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MikeAqua
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  #2868536 15-Feb-2022 11:22
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Started a new project this week.  Making a smoker from a wine barrel. 

 

This will be a cold smoker, mainly bused or fish and meat.  Smoke will come from a 1 litre Smokai, attached to one side, as close to the base as possible

 

 

 

1 Secure all the staves with galv screws (or the barrel will fall apart as the wood dries out).  ~200 screws required.

 

2 Cut around the circumference between bands 2 and 3 to make a lid 

 

3 Plug the hole and fit a gasket

 

4 Add hardware: Hinge, chains for the lid, tabs to support the smoker racks (longer bolts at these positions) and three castors (1 braked).

 

5 Make and fit a plywood damper to the centre of the lid (to control smoke)

 

6 Sand and oil the outer wooden surfaces.

 

  (maybe paint the bands black)

 

7 Buy and fit racks

 

Later on I may end up converting it to a charcoal smoker.  That would require fire bricks in the base, a fire pan etc.





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  #2868538 15-Feb-2022 11:27
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Sounds cool! Sounds like you're making a wooden Kamado Joe but with more smoke :)

  #2868540 15-Feb-2022 11:44
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This DIY lark is all very well and good until you meet a rouge drill that must have been set to malevolent.

 

 





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  #2868545 15-Feb-2022 11:57
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MikeAqua:

 

Started a new project this week.  Making a smoker from a wine barrel. 

 

This will be a cold smoker, mainly bused or fish and meat.  Smoke will come from a 1 litre Smokai, attached to one side, as close to the base as possible

 

 

 

1 Secure all the staves with galv screws (or the barrel will fall apart as the wood dries out).  ~200 screws required.

 

2 Cut around the circumference between bands 2 and 3 to make a lid 

 

3 Plug the hole and fit a gasket

 

4 Add hardware: Hinge, chains for the lid, tabs to support the smoker racks (longer bolts at these positions) and three castors (1 braked).

 

5 Make and fit a plywood damper to the centre of the lid (to control smoke)

 

6 Sand and oil the outer wooden surfaces.

 

  (maybe paint the bands black)

 

7 Buy and fit racks

 

Later on I may end up converting it to a charcoal smoker.  That would require fire bricks in the base, a fire pan etc.

 

 

I know someone that put a gas ring in there one as well, does amazing smoked fish, I have a vertical smoker, I have not tried to cold smoke fish, I have cold smoked cheese, eggs and bacon.

 

You will have fun with different smoking woods, I am in to Pohutukawa at the moment, a lot more mild than Manuka but still lots of flavor. I Smoke the bacon with Maple, but I also have Plum and Oak wood that I am yet to try in the smoker.

 

Be careful it is very addictive.

 

 

 

John

 

 





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  #2868574 15-Feb-2022 12:38
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I've been fencin':

 


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  #2868582 15-Feb-2022 12:56
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Forgot the photo of my wine barrel/soon to be smoker

 





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  #2869017 15-Feb-2022 18:24
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MikeAqua:

BTW on the subject of sanders that can attach to a vac, just look for sanders with a vac attachment nozzle on them. You can also attach a vac to a nozzle to a dust bag.  Depending on the diameter of the nozzle vs your vac and adapter may need to be made.

 

Some workshop vacs have an electrical outlet on them, to plug a tool into.  The vac runs automatically when the tool runs.  Only works with mains powered tools obviously.

 

 

You can also get adapter tubes that you can cut down to the size required from the usual sources, usually 50 32mm is the one you want.

 

 

For the auto-on vacs, they only work with lower-powered tools like sanders and similar, you generally can't run saws through them, so you have to balance whether it's worth the extra cost or limiting your purchasing range for that capability.

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  #2869029 15-Feb-2022 18:50
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JaseNZ:

This DIY lark is all very well and good until you meet a rouge drill that must have been set to malevolent.


 



Ah you have another hand, and for most people a better (the right) one.

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  #2869038 15-Feb-2022 19:00
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Mike, is that a $299 Black+Decker BES720-XE table saw in the background?

 

Would you recommend it?


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  #2869047 15-Feb-2022 19:22
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JaseNZ:

 

This DIY lark is all very well and good until you meet a rouge drill that must have been set to malevolent.

 



 

Shouldn’t really be putting make-up on with a drill (even if it’s a rogue one).





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  #2869051 15-Feb-2022 19:31
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Dingbatt:

 

JaseNZ:

 

This DIY lark is all very well and good until you meet a rouge drill that must have been set to malevolent.

 



 

Shouldn’t really be putting make-up on with a drill (even if it’s a rogue one).

 

 

I'm sure Kim K rouges her DeWalt as well!


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  #2869217 15-Feb-2022 22:05
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Sort of DIY ๐Ÿ˜

 

I'm a bit of a quiet freak and the fans on my usw pro always triggered me so I finally got around for swapping out the factory fans for some Noctua 40mm fans and wow what a HUGE difference it has made.. its dead silent now.

 

 

 

Getting ready

 

 

Lid removed

 

 

Fan shroud removed

 

 

Replacement Noctua fans

 

 

They're in!

 

 

Test run before screwing everything back together

 

 

Fan speed after setup [dead silent woohoo!]

 

 

Testing at 100% [excuse the finger.. unifi doesn't allow you to manually control fan speeds so I had to pin it there with my finger on the touch screen ๐Ÿ˜„]

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2869268 15-Feb-2022 23:31
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MikeAqua:

I have one of those.  Fantastic tool.  You put it on the table surface, zero it and then onto the blade.  It gives you the relative angle, so ti doesn't matter if the saw bench is perfectly level.  I've checked with a DIN875/0 mitre squares at 90* and 45* and it's accurate.




I must look into this more. If anyone has any recommendations of locally available models, links or model numbers would be gratefully appreciated!




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  #2869310 16-Feb-2022 02:35
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k1w1k1d:

 

Mike, is that a $299 Black+Decker BES720-XE table saw in the background?

 

Would you recommend it?

 

 

I have that table saw and would recommend it if you can live with the following:

 

  • super hard start
  • dangerous blade guard although there was a recall fix for this last year, so the new ones should be better
  • useless mitre fence
  • dust collection is not great
  • for me the worst thing was re-aligning the riving knife after calibrating the blade. Really finicky to get the riving knife to line up with the blade and stay in position.

The reasons for recommending it are:

 

  • table bed is flat - hold a level/straight edge across other cheap table saws and see how they fare
  • very easy to adjust to get 90 deg
  • the fence is surprisingly good for such a cheap saw, straight and easy to make parallel

Basically, it's a cheap and accurate (enough) table saw.


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  #2869324 16-Feb-2022 07:22
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I also bought that b&d saw because it was cheap and appeared to be as capable as the other <$600 ones I'd looked at. I made a crosscut sled for it rather than use the mitre guide. I have braked castors under it with the legs shortened accordingly so the table height matches another storage unit used as an outfeed support. A concrete block hanging under it gives it some weight. Dust collection is a work in progress, a large bag hanging under it helps.

@tigercorp thanks for mentioning the recall. I noticed the different guard last week in M10. Is that what they replace the original with and is the riving knife any better?

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