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Underway again...finally #1: Healed and starting over

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Blog entry by JohnTM posted 10-28-2017 02:51 AM 649 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I finally healed up and am starting from scratch – again.

I started by replacing my pallet buster with another design that doesn’t break or crack nearly as many boards as the first one did. The new one has longer and wider tines that seem to spread the strain/load on the cross members much better than the first one. I’ve also lucked into a location/business that puts out “quality” pallets on a weekly basis as well as some large plywood-and-2×4/4×6 combination sheets. Today I got 6- 2×3 to 4×6 pieces of OSB with minimal marks, holes, defects. Free for the taking – what more could you ask for (other than winning the lottery, of course)? I’ve now got more than enough wood to start making “things”... If only I had a pickemup truck rather than just my Prius – I left at least $500 worth of usable wood (if I’d tried to buy the equivalent amount at a big box store) behind today.

I managed to offload my dodgy Craftsman table saw for what I paid for it and have replaced it with a Dewalt 745 job site saw. A couple people advised me to get something more “substantial”, but that would have cost me more money than I had. After 3 days of playing around, getting familiar with it and trimming up some pallet wood pieces, it has done everything I’ve asked of it with no trouble. I’ve ripped 4’ long boards that caused the Craftsman to smoke and whine without any problems. And that’s with the “stock” Dewalt blade that came with the saw – I haven’t put either of the two more expensive blades I have on the Dewalt yet (kinda establishing a baseline for future reference experience-wise). And, fwiw, it seems quieter than the Craftsman/other saws I hear around the neighborhood.

Some of the very basic things I’ve done so far (remember I’m just starting out/learning from scratch) include (in no particular order): ripping straight edges on 6’ plywood sheets to get rid of de-laminating sections, testing the 5-cut method for table-saw alignment & setup, crosscut some of the less-worthy pallet wood 2×4’s to make a very temporary mobile stand for the table saw (in order to lower it as running it atop “standard height” sawhorses is waaaaay less than perfect), and playing around with fence adjustments to see just how thin a strip I can cut with consistency. I’ve also done the “cut a 2×4 in 2 long passes reversing the ends to simulate cutting a large/tall piece of wood [one taller than I could cut with the blade at full height]. I’ve also “jointed” a non-straight edge using a quicky jig I copied from somewhere on the Net.

It’s gonna rain tonight/early tomorrow so that means I’ll need to take the day off (again, sigh).

I know.. pics or it didn’t happen… well, maybe I’ll post a couple tomorrow showing … actually I’m not sure what it would show. Anything I post would certainly pale in comparison to even the “closest” minimal shop space I’ve seen pics of here on LJ. I mean, I can show some stacks of pallet wood, the Dewalt 745 which most people have already seen… the piece or ** temporary table saw stand I made which will last only long enough to make something better…. Shrug… tomorrow.

Anyway, I’s back and somewhat excited to get started again.



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