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A journey into the workshop. #75: New drill press table finished, lessons learned...

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I have finally finished up the redo of the drill press table, and I have learned some very important lessons here.

This is the first time I have tried to flush trim rout on a thin edge. Lesson learned? Support your router base with additional material instead of just the 3/4” edge you are routing. Now how did I learn this? Do you really want me to tell you? Cause I certainly am NOT showing…

Next thing I learned. Dadoes cut with the table saw are WAY cleaner than dadoes cut with the router. Especially if you don’t have the edge guide for the router clamped down all the way. (My earlier version, and no I am not going to explain that one either…)

Next thing I learned, sanding tempered hardboard doesn’t end up giving the most attractive finish. Again, don’t ask me how I know…

Lesson learned. The General doweling jig works a LOT better than I had thought, I just need to keep an eye on the lock down screw for the depth adjustment between each hole. The doweling is one of the few items in this project that I am tickled silly with. It came out beautifully.

Lesson learned. I should have had a Japanese flush trim pull saw a LONG time ago. I am using a Marples flush trim pull saw that I got on the cheap from Home Depot. I should have gotten this thing years ago. This thing ROCKS…

Lesson learned, the old rubber sanding block is a hugely underrated tool. Swapping between grits is a pain, but it sure works well!

Now with these lessons learned, and tucked neatly into my head, where hopefully they won’t fall out, I will be able to with any luck, not make the same mistakes again…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 1377 days ago

.............hmmmmmmmmmmmm…..............hmmmmmmmmmmmm…....

........you definitely plagarized me…........nobody but me makes that many screwups in one project!

I think I wasted 10 pieces of red oak until I finally got the miter arms right….......posted those today, just a few minutes ago…......but…........PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT..........and if I had read a little I would have saved….....well, maybe 2 pieces of red oak…...........

There is nothing easy about the router….......

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#2 posted 1377 days ago

Nope, I didn’t plagarize you, I forgot to pay attention to Norm…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 1377 days ago

I finally realized that I had to nibble away that oak, even on the router table, and that solved the issues. Plus, I didn’t use the plunge router with the work tied down, and the router guided both sides. I just used the fence, and dropped the wood slowly onto the bit where the slot started. Picked that technique up in my reading.

Moral of story….....always figure out a way to use the router table if possible.

Have a good week….....got a lot to do in the office, hospital, and whenever I have time, in the shop.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

5378 posts in 1859 days


#4 posted 1377 days ago

Broke a tooth. Long story short it was one that had a root canal previously, so the tooth nerve is long dead (thank God!) but the thing split along the narrow part between the root spikes. So it is wiggling in my gum, and hurts like the devil… I can’t get in to see the Dentist until tomorrow morning… UGH…

I have some long days at work coming up this week as well… Chances are not much will happen in my shop this week, unless the dog finds his way out there again… :-)

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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