I’ve had a rather productive weekend thus far in the the Yee Ole Workshop.
(1) Mounted new levelers from McMaster-Carr onto my outfeed table.
(2) Routed miter gauge slots in the top of the outfeed table.
(3) Hung 4 new T8 lights.
(4) Made a bigger base for my wobbly floor standing drill press.
(5) Bartered a deal for some rough cut walnut
(6) Rewired my dust collector on/off switch to a new “remote” switch
Levelers: I purchased a set of levelers from McMaster-Carr for about $14.00 for the set. They carry about 4 different styles, all rated for 100lbs so I got the cheapest, or least expensive. I really like these levelers. They are easy to mount and they are the style that hooks under the leg for more support.
Miter Gauge slots: Not to best routing job in world but I am a beginner when it comes to using a router. I have a lot to learn on this skill set. I think I probably used the wrong bit. I used a pattern bit and that forced me to make a fairly deep cut all at one time. Lots of chatter! I think a straight cut bit would have been better and then I could have done to cut in 2 passes. Best to learn on shop furniture!
Lights: I had already purchased 3 light fixtures from Menards for the WS on sale a couple of weeks ago, about $18.00 each. I needed more light so I headed off to the city. I stopped at Lowes first because I had to return a router bit that I bought in error. I had intended to go to Menards afterwords but Lowes had a similar fixture for about the same sale price at Menards, $17.98 or there about. I actually like the Lowes fixture better. It’s better made and it comes with hooks to hang the light with. The fixture from Menards, the hooks were a special trip to town.
Drill Press Base: The floor in my shop, concrete, is not all that level to say the least. To further compound the problem, the base on the drill press is pretty small and not all that flat. It’s a real adventure holding the drill press with your foot, to keep it from tipping ove, operating the press while holding your work. I had some green treated 3/4 ply left over from a previous project that I used. I cut two pieces to size, 19×30 if memory serves me correctly and glued then together then counter bored a couple of holes for 1/2” carriage bolts. I bolted it all together and it’s now a lot better. It still wants to rock a little but at least it doesn’t feel like it’s about to tip over.
Walnut: Found a add on Craig’s list for rough cut walnut. The guy has about 200 bf of the stuff that he cut way back in the day. I’m going to pick it up here in an hour or so. Needless to say, I know what the new spare room bed is going to made from. He says that some of the wood is only good for turning. I don’t turn so we may have some turning stock lying around.
Dust Collector Switch: My dust collector on/off switch is right on the motor pecker head. A guy with a back like mine, I hate having to stoop over, it just kills me to do so. So I basically removed that switch completely and connected a new “light” switch to it. I like the idea of having the switch where I’m working so I used a length of SO cord, a 4 square box and big old magnet. I mounted the magnet to the back of the 4 square box so that I can take the switch with me and stick to different tools around the shop. And lucky for me, I had everything sans cover that I picked up on my trip to the city.
Oh yeah and I managed to make a pot of chili! Life is good!
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