So, I recently won a car in a sweepstakes. I don’t drive, so at first I had a bit of trouble getting excited about the win. But then I realized: I hadn’t so much won a car as won a new computer, a bandsaw, a thickness sander, and a bunch of wood, plus a dramatic increase in my savings account. Well, last Friday the final paperwork on selling the car went through, and Saturday morning the splurge began.
First stop was Woodcraft. I’d had my eye on the Rikon 14” Deluxe bandsaw they had on sale all month, and I just managed to make it on the last day of the sale. His name is Kermit, and there will be pictures of him in a later post. I also got a number of dust collection accessories, mobile bases, foot pedals, and similar shop accessories that I’d been wanting for a while. My sister, who agreed to be the official chauffeur of the splurge in exchange for me making her a box, kept urging me to get a lathe (I don’t turn), because it had a “pirate wheel”. She also thought I needed a Delta table saw because the blade guard was “swoopy”. But I promised myself that apart from Kermit all tool purchases would be used off craigslist so they would hold their value, and neither pirate wheels nor swoopy blade guards have ever been determining factors in my tool purchases ^_^
Now that we had a bandsaw providing considerably better traction to the back wheels, it was off to Paxton Lumber. I had a mental list of woods I was looking for, but I didn’t want to make hard-and-fast plans because so much depended on what they had in stock. I greatly prefer 8/4 lumber so that I end up with fewer little edge bits while I’m resawing, and that tends to limit what I can find. I ended up with 5bf of Bubinga, ~2bf each of walnut, wenge, purpleheart, and lyptus, and ~3bf of padauk and African mahogany.
Unfortunately, one of the tools I had planned to use a mobile base with just didn’t seem to like that plan, so I went back this morning to return one of the bases. While I was there I decided to take a look for some of the woods on my list I couldn’t find at Paxton, and ended up with about 1.5bf of bloodwood and an absolutely incredible piece of lacewood. Some work with a chop saw later, I had a rather nice spread to stop my bench from blowing away:
I like to cut everything down to 12” lengths to make it easier to work with and store, and since I do nearly all my work with decorative boxes I never really need anything longer. The next stage, which will begin once various sawblades show up from Highland Woodworking, is to get all this resawn and sanded.
-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind