From junk to dust (part 2 1/2)

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Blog entry by Dust4brains posted 10-27-2007 08:48 AM 871 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bonjourno y’all !!!!. It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog and there has been some progress in the garage/wood metropolis. I have cleared out half of the collectables (junk) and have been slightly distracted in a good way. I bought a benchtop style table saw based upon space and budget and have spent the last few days setting it up. It’s a long way from a ‘grown up’ table saw but it’s all mine. All mine I tell ya! :o)
I carefully unpacked it and carefully read the instructions prior to setting it up. I even bought some Kerosene to clean off the protective shipping gunk from the table and then wiped it down with isopropyl alcohol to get it real clean. After this I gave it a light hand sanding with very fine wet emery paper and cleaned it up again. Finally I applied some carnuba wax and buffed it up to a satisfactory smooth surface. Now I don’t want to use it in case I scratch it or get it dirty…...just kidding.
I did all the adjustments ensuring everything is perfectly aligned but when I cut some scrap 2×4 it was slightly off 90 degrees despite the accurate setup. I even checked it with a Wixey digital angle gauge. After some serious head scratching I contacted and Matt from Matts basement workshop reckoned this may be due to deflection as cheap table saws do not have the greatest blades in them. I can appreciate that, after all the table saw cost less than a Forrest II blade. Anyway I can apply an offset to get square cuts and live with it until I get better in my hobby and in my budget. By the Matt, you’re awesome man. We appreciate the podcasts dude!
Last weekend I visited my son at college in Spokane and while I was there I visited the Woodcraft store (!.....I was in awe. Out of money…...... but in wooworker heaven :o)
After finishing work this evening I noticed a 4 1/8” Sears Roebuck jointer/planer for 25 bucks on craiglist. I got in the car and made like a Ferrari. When I got there it looked old, a little rusty but ran great and does it’s job. I feel a huge dose of jointer TLC coming on as I ‘rescued’ it and brought it home
Well, I’m off to bed now as I’m heading off to the Wood Expo in Seattle in the morning. I just can’t get enough of this hobby. I’ve even done some marathon listening to podcasts from Matts Basement Workshop, WoodTalkOnline, and of course TheWoodWhisperer. Talk about a crash course…......I LOVE IT!!
I may post some piccy’s (pictures) as I begin my baby jointer renovation…...I can see this turning into a romance story between me, my jointer, and my table saw…........the ultmate love triangle :o)
OK, back to reality, I OBVIOUSLY need some sleep. Stay tuned and I’ll be updatin’ ya soon! Happy grains y’all!

-- -If you love wood, cut wood, sand really doesn't matter how it turns out; you've got Dust4brains!

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 10-27-2007 01:49 PM

Scary…let me warn you. It sounds like the beginning of the addiction process. You might be able to still be reached by a family intervention…but I doubt it! Welcome to woodworking.

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#2 posted 10-27-2007 01:59 PM

I agree… there a woodworkers anon? I could start a 12 step recovery program. 1) Admit I have a problem. 2) Face the problem head on. 3) Go to the souce of the problem; the woodshop. 4) Try to pick up some wood and not do anything with it. 5) See how pretty the grains are….... 6) Listen to the wood calling out to you? 7) Be one with the wood. 8) ...........Nope! Too late for me :o)

-- -If you love wood, cut wood, sand really doesn't matter how it turns out; you've got Dust4brains!

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 10-27-2007 02:00 PM

Yep, a slightly different ” slippery slope”. Grab it and growl!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 10-27-2007 02:02 PM

And….Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 10-27-2007 03:34 PM

Enjoy the ride down the slippery slope.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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