Wow, it has been a while…
I’m sure other weekend woodworkers have experienced the reality of life interrupting well intended plans. Since beginning this project, so much other stuff has happened. Not only am I now part of a new company transitioning into an Armor company – where out of only 9 people, I am 1 of 2 who actually have experience on tanks – but I also volunteered to be a Cub Scout Wolf Den leader… so much of my time has been spent with my son… BEST JOB EVER!!!
So, I have been quite busy, but all has not been in vain. I have had the pleasure of introducing a group of 12 rug-rats to the wonderful world of woodworking. Again, BEST JOB EVER!!!
I also have completed a few minor projects. The first has been what I fondly refer to as the “Elk Call 2000.”
Here it is connected to my new Kobalt table saw. For about $30, this sawdust separator has been worth it. I have it plugged in to a remote so I can start it from anywhere I’m working. I named it the “Elk Call 2000” due to the horrendous shriek it produces when detached from the table saw. So far the only solution I have found is to put on the earmuffs and drown it out with the saw running. I haven’t managed to build up enough concern to ask the wife or neighbors if it is disturbing them.
I have also built 2 fancy saw horses of the Woodshopdude's design.
Perhaps a little over designed, but they were a fun build. I cut the miters by hand with my Japanese hand saws. It was a great learning experience.
I have also begun laying out the cuts for the bottom half of my work bench which is what this series has been about. The time off has been useful. It has given me the opportunity to finalize my plan for the combination saw/work bench. As I began putting the pieces together in my mind I started to see issues. Trying to use the best joinery I feel I am capable of producing and taking actual lumber sizes into consideration, I reworked the design and added more support to the bottom to help prevent sagging.
Here is an exploded view.
My goal is to have the bottom mostly completed by the end of the holiday.