What Does That Treadmill Motor Coil Do?

I made a video that discusses the coil that is present in the circuit for treadmill motors. I perform some tests to demonstrate the behavior of the motor with the coil vs. without the coil. Watch the video to see what effect that coil has on the operation of the motor. This is a response to a question that a viewer posted in my previous video that showed the replacement of the treadmill controls with a 10K potentiometer. Previous Treadmill Motor Video: Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=UCYrXvMdKbXYtONur3rnRHcg

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Variable Speed Treadmill Motor Electrical Conversion

I made this video to show how I salvaged the motor and speed control from a used treadmill. With a small modification, I was able to simplify the electronics for later use as a variable speed conversion for a fixed speed motor power tool. I removed the bulky control interface and replaced it with a 10K ohm potentiometer. I also show how you can reverse the direction of the motor and also stop and start the motor without having to constantly adjust the potentiometer.

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Project: DIY Miniature Woodworking Tools

I made a couple of small (~1/4″ diameter/ 6mm) tools using some M2 High Speed Steel that I bought online for a few dollars. I made some handles and ground them into 1) a skew chisel, and 2) a detail tool (flute-less gouge?). These tools are quite useful for working on smaller pieces. Making your own tools is a great way to make woodturning even more affordable!    

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WoodTurning Fun: Turning a Handle for a Spindle Gouge.

I got a good deal on a Sorby spindle gouge and turned my own handle. Even though I really love saving money, I also enjoy basic projects like this. It’s nice to think about using this tool for years. It’s hard to do a direct comparison of the Sorby tool to my other H.S.S. tools because the edge retention depends on the angle and type of edge. But I have no complaints; it’s a nice tool, and the smaller size is great for more detailed spindle work. Plus it gave me a chance to use my favorite spindle turning tool, a skew chisel.   “Aces High”, “Honey Bee” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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DIY Pop-Up Workbench Dogs

I made some pop-up workbench dogs using a couple pieces of scrap wood and some inexpensive latch mechanisms from the hardware store. Pop-up Bench dogs are nice because they’re always there when you need them and out of the way when you don’t. These were really pretty easy to make, but I thought it was a pretty cool idea anyway. “Danger Storm” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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Woodturning a Chisel Saver

If every woodworker had one of these, just imagine how many bench chisels would be saved! The project is mostly turning a handle. I did add some interest by combining round and square edges, and also a ferrule on both ends. I also got some more skew chisel practice, which is always fun! I had fun making this video. Please comment if you get the joke (or even if you think it “just isn’t that funny”.) And I hope you’ll forgive me for waiting until the end to show the big reveal. Music: “Fig Leaf Rag”, “Also Sprach Zarathustra” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Graphics by Farrin N. Abbott / CopyCatFilms.com

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DIY Marking Knife (upcycle)

I finally got around to making a marking knife. This is a pretty simple project, and I was able to upcycle materials that I had lying around. The handle is hickory from a broken hatchet handle. The blade is one of many extra paddle bits that I’ve accumulated over the years. Total cost: zero. “Funkorama”, “Easy Jam”, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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