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 Woodtalkonline.com 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 (woodcraft.com).........Man!.....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!
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