Worked this weekend. Isn’t there a federal law against that? And got the flu as well, isn’t there a federal law against that too? I have pretty well licked the flu with magic potions. So not very productive in the shop.
Benchtop downdraft table, ala Rockler:
Designed for Rockler’s downdraft table top sections, with their plans, except I am not using their downdraft table top sections. Will try a new finish that grips well. We’ll see if it holds up to abuse, and being coated with sawdust. I’ll report on my findings. I am already using it on a pushstick and it works great. We’ll see. I am slightly pessimistic.
I have divided the top into three loose sections, perforated, that can be exchanged for blanks to increase the draft if the whole table isn’t needed. The size is perfect for my bench, with connections to sawdust collection, etc. considered.
I cut out most of it a while ago, before I decided I needed to tune up the RAS and build it a new table, and tune up the table saw. So it was screwing and gluing…....screwing and gluing…...doesn’t that have a buzz to it?, and a few nails as well….wish I had a brad nailer. So it is mostly together, and all cut out, including the extra blank sections. They need to be sanded for fit on the edges, a little too close. Too close to fit with more sawing. And of course, the anathema of downdraft tables, making the holes…..haven’t done that. Splitting it into 3 sections will help fit the drill press, but it would have fit anyway. Sharpening up those Forstner bits.
I am really, really, really sorry there are no pictures yet….....next weekend for sure, when I have the surface on and hopefully have used it a bit…................
Hate to learn graphics programs, they are all arcane, flakey, full of bugs, and always a work in progress. You never know whether it is your lack of expertise and familiarity, or the screwups…..there it is again….. of the programmers. Sketchup is definitely a work in progress. Not bad for a freebee, might get better over time, I suspect. Can’t complain too much, it was only 3 days ago I opened up the program for the first time. It still may be lack of familiarity. Don’t think I would pay $500 bucks for the pro version though.
So I bumbled through the tutorials, and then put my SPACE in Sketchup.The power tools are not pictured yet, the available objects (components) are not up to my totally irrational and absurdly compulsive standards.
So I made some pictures…......I notice LJ’s are really into pictures…....so were my kids when they were growing up…......... ....................... so was I…................... still am
So, here is the first picture, just showing what I have to deal with, and two objects, the old kitchen cabinets that I reused after the first remodel, and the built in work bench that was here when I bought the house 25 years ago, that I plan to replace or upgrade…........
and two more pictures from different aspects….......
Notice my sidekick Kermit on the built-in bench.
I digress, again…......Kermit is not allowed in the shop when I am working. He is a 19 year old Mitered Conure, about 15” from stem to stern, that we have been possessed by for 19 years…....HE IS IN CONTROL. But, because he is clipped, he flys downward, and unpredictably when startled, so he cannot be around the machines when they are operating. He understands, I am sure. So I thought he might appreciate at least being in the pictures. He is oh so happy, to finally be in the shop.
Of course that is not the only reason he may not be in the shop, especially when I am working. He is a pretty good talker, and is slowly learning the very infrequently used, and abhorred expletives that most rarely enter conversation in the household. And I know, two days in the shop, would make him swear like a sailor (was in the navy many years ago) ........ couldn’t have it.
So hopefully, pictures of the downdraft table this next weekend….......
-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska