A journey into the workshop. #5: Improvements, mistakes, and where did that blood come from?

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 09-15-2009 04:02 PM 1549 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I can’t say enough good about how well the Thien separator on my dust collector is working. I tried avoiding building a pre separator to keep from taking up precious shop space. I can honestly say I am glad I finally opted to do it. I tired quickly from constantly emptying the lower bag from my DC with the Thien Baffle, so although my filter was staying clean, I was every other day, and sometimes once an hour pulling the lower bag from this thing, which can be a real chore!

I continued work on the base for my workbench, and it is coming along really nicely. However that nice smooth grain from the Cedar I milled this weekend is raising quite dramatically on some pieces. I expected that, but not to the extend I am getting it. I guess contrary to advertising, this stuff has never seen a kiln, and I do not have a moisture meter to be able to tell for sure…

So my mistake, and this was a dumb one, putting the upper spreader on backwards with the slot for the S clips out. I only did it to one, and I have some extra stock to fix this with, but boy was that dumb…

While assembling the front leg assembly for the base, I noticed blood on the stock, like maybe I had cut my hands somehow. But I didn’t feel anything. I look, and nothing… Come to find out after I get back into the house that I had managed to cut my forearm on something in the shop and not even notice. Nothing deep, just a scrape enough to draw blood… The scary part is I never felt it.

The work stopper for the night was when LOML came out to the shop to ask me a question. Now this is NOT her fault, just coincidental, and she got to witness this… I managed to fumble my drill, complete with my 3/8” Ti coated twist drill bit, as it tumbled toward the floor I kept trying to catch it, but no joy… It landed, at an angle, just barely on the tip of the bit… Now I have broken drill bits before. Little teeny tiny 1/8” or smaller bits… But never anything this big… And of course I am drilling holes for my 3/8” dowels, so I kind of needed that bit… I will be off to Ace Hardware at lunch to grab a single bit as I am unsure if Home Depot carries drill bits singularly.

Hopefully tonight I can recover from my stupid mistake, and get the base together… We will see…

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#1 posted 09-15-2009 05:55 PM

When I get blood on a project it just reminds me that it is handmade and has my personal touch. I cant remember a project, big or small that I havent cut myself. It always seems a sharp edge on a piece of lumber gets me. I have never cut myself with any of the tools. The wood has it out for me I think!!

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#2 posted 09-15-2009 07:08 PM

This is the first time I have cut myself in this workshop, and I used it for automotive work prior to woodworking, all told for 7 years now. I do tend to hack my hands up pretty good on cheap computer cases though…

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#3 posted 09-15-2009 07:18 PM

sounds like things are coming together over there – fantastic! I need to make the thien separator myself too, emptying the bag everytime is a PITA.

like MedicKen said – watch out for those jointed edges – they dont look it, but they are blood thirsty.

if I didn’t bleed – it means I haven’t been in the shop ;) (ok… not really… j/k)

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