Derek's Shop #5: Good news and a little gloom.

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 05-08-2009 06:20 AM 1131 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a rough week trying to finish a piece I’m under the gun for, it’s got to be ready for my nieces wedding. Being new at this, I’ve made numerous mistakes – and the latest may require a thermonuclear option, I’m making a cutting board, and I gouged it badly when rounding the edges. I’m off to my mentors tomorrow to see if it can be saved, but I fear I may have to take a slice off of two sides. (Sigh.)

Ah well. If it were easy, what would be the point?

But this entry is in my shop series, not my general grumping because I got truly good news for the shop today:

First you have to understand, I know less about electricity than I do about woodworking. I can replace a lamp socket, or a light switch, but that’s about it.

We’ve been having some problems with a kitchen outlet, so I had an electrician out today. While he was here, I asked him to look at my shop/garage (which is detached from the house) to see if we can run 220 out to it and to get an estimate as to the cost. He checked inside the panel and it turns out there is already 220 to the panel, they just tapped the 110 the shop is wired for off of the 220. So just by replacing the subpanel in the shop, I have 60 amps available whenever I am ready.

I’ve been annoyed because the weather prevented me from insulating and finishing the walls in the shop, but that’s turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 05-08-2009 06:25 AM

Good news about the the sub panel.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-08-2009 03:19 PM

That is good news about the electrical. AS for the gouge, could you run a router with a straight bit in it over the part that has the gouge and then replace it with a piece of same or totally opposite stock? What I mean by this is if you can get good grain matching, that is the way to go. If not, you can make it a design feature by inlaying a piece of walnut (for example) in a maple cutting board. Since I do not know what the shape is, I am not sure if this would work, but it has saved my bacon on occasion, and trust me, it has needed saving more than once. Good luck!

-- jstegall

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