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  1. DeWalt 733 planer died today

    Yes sir, blew the dust out yesterday but there wasn't much. I keep it pretty clean. David
  2. DeWalt 733 planer died today

    Not that I have ever seen, Stick. Just the on/off paddle switch. David
  3. 5 Walnut plaques

    These are ready to spray in the morning. This is the back side, front side has a Roman Ogee edge. They need 20 of these and I should have told them I would do 4 at a time instead of 5. I don't have room to spray 5... oh, well - it'll work out. David
  4. DeWalt 733 planer died today

    They're both very free moving so I doubt it's that, Stick. The breaker is far more suspect but much more involved to get to for checking. That's gonna have to wait until later in the week David
  5. DeWalt 733 planer died today

    I called DeWalt and they couldn't help - 38 minutes total on the phone but only about 7 talking to someone, the rest was listening to Mozart. They recommended two service centers in Shreveport, neither are a DeWalt center but they are approved for service. One doesn't work on DeWalt, only Porter Cable. The other suggested I hit the motor with my hand or dead blow hammer to see if a loose wire might be the cause. He said I could bring it to them and they'll check it out at no charge but I'm not so sure I want that sort of 'service'. Maybe they have a knack for hitting things and they start working, I don't know... I took the switch completely out, powered it up with two different circuits, and checked voltage on the leads coming off the switch. I have a full 120 volts coming in and going out. It ran fine yesterday and it's never overheated or gotten jammed. It's in our climate controlled shop so no climate extremes or moisture. This is the position of the breaker switch, looks to me like that's where it's supposed to be. And it doesn't want to move at all other than a slight rocking back and forth but it's always been like that. And it has never tripped. David
  6. I bought it new in 1997 and used it off and on for the first 17 years but in the last 3 I have used it a lot, sometimes daily. It has always run fine but today I turned it on and it ran for 1/2 a second then quit. Here's what I know: 1) It is getting power, I even switched to different circuit altogether 2) I pulled the switch out to verify that it is good 3) The brushes, though original, are still 1/2" long and show no signs of chipping or abnormal wear 4) The wires on the brushes are intact and the springs have plenty of tension 5) The motor is easy to spins (took the side covers off to verify) 6) The 18 amp built-in breaker on the top of the motor is in the position it should be in 7) In shining a light onto the commutator I see no chips or bridged arcs between segments I don't really want to spend the money on a new planer and would rather get this one running again. I can order new brushes just to rule that out but again, the current ones look fine to me. Ideas? David
  7. 5 Walnut plaques

    The guitar tops and backs I'm working with are about 16" across so when it was time to buy a drum sander we got the SuperMax 19-38. That way a back or top that was slightly wider than 16" would have no issues in sanding. Now I'm really glad we did that because the boards are 18" right now (I'll trim them to 17" soon). It definitely uses most of the drum to sand these. Here's one board going through - And the obligatory 'artsy' shot - David
  8. Found a nugget!

    I jointed the edge on the long one - took a while. Btw, this is a board my sawmill guy just gave me because he had no use for it. I like him more and more each time I buy from him! David
  9. 5 Walnut plaques

    For alignment, period. Gluing two joints at a time is a slippery task and it's pretty easy for a board to slide if the clamp isn't just perfect in its placement. Also, if a board has a very slight bow and wants to get out of alignment in the center, where' it's hard to reach, the biscuit keeps it fairly close. In doing this solo without an extra pair of hands it's just easier to use biscuits. And I don't have a planer wide enough to handle the full width of the glued up boards which is about 18" until I trim them to their final size of 17". That means I have to take care of any imperfections with the drum sander and that's a slow task. And my jointer is only a 6" so I can't true up one side on some of these boards and then run through the planer. I have to just use the planer to clean up both sides. All but a couple of these boards were dead straight but a couple had a slight bow or twist. Once they're glued and then surfaced with the drum sander they'll be fine, though. Thanks, Michael. David
  10. Found a nugget!

    I've been setting a few of these aside over the last few months so I dug some out and resawed them tonight. None quite as spectacular but awfully nice, definitely worth the effort to resaw. David
  11. 5 Walnut plaques

    Considered it but I like using lumber. David
  12. Found a nugget!

    When I picked up the lumber for the 5 Walnut plaques (just posted about those) I noticed a 'nugget' on the end of one board. So I cut that off and resawed it today and it's gorgeous! It ended up about 17" x 20" x 1/4" thick in its bookmatched and sanded to 220 form. Now I have to decide what to do with it... I have a few ideas but nothing concrete yet. The boards were very straight except for right at the end on this particular one so I had to be careful resawing it. Opened up to reveal the nugget - Lots of surfacing needed to get them equal and level - Glued - Bookmatched, sanded to 220 grit - More later when I figure out what I want to do with this - David
  13. 5 Walnut plaques

    I actually need to make 20 of these but will do 5 each week until I get them finished. I simply don't have room to store enough lumber, to clamp them all, and to finish them to do all at the same time. The finished size will be 28" x 17" so they're basically like an end table top. They'll get a Roman Ogee edge treatment and finished in clear gloss Nitrocellulose lacquer. There will be channels screwed to the front side so engraved name plates can be interchanged. The good part of that is if there's a slight blemish with a knot hole or crack it won't show so I won't have to spend much time fixing those. The bad thing is that this beautiful Walnut will be mostly covered with plastic name plates. Anyway, this isn't any special technique or job, just gluing up boards and then trimming to size and spraying finish on. But, all 5 are glued up, I'm waiting on my wife to get home, I have supper warming, and there's not a lot I can do right now in the shop so I figured I'd post some photos. Cut to length and width, still in the rough - Surfaced (I really wish I had an 18" or 20" helical head planer! - this takes a while with a lunchbox planer) - Gluing - All 5 glued and drying - Enjoy! David
  14. Refinishing a Walnut base

    Yes sir, added translucent toner to the lacquer and misted it on. When I reached the desired color I shot clear a couple of coats of clear lacquer. No glaze involved at all. David
  15. Refinishing a Walnut base

    Today I saw the assembled piece with all awards mounted so here's a photo of that (the lighting is a little different than my shop but it still looks nice). David

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