Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course #10: Can you cheat on a router plane?

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 02-18-2011 06:40 AM 1320 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Milling and final dimensioning! Part 10 of Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course series Part 11: Some days it just doesn't pay... »

I feel so disgusted with myself, just three weeks ago I was on here publicly declaring my involvement with a router plane, now the despicable creature that I am my attention has turned to a mortising attachment for the drill press…

And wow do I like the mortising attachment; I brought my mortising chisel, gooseneck chisel and my trusty red oak mallet to class today figuring I would be spending my time chiseling out the mortises for the cross members to my stool. Ryan stopped by and saw what I was doing (I was marking out my mortises with the marking gauge) and saw the chisels and says that the College has mortising attachments for the drill press and did I want to try them?!! Well what green blooded Lumberjock wouldn’t want to try out a new power tool, so of course I said yes. After a bit of fiddling around finding where the daytime instructors keep stuff (isn’t it funny how your shop can be perfectly organized but someone new to it may have a hard time finding stuff?) Ryan had the drill press set up and gave me a demo on how to set it up and let me have at it!!! My plans had called for a 3/8ths inch mortise but the one the College had was dull (I think someone abused it actually as the chisel looked a bit malformed) so Ryan suggested a 5/16ths bit which I think is actually a better size for the mortises in a 3/4 inch board anyway. I was quite pleased that I figured out a way to square the chisel to the fence by placing a squared board end up against the chisel whilst holding it the face against the fence automatically squaring the chisel to the fence. That sentence makes sense to me, I hope it does to the rest of you :-) In any event I quickly set up the fence and started chiseling out mortises; I had all 6 done in what I suspect would have been the time to get one manually chiseled out. Have I mentioned I love this attachment! What an incredibly easy way to cut mortises. This is definitely on the gift wish list.

Other wise the class went well, I managed to really focus and finish all the mortises, cut most of the tenons (a bit large so I can plane them to a snug fit) and started fitting things together. I got one joint all completed, and hope to get the other 5 on Tuesday (I also start a week of holidays on Monday so I will get some shop time and better yet get some time with the real love of my life Jenn!!!! With her recently starting to go back to work full time and my crazy hours we’ve not seen to much of each other (by ourselves with no kidlets close by). So I am really looking forward to next week ohh it is also our 9th wedding anniversary on the 23rd so it is an especially great week. Have I mentioned recently what and incredibly great wife I have… I am so grateful to have her by my side. Anyhow I guess I’ve strayed from blogging about the course, but I am very much aware that Jenn has put in a full day and then puts in another shift by herself with the kids letting me have time to go the College; I love her a whole lot.

Good night all!

....what do you mean not everyone here is green blooded? How can this be?....

-- "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 02-18-2011 08:44 AM

I can understand your thrill over trying a new powertool and all that
and the love for your wife
but even though a well written blog :-) ........... I canĀ“t figur out what
this has to do with a routerplane , here I thought I could learn to sheat….LOL

have a great weekend Mark with the wife

take care

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 11:46 AM

Hi Mark.

First, LumberJocks don’t have blood, we have sap! (grin)

Second, we all appreciate the thrill of getting introduced to a new power tool. We’ve all been there and are happy for you both. (the tool and you)

Third, the most useful item in any LJ’s kit is a wife willing to indulge them in their addiction to wood. As I always say about mrs. Tiny, she has one redeeming quality; she puts up with me! (grin again)

Happy sawdust!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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