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”...it 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.