Fellow Navy veterans will recognize that saying… Sweepers, sweepers man your brooms. Give the ship a clean sweepdown fore and aft. Take all trash to the pier. Which pretty much describes the bulk of my shop time this week.
I did finish the prototype (Wood Whisperer inspired) cutting board I mentioned last week, the first glue up actually went pretty easily. Cutting it didn’t go so well. My table saw isn’t the best in the world, and it took most of a day of fiddling with scrap to figure out how it works. The second glue up wasn’t so pretty – mostly I think because it was so small it was hard to get the clamps on right and pieces slid in relation to each other. Woodcrafters had a sale on K-bodies, which I hope will help, and the next prototype will be closer to the final dimensions.
I know, compared to some of you guys I’m probably obsessing over what you’d do in your sleep… But I’ve not that much experience and the first completed cutting board (along with some other projects) will be gifts for my niece’s wedding next year.
An astonishing amount of sawdust and scrap had accumulated on the shop floor what with the various things done in there over the last month or so, and some tool organization was badly needed. So that’s how I spent the last two days of time allotted to be in the shop and will spend today’s too. I’ve cleaned the floor, cleaned the big power tools, sorted my scrap bins and wood storage, sorted some of my tools into the workbench, improvised a wall hung clamp rack, and generally tried to clean and straighten the shop. Today’s task is hauling the last of the construction debris out and stacking it next to the alley until I can cadge some truck time from a buddy.
None of which, from the viewpoint of my Lovely Lady Wife, were the most important accomplishments in the garage… From her point of view repairing the garage door opener so she can park her car in there over the (fast approaching) winter tops the list. Still, she’s happy and with the shop clean(er) and more organized and a little progress on projects I’m happy – so that makes for a pretty good week all things considered…
-- Derek, Bremerton WA --