Time to Step Up My Skills #3: Progress update... There hasn't been much :(

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 05-14-2013 03:47 AM 2553 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well… my plans haven’t gone quite as I wanted them to. I had expected to get my bench done last weekend. However… over the last week I’ve spent a lot of time taking care of some things for my mom. We recently lost my step dad and so she’s all alone now. I’ve also had to do LOTS of yard work.

SO… what I have done is cut some scrap practice pieces out and have tried my hand at cutting the mortises for my bench. I had some issues with my table saw and wasn’t able to do them on it. I tried with my router and failed. So I turned to my band saw. I made some cuts and then cleaned it up with a hand chisel. I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Then last night I was able to get the issues with the table saw corrected.

I had two issues…. ONE… it wasn’t cutting square. Got it adjusted and it’s all good. TWO… I couldn’t loosen the nut on the arbor to try out the dado set I was given. I had a friend come over last night and they were able … after much effort… to get the thing off. Now I can try the dado set. I want to watch a few videos on how to install them before I do that though. If that doesn’t work out I’ll just use the band saw.

Tomorrow I will be trying the dado set out and over the next two days I will get the Cherry planed down.

Sorry for not updating sooner. It’s been a crazy week. I think I’m back on track though

I did get one small project made though. Of course… I used pallet board and my planer :) It was a quick project. Nothing special. Not even finished. It’s kind of rough. But it will serve it’s purpose and will be a sample to show my mom and a friend that want me to make one for them as well. It’s a spice rack. I’ll be posting a pic in my projects gallery once I get if finished and hang it up This is not a great pic. Sorry :(

Hope you all have a great week! I look forward to sharing more soon.

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View Alongiron's profile


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#1 posted 05-14-2013 10:29 AM

Rome was not built in a day and it took Michelangelo 7 years to paint the ceiling of the Sistene Chapel! Keep at it Angie! All good things come to those that….take their time and don’t rush into things!! I like the spice rack idea..I am going to use that in that Kitchen I am doing!


-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 11:31 AM

Nice little rack. Simple enough to do and gives you a chance to do some practice on corners and such. I’m sure your mom will love it

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 05:26 PM

That spice rack looks good, I like the “lip” on the shelf, it will be a blessing when door mounted.
We all have “our days” in the shop, last week I had one where everything just went wrong or hurt me … So after a few bandaids and cuss words, I just spent tne day cleaning and reorganizing … (not that my shop needed it)...
And the best thing I did was check my most used tools for square, and adjusted as needed.
Remember that slow and steady wins every time.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 05:32 PM

nice rack (is that politically correct?)!

don’t be sorry so much. this isn’t a race. you do what you need to do, and do the rest when you can. looks like you are doing well.

when installing the dado blades – don’t forget to make sure they are all facing forward ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 05:56 PM


That’s a good looking Spice Rack.

Here’s another idea for a Spice Rack that you could make with Pallet wood, a drill press and a properly sized forrester bit.

Keep s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g your imagination and building your skills.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 09:47 PM

Life happens. Glad you’re still making progress.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 05-14-2013 11:36 PM

sorry to hear about your stepdad.
the spice rack looks others have said slow and steady.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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