Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course #5: The penultimate class :-(... I was on time again!

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 01-26-2011 07:26 AM 923 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Half way done :-( Part 5 of Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course series Part 6: Last Class of Level 1 :-( »

Well even after having to go back to work for an hour after getting the kids home from school and Jenn home from work I managed to make it to class with about a minute to spare. Today was mostly about working on our nail trays, but Ryan did give us a good demo on using a rabbet plane (to create a rabbet for the bottom of the nail tray) and a demo of a hand brace. I was impressed with how easy it was to drill a half inch hole with the brace…I will be keeping my eyes open for one now!

Ryan also showed us the procedure for mounting a lock set in a door using hand tools. I found this interesting as I have installed a few locksets, but have always used power tools.

It is interesting (to me anyway) to notice myself working sort of at the frazzled edge today and how I often had to stop and reposition my hands or re think how I was doing what I was doing as it was a rough day at the office, a day that started way too early and ended far later than I wanted it to. There was a number of times when I just caught myself before snicking my finger with a chisel or putting my fingers in a potentially stupid spot while starting a saw cut. I consciously slowed down (even though I wanted to complete this project before the end of class) and tried not to chop anything off.

I realized today that I’d made an error in laying out my dados for the center hand hold brace, I’d marked out the dados correctly but then proceeded to use the router plane outside of my lines not inside! So I’ve kind of messed up the tray, but I will finish it and learn from the experience. I think this is a case of haste makes waste, I so wanted to get through all the various step and I guess I rushed through them and never stopped and looked at what I’d done to see if it was logical. Oh well, I went there to learn and have learned a huge amount.

I talked with Ryan a bit about building a workbench…kind of bouncing an idea I had for mounting the work surface to the supporting infrastructure. His suggestion was more elegant than my idea for mounting so I will probably run with his plan…but I may still make a scale model using my idea just to test it…I will explain more when I start building the bench :-)

Well the screen is getting pretty blurry here, here’s hoping that tomorrow is a quieter day, g’night all…..zzzzzzzzz

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 08:11 AM

Another great update Mark. Sorry you had a frazzled day and messed up your nail tray a bit. Sounds like you have picked up so much with this course – that’s great! Here’s to wishing you a better day tomorrow. Cheers!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 04:22 PM

your biggest lesson perhaps – recognizing when your focus isn’t 100% and either backing away or putting all your energy into focusing and going slowly.

(I just posted this link somewhere else - a good re: tracking mistakes)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 07:15 AM

Thanks for the link Debbie!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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