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Pin Guns and Brad Nailers

Last night, I sat down to write this but took a break part-way through to remove myself from my lovely arm and to head off for a relaxing shower. By the time I returned and awoke my laptop, I realised it was deciding to play up. Even with an internet connection, none of the tabs in my browser were responding properly. I had to reboot the computer (and a forced restart, at that) before I could type any more and, as Windows reloaded and I clicked on the Firefox icon on my desktop, I realised that WordPress had automatically saved nothing more than the opening line.

I was virtually ready to hit ‘Publish’ but now, I’m stating again. My mind was clouded with other thoughts last night so, maybe this is for the better.

Arrow EBN320 RED Electric Brad Nail Gun (Photo credit: D&M Tools).

My day job isn’t one that I particularly enjoy. It doesn’t involve working with wood but, mostly to the extent of fixing sheets of plywood together with nail guns to construct packing cases. Not the sort of fine-quality work I’ve been trained to produce but still, it does just about pay the bills and I can only imagine it is better than working in a confined, stuffy office. In over eighteen months now, this role has taught me the significance a pin gun (you might refer to them as brand nailers) can bring to a woodworking workshop.

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Table Saw Base Rails (PK200)

Earlier this week, I spent a lot of money (£120!) on two lengths of aluminium extrusion for my Elektra Beckum PK200 table saw. They’re sold as a base attachment rails and really are essential for anyone, like me, who only has the basic saw cabinet. Before adding any of the accessories (sliding table, right-hand extension, outfeed table), you must have these two rails fitted. It’s only a shame I didn’t buy these several months ago when they were only £80. I guess the deepening global economic crisis is responsible for the 50% rise in costs but, I only have myself to blame for procrastinating… Once again!

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1 + 1 = …1?

This is something that’s been playing on my mind, recently. I’ve come to the conclusion that storing my router table underneath the mitre saw isn’t the most practical solution for my workshop. Although I built it as a benchtop model, it is quite heavy and, I keep looking that Black & Decker Workmate and asking myself; “Is there a way in which I can better utilise this space?“.

I seem to be using my table saw far more often than I had anticipated when I bought it (well, it is nice not to have to change bandsaw blades so frequently!) and, as I’d like to be able to increase the width support (ripping capacity) on this saw, it only seems logical that I should try to bring a router table in to the equation as well. Then, I could store power tools (with or without their cases) below both machines and relegate that hazardous Workmate to the rear wall.

I’d have to start by buying the base attachment rails I was talking about many months ago. They’re not cheap but, at 1180mm long, that’s going to leave a lot of room for some kind of addition on that right-hand end. Currently, the saw’s table is a bit less than 600mm wide. Even with an allowance for the potential sliding cross-cutting table on the left-hand side (6in or so?), I should really look to do something with all that extra space – I still don’t fancy spend £120 on what looks to be a fairly straight-forward width extension. For that, I could buy a new mounting plate, NVR switch, a whole sheet of Formica and still, walk away with change in my pocket!!

So, it seems like a good idea for the future; whenever I can find the time. Plenty of other people have done it if you look across any of the woodworking forums so, it can’t be a bad idea, can it? 🙂

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Startrite 401e Bandsaw

This monster’s been in my workshop for a few months now. In that time, I’ve been able to do just about everything with it – from cutting curves and shaping, to to forming lap joints and deep-ripping wide boards of hardwood. There isn’t much that I haven’t already done with it [I’ve even broken a blade and ripped the tyre off the top wheel!!] so, I think it’s about time I gave my verdict.

[WARNINGThis is going to be a long one!!]

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A Note on Nilfisk

The latest toy to arrive in my workshop!

Earlier this week, my new vacuum arrived in my workshop – it’s the Nilfisk-Alto Aero 25-21, in case I haven’t mentioned it before…! 😉 I placed the order online Tuesday morning and was a little disappointed when the despatch confirmation dropped in to my inbox Wednesday lunch time. Usually, D&M Tools are next-day, regardless of which service you pay for… Continue reading…

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