Today is the last day of the traditional work week and I am especially geeked in regards to the following week. Every year, I usually take a week off to perform some major work around the house. Last year consisted of building flower boxes and my roofing project. This year, I decided to give home refurbishing a rest and am focusing on wood and workshop projects.
I spent the last two weeks getting all my ducks in a row. Mike (jockmike2) and I visited a mill two weeks ago to pick up some wood for ourselves and the lumberjock event sponsored by Kristoffer. Along with the Mahogany and Brazilian Cherry I picked up for the event, I picked up some Cherry, Walnut, and Maple for myself. Between that, the odd assortment of exotic scraps picked up at the gathering, and the Bloodwood board I received for the swap, I should be set fairly decently for play wood for the week -
I am hoping to get a couple small turnings done and a box or two done over the course of the week. It will be the first time I have found myself with so much shop time and also the first time I can work with something other than Pine and Oak.
This last Tuesday, I received both the Work Sharp 3000 and a set of Narex bench and mortising chisels. I was able to spend some time prepping them Wednesday and I couldn’t be more pleased with the purchases. Chisels have been a sore spot for me for the last couple of years. I have a grinder but didn’t have any good sharpening stones. I did finally get a Stanley guide but the stones were too low grit to get a good finish on them. The 3000 sharpening system is a dream and I now am armed with a pretty decent collection of shiny chisels with a very sweet edge to them. I was a little worried that the mortising chisels would be too thick for the machine, but found that if I slid them in the left side of the port, there is plenty of room and the chisels came out beautiful.
Everything is coming together, the work plate is being scraped clean before the weekend, lawn mower fixed, errands ran, and all I have to do is stay on course until Monday.
Have a great weekend all. Next week, if I am not on here, then I am probably making sawdust :)
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.