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Old 09-18-2009, 04:38 PM
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Default Center cutter - should have built one of these years ago!

One of the jobs I always hated was marking and punching centers in blanks. I can't stand doing mindless crap, especially when it has to be perfect or it throws off my entire process.
Designed this machine to make perfectly centered holes every time in AYC baluster.

Built it using a small electric motor tool I found in an empty building years ago (one of the perks of my job). It could just as easily be made with a sewing machine motor.
Placed an arbor over the shaft and threaded the cutter side to accept a sharpened bolt.

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Did all the blanks that don't have lines in 1/10th the amount of time it took to do the ones that had to have centering lines drawn and the holes punched with an awl.

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Old 09-18-2009, 05:18 PM
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Default Re: Center cutter - should have built one of these years ago!

That is Slick! Slick Slick! To quote "Tower of Power" very nice!
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Old 09-19-2009, 03:20 AM
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That's brilliant. Does it adjust for different blank sizes.I hope you don't mind me asking, what type of motor and bit are you using ? Thanks.
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:06 PM
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Built it using a small electric motor tool I found in an empty building years ago (one of the perks of my job). It could just as easily be made with a sewing machine motor.

Placed an arbor over the shaft and threaded the cutter side to accept a sharpened bolt.
No it doesn't.
I get my AYC in fairly big batches and I don't make too many plugs, 50 to 75 a year has been average. I just finished cutting and marking enough blanks to keep me busy for months.
If the next batch from the mill is a bit different in size then this one I'll need to figure out how to adjust the cutter.
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Old 09-19-2009, 09:15 PM
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:42 AM
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SUDS QUOTE "Designed this machine to make perfectly centered holes every time in AYC baluster."

Where do you get your balusters? Are you buying through a local lumber yard? A Lowes near me used to carry them but they don't anymore. Go figure as they carry cedar decking, 2x4, and 3/4 stock. I do have a yard near me but they are stupid expensive, I wonder why anyone buys anything from them.

To make smaller adjustment on baluster size you can start with a smaller thickness lexan and have flat shims to adjust. Or if you want send the unit upto me me. I can bring to the shop and make it adjustable for you.
The fisrt thing I thought of when I saw it was that it is none adjustable and will only center one size lumber. If you need I have a lexan supplier we use near the shop and I can get you different thickness lexan if you need.

Great idea and time saver!!!
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:30 PM
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Nice.. I love jigs and rigs..
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:33 AM
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Where do you get your balusters? Are you buying through a local lumber yard?

To make smaller adjustment on baluster size you can start with a smaller thickness lexan and have flat shims to adjust.

Or if you want send the unit up to me me. I can bring to the shop and make it adjustable for you.
I get mine the same place everyone else does - there's a lumberyard in Rhody that supplies just about all the plugbuilders
And yes, it's expensive, costs me about $6 a stick.

Smaller is easy, like you said, shims
Bigger is an issue.

We should talk
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I get my Lexan (polycarbonate) from a supplier. I think thats all they sell so I get it at wholesale. Many times I get drop offs from them for next to nothing or even free. I've gotten from 11/16 for a safety shield on a bus down to oh I don't know-very thin. So if you need I can check with them. Or if you want we can make the table adjustable. Just bring it up and we can goto the shop and do what we need- or F it and you'll be fine
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:11 PM
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Very nice Sudsy.
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:19 PM
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lu !!
What's up bud?
Was thinking about you yesterday as I put that flaptail into my bag
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That's pretty sweet Suds!
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Cool idea!

I built something similar last year, basically a box with 2 sides removed, and a screw in the bottom. Like up the blank in the corner, and tap with hammer so that the screw center marks the blank end.
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