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Power Tools: Homemade Three-setting Vacuum System
Posted by J.S. Decker on Jan 12, 2008, 13:41
Sometimes I just geek myself out, and that is what I have done with my new vacuum system for vacuum bagging that can be set to three different vacuum ranges with a three-position switch.  I do not know how many vacuum systems that I have built, but the number exceeds half a dozen.  Yet, for the last year or so I have wanted to build yet another vacuum system that I could switch between three vacuum settings use the most frequently without resetting a vacuum switch.



Power Tools: Bench Sanders
Posted by J.S. Decker on Dec 23, 2007, 01:41
Most of my bulk construction is performed with a band saw and disk sander.  Here are some things that you might consider when purchasing, setting up, and getting the most from bench sanders for composite model construction...




Power Tools: Band Saws
Posted by J.S. Decker on Dec 17, 2007, 19:29
Most of my bulk construction is performed with a band saw and disk sander.  If you have the space to setup both tools, the band saw and disk sander set up is a well proven scratch building path.  If you have limited space, you might consider a high quality scroll saw, e.g., the DeWalt DW788, and using both scroll saw blades and scroll saw sanding strips.  If you choose to use a band saw, here are some things that you might consider when purchasing, setting up, and getting the most from your band saw composite model construction:



The most important tool in my shop...
Posted by J.S. Decker on Dec 13, 2007, 21:32
is not the band saw, Dremel, or any other conventional model building tool.  It is my notebook.  My notebook serves as a log of where Iíve been.  It contains doodles and other ideas as well as shopping lists and notes where I got things, like where I last purchase d 60-inch wide Kevlar and how much I paid for it.




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Power Tools: Homemade Three-setting Vacuum System
Power Tools: Bench Sanders
Power Tools: Band Saws
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