The trash man giveth and the trash man taketh away….
That would seem to sum up most of my woodworking experiences so far :) At any rate, I pulled the trigger on a new Dewalt scroll saw. I have been using a cheaper model for some time and I made do but wanted to work with something a little nicer and get those compound cuts and fretwork moving. I have been using my bench for awhile, but wanted a dedicated stand for this one. I downloaded a free plan from Wood awhile back and was going to pick up some 2×6 when I noticed this stack of pine sitting in the dumpster at my wife’s apartment.
She is probably getting a reputation in the complex for feeding the “homeless” guy that loiters around the parking lot fishing items from the trash receptacles but I just cannot stand to see good wood thrown away. Especially when it is an item that I am already planning on purchasing. The plans call for mostly 2×4s and a plywood top. I noticed two matching pieces out of the bundle and thought they might make a more solid work surface -
So I planed the edges and have them clamped as I type -
This worked out pretty well for me because I purchased a couple Jorgensen cabinet clamps that I have been wanting to use. I picked up a set of Irwin quick clamps that were on sale as well. I have been gradually replacing my old HF clamps. They worked ok for me for some time but they just don’t have the strength or the rigidity that these new ones have. I will probably trim the table top down some. Not the find of the century but am happy with it and I should be able to build most of what I need with the collection I salvaged.
Happy woodworking all,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.