The Woodshop Shed

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"View of a Small Old Town "

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"View of a Small Old Town "This is an intarsia project where I've used about 24 different wood species. It shows a view from the inside of a room, from an open (but moveable window). The city is a small Brazilian old town called Ouro Preto, that means Black Gold, in Portuguese. Each massive piece of the city view was individually scroll-sawn, and sculpted, in order to be interlocked with no voids to compose the complete view, where no process was used to change the original colors of the wood species. The main part contains about 3,500 parts.



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Give me 3 phase or give me death - Rotary Phase Converter

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Give me 3 phase or give me death - Rotary Phase ConverterAnother project completed on Mainiac time, as the original rotary phase converter (RPC) plan was drafted and the metal stand fabricated in 2004. But after I scored a used 3 HP single phase TS my need to run a salvaged industrial three phase machine was no more.Enter 2019 and I've started working on a home brew bandsaw mill project, that will be driven by a three phase electric motor and I had to blow the dust off of the RPC build and figure out where I stood.The motor, the metal for the stand, the control box and the motor contactors, fuse block, terminal block and switches were all industrial salvage. The only out of pocket cost to me was paying my bud to weld up the stand, the twist plugs and the capacitors…. All totaled I have ~$80 into this…. and a lot of hours. (similar size converters purchased new run about $1K)If anyone wants to take on a project like this, I highly recommend doing a mock-up and bench test on a plywood panel, as this helps your figure out where to place the components and where you can make connections.Shown running a 5 HP vacuum blower on the bench. Phase Voltages are balanced to within +/- 2 volts when under load.There is one mystery wood component in this build to qualify it as a project post….. a cork gasket on the motor box.:^)



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Sawhorses that are a good alternative to a workbench

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Sawhorses that are a good alternative to a workbenchI got tired of those flimsy plastic sawhorses bouncing around when trying to work on them and no really good way to clamp anything down to them. So I built this pair of Sawhorses. They are a good alternative to work on when you don't have a proper bench to work on.
If you are interested in seeing how they are built watch the videoThanks for watching
Brian Benham Custom Furniture



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