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  1. I'm in a 3X4 shed, with some extra room in front...

    I'm in a 3X4 shed, with some extra room in front of it to work outside on workmates (which I love doing), and some extra room under the house for storing wood. I love my space and I absolutely do...
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    It's not airtight, there is a hole for the power...

    It's not airtight, there is a hole for the power cable and another for the air hose. It's tight, but not airtight.


    Nah, this is just an extra piece of bench held on top of the box with a couple...
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    Later I also added a kitchen thermometer. Under...

    Later I also added a kitchen thermometer. Under my normal use the temperature is not really going up that much, max I've seen it was 32-33 degrees. But yeah 8 years is 7 years more than I was...
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    In terms of noise, I can share what I have done. ...

    In terms of noise, I can share what I have done.

    It's basically just a box made of one layer of particleboard and one layer of plywood. That's it. No exhaust systems, no vent holes, just a big...
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    You'd think that people who push sticks against...

    You'd think that people who push sticks against spinning blades with their bare hands for entertainment purposes on a daily basis would know to unplug a machine before sticking their hand in it. ...
  6. Thread: Deck question

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    Thanks guys

    Thanks guys
  7. Thread: Deck question

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    Deck question

    Ok that was A LOT of sanding (there's a bunch more around the corner)
    Before I sanded it bare it had multiple layers of... something that had turned a terrible orange/yellow and had started to peel...
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    LOL I didn't see it, I'm an idiot :U

    LOL I didn't see it, I'm an idiot :U
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    I'll tell you how I built my shed/workshop which...

    I'll tell you how I built my shed/workshop which sounds really similar to yours. It's a 4m X 3m on a DIY concrete slab. This is a photo from halfway into the construction. Timber frame with a...
  10. Hi, do you want to be my nephew? :D That's...

    Hi, do you want to be my nephew? :D

    That's really really nice

    My policy with errors in handmade work is, just keep it. It's a visual reminder to the ultimate recipient that what he's holding...
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    I can't believe this is the best design they...

    I can't believe this is the best design they could think of for a cheap and practical window opening mechanism. It's terrible. Unless there is something better out there and we are the terrible...
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    I have one that looks exactly like that but I...

    I have one that looks exactly like that but I bought it from Gasweld with the "Toolex" branding on, and it's red. Must have come out of the same cookie cutter.
    Mine didn't work that well, the depth...
  13. Thanks, I had a spare broomhandle so I chopped it...

    Thanks, I had a spare broomhandle so I chopped it in half and made those :D

    Cleats sound like a better idea than they actually are to be honest, in theory you have all those options for...
  14. In case anyone is wondering, my electric planer...

    In case anyone is wondering, my electric planer now probably needs new blades but I ended up saving that thing.

    It is now drying and waiting to become the top of a pencil case for my 9 year old...
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    Sorry I don't mean to sidetrack the thread, but I...

    Sorry I don't mean to sidetrack the thread, but I was always wondering, do you think there is an adequate market in Melbourne for hand made furniture? All that beautiful stuff I see that people make...
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    Just as an update 8 months later, I now have four...

    Just as an update 8 months later, I now have four Luban planes: plough, rebate, smoothing, jack
    https://photos.smugmug.com/Workshop/i-qpqDtDq/0/6fb85e02/XL/20181229_101135-XL.jpg

    I like them.
  17. Thread: Hippo

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    Yeah I was just being realistic (on their behalf)...

    Yeah I was just being realistic (on their behalf) and I figured that the life expectancy of a detailed wooden toy in the hands of a toddler is probably not very high :D

    I just wanted them to have...
  18. Thread: Hippo

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    Hippo

    A lot of you might be familiar with Kay Bojesen's hippo design. I was asked to make the same but a little bigger as a Xmas gift to a toddler.

    This is the box, "φ" is just his initial in Greek....
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    Man I know exactly what you're saying, I want my...

    Man I know exactly what you're saying, I want my pencils to stand up when I'm working so I can see them, so I sat there and made tiny partitions like an idiot :D
    your idea is much better.
    ...
  20. Merry Xmas Vann Don't get me wrong mate I'm...

    Merry Xmas Vann

    Don't get me wrong mate I'm with you all the way, I only buy used cars for the same reason.
    But I don't think because you have that snag with China at the moment we should...
  21. My only belt sander is an Ozito :D It falls in...

    My only belt sander is an Ozito :D
    It falls in the "I use this once a month" category, along with my other 2 chinesium legends
    ...
  22. At work we have a depot that looks after some...

    At work we have a depot that looks after some $500k vehicles that need to run 24/7. Because in the past things got messy with the tools (lost/stolen/damaged etc) currently the deal is that mechanics...
  23. Not everybody has to recycle - as long as most...

    Not everybody has to recycle - as long as most people do. Bins are audited on a sample basis, sooner or later you get a warning sticker, then a fine.

    Metal and plastic definitely get recycled and...
  24. Hi Vann, Metal and plastic doesn't go to...

    Hi Vann,

    Metal and plastic doesn't go to landfill :)
  25. I absolutely love Ozito and Aldi tools :) My...

    I absolutely love Ozito and Aldi tools :)

    My worst nightmare is a world you'd have to pay "good tool" prices for every little thing you want to make light use of or simply try out of curiosity. ...
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    Actually if you want to see a review just watch...

    Actually if you want to see a review just watch these, it's 100% exactly the same bandsaw.

    The only extra you get with the Sherwood is the circle cutting jig, which actually works, it just doesnt...
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    I'm really enjoying it. I love the ease of...

    I'm really enjoying it. I love the ease of access for tuning (although they did the stupid thing of painting some socket hex bolts and the allen key struggled to fit as a result, I hate it when they...
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    I love German woodworking videos I have no clue...

    I love German woodworking videos
    I have no clue what they're on about but they all look fake friendly and have nice small sheds that are always incredibly tidy LOL
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    What's the worse case scenario... that they used...

    What's the worse case scenario... that they used it as a demo somewhere? Maybe someone bought it and returned it? Either way it's essentially new, it works, I'm not worried at all.
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    Ok I gave them a call just then, they also said...

    Ok I gave them a call just then, they also said the same: "probably a test cut at the factory".
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    After a lot of thinking and looking at various...

    After a lot of thinking and looking at various machines up close, and after a lot of drooling, I realised that I'm just not there yet. I don't do enough to justify even a 14" machine, my floor...
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    Coming from me the correct answer is definitely...

    Coming from me the correct answer is definitely "I don't know". But what I can say from looking at the Carbatec one up close, it's a bare bones machine, they've saved on all the little things to...
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    I'm also looking at the Timbecon band saws, for a...

    I'm also looking at the Timbecon band saws, for a couple of days I stressed a little bit because some items were priced down as "November sale!" and I thought I might miss out.
    Today I checked again...
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    I went and had a look at it yesterday, and just...

    I went and had a look at it yesterday, and just from a first inspection it seems pretty basic in terms of knobs and dials and things like that so it looks like this is where most savings came from,...
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    Τhe $699 Carbatec special has a 1.5hp motor. I'm...

    Τhe $699 Carbatec special has a 1.5hp motor.
    I'm also on the market for a bandsaw and I would go for the $699 one, however after reexamining all the dimensions unfortunately I need to go even...
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    :D I'll give you an outsider's perspective,...

    :D

    I'll give you an outsider's perspective, because 15 years in Australia later I'm still more Greek than I am Australian, but please don't take it the wrong way, in Greece we have our own...
  37. Yep. I never imported tools but I used to buy a...

    Yep. I never imported tools but I used to buy a lot of gear from O/S for my other hobby (photography). Some brands like Fuji honor their warranties worldwide, some others like Canon don't, and try...
  38. Thread: Τambour

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    Thanks Alex, I used plywood for the horizontal...

    Thanks Alex, I used plywood for the horizontal surfaces because I didnt want to deal with wood movement, and I just dressed the edges with strips of myrtle. Then I ran out of myrtle entirely so I...
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    And this is the finished thing ...

    And this is the finished thing

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Workshop/i-wB2n3rc/0/7ea13a42/L/DSCF4603-L.jpg

    fitting those hinges over the fabric was a major PITA for some reason, even though I had...
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    The next part was easy - just basic woodworking. ...

    The next part was easy - just basic woodworking. Dont ask why I had to plane this, I'm just an idiot :D

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Workshop/i-GPfJXtw/0/ef4c9c0a/L/13-L.jpg
    ...
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    First try - blanket box

    So my wife and I tried our hands for the first time

    I couldn't be bothered bringing the air compressor into the house, so first things first I went shopping. I didn't really do any research so I...
  42. Thread: Τambour

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    and the finished thing: ...

    and the finished thing:

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Workshop/i-x4S87b5/0/897253fb/L/133-L.jpg

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Workshop/i-4bcJvLT/0/96b8cd76/L/134-L.jpg

    All I can say is geez I'm in...
  43. Thread: Τambour

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    I wish Carbatec was on my way back from work. ...

    I wish Carbatec was on my way back from work. But nope, it's Bunnings

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Workshop/i-r5MMzsn/0/4bab1266/L/128-L.jpg
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  44. Thread: Τambour

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    Τambour

    Finally working my way trough some timber I bought at the Melbourne timber show

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Workshop/i-MBWJm2m/1/5233a609/L/111-L.jpg

    Aldi mini band saw to the rescue :D
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    Yes I was looking at this last night, wow it does...

    Yes I was looking at this last night, wow it does look like a lot of saw for the money.
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    Footprint is important though, I dont think I...

    Footprint is important though, I dont think I need 16"
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    Please recommend a bandsaw

    I bought the tiny Aldi BS as a test to see if I'm actually going to use a bandsaw and it quickly became one of my favourite tools in the shed.
    It's been great, pretty much set and forget, and will...
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    Aaaaah, yep, no idea what you're talking about.

    Aaaaah, yep, no idea what you're talking about.
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    Came across this by accident and it reminded me...

    Came across this by accident and it reminded me of this thread :U

    https://youtu.be/tDpoAMLLR_0
    https://youtu.be/tDpoAMLLR_0
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    Is it really hard to sharpen drill bits on the...

    Is it really hard to sharpen drill bits on the bench grinder by hand? (never done it)
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