State Fair Series #2: From the Jaws of failure

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Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 04-24-2016 10:04 PM 545 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent some time yesterday laminating 2 wood choices together.

Today I set myself up for some precision cutting. I didn’t use Klaus’ sled. You see I experimented over and over again getting my depth just right. My index was exactly 7/8 of an inch. Heck, half my time was spent on the math.

I’m pretty sure most of my issues today are because I didn’t build a 45 degree sled with an indexer. I know the worst problems I had were because I didn’t build a zero clearance insert. Basically, I got tear out which was bad. What was worse is I was getting a little bit of kickback on my cross cuts. Tiny little rectangular off cuts were being hurled at my work. It tore the peaks off some of my pyramids.

Mind you this was taking place underneath my work because I was only doing depth cuts.

It was bad enough for me to want to make trivets out of the decent parts and throw the rest away.

I grabbed an ROS and decided to see what would happen if I sanded the busted up peaks. The ROS didn’t mind the gaps and it smoothed out the damaged peaks super fast.

I also had to sacrifice some width and depth on the box. I lost 7/8 depth and 2 5/8 width.

Here are the results of cleaning up the worst piece.

I’m moving forward with this modified version of the peaks. I’ll end this blog right here. The rest is the easy part.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-24-2016 10:15 PM

Looking good. You have to start somewhere and file the learnings away in your brain for next time..

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-24-2016 10:15 PM

I just noticed an optical illusion that you can only see in the picture. Instead of seeing peaks, I can see the red recessed. It’s giving me a headache.

I’m back to it. Thanks for the inspiration Klaus. I should have invested time in the tools. My bad.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 04-25-2016 04:01 AM

Mark, I see them recessed too… BUT, I can see how they could be peaks…

An isometric view would be better… to put the matter to rest…

Awesome work… You did GREAT!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 04-25-2016 01:12 PM

trial and error.
research and experiments.
...from lemons you’ve made lemon-aid. ;-)

You’re moving forward and that’s a good thing.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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