Dust port to be drilled here.
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Dewalt’s DC901 is one of a handful of Dewalt drills that uses a self-tightening, Loctited chuck. Whether for better or for worse, the nature and design of this chuck eliminates the need for the chuck-screw that sits inside the center of most ordinary drill chucks. Because this drill lacks that screw in favor of dab or two of Loctite, the chuck on the DC901 is a little bit trickier to remove and replace. Mind you, only a little bit trickier, and even less so when you are armed with the right steps.
To remove the chuck from Dewalt’s DC901, you want to first ensure that the hammer drill itself is in all the right places, positions, settings, and etc. First, ensure the tool is in low-gear. This is a stronger torque gear that is simply better suited for the intense wrenching the chuck is about to encounter. You will also want to ensure the tool is set to drill-mode, that the clutch is set at clutch setting “22,” and that the drill-chuck itself is entirely open. These few steps, while simple, are vitally important to the overall process and will literally make or break your ability to remove the chuck from this particular hammer drill.
The next step in removing the chuck from Dewalt’s DC901 requires a vise or vise-like mechanism to clamp the hammer drill’s chuck as you wrench on the body of the tool. If you don’t have access to this kind of equipment, it is advised that you take the drill to a certified repair shop, or, at least, borrow someone else’s. If you do have access this kind of equipment, tightly clamp the hammer drill-chuck (mind you, clamp just the chuck and leave the body of the DC901 entirely free) into the vise. If, for one or another reason, you wish to avoid any scratching or injury to the chuck, wrap a shop rag around it before clamping.
Using just your own body strength, whip the drill in a counterclockwise direction until the Loctite that secures this particular chuck breaks free. You will hear a “pop” and you will feel a significant decrease in the overall tightness of the chuck. If after a few whips the Loctite remains persistently un-brocken, you can heat it up with a heat-gun or blow-dryer. This should render the glue pliable enough to break the seal more easily.
Once you hear that “pop,” remove the DC901 from the vise and, using counterclockwise twists, simply hand-twist the chuck from the drill. It should now easily remove with only a few complete twists.
To reinstall a new chuck on the DC901 (the chuck’s part number is 330075-90), simply dab a dob (really, only a small dob) of Loctite onto the hammer drill’s threaded chuck shaft. Twist and hand-tighten the chuck onto the shaft in a clockwise motion. Allow the glue to set and secure to the threads for at least one-hour before using your DC901 in any capacity whatsoever. I reiterate, while it is smart to allow the Loctite to set for up to 24-hours, you must let it set for, at very least, one hour before using it.
For years now people have been raving about Festool and their shop tools. In 1929 the first ever chainsaw was made by Albert Fezer and Gottlieb Stoll, and the world of tools was changed forever. Now over 80 later, the company they founder is one of the industry leaders. Festool offers many types of products to fit your individual needs. Five styles of sanders, cordless drills, jigsaws, storages system and Festool routers are just a few of the products this great company offers. The line that is probably getting more attention than others is the Festool router line. It’s comprised of four versatile routers that can meet any type of job you have to fulfill. The MFK 700 trim router, OF 1010, OF 1400, and the 2200 router are four of the industry’s leading models. The type of projects and work you do will ultimately decide which of these models is best for you, and you may find you want to buy the entire line!
If you do a lot of edge and trimming jobs, the 700 trim is your best bet as a trimm wood router. This model saves you money by using bearingless bits and offers a vertical or horizontal base! The OF 1010 is great router for all around jobs. You can operate it with one hand and has micro adjustable depth control. The OF 1400 isn’t too much different than the 1010, other than is packs a little more power. If power is what you are looking for though, the OF 2200 is the only way to go. On the Festool routers website they even claim this model can cut into a 8/4 hard maple and make a ½” groove in a single pass! That is a pretty big power promise, and according to the reviews on the product it is something they are living up to.
Whichever Festool router or other product you decide to purchase by sure to always do your shopping around. If you are not sure where they sell this line near you, you can log onto their website and search for an authorized location by your zip code. You can also purchase every product online at their website, or by calling into their customer service number. Some internet gurus will always tend to shop around multiple online retailers to try and get a lower price, but the truth is they are virtually the same everything. You can expect to pay $370-$800 mostly anywhere.
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Located on the Butte de Montmartre, the Villa des Abbesses is a place where you just have to sit in its comfortable armchairs to be carried away by its warm atmosphere. Woodwork, moldings and warm colors give it a very chic side. During the beautiful days, the Villa offers a nice terrace.
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Carpenter tools make an idealistic gift for the budding carpenter in your family and it doesn’t even need to be their birthday or even Xmas for you to give it to them. These are great gifts for any time and any budding carpenter will love them as would any experienced carpenter.
Just understand what level of carpentry they are at. For I am sure you want to give them something they will use. The only problem with that though is that if you, yourself aren’t a carpenter then how do you go about choosing the right tools?
It’s not as easy as it might sound, and there are a few things that you should watch out for. The first and number one thing is to watch out for the Unbelievable Bargain. No such thing exists. If it’s unbelievable then there’s something wrong somewhere. Unless of course they are running some type of clearance. Now if you run across a bargain and it’s a well known brand you should snap up the tools immediately. Good carpenter tools at bargain prices are rare, so get them when you can.
Pro woodworkers will know what the good tool brands are and will know when to snatch them up and when to run the other way. In the case of the naive gift purchaser though, I would suggest sticking to something you can be assured of even if it’s not at the bargain price you had hoped for. Here especially more than anyplace else, the Latin “Caveat Emptor” holds true, purchasers certainly beware of what you’re getting yourself into. Good tools aren’t cheap and experience woodworkers know the difference between a good tool and a poor tool. So, don’t try to guess and fool them.
Also if you’re purchasing the carpenter tools for somebody who’s been at it for quite a hefty sum of time then the last thing that you’ll want to do will be to give them lower-ranking grade carpenter tools. Something which comes in a set might be good for the novice who is just starting and thus has no clear idea of what they need, but that unquestionably won’t do for the experienced carpenter. They need the good tools for several reason and yes one might be for the ego.
These carpenter tools should be of first-class caliber so that the receiver of your gift realizes the time and effort you put into purchasing the perfect carpenter tools for them. For the novice you can purchase them something more sophisticated when they can tell the difference between the tools and when they can feel the difference of holding a good set of carpenter tools in their hands as opposing to the beginner’s set you gave them!
But if you have trouble deciding which set of carpenter tools to get ask a friendly sales person for advice and more often than not you’ll leave the shop satisfied that you came forth with the real thing. You can also buy a gift card to their favorite tool store. You can certainly know the recipient of the gift will be happy for the first class gift you gave them.
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This is the workbench I built.
I still need my garage for parking cars, so I built this workbench to be very solid but also capable of being folded flat. It has two heavy duty bearings and two half inch steel rods to pivot on. The end result is a workbench that has plenty of room for my projects but lets me park BOTH cars.
The finished table top
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When it comes time to replace your boat’s carpet, the most common question consumers have is “What is the difference between marine grade boat carpeting and the outdoor carpeting offered at local carpet and hardware stores?”
Though there are many similarities, and the look or feel is very similar, there are many key features which make these two carpet styles very different. These specific features are the determining factors of how long your new carpeting lasts. Not only will marine grade carpeting last longer, but it will also maintain its look and feel under the harsh marine elements for years to come.
Marine Grade Boat Carpet Features:
Though some of these features may also be found in standard outdoor carpet, you will notice one major difference. The one key factor which makes these two styles of carpet so different is the carpet’s rubber backing. Marine grade boat carpet has a true rubber backing which the polypropylene UV resistant yarn is directly woven into. This enables the carpet to be breathable, making it resistant to moisture which causes mold, mildew, and rot overtime. Due to constant exposure of your boat’s carpet to the harsh marine environment, the above features are crucial to look for when searching for replacement carpeting for your boat. Many carpeting suppliers and stores will endorse their outdoor carpet for replacement on boats, but the fact of the matter is when boat manufacturers are installing carpeting, they always use marine grade carpeting.
There are many reasons why you shouldn’t use the outdoor carpeting you find a local carpet and hardware stores. What you will find with almost all outdoor carpeting is that it has an indoor carpet backing with rubber applied to it. This primary backing is a woven or non-woven fabric in which the yarn is inserted by tufting needles. After the yarn is inserted, a secondary backing that consists of another fabric is laminated onto the primary backing to increase its dimensional stability. Due to these organic and fibrous backings, it is almost certain that deterioration will happen quickly with any marine application. Not only will these backings deteriorate, but the threading will disassemble from the rubber applied to its backing. With the carpet having multiple backings it creates breathability issues, resulting in excess moisture underneath the carpet causing sever mold and mildew damage. In most cases not only will the carpet disassemble, but it will also cause future issues with the wood flooring and decking of the boat. Overall outdoor carpet may be a cheaper and more convenient solution, but in the long run it may turn into a much more costly project.
When the time comes to replace your boat’s carpet, make sure you look for the recommended replacement marine grade carpet, manufactured to handle the harsh marine environments and abuse. Not only will it look better and last longer, but it will protect your investment.
My daughter runs forest school classes and this is her classroom. The children love these sessions and are taught woodcraft, natural history as well as safe use of woodworking tools, handling ropes, making dens etc. The sessions often involve cooking over a camp fire (started with a flint spark and vaseline soaked cotton wool) and usually end with a story. A beautiful learning environment giving the children a great sense of responsibility.