I have been sending text messages to two of my sons and at times to my two daughters. I would send photos and comments of what I was doing today in my woodshop. I am probably boring them, most of the time.
Today I had the thought that I should put my thoughts and updates to work-in-progress in an online blog. So this is what this thread will be. Text in my blog can sit there and bore nobody, or someone who chooses to be.
I will simply start with stuff I am working on today, without background information or explanations .
Here I go:
Friday, November 20, 2015
Today is the 72nd year anniversary of the 2nd Marine Division’s invasion of Tarawa Atoll. This was the Jap island stronghold on Betio Island. In the first four hours of the Marine invasion, over 1,500 marines were dead. Many of those still alive on the small held beachhead thought they would be wiped out that evening by a Jap mortar attack. Unknown at the time a naval shell had killed the Jap commander as he was moving his command post to a new location that afternoon. Leaderless, the Japs never mounted their usual mortar tactic that evening. More of this later…
Walnut top end table (nuts, the photo was upright in Windows explorer)
Today November 20 I will glue and clamp my last leg assembly that will be used to build Ann’s Christmas gift, a curly maple top end table. This is the last of nine end tables I made as Christmas gifts. However, all of the prior end tables were assembled with pocket screws; to fasten the aprons to the tapered legs. With this last table, the aprons have haunched tenons and will fit into mortises I cut into the legs. Let’s get on with it…
Leg Mortises for Haunched Tenon Aprons…
Apron’s tenons fitted to leg mortises… (Later I will figure out how to set the photo uprgiht.)
Aprons get coats of Java Gel Stain…
Another thought: My trestle sawhorses have been one of the best things I have made for my woodshop.
My Shop-made Trestle Super Sawhorses
I made long ago an adjustable height sawhorse for in-feed and out-feed support for long boards being crosscut or ripped on my table saw, or with my bandsaw. They can also be used at my floor mounted drill press when long boards or sheets need to be held up high during one-man drilling operations.
Supports for Long Boards
On this adjustable height sawhorse I have bolts and wing nuts through each of its two part legs. These bolts allow me to set the sawhorse’s height. However, I am restricted on how low it can be set. I will look at methods or cuts I can make on its legs so i can set it at lower heights. I need that at times for certain machines or situations.
If I need additional height on any of these sawhorses I can easily add it by clamping on my shop-made long board supports. They are made to be clamped in place to sawhorses as seen in the attached photo. I guess i could attach these supports to any table legs, etc. I made two of these supports so they could be used simultaneously at thee same machine, or during two separate operations and locations in my shop. Like other shop-made jigs I store them on my shop’s north wall when they are not in use. I drill a 1 3/8 inch hole through the jig with a Fortsner bit.
-- --- Happy Howie