Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #3: Have a day off, we'll start some stuff in the shop.

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 01-04-2010 08:18 PM 1284 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got through the long call weekend, today is a day of recovery. Since, I got reasonable sleep, won the battle with my malfunctioning automatic espresso machine, it’s getting worn out I think, maybe a little shop time is in order.

The reading list has been updated with Timbo’s review of ‘Grove Park Inn Arts and Crafts Furniture’. It is current and serves as an index of all LJ book reviews. You can always find it since a link is in my signature, just right click and open in a new tab, or just double click and go to it.
The link for the list is LJ Reading List

The texture file has not been changed, but will be over time. I see it is getting some use, so that makes it worthwhile. Again, if anyone needs a special tiling texture let me know, and I’ll build one. The link to the textures is Sketchup Woodworking Textures Zip File

Going to start my Super Sled today, although I still have some design uncertainty in the main fence adjustment mechanism. I haven’t decided whether to keep it adjustable, or glue it down. Because of the complexity of the sled and scope of it’s utility, I think an adjustable main fence is wise. Too much work on the sled to have it hinge on a rapid correct placement of the fence while the glue is setting.

But I can make the main board and the back fence, do the routing of the slots, and build the handle piece. By that time I think I will have formalized the main fence design in my brain. I think I have settled on adjustable, with the right side the pivot with a carriage bolt and a recess nut, and the left side to have two of the same with slots for the bolts to move in. The slot could be in the fence or the board, I suspect the board should have the slots.

Yesterday I made a reference block for my Wixey TS fence digital read-out. Responded to JasonWagner’s fine review of this Wixey read-out, and then finally made my reference block that I was intending to do for a while, and posted that there. It deserves a spot in my blog, so I will plagarize myself again and put it in Tips and Jigs, probably with pictures.

While I was at it, I made a minor improvement in my RAS fence analog scale. The acrylic piece that serves as a cursor was just about 1/128 short, but one end was registering OK. I replaced that piece with a more precise one, and reset the fence slightly and moved the fence register label to reflect that. Nit picking, but just made it a little quicker to use, because now there is no compensation or guessing at all, and both ends of the 10” stop block have a cursor that is as accurate as I can make it.

Those projects were all I could do yesterday, since everything was fragmented by work interruptions.

My latest tote for measurement tools is working great, and of course is nearly overloaded. The reference block for the TS, which is quite small, will be stored there temporarily. I think a small shelf on my central pillar is in order to place it and other items for the TS. Alternatively, an overhead item might be good. Not going to do that until I make my final guard-splitter-dust solutions. That’s a ways away.

I am conjuring up a tote design for groups of tools such as chisels, that can be wall mounted or lifted off and carried around. It will be quite different from anything else I have seen, and radically different than my previous designs. I am mostly still working on that in my head. That will probably wait till February, since much of January will be spent in Hawaii, oh darn.

So all for today, will post some more stuff later, but now to Sketchup to print out the design for my sled.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 01-04-2010 09:08 PM

I really like your tote ideas Jim. One solution could be a board or boards as long as you want, mounted on the wall with a 45 degree bevel(s) on the top edge and with the long side of the bevel on the side away from the wall. The various totes could then have corresponding hangers which would then comprise french cleats. Strong, easy to hang up, easy to take down. You will probably come up with something better, but that’s my take on it. I have to say that I hate drawers for tool storage. Their only advantage is that they keep out the dust, but then so could a tote if it was designed to do so.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 01-04-2010 09:18 PM

I am not too worried about dust, it has never been a major problem with my other totes. You can blow off the dust if need be. I have thought about the French Cleat thing a lot. However, I am not sure it will fit my design. More about that as it gels in my head. Will have to spend a little time designing and thinking. I am interested in seeing the bottom of the chisels, I would like the design to be mutable, meaning usable for a range of tools within certain limits for a given tote, and I would like to carry a number of tools at once, and then be able to display them for quick access. Don’t know what I will come up with. Have a number of ideas that are coming together. Trying to avoid too much complexity, but want it to meet my specs.

Still thinking on it.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 01-04-2010 10:48 PM

that supersled Jim better has to be good to live up to the tooltotes you have shown already
and don´t forget to make the two pink ones before the H – trip or there is no rest for the lazy´s :-)
sorry couldn´t resist


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#4 posted 01-04-2010 11:04 PM

This may be a little late but I thought I would pass it on anyway, it’s a link to a crosscut sled. It has a replaceable kerf for different blades, may come in handy.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 01-05-2010 01:11 AM

Always a pleasure to read your blog Jim.
Have a nice time in Hawaii.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 01-05-2010 03:18 AM

I was thinking I was doing pretty good, until Timbo gave me that link…........but….it doesn’t have protractor arms, so it is in a different class. By the way, Sherie’s brother gave her a pink flashlight and some tools, and she has a special little box for them! We had to send some components of her long arm quilting machine back to the manufacturer, at their request, and I had to find a 1/16” allen wrench. I didn’t even have it out for ready access, had to go to an old bag of miscellaneous allen wrenches….....found 3 of them….....gave one to her…...I will paint it pink…....(-:

I thought I was OCD…......that sled is a work of art!
But mine will be BIGGER!!!

.......better not mention the psychological metaphor for that statement….......(-:

Thanks for the read….....and I will have a good time in Hawaii, always do. Well, I did cut out the base for the sled, and put some measurements on it. But now I need a plunge router. That will be a good forum question, everybody likes to chime in on routers. Hadn’t thought about it, but I need a new tool to finish my project…...darn.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 01-05-2010 11:20 AM

why a rauter can´t you just use the old wemen touth and a shuolder plane :—)

don´t paint more tools than she need or she will take over the shop


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#8 posted 01-05-2010 05:10 PM

As I thought about it, I can do without the plunge router, although it would make things simpler. And I really didn’t want to get one, untill I had time to order on line. I don’t think I can buy what I want in town. Oh well busy day today. We’ll see how things go. I will have to start getting ready for vacation, and have a few chores to do.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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