I am on my on call rotation so shop time is pretty limited this week. On top of the 24/7 pager response, I am covering for two vacationing fellow employees. Been making for some long days. Still, in this state’s economy, I can’t gripe about my job.
I spent some time puttering down the basement tonight. Even if I don’t have the time to concentrate fully on a project, I just like being down there. Something about just being in the environment gives me a lift. I had an hour I could spend uninterrupted so I spent some of that gluing up my Mom’s lap easel.
One side will have a spot for her drawing tablets, the other for pencils. The lid will serve as the writing surface. I will be working on the legs to make setting on the lap more ergonomic and comfortable. I decided against box joints as the way I designed the stand/legs, it will end up hiding some of the joinery. The rabbets work well for hiding the slots for the hardboard bottoms. It is getting there anyway.
The “Nothing New but the Glue” contest came at a good time. I had pulled some hardwood pieces off of pallets that were sitting in my yard. Gary Fixler's posts about his found wood inspired me to see what was out laying around. I had a couple of pallets I cut up for firewood for my little pit and so I gleaned what hardwood could be salvageable from them. The resulting pile looked less than inspiring -
But looks can be deceiving. I cleaned off the dirt and grime with a card scraper (great time learning how to sharpen them with the new file and burnisher, which was a bonus!) and jointed and planed a few boards. The resulting wood pile is ideal for the contest ahead.
In Shop Notes, there was a small organizer project for the purpose of storing pens, plans, small items so I might use that for the contest. No parts larger than 1/3 board feet. My shop efficiency would increase dramatically if I didn’t lose my pencils all the darn time so hopefully this project might spare me some pain in the future.
Happy woodworking all,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.