So, today I did my first woodworking in the shop since I cut my finger off. I installed the splitter on my table saw. It only took five minutes. As my fellow woodworkers know, it’s a huge pain. It’s in the way when you try to measure the width of every cut (so I’m resorting to using the tape on the saw), and it can only be used for cuts greater than 1-1/2” wide (otherwise the push stick won’t fit through. I’ve yet to see how it works with the dado blade. The only thing I can think of that’s more inconvenient is cutting your finger off and not being able to make sawdust for six months…
Anyhoo, the project I’m working on is a small, removeable mantle for our fireplace. I’m using an aluminum bracket to mount it to the wall (french cleat). It’s 5’ wide, and an L-shape that’s 8”x8”. I’m going to use a box joint to glue the two pieces at right angles all the way down. There will be a bracket on each end to lend strength and support. The panel against the wall will be a panel in the true Arts & Crafts style. Here’s my drawing:
To give you an idea of what it’s going to look like, here’s my buddy Schroeder’s mantle. Mine will be sort of an upside down version of it.
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