First, the tools…
A new friend of mine, who is also a fellow Lumberjock, sent me a package of some things to add to my shop and help me get started in woodworking. This was done completely out of the kindness of his own heart and he refused any sort of payment whatsoever. I will be forever grateful and this will always be a part of my woodworking story.
Here’s a couple of items:
I can’t believe the router! This thing has got some get up and go. I’ve never used a router before, but when I plugged this in and pulled the button I could feel the power in my hands.
The mouse sander is awesome. I’ve already put it to use in a picture frame I am making out of some scrap southern yellow pine I got from a trash heap. It works great!
He also sent a few other things including a battery powered cutting tool, sandpaper, depth gauge, and some pieces of maple, cedar, and oak (I think it’s oak, anyway).
Now, the 40 bucks…
Then today I was looking for a card in my wallet and found an old home depot gift card. I remember getting it from my grandma and thought I had used up some of it. I decided to stop by home depot and see how much was left. On the back was written ”$25” by my grandma so I thought maybe it still had a few bucks, but then the lady handed it back to me and said it had $40 on it. I was completely shocked and couldn’t believe it. The only explanation I have is that God had something to do with it.
I had a hard time deciding how to spend it so I decided to just to get some smaller things that I needed, which are:
Lacquer remover to for the coating that is on my chisels, linseed oil & wax so that I could finish the frame I’m making. I saw this finish done on a video at finewoodworking.com and thought it would be a good introduction for me into the world of finishing.
We also got a 4×4 post that we can use to make a garden hose holder that my wife saw on pinterest, and a couple of other small things. Total came to $40.33 and I just happened to have change in my pocket, which I never do normally.
I’ve already applied the first coat on oil to the frame. I’ll do a couple of more coats over the next 2 days then finish up with the wax. I’m not sure if the frame is worthy of the projects page yet. The wood is warped since I have no way of flattening it and it’s only the second time I tried half lap joints. I’ll decide once the finish is done.