Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #11: Some progress on the sled, finished up my "bicyclic panel trolley".

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 01-31-2010 05:50 AM 1251 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been busy in the shop this weekend, and during the week for that matter. Made a workshop antic (defined as making something to prove you could do it when it would be smarter to buy it) which is a panel handler, best describe as a bicyclic trolley. Hmmmmmmmm, that should probably be copyrighted. Also have started on my sled. You know, the HisAndHersDoubleSurfboard size thing I have illustrated before in Sketchup.

Sherie is out doing some quilting thing tonight, and Kermit and I (Kermit is a Mitred Conure, the biggest, and loudest of the Conures) are sitting here typing the blog, listening to Linda Ronstadt Greatest Hits Volume 1, 1976. Best remembered by me from the mid 80’s as we drove to our ski chalet at Girdwood. My son was into skiing in high school, he is now 40!...yikes…...and we would always be out there for the winter weekends. We sold that chalet a while after he went off to college. So the main speakers from the Chalet audio system are the main speakers for my office…....what I am listening to now. Some excellent old ADC towers. Made the sales person drag them out of the back room, to hear them, they were well reviewed, and they are still great speakers. Got a surround sound system here in the office…...all cast offs, but great sound. Neat old memories. Now I am just playing it off of iTunes, the contents of my iPod.

A caveat, that sounds very romantic and fuzzy I know, but Kermit, who can rev up sound sufficient to burst eardrums is sitting on my shoulder and singing along, in his mostly monotone voice….. but boy does he have rhythm. His favorite is Aretha Franklin.

Have the small front fence for my super sled glueing up, and also part of my panel trolley. I am too lazy to haul out a 4×8 foot piece of MDF and cut it up tonight. It will be attached to 2 pieces of 3/4” ply to form the back fence. The MDF is for perfect flatness, and adds a little thickness so that I can put in four bolts and have an adjustable fence. And my trolley, which I have already tried, will easily move it from the garage over to the project tables (which double as saw horses, another reason to have them) to be sawed with the circular saw into bite size pieces.

Got into the adjustable fence thing after perusing my FWW DVD (covers the last 35 years). It is slowly becoming a force in my woodworking, you just have to remember to use it. Guess I ought to do a review on it.

So tomorrow will get up and cut up some MDF and glue up the main back fence. And then put the plunge part of my new Bosch router into action, leave the fixed base on the table. Really impressed with the Bosch, the above table bit change and above table height adjustment are awesome, even in my old cheapo table.

I am glad I finally found some good plywood in my stack, thought I ought to be using up the stuff I already had.

Well time to go off to make dinner, now listening to Linda Ronstadt’s Greatest Hits Volume 2.

Saturday night music…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 06:40 AM

Sorry, I didn’t know what a Mitred Conure was until I Googled it. Beautiful bird and by the looks of the images is fairly large. I image he is a noisy companion. I can see why you choose the name Kermit.

Sounds like the sled is coming along. Can’t wait to see the pictures!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 07:18 AM

The sled will be somewhat ordinary, as super sleds go, except for size. And of course with a few quirks. As noted before, I do the small stuff on my RAS, so it is only for larger items. The antic item, the bicyclic panel trolley will be more fun.

Kermit is 20yrs old, been with us since before he could hardly stand up. A family member. He is worth at least one laugh every day, pretty good talker, large vocabulary, and very interactive and animated. Never to be ignored. We dearly love him.

Hopefully some pictures of the trolley tomorrow, and in a week or two, the sled…....

Have a good weekend Lew….......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 03:26 PM

Hej Jim
I was realy looking forward to see that antic thing on this blog as you said you wood :-(
and instead you come up with a little great story :-)
that is a beuetyful bird you have there I´ll bett Kermit can some noise the fun way

ceep up the progress i´m looking forward to see what you come up with next time

for the record the dishwasher runs again and i´m aut for shovel snow once more
have a great day and stay safe and tuned
say hello to Sherie I hope she get a good day too


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#4 posted 01-31-2010 04:05 PM

….making something to prove you could do it when it would be smarter to buy it…

yup, I hear that!

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 06:15 PM

Seems you are working more at home than on the road. Wasn’t it the washing machine that was out recently?I will do my best to post pictures of the trolley today. Maybe some progress pictures of the sled. Then you will have a little light reading for your day off.

Antics are an old habit of mine, started when I really couldn’t afford to buy things when I was in training and did my military service. Especially the last 5 years when I had a few power tools. It is hard to get out of the blood. One thing I did discover however, was that the things I made lasted longer than the things I bought. Its like that little box for my oven thermometer. I surely could have found a cardboard box, or bought a little utility plastic thing. But I’ll bet the box, will not only outlive any thing I could have bought, but will do a better job of protecting and storing that thermometer. What doesn’t make any sense is the amount of time, and occasionaly materials you can put into something. But most of my antic items use junk box and scrap pile materials.

Here is an oddity, my first power tool I bought was a three in one, orbital sander, power drill, and jig saw. All used the same motor and handles, just different tool adapters. It was made by General Electric, and lasted about 10 years. All metal, no plastic. Tougher than anything I have seen made today. Boy did I get a lot of use out of that.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 06:50 PM

Hej Jim
you are right it seems to me that it comes three at a time so I just wait for the next to show up :-(
and I have qeit a few things in the shop there has to be taken care of too but i think they have to
wait a little untill my bench is ready and a new utility bench for the more oily/dirty stoff were i can make
all kind of not woodworking stoff, you know it hard to have a small shop where you have to make
every thing in it. I have seen your blog abaut the new shop lay aut :-)
the things I have waiting for me is some very old woodworking handtools that I have to restore and some not so old hand powertools that just have to be fixed I just can´t let them go to the dumster in that way
i´m a little collecter you never know when you might have to use those od stoff and I know for sure
if I get rid of some of it next week I have to use it
and like you I enjoy to have the jurney and use things I have made/restored than if it was a bought


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