Starting up a workshop the second time around. #8: Progress feels good.

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Blog entry by David Kirtley posted 07-15-2010 07:06 AM 1400 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This has been a good week for getting stuff done and working toward having a place to work.

I made another bench. Well, not quite the same as my workbench but very similar. It is going to give me a place to put some stuff. I am deciding right now but it will probably hold my mortiser, my wet grinder, and my baby drill press. I am really playing musical chairs with my tools to make room for the latest addition. Not totally woodworking related but I picked up a little metal lathe to add to the workshop and it is going to get the table where my mortiser is.

I hate working in disorder though. It makes it hard to think straight. I was trimming the tenons for my new bench and after I finished, I realized that I had the perfect tool for trimming them but since it was buried in a pile of stuff, I didn’t even think about using it. Instead, I took off all the guides from my rabbet plane and used it for a shoulder plane. It worked but it really was not the best thing I could have used. A long time ago, I picked up a wooden badger plane and it has sat idle for many years. It would have been perfect for trimming the tenons. Well, next time.

I am also no longer unhappy with my bandsaw. We have come to an understanding. A while ago, I had put a riser block on it and ever since then, I have had a horrible time getting good cuts off of it. Well, at dbhost’s suggestion, I went ahead and upgraded the tension spring to a Carter Cobra Coil. It was a good suggestion. The saw cuts well once more. I did have a problem and need to upgrade the set screws for my guides though. The cheap ones that came with the saw have a tendency to loosen up if they are not cranked pretty tight. The bottom thrust bearing had come loose and wasn’t turning, I reached in to move it out for re-adjusting and really burned my thumb badly. What a surprise. Who would have known that metal being rubbed by a moving steel band would get hot?

The most fun has been getting set up with planes. I posted my first one as a project but I have been busy making more. It is a lot of fun and they are so fast to make. I have become addicted to them. They feel so much better to use than my iron planes. I used my iron scrub plane last weekend and it felt so alien. Tonight’s project was to make a wooden scrub. I used a curved iron that I had picked up at the flea market years ago. I chopped off the blade with a Dremel and made a plane body last night that I wasn’t happy with. I made it a new one tonight that was a lot nicer. It took a grand total of about 2 1/2 hours including glue up. I think the next ones I will make will be some different sized hollows.

I will probably use the rest of this week to do some little jobs and then get ready for a big push on the weekend to get some more stuff done.

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