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lonesomebill

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Don't watch my foot!
Dec 31st, 2017 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo--you are a fount of knowledge. I looked them up with google and ebay without much results.

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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Dec 31st, 2017 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just an update Ryder.

I spent some more time with the new Foredom yesterday and today. I have adapted to the foot switch pretty well -- I think I'll keep it.

I drilled a hole in a plastic spring clamp so I can hang it on the same hook as the motor. I'll store the handpiece in the clamp. I can't get it to come loose by stepping on the switch.

I rerouted the power cables so that I can easily kick the switch under the bench when not in use. Problem solved.

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Dec 31st, 2017 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cheers, Lonesomebill. The erasing machine I have is one I inherited from my mom's brother Lou. He was a cartoonist who worked for Stan Lee in NYC, doing lettering for him. Lou passed away in his late 30s from a heart attack, and my mom got all his stuff (the power eraser, ruling pens, Speedball pens, Rapidograph pens, ink and paint brushes, airbrush, camera lucida, and a bunch of other very cool stuff).

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jan 1st, 2018 07:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That sounds great NSR! I will be ordering mine this week.
I figured I could get used to the foot control also.

I'll post when I get mine. I'm into my sculpture to the point I need it.

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jan 2nd, 2018 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ordered my Foredom TX and hand piece also from the Amazon link for FDP.

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jan 3rd, 2018 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a question.
You know the sets of burrs, etc. you see on Amazon for $16? Really? 228 pieces for $16.

I've had my burrs so long I don't remember where I got them. Wasn't ebay or amazon. 1/4 inch shank, I think they were around $20-22 apiece.

Where do you buy your accessories for you Foredom?
From Foredom?

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 12:51 PM, Jan 3rd, 2018)

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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Jan 3rd, 2018 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I got my carbide burrs from Mcmaster-Carr. I've got the 4308A2 set.

As I recall, I got my small sanding drums and mandrils from either Rockler or Woodcraft.

Cutoff wheels etc., I just buy Dremel accessories -- although, I will look into the diamond cutoff wheels that Peegoo mentioned earlier.

Mcmaster-Carr

(This message was last edited by NoSoapRadio at 01:09 PM, Jan 3rd, 2018)

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jan 3rd, 2018 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks NoSoap, I'll bookmark that one. The TX will be here Monday, I think.

Sooo, can I hang this on a chain connected to the hook in the floor joist above? For more room to move? I don't know. Would the motor move around too much?

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Jan 3rd, 2018 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, the motor will twist or spin on the chain as soon as you engage the tool into any torque-y work like a sanding drum or carving wheel.

If you need to hang it from a joist, make a hanger from a short vertical piece of 2x4 lapped and screwed into the joist above. Install an eye screw (see below) that you've twisted open a little into the bottom of the 2x4 and hang your motor on it.

Opened eye screw

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jan 3rd, 2018 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wondered about the motor twisting after I posted that.

Got ya on 2x4 hanger. That's what I need to do. Oh dang, mine has a ceiling in it. For my lights above I screwed open eyes into the joists just the same.

I wouldn't be able to lap joint it. Also, I guess that's why I asked about the chain type hanger. I can only go from an above hook....or.....I could make it attach to my work table where I will be working with this tool.

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Jan 3rd, 2018 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You could easily make a brace that attaches to the bench. Something very similar to the 'Hangman' game we played in school.

If you still want to hang it from the ceiling, it's dead easy. Cut a piece of 2x4 10" long. In one end of it, lap & screw (two 3" deck screws) a piece of 2x4 the length you need to drop the motor. Use two 3" deck screws through the short piece into the ceiling, on joist center line.

Something like in the link below.

Link to PeegooCAD technical drawing

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Mass., Amerika

CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Jan 3rd, 2018 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Foredom makes a (pricey) part to bench mount the motor.

The "ceiling" in my cellar is fairly low and the floor joists are exposed -- I just screw a plastic coated hook -- designed to hang a bicycle -- into the joist and hang the motor. It hops around a bit when you start it up buts it's not really going anywhere. If I understand you, this isn't an option in your case?

Anyway, here's the Foredom bench mount solution. I expect you could knock something similar together out of a few blocks of wood.

Very sexy

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jan 3rd, 2018 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo, that's really what I need to do so the vertical board can be as long as I need it to be. I could make it stronger if need be.

NSR, Yes that's sexy but she's expensive! ;-)

(This message was last edited by Ryder at 07:52 PM, Jan 3rd, 2018)

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Jan 3rd, 2018 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

NSR, that unit is cast iron. It ain't gonna move on the bench top!

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jan 7th, 2018 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Next question: is there a position for the hanging motor that is best for right or left handed users? I've never used a flex shaft before. My TX won't be here til about Wednesday.

My hanger is made from spare parts in my shop. It's ready to hang except I'm not sure where to hang it. In back of where I would stand to work, in front of me?Seems like in back would work. I would probably work where my wood vise is, so I have room to hang it to the left of me, or in front of me.

That's my question, kind of. Or I could stand where I would have it hanging to the left, front, or right...I'm right handed.

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Jan 8th, 2018 12:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

See my third post on the previous page about hanging/placing the motor and flex shaft.

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jan 8th, 2018 05:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got it. I’ll be doing wood carving but pretty detailed.

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Jan 8th, 2018 12:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If need be, I can revise my hanger so it clamps to my work table. That may be the way for me to go.

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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Jan 8th, 2018 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use my Foredom for all kinds of things -- but rarely more than 10-15 minutes at a time. Mine hangs overhead in a corner of the shop at the end of a workbench where I do most of my repair work and where I build my plugs for surf fishing -- so it's directly to my right -- I'm right handed. That works for pretty my everything I do, but to be honest, I wouldn't mind if I had an extra foot of length on the flex shaft.

I'm already finding that my new TX motor is much more versatile than my old machine. I may be moving it and setting up a dedicated area for it.

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Jan 8th, 2018 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A pal of mine owns a jewelry store in Annapolis, and he does custom work and repairs. He has three Foredoms on his bench; the oldest one is from the late 50s/early 60s, and it looks like it. Other than occasionally having to replace the flex shaft, the only maintenance he's done on the motor is to replace the brushes every few years.

That's an important part of using these flex-shaft tools: maintenance.

If you're running it every day, you should pull the drive cable out of the sleeve and clean and lube it at least once every six months or so.
It greatly extends the life of the shaft. If you're occasionally using it, maybe once every two years will do. Same goes for the handpieces. Keep 'em clean and lubed.

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