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St. Valentine's Day Weekend Shop Time.

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 02-16-2015 03:37 PM 1265 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past weekend, the geek’ was able to enjoy considerably more shop time than usual, so some good projects were tackled.

First, a deviation from the ‘Official Project List’ had to be made.

This was in the form of a small slot car set presented to the grand-kiddoes at Christmas.

A plywood base was fashioned on which to permanently attach the race track. Once the track was assembled, it was found that the plastic bridge supports supplied with the set proved unsatisfactorily wimpy for my tastes, so I remedied this with some scrap wood supports glued on to the base in the appropriate positions.
All that is left to do is to paint the base, drill holes in the track segments for attaching with some small flathead screws, and wire in a 4.5 volt wall-wart transformer, so I don’t have to continuously buy ‘C’ batteries.

Then, its “Let the Races Begin !!”

Another quick project was this oil-stone box for use at the lathe for quick turning-tool edge touch-ups.

In anticipation of starting work on my next big shop project (the Long Display Table), I dug this item out of the ‘to be refurbished’ tool box.

This is an old 1/4” mortise chisel I picked up at a yard sale about a year ago.
The photo that I took at 5 a.m this morning is not too clear, but the handle and blade cleaned up very nicely. A new bevel was ground, the back flattened, and a nice cutting edge formed. This tool is destined to see a LOT of action, as the display table design calls for a large amount of mortise and tenon joinery.

Also, weekend evenings were spent at the drafting board drawing up working plans for the display table. There are a lot of tricky stock length, spindle turning form, and joinery cuts to keep track of, in addition to decorative scrollwork and relief carving design.

All this productivity was fueled in part by some of my all-time favorite Valentine treats provided by Mrs. handsawgeek, and my daughters!

-- Ed



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#1 posted 02-16-2015 04:46 PM

With fuel like that, it’s no wonder you accomplished so much. Have your feet touched the ground yet?

I have to get out and do the ‘garage sale circuit’ this year. I need chisels (especially those for mortise and tenon work) as well as a jointer plane. I abhor running around to sales. In our rural area, I could use up a half a tank of gas to hit them all in a day. Craig’s list doesn’t show anything in my area. If I want the goodies I will have no choice but to drive to them. Nice work on the chisel, by the way.

And lastly, I did the same for the grandson several years ago. We ended up making the track to just fit within the confines of a 4’x8’ sheet of plywood. His father painted it dark green. That’s been superseded by Legos.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#2 posted 02-16-2015 04:51 PM

Yep, Seems LEGOs always win out….

-- Ed

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#3 posted 02-16-2015 04:55 PM

Do you remember that kid’s tool box I made for his for his birthday last month? If you missed it, you can find it in my posts here. I got a quick thank you and nothing has been said or done with it since. Ack. I guess that’s the latest generation. I should have made him a wood cover for her DS. :/

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#4 posted 02-16-2015 05:01 PM

Yes, I indeed saw the toolbox. That was a very nice build.

-- Ed

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#5 posted 02-16-2015 07:26 PM

Thanks. Appreciated. Of course, the only person’s praise I needed was…you know. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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