since finals are here and that’s kept me busy. meanwhile, some notes:
1. did realign the rip fence. I added a block made of pine scrap to support the inside of the hollow aluminum fence. it is screwed through one side and is exactly the width of the interior channel. it seems to have helped the deflection a lot.
2. the thin plywood i got is called “Lauan” and is apparently made from sustainable forests in the tropics. OK…. i suppose i’ll take their word for it. if you can get a smooth piece, it looks nice enough for the backing of a dresser or cabinet that wouldnt be exposed too much. not terrible, but not great either.
3. i routed a dado in my MDF router table with my router T-square dado guide. so that is good. I’m using the miter gauge from the table saw, and since i routed the dado tight (too tight – it needs loosening!) the gauge seems to work ok.
4. I have been using cheap and thinned varnish whenever i need extra strength from the MDF – like that dado track that i dont want wearing and the top surface of my crosscut sled – since it functions like a secondary saw table. it gets absorbed into the fibers well and after a night creates a very hard surface and corners/edges.
5. the new saber saw purchase (a black friday Skil special from lowes) has come in handy… till now the only cutting tools i had were the table saw and cheap backsaw. This baby has helped me throw together simple things that dont need precision – like the dust extraction port for the router table – and will also help me do curves, which is nice. It sounds like it needs some oil somewhere, but so far so good… i might write a review for it when i get some new/good blades for it and have used it more, but so far it was a fantastic deal for $20.
so i still need to:
1. set router table fence… it’s close, and i may put this off till later, since it’s not a critical parameter.
2. make a shooting board
3. finish the router mortise/edge guide. this might wait till i start the bookcase, since that will give me the hardwood scraps i need for it.
4. replace ZCI and blade on the TS
5. practice the joints for shelves.
maybe this weekend…....