Double the Shop Space…
Well folks, it’s been a crazy six months since we moved to our new digs, but we are finally back to being a “fully armed and operational” woodshop. While it is WONDERFUL to have the additional square footage in the shop, let me walk you through some of the growing pains that seem to always accompany such a move:
- No power. Seriously. More than sufficient power and breakers available at the panel for the entire shop space… only one outlet. Count ’em, baby. ONE. And it’s by the door, because that’s where we do our woodworking. By the door.
- 36 outlets on 4 circuits added.
- Two 4-foot, 2-bulb T8 fluorescent light fixtures, located right above same said door. Just two.
- 12 more banks of T8 fixtures added.
- 4″ dust collection piping installed around the shop perimeter.
- Pressurized air lines installed around the shop perimeter.
- Slat wall system installed around the shop.
- Cabinets, shelving and racks built, for said slat walls.
- Flooring system installed for comfort, safety and ease of clean-up & maintenance.
- New, massive, righteous fence system installed on the main table saw.
And that was all over and above the pains of moving in the tables and equipment, while simultaneously building a few custom orders for customers. Sound like fun? Whew!!
Not our shop, but the right idea!
Double the Shop Fun!
We also have several other upgrade projects in the works, including:
- Dust collector upgrade;
- Shop insulation and air conditioning upgrade;
- Drill press upgrade;
- Band saw upgrade;
- Addition of a CNC machine.
Lastly, we have customer projects stacked up 6 deep in the planning office, so we have awesome work pieces on their way.
As you can see, we have a lot of things going on at Doobly-Do Wood Works, so check back often or follow us on social media to stay abreast of the shop improvements and customer projects.
Mike @ Doobly-Do Wood Works
That’s right, we are moving. Or, moved. Or, have moved. Or, will move? I don’t know which is most appropriate, but you get the idea. The Doobly-Do Crew are pulling up stakes and moving about 5 miles down the road to a new address and a new shop with double the space. We are excited to get operating again in the new digs, so keep checking up on us and we will keep you posted. And as always, thank you for your support!
The good news is that technology and free market capitalism have brought small thickness planers into home-shop affordability. The bad news is that without the 5-digit price tag, 24-inch wide planning capacity or 3-foot infeed and outfeed beds of an industrial production planer, there’s a lot of things to keep in mind with these inexpensive marvels. The typical hobbyist thickness planer is 12 to 13 inches wide and can handle stock up to several inches thick, which is darn respectable. But the most common problem with small thickness planers is, of course, snipe.
Snipe is the defect left at the initial and departure ends of the stock from over-planing.
Snipe is the defect left on a piece where the initial and departure ends of the board are over-planed for the first and last few inches of length than the rest of the board in the middle. This is caused by insufficient support on the board during infeed and outfeed because of the anorexic in-and-out feed tables on most portable planers. The workpiece doesn’t enter the machine level and steady; the far end (away from the planer) droops, rocking the end in the planer up off the bed slightly and into the cutter head, until the end in the machine gets to the second set of feed rollers. Then, the two rollers on either side of the cutter head manage to keep the workpiece flat and true in the machine.
Snipe happens when the stock comes up off the table before it gets to the 2nd set of feed rollers
The Snipe Fixes
There are three simple fixes for snipe. One, mill the board longer than finish to account for the fact that you will lose several inches from both ends to cut the snipe off… not necessarily cost effective when using expensive exotic lumbers. Two, if you have the real estate available in your shop, build long, sturdy infeed and outfeed tables precisely at the height of the planer’s bed. Three, use the “hold the end up” technique when feeding and catching stock through the planer.
Long feed tables are ideal, but space hungry.
The easiest, least costly and least space consuming is option three. The technique is to put a slight amount of upward pressure on the far end of the stock, forcing the infeed end down against the planer bed. This is held until you feel the second set of feed rollers (the one’s on the opposite side of the cutter head) grab the stock. The technique is repeated in reverse on the exit side of the planer as well.
Mike @ Doobly-Do Wood Works