Woodworking as Therapy #5: The more I do the more I realize that I used to do with no thought

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 11-10-2011 04:40 AM 4731 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Still trying to figure out my drum sander issue Part 5 of Woodworking as Therapy series Part 6: Moving along on my serving tray - but have question »

So tonight I decided the cut the notches for my serving tray. But what I forgot to do was change my blade to my flat top instead of the v-shape blade so as you can see from my picture I have a little bit of cleaning up to do on the bottoms of my notches.

I decided to leave that for another night when I can sit and do it a tiny bit at a time. The good thing is the notches fit the 5/16” boards just perfect.

I went ahead and cut the rabbit on the edges of my bottom piece and with the sides together this is what I’ve got so far.

As you can see I did not get the bottom edges of my sides just right – but that’s a design opportunity that I’ll fix toward the end. The next step is to glue the sides to the bottom – which will be a challenge but I will probably use tape like they used in the magazine.

Now back to that drum sander issue. I promised better pictures of the drum and the pesky clamp.

The first shot is just a frontal view of the drum.

This next shot shows the clamp that’s the issue. The pencil is pointing to the “flex” part of the clamp. It’s not rigid which creates part of the problem.

I am beginning to think that my best bet to deal with the clamp is simply to ignore it and use the hook and loop paper. So I’m going to look into the prices for that and get moving in that direction. I need to get this thing to where I can use it as I want to get my cutting boards cleaned up as several are going to be Christmas presents.

it’s been very enjoyable being out making some sawdust again. Even though I can only do a small amount at a time, it’s worth every minute and I’m going to make the best of them.

Until next time – hope all of you are having as much fun making sawdust as I am!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 11-10-2011 05:27 AM

Go Betsy! Time in the shop always seems to be too limited! I hope you will be able to go for longer and longer stretches as time goes by.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 05:28 AM


Check out these folks for your hook and loop paper-

I can see now my suggestion about drilling for a bolt probably wouldn’t work. I didn’t realize the piece of metal the clamp is mounted was spring metal. Very difficult to drill.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 12-07-2011 05:13 AM

Thanks guys.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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