I had an extremely frustrating evening. We had 3 hours to work on our projects and I seem to make mistakes every other minute!!! I even poked myself with largeish splinter when the stupid dreaded miserable *^%$#@ rebate plane blew out the corner of the tenon I was trimming to size! Yeah I now realize I should have backed it up, but it and I were fighting all evening, I eventually switched to a rasp (what is the emoticon for frustrated woodworker!)
I have to hand it to Ryan though, he offered some great advice and I switched from doing the tenons by hand to using the tablesaw (a much easier method if you do it correctly!). Unfortunately I didn’t do all of them correctly and wound up resetting jigs which defeats the purpose of jigs to do everything the same at one time! I found myself doing and redoing stuff, I just could not get in a productive groove! I am still mad at myself. The part that really frosts me is that I have been having a great couple of days in my own shop, Jenn and I have been smoking through various fix it up chores and completing some niggling details on past renos (okay stuff I hadn’t done yet ;-). I even picked up a bunch of maple for finishing the drawers and doors for the never-ending bathroom reno. That has just been going super smoothly, so this evening was a real slap in the head!!!
Okay rant over…
Ryan showed me a way to test that your jigs are properly squared, how to set up a tenon jig and how to properly use the tenon jig. So the last 45 to 60 minutes were pretty productive except for my needing to redo steps. I even had to mill a replacement piece because I had mangled one piece of wood so badly!! That is why I kept all my ‘scraps’ from the initial milling exercise. I am hopeful I will finish it next (and last class). My brother and his wife are expected late Friday so I don’t think I will have it ready for them, but I will be close. It is still pretty cool to be learning so much woodworking stuff.
-- "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