I'm a lumberjock, and I'm progress

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Blog entry by BarryW posted 03-25-2008 03:32 AM 951 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Oh, it’s nothing much…but after a long time just sitting there, I’ve used my 8 inch Grizzly jointer and 13 inch Dewalt thickness planer for the first time today…to create a base for my D4R Leigh Dovetail Jig. Which means I’ll be putting it together tonight. I had some thick pine in the garage for 2 – 3 years…1 1/2 or so 8” x 80” had bowed a bit…and I only needed a 6” x 37” x 3/4” piece according to the Leigh directions. So I cut it down to around 40 inches by 6 1/2…jointed a flat face and side…then into the thickness planer to take it to 3/4 inch….then to the table saw for final dimensions…as everyone does…however, this was a big step for me today since I’ve been putting my shop together. The equipment worked to spec just perfectly…I did get a bit of snipe…but gradually learned how to control that on the jointer. And yes, I read everything on safety, etc. It’s great progress for me. I expect to be putting up a small project or two within several weeks after I learn more about the Leigh. So the only piece of major equipment not yet working in the used lathe I have to spend some time cleaning up. The bandsaw, the jointer, the thickness planer…and various smaller electric tools…the Dewalt router, etc….all ready for magic. I have some maple, elm, and apple drying out back…much of it not ready for some time…perhaps I’ll seek out some walnut or maple shorts for a few small projects at the local yard.
The follow with apologies to Monty Python and their Lumberjack song.:

I’m a lumberjock, and I’m okay.
I sleep all night and I work all day.
He’s a lumberjock, and he’s okay.
He sleeps all night and he works all day.
I cut down trees. I eat my lunch.
I joint my wood by three
And then I plane it thinner
making projects just for me.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 03:53 AM

Getting it done, huh?

How about some pictures?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 04:14 AM

Sounds like it’s coming together nicely. Looking forward to seeing more from you.

BTW… I hope the “etc.” in the song doesn’t include dressing up in women’s clothes. Not that there is anything wrong with that…

-- Peace in Wood ~

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 04:28 AM

Hi Barry,

It sounds like you are having fun and getting to play with your new “toys”. I agree with Gary and dustynewt about the pictures. That would be an interesting post.

Have fun.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 04:54 AM

As for the words in the rest of the song…one can use a bit of a set of lyrics…fair use…but to rewrite the whole set of lyrics…well, I think I’d be out of bounds legally speaking…and as for dressing up in women’s clothes, not that there’s anything wrong with that, I can assure you that it’s not for me. My mother was the queen of the family. One to a family is enough. And besides, women’s clothes on men with beards…?...well, enough said.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 05:22 AM

Keep them coming Barry. But we do want to see pictures.

Except the one with you in womens clothes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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