Homemade power feeder uses roller skate wheel and brushless drill
September 27, 2017 | 2:52 pm CDT
Matthias Wandel is back at it again.
Wandel, a woodworker, YouTuber, and inventor of the innovative PantoRouter, has engineered a homemade power feeder using a roller skate wheel brushless cordless drill.
"When I made more than 300 ft (100m) of baseboards I figured a power feeder would be handy," says Wandel. "I first jigged one up by attaching a wheel to a shaft and put that in the drill, with a block of wood to hold it on the table saw. That worked, but for the next cut I needed to put the wood vertically against the fence, so I couldn't use this method. I refined the concept and mounted it on a piece of plywood so it could be used vertically."
"I don't often have a job that justifies using a power feeder, but it sure came in handy for the large batch of baseboards. I thought I'd revisit the idea in more detail."
Wandel is a prominent YouTube woodworker. He's also inventor of the PantoRouter, a 2016 IWF Challengers award semi-finalist.
The PantoRouter allows clients to create templates of their own designs for functional and attractive joinery or creative designs. There’s no other tool or jig for woodworkers available today with the straightforward simplicity and the open-source potential to create truly unique and functional joinery, patterns and designs.
He's also created a unique machine that sets up dominoes in uniform rows. The machine works by pushing a magazine full of dominoes forward along the table while a slider pushes them out one at a time as the machine slowly drives along.
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