Okay, so I’ve been bored tonight. Ridiculously bored. So bored even TV wasn’t doing it for me. What do you do with that kind of boredom? Especially right after you’ve installed Cool Blocks on your 14” bandsaw? Any other forum, and the answers would vary widely. “Eat some chocolate.” “Go to bed, it’s late anyway.” “Call up some friends and meet ‘em at the bar.” But here, in this illustrious company, I’m sure that there’s only one possible answer. “Put on a coat, go out to the garage, and CUT SOME SH** UP!” So that’s what I just now did. Some 1/8” marks on a furring strip, and I was in business. First off, let me say that those simple little composite blocks have practically eliminated my crappy, stock blade’s drift angle. Freakin’ sweet. Five minutes later, I was the proud owner of several very, very thin slats of furring strip. Not the toughest stuff to resaw, but still….
So before we get any further into this fascinating story, let me note some observations. Saw marks—the deep, linear kind—are almost totally absent. In their place is a rough surface that a couple minutes with 60 grit would probably knock out completely. In the spots where I was forcing the workpiece a bit too much, the saw lines appear, but less deep and depressing than before. The drift angle was barely noticeable. The scream of metal blade on metal guide block was replaced by the much preferable scream of metal blade on wood. And the furring strip got progressively, and satisfyingly, thinner. The slats stacked up—some lost because of the blade emerging partway through, but hey, c’mon, I was freehanding it.
So now I’ve got these slats, and I’m getting cold and ready to go back in. But wait, I’ve been wanting to try something that calls for this very situation! Another chunk of furring strip into the blade, and a gentle curve emerges. Bent lamination time, hooray! I really just wanted to know if I could bend these strips without breaking them, so I didn’t bother to sand or plane away the rough surfaces, but they actually bent around my little form, and they’re now glued and clamped and slowly drying. I doubt the glue will hold the rough surfaces of my slats together, but who cares, because they bent wonderfully, and I’ve proven to myself that I can saw thin enough pieces to do bent lamination. Another card up my sleeve, another ace in the hole, another trick in my itty bitty bag o’ tricks….Thank you, Ridgid bandsaw. Thank you, Cool Blocks. Thank you, noble furring strip. I bid you all goodnight, for I must hie away and design something that involves a curve or two.
P.S. Freakin’ sweet (again)!
-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris