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Offline Frank-Jan

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This just arrived: "how-far-out" laser receiver that works with my old rotating laser (topcon RL Ha, with invisible laserdiode). This one is the same as the topcon LS-100D receiver, but at the store I ordered from, this one was less expensive.
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Offline Coen

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A Stanley "made in USA" glass scraper. Genious tool for not even 4 bucks. This thing; https://www.stanleytools.com/product/28-500/95mm-professional-glass-scraper

I bought the Toughbuilt Utility knife / scraper 2-in-1 thing for that... but it's junk for scraping as it doesn't allow for low scrape angles. I returned that and got the Stanley for not even 1/4th the cost. I absolutely regret not getting that sooner. I used to just use a spare blade...  [eek]

Offline Bert Vanderveen

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A Stanley "made in USA" glass scraper. Genious tool for not even 4 bucks. This thing; https://www.stanleytools.com/product/28-500/95mm-professional-glass-scraper

I bought the Toughbuilt Utility knife / scraper 2-in-1 thing for that... but it's junk for scraping as it doesn't allow for low scrape angles. I returned that and got the Stanley for not even 1/4th the cost. I absolutely regret not getting that sooner. I used to just use a spare blade...  [eek]


It IS nice, but tends to leave scratches on glass in my experience.
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Offline Packard

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I have that scraper.  But I also recently bought this Stanley Scraper and I like it better.  The "cap" acts as a non-marring plastic scraper.

Less than $8.00 from Amazon.



I also ordered these TCP Global "razor blades".  Plastic and non-marring.  $6.00 for 100 blades and three holders. 


Offline Coen

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A Stanley "made in USA" glass scraper. Genious tool for not even 4 bucks. This thing; https://www.stanleytools.com/product/28-500/95mm-professional-glass-scraper

I bought the Toughbuilt Utility knife / scraper 2-in-1 thing for that... but it's junk for scraping as it doesn't allow for low scrape angles. I returned that and got the Stanley for not even 1/4th the cost. I absolutely regret not getting that sooner. I used to just use a spare blade...  [eek]


It IS nice, but tends to leave scratches on glass in my experience.

Even with new blade?

I intend to use it to remove wall paint from painted door frames.

Offline Crazyraceguy

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I have the same one. They used to be black, now all you can get is that yellow.
I use mine for scraping laminate corners after filing. I use the same blade for years at a time though.
It seems funny, but you can't use it (the way I do) if the blade is sharp. I hone some of the sharpness off with a diamond stone and then only use it in the holder one way. You cannot turn it over after it starts to get worn-in. It will dig in and destroy the edge.

If you are scraping glass, frequent blade changes are your friend. It should be fine.
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Offline Coen

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I'm not even scraping glass with it. And in this project; if the paint is perfect it will draw too much attention to bigger failures... like the whole door frame sitting at 88 degrees relative to the wall instead of perpendicular  [blink]

Offline Coen

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I have that scraper.  But I also recently bought this Stanley Scraper and I like it better.  The "cap" acts as a non-marring plastic scraper.

Less than $8.00 from Amazon.



I also ordered these TCP Global "razor blades".  Plastic and non-marring.  $6.00 for 100 blades and three holders. 



Oooh, that yellow thing (I also see one listing with red) is about the same in Dutch webstores; 4 euro's. But doesn't it have a steeper angle of attack? It does use blades I use already elsewhere, that's a bonus.

Offline hdv

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Visited the Lee Valley webstore today to find out about the updated delivery status of the #5½ I ordered on March 13 last year (yep, that's not a typo!  [blink]  ). Then I saw these:

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and these:



I ordered 4 of both to go with the Bessey toggle clamps I already have. I have almost no 20 mm stuff, but quite some 19 mm. So this will come in quite handy.

Offline hdv

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Hmm... that first picture didn't come through.


Offline Coen

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But what is it??

Online Cheese

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But what is it??

It attaches to the Bessey toggle clamps so they can be used in the dog holes.

Offline hdv

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Ah, good question! Sorry, I didn't realise I hadn't added a description.  [embarassed]

It is as Cheese said: these are plates for mounting Bessey Toggle Clamps to workbenches (the first photo) and T-tracks (the second photo). I have opted for the version with a ¾" post, but they do have them with a 20 mm post as well.

I might be one of the few Festoolies who has almost no MFT-related gizmo's in the workshop. No 20 mm holes here. Not that I have anything against them, but I already had everything that needed holes in the other dimension and never found a compelling reason to add more confusion to the mix.

The weird thing is that I do have a very nice systainer with a set of 20 mm dogs from Woodpeckers. I don't think I have ever opened it yet. It was a present from someone. Maybe I should sell it so that someone else might put them to good use. That might be better than letting them gather dust and take up space. But then again, it was a present. Dunno...  [unsure]


Online Cheese

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Re: What non Festool tool did you buy today? Parabolic Drill Bits
« Reply #853 on: March 26, 2022, 12:02 PM »
Normal twist drills are designed to only drill to the depth of 2x-4x the drill diameter before the drill has to be withdrawn to clear the chips. This is the case for drilling in both metal and wood, although you can force the drill deeper in wood because of its softer nature, but then hole quality can become an issue. This is the reason "peck drilling" came about.

I've been looking at parabolic drill bits which are designed to drill to the depth of 12x-15x the drill diameter before chip packing becomes an issue. 

I purchased Viking parabolic drill bits manufactured in St. Paul Minnesota. They're a 135º, split point, M42 (cobalt) based bit that's been TiN (Titanium Nitride) coated.

http://www.vikingdrill.com/pdf/section/2021%20Viking%20Drill%20Section.pdf

Interesting points:
1. The drill bit packaging and marketing materials call out fractional sizes but the actual drill bit is marked in mm.
2. Anyone familiar with cobalt and Tin coated tools understands there's a premium price to pay for either option let alone when both options are needed/wanted.
For instance, the 1/16" bit was $4.30 while the 9/32" bit was $12.21. However, for the rest of the sizes from 19/64" through 1/2" the prices varied from $2.15 to $2.26.  [eek]   I don't know if it's a close out sale but I do know that in those larger diameters, you'd be hard pressed to find a common, garden variety 118º HSS black oxide drill bit for 2X those prices. I purchased them at Travers if anyone is interested.





« Last Edit: March 26, 2022, 01:30 PM by Cheese »

Online rvieceli

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@Cheese where did you get those?

Thanks

Ron

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Sorry apparently I need to read for content
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Offline Bob D.

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Finally received my Woodpeckers mitersaw fence. I don't even remember how long ago I ordered it. Showed up today so I hope to get to work on finishing my mitersaw station soon.

« Last Edit: March 26, 2022, 02:45 PM by Bob D. »
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Online Cheese

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Re: What non Festool tool did you buy today? Parabolic Drill Bits
« Reply #856 on: March 26, 2022, 05:24 PM »
@Cheese where did you get those?

Thanks

Ron

 [eek]

Sorry apparently I need to read for content

 [smile] LOL Ron  [smile]...Actually I thought about you when I ordered these Ron. Those lamp bodies you do are such a deep drill that something like a parabolic drill form would service your needs nicely I think.  Viking also manufactures parabolic drills for deep holes in 6", 9" & 12" lengths.

Type XGT-UB
Extra Length
EXTRA LENGTH DRILLS
Heavy Duty 135o Split Point --- 6" - 9" - 12"
Type 200 & 208
• Gyroidal Torsion flute and wide land construction yield exceptional performance in deep hole drilling applications .
• Recommended for work hardening grades of stainless steel and other hard metal drilling operations .
• Will drill 12 or more diameters deep without drill removal to clear chips . Feed rates may be twice that of standard drills .

http://www.vikingdrill.com/pdf/section/2021%20Viking%20Drill%20Section.pdf

I'm gonna try the ones I purchased tomorrow.
« Last Edit: March 26, 2022, 05:26 PM by Cheese »

Offline Michael Kellough

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@ Cheese wrote "I don't know if it's a close out sale but I do know that in those larger diameters, you'd be hard pressed to find a common, garden variety 118º HSS black oxide drill bit for 2X those prices. I purchased them at Travers if anyone is interested."

Must be your good karma. The price of that Viking 13/32" bit at Travers for the rest of us...

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Re: What non Festool tool did you buy today? Parabolic Drill Bits
« Reply #858 on: March 26, 2022, 09:20 PM »
Must be your good karma. The price of that Viking 13/32" bit at Travers for the rest of us...

 [smile]  That's interesting Michael, so it must have been a pricing mistake that just went in my favor... [big grin]

It was weird because all of the drills were at their normal price point and when I entered the "Discount Code", the small drills dropped by 15% while all of the larger drills went down to the $2.00 range. I actually figured there'd be a price adjustment at some point but once I paid for them the low prices were still in effect so I was clueless as to what was going on.

I see they still haven't updated the pricing on the 3/8" diameter drill.

« Last Edit: March 26, 2022, 09:27 PM by Cheese »


Offline Frank-Jan

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I like that one a lot aswell. They're also rebranded by a lot of companies, I have one rebranded to veidec, but I have seen housebrandnames of DIY-stores, and even knipex versions.

Offline Coen

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15mm is too short for some uses. I think some Gira branded outlets with push contacts are 16mm

Offline DynaGlide

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Nice Matt...are you going to install a helical cutter head?

Offline DynaGlide

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Nice Matt...are you going to install a helical cutter head?

@Cheese I'd like to, but availability from reputable sellers is scarce. Amazon has it from some company I've never heard of before and there are a lot of websites with "shelixheads" "byrdtools" or some variation offering it so it's hard to tell which are authentic.

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Re: What non Festool tool did you buy today? Dewalt 735 Planer
« Reply #865 on: March 31, 2022, 09:47 AM »
@Cheese I'd like to, but availability from reputable sellers is scarce. Amazon has it from some company I've never heard of before and there are a lot of websites with "shelixheads" "byrdtools" or some variation offering it so it's hard to tell which are authentic.


I purchased the small diameter Shelix from Holbren before the larger diameter was offered. I would have preferred the large diameter version but I'm still quite satisfied with the version l have. The stock Dewalt knives are like butter, they give a real nice surface finish but they wear out quickly and cannot be resharpened.

Have you heard of Lux Cut? That may be an alternative.

https://mywoodcutters.com/LuxCutIIIHead_for_DEWALT_13_INCH_Planer_Model_DW-735_or_DW-735X

The Shelix head is manufactured in the US and comes with German manufactured carbide inserts.

This is from Byrd Tool:
Since April 2020 we have been overrun by demand for DW735 Shelix heads. Note, due to extreme demand plus raw material shortages DW735 heads typically ship between 38 and 48 weeks from when your order is placed. Fully installed planers with DW735 heads pre-installed typically ship with 7 to 10 business days and are ready to use right out of the box.

https://youtu.be/NtN08HIvy44?t=5
« Last Edit: March 31, 2022, 09:54 AM by Cheese »

Offline Alanbach

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@DynaGlide - Call Byrd Tool Corp. directly at 1-800-441-BYRD (2973). Ask for Becky and if you get the answers you want ask her if you can have a discount. There are a lot of resellers that buy their heads at wholesale and then resell them for less than they do at retail. Their websites are easy to find and they make themselves look the manufacturer but they are not. Becky is great, very knowledgable and helpful but don’t put too much stock in her time estimate, they do run behind.

Offline Packard

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I did not buy this recently, but I did use it the other day.  Transfer punch set.  Allows you to transfer the center points of holes to another piece of stock for accurate drilling.

This is not the illustration in Amazon, but it shows the parts better.  I purchased it for about $27.00 for the set.  Harbor Freight has it for a lot less and that would probably be fine if all you are marking is wood, aluminum or brass.  I don't use it often, but when I need it, it is the only thing that really works.  They are pretty similar to dowel centers.  They are available in metric or imperial sizes.  I have imperial and it is close enough in size to work for the metric holes I had to center.   The video shows mounting a router plate on a router table (a perfect application for these punches).



« Last Edit: March 31, 2022, 10:38 AM by Packard »

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Re: What non Festool tool did you buy today? KEO Center Drills
« Reply #868 on: March 31, 2022, 06:08 PM »
I purchased a set of KEO M42 (cobalt) center drills, which is a countersink combined with a small drill point that’s typically used to produce a center in the end of long material that will be turned between centers on a lathe.

I use them a lot for spotting holes in metal that will be drilled on a drill press or even drilled by hand. The traditional method is to mark the hole, center punch it and then attempt to center the drill bit and start drilling the pilot hole, the usual result is that the drill bit “walks” off of the center punch and tries to drill at a slight angle. It mucks up the starting hole and it mucks up the drill bit geometry.

The reason for this is the combination of the large point/lip size and the small diameter of the drill bit shank along with its long length. The wide lip skates off of the center punch mark and the long drill bit flexes/bends.

With a center drill, the drill point is small while the drill body is large and short. It’s an extra step in the hole drilling process but if you need straight, accurately placed holes in metal it’s worth the extra effort.

These also work well on wood if you need extreme precision for hole locations. I can draw something up in CAD, print 1:1, use that as a template, attach it to the wood and then center drill the hole locations with the small diameter center drill. The hole locations will all be within .005” if you’re careful.





Just to give you an idea of the drill body diameter vs the drill point size, it usually runs around 2.4:1.
#1 = 1/8” body = .046” hole dia
#2 = 3/16” body = .078” hole dia
#3 = 1/4” body = .109” hole dia
#4 = 5/16” body = .125” hole dia
#5 = 7/16” body = .187” hole dia

As I mentioned, these are 60º cobalt while HSS is standard but TiN coated and TiAlN coated HSS and solid carbide are also options. Optional angles are both 82º and 90º.

And finally here’s a photo of a standard length #4 body (5/16” diameter) center drill vs a 4" long length #4 body center drill usually referred to as a #4 x 4. This is a 4” version and they’re offered in lengths up to 8” long to reach into difficult areas.

If you’re interested in just trying one for your projects, I’d suggest the #4 is probably my most used size and that’d be a good way to evaluate its usefulness

« Last Edit: April 01, 2022, 09:47 AM by Cheese »

Offline batmanimal

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I purchased a small 7.5” multi material chop saw called the “Evolution Rage 4” because I’m building an outdoor kitchen and need to cut steel tubes.

Why they named this cute little thing like it’s a horror movie, I do not know, but I am looking forward to trying it. It was $111 USD and includes a decent blade.

I have not had time to build or do anything enjoyable, as most of my free time the last two weeks has been spent troubleshooting my septic system, which really has been a bit of a horror movie!