Well – I managed to spend about an hour this week in the shop. Not bad considering my work schedule.
I’m trying to set up my drum sander to sand down my cutting boards but I’m finding I have an issue with the clamp that holds the end of the paper. I’ve never been able to squeeze the clamp by hand – I had to use pliers to open the mouth of the clamp. Now my hands are such that trying to do it makes them spasm – I need to avoid that.
I’ve tried using a small C-clamp to hold the drum’s clamp open enough to slip the paper in – but that did not work well at all. Of course then once I get the paper in and roll it around the drum – I have to have a solution for holding the drum clamp on the other end open while holding the paper. Sooooo any suggestions on a solution?
I’ve made small progress on my serving tray also. I managed to clean the edges of my boards and cut to size the sides. I’ve also picked out the boards for the bottom. It’s hard to see in the picture, but I was able to move the boards around enough and managed to get three pieces that once glued together will look like it came from the same board – the curls match perfectly. The picture just does not do it justice – but here it is anyway.
The little spot you see is just on the surface and it will be taken off as I skinny up the boards to 5/16#.
My plan is to glue the bottom pieces together this weekend and maybe get some of the side cuts done.
Sure feels good to get back out there. I did notice one thing—- it’s been months since I’ve really done anything in the shop——but it’s dirty and a mess – how could it get like that if I’ve not been out there? Must be a ghost out there. :-)
Until next time.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine