had cleared a bit today to make room (thus the new round of eBay offerings) (other than the surprise in one corner – I’ll deal with that later – a certain odor had been detected a month or so earlier, and the result now is….nasty) then inspected for any damage.  Unsurprisingly, there was none – something to be said for large, solid, cast iron machines.  I’ll have to tweak the upper guides that rotated slightly, but that was it.  Move completed.

“All of these things are just like the others, all of these things are exactly the same”

So just what does a Triton Spin Saw, Triton 8″ Bandsaw, Minolta Camera Lens, Camera Bag, Triton Wetstone Sharpener, GMC SCMS, Triton 15″” Thicknesser Moulding Blades, Camera Filters all have in common? (And this list is by no means complete).

They are all being listed today and over the next few days, and potentially week or two by me on eBay, all starting at 99c.

So far there is a camera bag, Triton thicknesser impeller, Triton Biscuit Barrel, and soon (tonight) a couple of Triton 15″ Thicknesser Moulding blades (I have a dozen or so different profiles, but will only sell the majority if these first two sell for a reasonable price).

Check out the sales here

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Much more to come (big and small!)


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A Blade Wall for the Shed

Although it is not a blade wall by the normal definition, I needed somewhere to store the various tablesaw blades that became homeless once the doors of the cupboard were removed.  I’ve come up with a very basic, functional way of storing the blades, using wood strips and dowels.  This means the blades are stored in the optimum orientation (vertically) and easily accessed.  The dowel holes have been drilled at a slight angle to ensure the blades don’t have an opportunity to walk off their respective posts.

Blade Wall

Blade Wall

I’ve not really paid too much attention to the grouping, other than keeping brands together (and in order of rip, combo, crosscut).  My most-used blades are in the easiest to reach column – being the Flai blades, and my favourite industrial Freud (NOT the red Freud blades though – see the “Battle of the Blades” for the specific blade comparisons).  Bottom right isn’t a blade fwiw, it is actually one of the Triton sanding disks, for turning the tablesaw into a disk sander.

One location (bottom left) doesn’t fit a blade, but that’s ok too – it stores all the arbor washers, and in future the stabilising disks (when I finally get around to sourcing some).  With the open design of the blade wall, I can still store other items behind it (in this case, still-packaged Triton blades, a couple of chain blades, steel cutting blades.  The dado blades still don’t have a final home, but at this stage they are in the top of the tool chest seen here, so still close-to-hand.  They haven’t featured much on the site because I am still to come across a decent dado blade set.  Every set I’ve tried so far have had serious shortcomings (to the point that I would have returned them for a refund if I’d been a customer).  So none have managed to get a Stu’s Shed recommendation.  Hopefully that actually means something.  After 3 1/2 years and approaching 1 million words, it is still an uphill battle to demonstrate the site credibility.

Room to Move

Starting to make real progress on getting the shed in order, particularly after the replacement of the old cupboards with the repurposed entertainment unit, but also slowly getting the place back to being shipshape after the overall shed upgrade a couple of years or so ago (nothing happens quickly around here!)

I still can’t work out a good (as opposed to a compromised) location for about 4 benchtop tools – the scrollsaw, steel cutter, spindle sander and belt & disk sander. To continue to make room, some more items have lost their standing to the point they can no longer occupy space in the main shed, and are shifting to storage.

This includes a tool chest as well as the Jet 14″ bandsaw (having been upstaged by the 17″ Carbatec bandsaw now in its spot).  I originally did keep the Jet in the workshop to be a second bandsaw, fitted with a finer blade, but have found it is not getting sufficient use to justify its ongoing presence.


There is nothing wrong with this bandsaw mind, I am still a definite fan. I have no plans to sell it either – keep it in hopes that one day I might have a shed big enough for both, or that I can clean up the lower shed enough that the tools moved out there can be used when needed, and not just stored.

A lot of rubbish (and items now determined to be rubbish) have also been removed, including some of those plastic tool boxes.  The molded plastic boxes may look ok for presenting the items for sale, but tend to be pretty useless in keeping the tool afterwards.  There are some exceptions to this generalisation though.  The systainer system that Festool have bought into is one example, and I am quite impressed with the Dremel Multi-Max box as well.  Most others however, make better landfill (although hopefully are recyclable!)  Either way, they are a waste of space, especially in a space-challenged shop.

Off to storage

Tomorrow they will get shifted the final few metres, but other than that, I doubt much else will happen on a day forecast for 40C.  Something else (as seen in the background) is likely to see more work tomorrow!  Just had a thought – hope I never get a split in the pool on the shed side – that would produce quite a torrent of water where it would NOT be welcome!

Still need to do shed insulating for days such as is expected.  The refrigerated air con unit is a bit of a disappointment – it was free, but also appears that it does not work – I suspect it has lost its gas.  At the moment it only acts as a somewhat ineffective fan.  Given there is no warranty etc, I now have to find out how and where to get it checked, and hopefully fixed without it being too expensive. (Any suggestions? Someone willing to do the job onsite would be preferable!)

Outrigger support for Torque Arm

It certainly wasn’t planned, but by fortunate coincidence, the position of my fixed arm mod on the Torque Workcentre allowed the standard outrigger support to be used, with the support bar secured where the optional extension table is normally located.

Outrigger support

About the only difference is I had to turn the support arm upside down, which makes no difference to the functionality (and most would have missed even that).  With the additional support, the arm becomes completely rigid, even with the weight of the 2400W Triton saw.  I’ve fitted knobs instead of hex bolts, so dropping the outrigger support is tool-less, if it is ever necessary to do so.

It may not be the ideal replacement for a SCMS, but again it goes to show that even though the Torque Workcentre has a large shop footprint, in a space-challenged workshop such as mine, putting in a Torque can replace a number of other tools to the point that it creates a lot of the space that it needs.  Add in the significant increase in overall functionality it adds to any workshop, and the space it occupies becomes easy to justify.

I have no doubt that at some stage in the future, I will put a Festool Kapex in the workshop (I have no idea WHERE!!), but in the meantime I am very happy with the crosscutting capability of the TWC, especially with the dedicated arm.  I can definitely see the advantage of the Hitachi saw mount for the TWC – hope to be able to fit that to this machine at some stage and replace the Triton.

A Place for Everything

And everything in its place…

Well, that is the idea, but without the former, the latter is nothing more than a pipe dream.  Despite the presence of Australia Day, I only managed to get out to the shed around 10pm, so there was little option but to either sharpen or organise/tidy.  Decided to tidy a bit, but even my best Cartman “You will respect my authoritah”, I only managed a mediocre compliance from the mess out there.

Started with the Torque Workcentre – from recent experiences with the new (fixed) second arm I had put on there (custom upgrade), decided I really needed the extra depth-of-cut that I could get with the 2400W Triton on there, rather than the 1800W.  I also added extra bar support to the end of the rail, really locking everything up solid (yet still removable with a simple twist of a knob)  Adjusted the blade to vertical, within 0.1 degrees using a Wixey Digital Angle Gauge.

The rest of the tidy-up involves slowly trying to find a place for everything.

Oh – one other thing worth mentioning.  I have a loan of a cordless Dremel Multi-Max oscillating tool for an article I am writing for a new magazine.

It is pretty new to the market at a whole, and brand new to the Australian market.  From the moment I opened the box (still wrapped 🙂 ), I knew this was a tool with a difference (although not a surprise given the Dremel brand).  This is definitely one worth keeping an eye on.

If one is Ideal…..

What do you call having 2?

Ideal Tools have set up a second (linked) website to their primary site called Store 2, which is their auxiliary website for selected clearance items and ex-demo tools.

Festool, Bessey, Titebond, Cherry, Ubeaut are all brands that currently feature in the discount store

So a chance to get some Festool products (among others) somewhat below the usual retail rates.

Small Business Opportunity – Brisbane

Have been contacted by a small boutique business in Brisbane looking for a local producer:

I’m looking for someone to manufacture some really simple wood items for nursery/kids bedrooms. Like a toy box, hat rack, some little shelves and hooks – these will need to painted white, so wood grain not so important. I really want them made here if possible but I can not find anyone. This is a boutique type business, so I don’t expect massive volume, however we are launching our Website soon and I’d expect a few of the small items to sell well as they are personalised (we will do this after).

Do you know any Wood Manufacturers in Brisbane by chance (where I’m at)

So if this sounds like something that could be of real interest, contact me by comment or email, and I’ll pass the details on.

Monitoring Air Quality

As a general rule, woodworkers judge the quality of air by how light reflects off the dust in the air and gets to a point that they determine they need to wear breathing protection.

Interestingly, King Gee have bought out some workgear that has a dust mask built right in, for tradies that are about to do a job and remember their breathing protection is back in the truck.  Better than holding one’s breath, or trying to breathe into a sleeve or similar! Called the Dustee Polo

King Gee Dustee

However, what I am interested in is quantifying the amount of dust in the air, even to the point of having a warning sound if the dust levels are too high for non-protected work.

The Dylos is one example of a machine that can do just that.

Some models can output to the computer (by a very old connection type). Cost is around $US200 for a basic model.  Sounds like one of those things workshops could really do with if importers found a good source of the air sensors at a good price!

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