With great delight, I can announce spring has officially come to Chicago-land. Of course, this is highly subjective, considering we went from being in the 20’s to a day in the mid 70’s and then crashed down into the teens, followed by 5 inches of snow. A week along, and while the snow is still in a few patches here and there, it seems moderately warmer weather is here to stay. And this means WOODWORKING! For those of you still locked in snow and ice, you have my sympathies.
So unlike last year at this time, my season starts with an actual shop and not a disaster. I took great care at the end of last year to put things away right and have been able to pretty much get right into things.
First up though was a small bit of maintenance. The table saw needed some fine tuning for blade/fence parallelism. I must have bumped it out of alignment after mounting the saw to the big bench last November. Not my favorite task, nor am I so great at it, but I broke out the digital calipers and the saw manual and did it all by the book. The result, no pinching or burning. 001 is fine with me.
After some thought, and trying to put my older cut off sled into service (it has seen better days) I decided to embark on building a brand new, full sized miter sled…that is currently in progress and I will have more on it soon. A great opportunity to use a scrap of LVL beam I have sitting around.
I decided on such a big sled because I have plenty of work to keep me busy. The short list for this year includes:
1. Replace several stock kitchen drawers that are not long for this world.
2. Build a pull out organizer(s) for all the pots and pans.
3. Lots and lots of trim work in the house and maybe some built in’s.
4. Maybe convert a living room closet into a mini mud room…
5. Swing set and play set for the kids out back.
6. Drawers for the big bench.
7. Finish up the rolling tool chest once and for all.
An ambitious list to be sure, but I think I might be crazy enough to pull it off. I hope you will join me for the journey.
Sincerely, and with the smell of pine happily in my nose once more,