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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Workshops and Mobile Vehicle-Based Shops => Topic started by: Mario Turcot on August 06, 2019, 01:49 PM

Title: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Mario Turcot on August 06, 2019, 01:49 PM
Introducing the Kapex butterfly  [big grin]

I was not pleased with my previous Kapex stand, I decided to go wild. The goal was to reduce accumulation of dust under the Kapex.
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Most dust not captured by the CT should end up in the trash bin  [big grin]
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I still have to make a few stop block for repeating cut but it's all functional  [cool]
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Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: lshah72414 on August 06, 2019, 02:22 PM
Pretty ingenious  Mario. You should patent that!
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: threesixright on August 06, 2019, 02:49 PM
Looks great!

What about the dust behind the saw, isn't that dropping behind your bucket?

How about a funnel-ish behind that drops into the bucket?
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Mario Turcot on August 06, 2019, 03:32 PM
Thank you @lshah72414 for the kind words  [smile]

@threesixright you know at the beginning I was planning to put a three faces funnel but. After putting the trash bin under the saw, I realized that there was not enough room (6"-8"), or the slope would be too minimal. I may end up building a saw dust wood box to have it lower and put a funnel like you said.
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: ChuckM on August 06, 2019, 04:43 PM
Nice job. I like the knobs that allow you to level the saw if ever needed.
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: threesixright on August 06, 2019, 05:03 PM
@threesixright you know at the beginning I was planning to put a three faces funnel but. After putting the trash bin under the saw, I realized that there was not enough room (6"-8"), or the slope would be too minimal. I may end up building a saw dust wood box to have it lower and put a funnel like you said.
Yeah something like, maybe cut a ½ circle in there that would fit (½) the bucket  8)
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Mario Turcot on August 06, 2019, 05:32 PM
Nice job. I like the knobs that allow you to level the saw if ever needed.

In my previous attempts it's always been a problem to get the surface of both sides plane with the Kapex bed. That time I gave myself  some leverage  [wink]

The butter fly slides on those adjustable boards (holders), All I need to do is put a stopper in the back  [smile]
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: ghjaxman on August 06, 2019, 05:33 PM
Nice.  Now we just need the SVG file so I can cut it out with a Shaper Origin.  [big grin]
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Mario Turcot on August 06, 2019, 06:34 PM
Nice.  Now we just need the SVG file so I can cut it out with a Shaper Origin.  [big grin]

Ahaha I wish I had a 3D scanner. Would be a piece of cake  [wink]

That was fun & easy to make. Sat the Kapex on a board and trace contours. Made a few 2" 1/2 holes with a forstner bit, jigsaw the smily and band saw the contours. If you wonder about sagging, the board is made of 2x 18mm baltic birch ply laminated together.
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: ghjaxman on August 06, 2019, 10:32 PM
Good Idea on the dual Baltic Birch.  I will have to draw something up on Inkscape for the pattern.  Great Idea.
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Mario Turcot on August 06, 2019, 11:04 PM
Good Idea on the dual Baltic Birch.  I will have to draw something up on Inkscape for the pattern.  Great Idea.

Thank you!

Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Jiggy Joiner on August 07, 2019, 02:31 AM
Very nice job Mario, and functional.
I have to sort something out for my Kapex, it spends most of it’s time in the workshop, and often with the extensions. Dust collection is fine, as I use a short 36mm hose on the port, and a large hood angled at the rear and base. It’s a bit Heath Robinson at the moment though, as the saw gets moved a lot.

So I’m looking to make a functional but portable solution, you’re idea has prompted some other thought.  [thumbs up]
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Cheese on August 08, 2019, 02:07 PM

So I’m looking to make a functional but portable solution, you’re idea has prompted some other thought.  [thumbs up]

Well Jiggy, here's my solution. I also used the butterfly approach using 12 mm BB. I wanted to include a little extra bit of real estate to hold useful items.

This is mounted to an old Milwaukee miter saw stand so it's completely portable if needed.

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The ply is light weight and holds a couple of pencils, tape measure, square, holes for an extra hold down along with 2 hex keys.

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A package of zero kerf inserts live on the rear extension.

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Don't forget to add an 8 mm BB zero clearance fence

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However, if you want to be able to still pivot the hold downs into position rather than removing & replacing them, you'll have to nip off one of the points.

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Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Mario Turcot on August 08, 2019, 02:13 PM
Well done @Cheese Why didn't you post that earlier you slacker  [tongue]
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Cheese on August 08, 2019, 02:17 PM
Well done @Cheese Why didn't you post that earlier you slacker  [tongue]

 [scratch chin]  Ya got me on that one Mario...
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Mario Turcot on August 08, 2019, 03:01 PM
I like your pencil holder, gave me some ideas  [wink]
Title: Re: The Kapex Butterfly
Post by: Jiggy Joiner on August 10, 2019, 07:39 AM
That's really nice Cheese, and would solve my always looking for my pencil problem amongst other things.
The problem I have with making a butterfly, is my saw is on the UG base/stand, as it gets used a lot with the extensions. so I'm limited to some extent.