Friday, February 28, 2014

Chain Saw Stuff

   Someone said that any wood on the side of the road is a potential bowl if you have your chainsaw with you. I saw a piece on the side of the road as I drove by it on the way to church a few weeks ago. I stopped by on the way back  and saw it was a clean chunk of ash about 14" in diameter. I strained to lift it up to my car trunk only to discover it was a little too big to fit. What to do?
      I went home, made a portable sawbuck and came back with it and my trusty Stihl MS290 chain saw.  Here is the wood before I cut it in half so I could carry it home.The sawbuck is simply four pieces of 2X4 about 12" long glued and pegged with dowels. I could have used screws and it would have been faster but with my luck my chainsaw blade would eventually find them.
If your chain ever touches the ground while moving it is trashed.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Smart Charger for Trend Airshield Pro

I have a Trend Airshield Pro air circulating face shield. It provides excellent protection from the inhalation of harmful dust and some protection as a face shield. What I don't like about it is that it takes about 14 hours to recharge after you hear the warning beep. And worse, if you leave it plugged in after it is charged you dramatically shorten the battery life.  A replacement battery can run $56 to $70 depending where you get it.  Trend pinched pennies and failed to provide a smart charger that would allow only a trickle charge after the battery reached full charge. 

Fortunately there is a solution. Greg Ketell on the Sawmill Creek Woodturning Forum  provided a description for a solution using an inexpensive charger that you can use. So I decided to make a brief YouTube video showing how to apply his solution.