Tool thoughts #34: Rockler answered the call & the Brown truck delivereth

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Blog entry by NedB posted 09-01-2012 10:00 AM 1719 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 33: Some new cutting boards Part 34 of Tool thoughts series Part 35: Kickback! Shop's closed for the day... (minimal injuries) »

Morning folks! Been a quiet week out in the shop. There were two days when I didn’t even make it out there at all, which is Not how I want to ‘run’ things, but life got in the way. That was OK though.

I spent two of the non-shop days with my youngest son, we went to the movies and saw ‘the Dark Knight Rises’. I’m much more of a Marvel fan than DC in the comics realm, but I sure do like the latest iteration of the Batman movies, not just Dark Knight, but the whole ‘trilogy’ starring Christian Bale. Can’t wait for the next movie.

The other day was spent going to the NY State Fair near Syracuse. We had fun touring the fairgrounds: including riding the tram together.

Patrick wants to run a Diner, and Guy Fieri had a show at the fair on Wednesday. His opening was excellent, ‘People ask me if I Love being a Chef, and I tell them First thing I am is a Dad, then I enjoy being a chef’

He made 4 dishes, and put on a fun and inspiring show for the packed ‘house’ of about 5000 people. Two things stood out, he did a bit of Q&A with the crowd, and several times was asked ‘how do I get into running a restaurant’ his reply impressed me (I hope it did Pat too); to sum up he said something along the lines of ’ you have to get in a restaurant and work behind the scenes, there is no get rich quick scheme or fast track to running a Diner etc.’

Enough about the ‘distractions’, you want to know about shop time and the UPS man showing up at my house.

Regular readers will know that I had a birthday a couple of weeks ago, and in my family, Birthdays usually involve a check, and in my opinion, Birthday money is to be spent on things that you wouldn’t normally buy on a daily basis.

SO I took that to heart and ordered a few toyls from Rockler. One box arrived on Thursday:

That’s their Dust Rite floor sweep. It comes with the handle, long section of tube and a nozzle. My little one lung DC just barely has enough suction for it, but it does the job:

Rockler had a sale on (when don’t they?) and I picked up 4 24” Irwin Parallel jaw clamps. Despite the reviews here and on the rockler site, I’m quite happy with their performance for the price. They’re not Bessey k-bodies, but I can’t afford k-bodies at the moment. For the price of 2 k-bodies I got 4 Irwins. They’re pretty darn massive, and should serve me well in the shop for years to come:

I know one thing I’m going to be building Today in addition to planing down those cutting boards… a new Clamp Rack. Those suckers are Heavy! I’ll make a rack to hold all 6 of my parallel jaw clamps (I have a pair of K-bodies as well) along with my numerous f-clamps.

Thanks for checking in, have a safe day out in your shop!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 09-01-2012 02:03 PM

Nice clamps!

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