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Old 10-22-2009, 10:31 AM
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Recently, Sudsy posted a center marker that he had made, his reasoning, he hated mindless work...Well it got me thinking, I use many blank sizes and types of wood, I make anywhere from 300 - 500 plugs a year.. I never mind marking the ceters, most times I can eyeball it close enough to do the job, on the ones that need to be exact, I have a hack saw blade set into a block of wood with two corners blocked in, it handles any blank, any size even the round dowels.. but here is the problem.. I still need to punch each end with an awl.... it never bothered me until.... Sudsy posted that damn machine!
, Using parts scrounged from work and my shop I built my own, mine had to be adjustable, as I use stock anywhere from 2" down to 1" as well as round dowels....

The base is made from 3/4 X 3" Poplar... the floating bed made from 2" PVC angle, but aluminum or even wood would work, the angles have been put together by drilling and tapping 6/32 screws into the opposite edge..... the motor is a 1/25 HP air over mixer motor that spins at at 1725 rpm's , held in place by universal hanger material that comes in a roll...
The floating bed adjusters are made by drillling out and tapping 3/8-16 holes in the ends of stand plates used for fixing pipes( called F&M plates) to a wall, inserted and loc tighted in place are 3"X 3/8-16 bolts with long shoulders, once the thread bottoms out, the protruding thread is cut off flush and filed smoothe, the bolt heads are also removed, the "pins" will keep your floating bed in place, the center hole is drilled out( 3/8 drill) to accept a short lenth of threaded rod, , kep nuts are installed into the wood base ( I epoxied these in from the back side to give me maximum clearance, normaly they would be placed on the pressure side) and a nut secured ( with lock tight) to allow the adjuster to push up and control the floating adjuster..

the back side of the floating bed is slotted to allow for verticle movement, a pair of 3/8-16 holes are drilled and tapped as close to the, edge as possible in the plastic, these are your depth adjusters, keep them low or the bed will not seat level, a pair of 3/8-16 studs are threaded into kep nuts( and lock tighted in place) on the back of the base, once fitted with nuts and washers, these contol the seating of the bed...

Adjustment is easy, simply measure your blank, set the bed for 1/2 the distance on both the horizontal and verticle... adjust the rear to keep the bed from rocking, the rear adjustment is not as critical as the front...

once you have your center measured, tighten the two rear nuts finger tight and mark your blank...

THANK YOU SUDSY.... owe you a plug!
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:42 AM
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Pictures would be nice...

and I made the cutter from an old drill extrension I cut and ground to a point, I made it concentric by taking a file to it as it spun on the motor... I split the tip like a drill bit to allow for quick penetration..
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:36 PM
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is there anything you cant make.... you always seem to take a bit of inspiration and make it work for you. a true craftsman.
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:24 PM
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is there anything you cant make.... you always seem to take a bit of inspiration and make it work for you. a true craftsman.

I have flashes of brillance.... but most of them are a flash in the pan!!!!!

good to see you posting my friend.. it's not the same around here with out you!

I just went through the whole post and cleaned up my miscues ( at least most of them) .. I definatly do better after a few cups of coffee have entered my blood stream!
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available time during the day to read and post is limmited...but ill participate as much as i can....and its good to be back among friends.
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:39 PM
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Awesome stuff there Rock!
I may have to lift some of what you just did to make mine adjustable.
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Old 10-27-2009, 08:09 AM
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Awesome stuff there Rock!
I may have to lift some of what you just did to make mine adjustable.

Exactly why I posted it...
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Awesome stuff there Rock!
I may have to lift some of what you just did to make mine adjustable.
I had offered to do this for you. You could have brought it up to Fairfield(the shop) or sent it to me. I don't mean anything bad by this so please don't get upset. Couple hours(maybe less) and we would have been done then had lunch or shot out to my house-1/2 hour drive and go out on the lake. It's nice when you have a 1/2 decent size machine shop and all the tools, metal, lexan and who knows what else.(Nuts and bolts up the wazoo) Do hickies, thinga ma jigs, whatchamacallits. Bridgeport mill, 3 metals lathes, benders/brake, 1/2 dozen drill press, 2 band saws, buffers, grinders well you get the picture. Hell if you want to change your oil we also have 3 lifts but for your beast we should use the 4 post lift
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Hey Guys,
just wanted to thank you "all" for the fond memories. I found myself reading your "post of creativity". It brought back great times of Dad (master carpenter) and (jack of all trades) working in his shop. Alot like you guys, never saw a problem, just a challenge

Thanks again, DEERDRAGGER (Al)
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