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.
LJ READING LIST
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