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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 06-19-2017 11:25 PM 665 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So today, after finishing the installation of an AC unit – much needed the last few days since the heat and humidity rose exponentially – I cut a piece of MDF and routed grooves in it to line a drawer for some Japanese chisels I purchased a few weeks back. They’ve been sitting in a roll and not getting use. Now they’ll need their initial setup to make them usable.

Then I decided I would go about making a sharpening trough for my Shapton wet stones. Right now they sit in a bucket of water. When I need to use them, it’s a process of clearing bench space and putting down some protection. Hopefully having a dedicated spot for something that’s self-contained, will make things easier and more conducive for me to actually sharpen things that need sharpening.

I had a few scraps of cedar remaining from a yard project I did a few years back – pieces that remained after completing the workbench build. I cleaned one edge up on the jointer and then milled it to four 5/8” boards. I also had a piece of teak left from a shelving unit I dismantled and will use it for the trays that hold the stones over the trough.

The only time I utilize the blade guard is when there’s a lot of blade proud of the table :) Riving knife is always in place – well mostly.

I’m uncertain about the liner for the trough. I was planning on using a Rubbermaid container and cutting it down to around 3in in height, but I think I’m going to pick up something different. Maybe a rectangular cooking pan or something similar. So no further progress on this until tomorrow.

Last week I made a small dovetailed box to hold pen making supplies. It was just thrown together with some scraps and well, the thrown together part shows lol Working in the shop when it was hot, probably wasn’t smart and it certainly wasn’t conducive to doing things with precision. After putting the hinges on, I found the box was closing cockeyed. Not exactly what I was looking for. So today I drilled holes for plugs and went about redoing the hinges on the lid side. Then I installed a latch to keep it closed when it’s supposed to be.

Now it works as intended. Maybe I’ll put some finish on it, but that’s for another day in the shop ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)



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#1 posted 06-20-2017 12:25 AM

Man Bill, you could have been making me so many more things for the swap! Kidding man. Isn’t it nice when there’s a little lull and you can spend time just making the shop nicer and your workflow better and more organized? I’ve read stories about such days before. I guess I’ll either have to retire or get divorced if I’m to experience it first hand :-p

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 06-20-2017 12:48 AM


I guess I ll either have to retire or get divorced if I m to experience it first hand :-p

- HokieKen

Well for better or worse, I did both, but not in that order LOL Actually retire isn’t really accurate. I do have some responsibilities. Just not the day to day stuff.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#3 posted 06-20-2017 06:03 AM

A day in the shop either for a repair or building a nice box as you did is always a therapy for me… nice work buddy !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#4 posted 06-20-2017 11:42 AM


I guess I ll either have to retire or get divorced if I m to experience it first hand :-p

- HokieKen

Well for better or worse, I did both, but not in that order LOL Actually retire isn t really accurate. I do have some responsibilities. Just not the day to day stuff.

- builtinbkyn

Yeah, I kid. I got one of the good ones so divorce ain’t gonna happen. Well at least not until she realizes how much better she is than me ;-) Retirement will be nice one day but for now, I still thrive on the grind. Love to be in my shop but not sure I want to be there all day every day… yet… in 25 years, when it actually matters, I’ll re-evaluate!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#5 posted 06-23-2017 05:01 PM

I had some hours in the shop the last few days, but got sidetracked sorting boxes of nuts, bolts, screws, washers and the like. I also cleaned out stuff thats been hanging around and bugging me. But today I am finishing up my little sharpening stone station so I can actually use it and get back to doing some fun stuff.

It’s not exactly pretty, but it’s solid and should work as intended. Man working cedar, a really soft wood, is more trouble than harder woods. Even with what I believe were sharp tools, the fibers still crush and do what they want – well that was my experience and maybe I’m not experienced enough yet :) Even using a new, sharp marking gauge wasn’t the best idea. The cutting edge of the marking tool would not strike a clean line and unfortunately influenced the accuracy of my mortises. But it’s all good. The frame is square and solid and the mortises are square and plumb, but a little oversized in the width. The marking tool cutter struck an accurate line with the grain, but not so much against the grain. I think next time I’ll just use a pencil line for my marks. I had much better results marking the tenons with a pencil and cutting to the line.

Progress pics.

There’s no bottom to the cedar frame. The teak stone holders sit on the top edge and when I need to clean/change the water in the pan, I can just lift the whole thing up and pull the pan. Final pics of it in use to follow :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#6 posted 06-24-2017 05:55 PM

Man it’s the little things in life can can truly make you happy. Today I finished up the water stone sharpening station. First I rubbed it down with steel wool and then applied some paste wax to help it shed water and swarf. Then I put some carpet skid tape on the bottom to keep it from moving about while I’m using it. I may make another stone tray, but for now, two are fine. I found my strop just happens go fit inside the frame and rests on the pan :)

I know this will make it more convenient when I need to sharpen a chisel or plane iron. Very happy I took some time to make it.

Then it was on to the next cure for two things that have been bugging me. A place for me to hang sanding belts and bandsaw blades. And a place for my table saw blades. I’ve been hanging the belts and bandsaw blades on the outriggers of my lumber rack and man that just doesn’t cut it. Pull a piece of wood down and belts and blades come with it. Not ideal at all. My table saw blades were being stashed in the cabinet under the miter saw, making it a pain in the ass to grab the one I’m looking for. The solution to both problems was simple. I already had some closet pole and 1/2” dowel and some scraps of plywood and MDF. A few minutes later, problems solved. :)

Yesterday, my branding iron arrived. Though I have yet to test it to see how well it works, it looks pretty clean and crisp. The only thing that wasn’t great was how it was delivered. I would have thought it was produced by CNC but it appears to have been cast as there were tiny grains of sand stuck in between the lettering and details. It all needed to be removed. Not an easy task, being it’s only a little more than an inch across, so the spaces are very small and tight. I first hit it with a toothbrush and some soap. That didn’t remove very much. Next I excavated a good portion of the sand with the tip if a razor blade, but there was still more remaining. So I put it in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner and that helped to dislodge most of the remaining granules and I was able to finish the job with a dentist’s excavator (that pointy thing the dentists scrapes your teeth with and pokes around inside your mouth). I have a bunch from my dad. They come in handy for all kinds of little jobs.

The iron is designed to work with a Weller soldering iron. I have two, but neither can fit the 3/8” stem on the back of the brand and they probably don’t have enough watts to heat it sufficiently. I guess I’ll have to get a third soldering iron that’s suitable. It needs about 80 watts to heat the brand and the ability to accommodate 3/8” stem. Weller makes such an iron.

Well I have some sharpening to do. That’s another day in the shop ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#7 posted 06-25-2017 03:19 AM

I’m in love … !!! hahaha
Your stones with box tray !!! – that woodworkwe II blade !!! – and that brand Iron !!!
Wow Bill amazing tools !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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