There is a Slovenian vocal choir group called Perpetuum Jazzile. They do a version of Toto’s hit, ‘Africa’, which I find inspiring. Music causes me to stir the pot of my imagination. Music makes me want to grow, in all sorts of different ways. Obviously I would like to grow in a way yield a thicker head of hair, and it would certainly be nice to be a bit taller, but those don’t seem to be options, so growing creatively will have to do. Actually, becoming more creative is probably better than having hair, though not as good as being tall, but I digress.
So tonight I have spent much of the evening listening to the music of my youth, and some from my oldth. There was some Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and Paul Simon. There was also a smattering of Avril Lavigne, Jimmy Eat World, and a bunch of Jack Johnson. I was not only trying to get my creative juices flowing, but I was also procrastinating. I had used an awl to mark the spots where the holes would need to be drilled in the Rousseau router table plate. The experiences I have had with drilling straight holes have been less than encouraging.
I listened and thought. I thought about creating a jig. I thought about waiting until I had a drill press. The overwhelming desire I had to precede eliminated waiting as an option. It was during the song ‘Fox On The Run’, by Sweet, that I started to think about how much I had improved with my hand saws. I have gotten pretty good at cutting straight, so I should be able to drill straight too, was my reasoning. The difference between the two though, is that when I am cutting I have the reflection in the blade of the saw to use as a guide for me visually. By making sure that the reflection and the board are straight and even, I am able to cut a straight line. It was then that I had my Eureka moment. The Rousseau router plate has a very shiny black surface.
I headed downstairs and drilled a pilot hole with the tiniest bit I had. It was suggested by the instruction writers at Rousseau that I do this, to prevent chip out. It worked marvelously. Next a large bit was put in the drill and the results were the same. I have drilled 4 holes that are quite lovely.
I have not yet purchased the recommended flat head screws. So I can’t proceed any further tonight, but the part of the plate install that stressed me out the most, is over, so I am going to do some more sanding and start to think about how I will attach the table top to the legs.
-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com