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Making Hoses Fit

If you’ve ever tried to connect a vacuum to your portable power tools, you’re likely to have come across one (if not several) where the supplied nozzle at the end of the hose doesn’t even come close to fitting snugly in to the tool’s outlet. Some people will resort to using masking tape or scraps of PVC pipe; worse still (and I’ve been guilty of this many times) is where people decide to neglect the use of dust extraction and then proceed to cut, plane, rout or sand away with fine particles filling their workshops!

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On Friday, while I was waiting for the glue to dry on a pair of chess boards (more on the perils of gluing end-grain to end-grain another time), I decided to have a go at making an attachment that would connect my vacuum to my random orbital sander. As you can see above; it works and I got the idea initially from (I think) Chris Pine over on Keek (@cpine).

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An additional tip for drilling small squares safely!

You basically take two small squares of plywood, drilling one hole in each. In one block, you have a hole sized to take the nozzle from the vacuum; the other is drilled to fit over your tool’s outlet or port. Then, these two blocks are carefully glued together and I rounded the corners off to make it aesthetically pleasing.

It’s a custom solution that doesn’t cost a lot but might ensure you never run out of masking tape. You may still need to manufacture one ‘fitting’ for each of your tools but, if it means you’re more likely to use dust extraction then it’s worth it.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve found this tip useful.

Making a T&G Gate (Part 3)

As we take one giant leap backwards to a point before the second post on this project, we begin to discover just how messed up the timeline is on this one! At least, with the way I’ve posted it…

Of course, before I could fit the gate in to its newly-created opening, even for a single night, I had to trim the boards so that the gate would actually fit…

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Christmas Came Early

Due to a week-long battle with the flu, I’ve found myself left with very little time or energy to many things, including the task of keeping this blog up to date. Christmas has come and gone now but, for me at least, it did arrive slightly early for me when one package (to me; from me!! ;-)) arrived four-days ahead of the Big Day, direct from Metabo in Southampton:

It’s the Metabo 10.8v PowerMaxx 12 combo. kit, featuring a drill/driver, impact driver and also, a handy little torch.

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