Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: I learned something new today.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Dennison, MN
    Posts
    512

    I learned something new today.

    For ever, or at least over the course of the last few thousand dovetail drawer boxs I've built, I've been pounding them together with a hammer and a block of wood. Some go easily, some are cranky, but they've all carried the Estwing stamp of assembly.

    Until today friends, until today.

    I had thought about doing this for years, just never bought one to try it. A friend loaned me his air hammer to try out. Freakin' awesomeness. I need to go pick up a regulator though. It's a bit aggressive at 150psi. Took a while to get the hang of it too, but instead of using say 6-8 hammer hits to tap the dovetails together, this does it with about 20 lighter, mucho faster hits. I used a block of maple to pound against, and to spread out the load as well. Same thing I do when I use a hammer to assemble. A lot less chipping, and much less cumbersome than a hammer. Not quieter though by any means.

    Then it crapped out on me. There's a seal inside that died, my guess is old age is most of it. My ridiculous line pressure being the rest of the cause. $70 for a rebuild kit. I went to lunch, and came back to the sound of air being dumped and the compressor running. Fortunately I don't think it had been running for too long. The tank was warm, but not hot. One more reason to shut the air off at the tank when you're not around.


    Then I watch a video with a CNC drawer assembler, and I feel stupid.
    "Do, or do not. There is no try."
    -Yoda



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Fort Collins, Colorado
    Posts
    34
    I'd only seen the cheap ones at Sears or Harbor Freight, which I'll admit I've been tempted to get for working in tight places for driving nails. I've not seen the DanAir model that can accept different heads. Looks like a great addition to the air tool collection. But I have not looked at the price yet and will wager I'll be surprised (and not pleasantly). However, the versatility of this one is pretty nice.

    EDIT: Wow, that's a bit pricier than I thought! Also just realized this is a hammer and not a palm nailer like I've looked at recently I bought a a Festool track saw last year, and next on the list is a Domino, so it's not like I'm shocked anymore at what one pays to get quality.
    Last edited by Lee Reep; 02-24-2015 at 04:31 AM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,467
    Nice, btdt...yeah most air tool seals don't fair well over 90 PSI.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reno NV
    Posts
    13,366
    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Nice, btdt...yeah most air tool seals don't fair well over 90 PSI.
    I'm a big fan of some of the harbor freight 'storehouse' assortments of parts. The o-ring assortment I've got has saved my hind quarters a bunch of times. Would not dream of not having it around.
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
    "A door is what a dog is perpetually on the wrong side of" Ogden Nash


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Dennison, MN
    Posts
    512
    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Nice, btdt...yeah most air tool seals don't fair well over 90 PSI.

    The website says up to 125psi. I think old age was the worst of it. It looks dang near new, but it's probably close to 20 years old.


    I run almost everything else at those pressures. pneumatic clamps work pretty awesome at those pressures, and nail guns fire with some authority. The widebelt, hinge machine, linebore, and the Castle machine are all on their own regulator though.
    "Do, or do not. There is no try."
    -Yoda



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Independence MO
    Posts
    561
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl Brogger View Post
    Then I watch a video with a CNC drawer assembler, and I feel stupid.
    What video and did it teach you something else? (wondering why it made you feel stupid)

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Dennison, MN
    Posts
    512
    Quote Originally Posted by Randal Stevenson View Post
    What video and did it teach you something else? (wondering why it made you feel stupid)


    They're so quick. So painless. So easy. Also so expensive.


    This isn't the one I was thinking of, but the fact that it drills holes for slides, and the drawer front is pretty awesome.

    "Do, or do not. There is no try."
    -Yoda



Similar Threads

  1. Learned a new trick today
    By Dave Hawksford in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 09-25-2014, 06:38 PM
  2. I learned something today
    By Julio Navarro in forum General Woodworking Q&A
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-21-2012, 01:58 PM
  3. I learned something today about 3-way switches
    By Brent Dowell in forum Carpentry and Construction
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 08-08-2011, 05:09 AM
  4. What I learned today!
    By Paul Gallian in forum Off Topic Discussion
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 06-22-2009, 09:43 PM
  5. learned something today
    By Mark Kosmowski in forum General Woodturning Q&A
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-04-2009, 10:55 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •