Sorry folks for my little hiatus from the LJ community. I had one week with an extremely busy work schedule followed by a week where my wife and I decided to make our separation permanent. Took a little bit of time to mull things over and have come to the conclusion it is best for both parties. I have a buddy who likes to jokingly remind me that I don’t know enough about women yet, that I was one marriage shy of being educated. On this, I will have to agree with him :)
One good thing about having an interest in woodworking is that you can take the “When life hands you lemons…” approach and take your frustrations out by buying new tools and investing your energy in the shop. Much more healthy and cheaper than resorting to alcoholism :) So, tomorrow, I am going to order a set of Narex bench chisels, along with a couple of their mortise chisels. I heard good things about the company and I can get a good set of 4 bench and 2 mortise (going with 6 and 10mm) for under 80 bucks delivered. On top of that, Woodcraft has a special for the WorkSharp 3000 where it comes with a free leather hone and free shipping right now. I don’t currently have a good sharpening system and any approach I take would require a decent investment, whether it be stones, grinder jigs, or this one. Based on reviews and the fact that I have turning and carving tools, as well as the new chisels coming, I decided to get both cart and horse and try to leave the frustrations of not having the right accessory behind.
One thing about building up experience, you pretty much start looking at the whole picture of whatever you are considering purchasing… the nails for the gun, the bits for the drill/driver, the blades for the saw, the attachments, jigs, bits, etc. So with the 300 I have to invest, I think this will be the best bang for the buck for right now. I am taking off a week from work the week after next and try to get a good shop routine going.
I missed you all and am glad the little fender bender is behind me. LJs is like family to me and it felt really strange to not be up on the happenings here. I hope you are all well and that sawdust is just a pouring out of everyone’s shops.
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.