I was able to spend a whole hour non-stop in the shop tonight! I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but for me it’s way, way, way a lot. :-)
I’ve gotten the boards laminated for the tray bottom and have it and the sides down to my 5/16” thickness. The bottom did not come out as nice as I would have liked, I think the glue slipped a little more than I noticed when I tightened the clamps so the rays are off a little bit. Still looks nice though. I need to read up again on proper gluing techniques as I don’t think I would have made this same mistake three years ago.
As crazy as it sounds as I was getting my boards to 5/16” I had to rethink how to use my calipers – reading them mostly. It’s really not as easy as I thought. You really have to be careful looking at the numbers and making sure your caliper is sitting straight on your board. It’s these little things that I would not have thought twice about before that I’m finding I need to slow down and think through a bit more as I work.
Next for me is setting up the saw for the first cuts on the tray sides. I started to do that a little tonight and discovered that my saw really needs a cleaning before I do any serious work with it. So that’s next on the agenda. The old “rust on my top” monster has attacked – that’s not acceptable.
The drum sander issue is still an issue. I could not get a lever to work on holding the clamp open. I meant to take pictures and will do that this week sometime to show you what I mean. I managed to get the paper on the drum this time, but it cost my hands dearly and I need to avoid that as much as I can.
Oh and an update on my fire engine for the children’s safety classes.
My friend delivered it today and the group was thrilled with it. The artist is going to start painting it this weekend and promised a picture when it’s done. I’ll be sure to post it for you to see.
Well – that’s all folks—for tonight anyway. Thanks for all the support I get from all of you. It’s appreciated more than you can know.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine