Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #12: Working on the may be an interesting weekend

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 02-04-2010 04:58 AM 1090 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I glued up the back fence. I used an old B&D Workmate to do much of the clamping, but it didn’t allow me to sit the fence on a flat surface. The result was not optimum. Tried a little planing and sanding. Nope.

I went out and bought a bunch of miscellaneous clamps, long overdue. I now have about 1/10th of the clamps I will probably need…..(-: .........remembering you never have enough clamps. So cut some new pieces…..the back fence is only 3 inches high…..and this time I can see the glue up will be better, but not perfect.

So I have got to do it… the package on my bench top jointer. Now understand, I bought the jointer and planer at closeout prices, you know, Delta cheap stuff. About 4 or 5 months ago. The planer still in the box, the jointer freshly out today. These are not going to be my final planer and jointer. I suspect within a year or two I will replace them and pass them on to my son-in-law. He doesn’t know he needs them, yet…..(-:

I plan to use them to build up the shop and make it much more efficient in terms of space, and then I will be able to fit in a better jointer and planer, if that is necessary.

So I am going to practice with the jointer on the first fence, and then move to the better fence. Amazed I did as much as I did today. Finally quit working in the shop about 1730hrs, I normally take Wednesday afternoons off, but today work ended at 1400hrs. So I spent a few hours in the shop, mostly preparing for the weekend.

Now I am relaxing…....Sherie is out teaching a knitting class so I have to make dinner for myself…......not sure what that will be. Kermit and I are listening to Jim Croce as I type.

So the weekend will get me using the jointer, and I should get the sled to a functional status, probably without its miter arms. We’ll see what happens…....not too compulsive with hobbies….....don’t need it…that is the name of my game with work… room for error. Hobbies…......have to be more relaxed… deadlines… compusions. Right. Never happen with me….........(-: later… to make dinner.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 02-04-2010 05:03 AM

Looks like you are in for an enjoyable week end, Jim.

Make yourself a good hold down/push stick for the jointer. I just saw a neat one that looked sort of like hand saw handles mounted to the push stick portion. It got your hands up out of the way and the placement/angles of the handles looked like they provided optimal down pressure and forward pressure.


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

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#2 posted 02-04-2010 05:20 AM

Solid advice from Lew.

Planers and jointers are … just plane (sorry) fun. No two ways about that. I had SO much fun ripping, crosscutting, jointing, and planing my rough 3×11x72” slab of African Mahogany that—well, I was going to say I couldn’t tell you, but … you’ll soon find out :-)

Random stuff:

Conures have got some pipes, Boy … but … I love birds.

I used to date a woman who lived in Jim and Ingrid Croce’s old house, in San Diego. She was an architectural graphic designer/personal chef to a family worth nearly a billion bux … whose … baby boy (at the time) ... eventually founded the last company for whom I worked. Small world.

I’d also eaten a few delicious meals at Ingrid’s restaurant, in the Gaslamp Quarter, in San Diego. A rattlesnake omelette, IIRC. AJ would play, there.

Sleds are just a joy to build, but … more than that … a joy to use. The ONLY reason I don’t reach for mine at every crosscut opportunity is that it’s big and heavy, relative to my Incra 1000SE, and—because of that—sits farther away from the TS.

Any post-partum (Hawaii) depression? I used to dread Return to Reality :-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 02-04-2010 05:24 AM

Jim there should be some moose tips and wine gravy there somewhere….or some halibut fillets good the gool ole Alaska way…in butter…with fried tatters and onions…with a nice green salad on the side…then a piece of new york cheese cake…with some Alaska blueberry’s to top it off…...if this is all to much…i will come and work for food and shop time…lol……....or maybe some halibut Olympia…with scalloped tatters and some fresh steamed broccoli….......i hope your enjoying the wilds of Alaska..i sure miss it…home to me…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-04-2010 12:21 PM

We are all waiting to see that finished sled Jim. I’m sure your experiences in building it will be inspiring and informative to the folks who don’t have one.

I am always a little frustrated in that most TS accessories wouldn’t work on my Euro saw. For example, it doesn’t take dado blades, It only has one miter slot which precludes most kinds of accurate sliding jigs and so on. It does have a sliding table however with a miter fence and clamp in addition to a regular miter gauge. My point here is not that I’m dissatisfied, but rather frustrated by the fact that 90% of the jigs and ideas I get from all the mags and books simply can’t be used on my TS.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-04-2010 07:05 PM

Maybe if you used a rabbeted joint on the rear fence,

it wouldn’t slip around as much during glue up.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 08:21 PM

Hej jim
I hope it was a tasty dinner you got
it seems that you will have some fun
with your new tools in the near
I´m looking forward to se what you come
up with

can you and yours have a great day


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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 02-05-2010 04:15 AM

Kinda busy this week, sorry for the slow replies, I should be better this weekend….......

Fortunately the jointer came with push blocks. I have a pretty good design for one for the table saw with a hole in the handle where you exert downward and forward pressure. Your hand is always higher than the highest point of the saw blade. I copied it from someone else. I have looked at those saw handle ones. I have a design in one of my magazines I believe. I do need some more, especially some thinner ones for smaller material.

It is strange how coincidence seems to work. My sled is intended mostly for large panels and such because I crosscut usually with the RAS. But until I do some more things with the RAS, the sled will cut the miters also.

I saw someone here use the one slot and then a rider along the edge of the saw table. From Italy I think. Can’t find it right now. I’ll look for it later. Essentially he was using the edge of the table as the second miter slot.

I did pretty well with the last glue up, just slight slippage. I could have clamped it the other direction also, or using a joint would have been a thought. However I think a quick trip throught jointer ought to do it since it is less than 1/32 or so off. Besides, gives me a reason to set it up. Got it degunked yesterday. I am on call today, and just don’t have much energy due to the busy week. So I will get at it tomorrow.

If I ate one tenth of the stuff you mention I would gain 10 pounds. It all does sound good though. I put your comment down here with Dennis since you both commented on the meal… I will give you guys a run down…............

That’s for the comments. My dinner was good, but very ordinary. I grilled some hamburgers on the outdoor grill. And I cut up some potatoes into french fry size pieces and baked them in the oven. That is a pretty good substitute for French fries without all the grease. So I had a hamburger with some trimmings. Sherie came home late and ate one of the leftovers, since I made 4 out of a pound of burger. I usually mix in chopped fresh onions, salt pepper, and some spices, like oregano or basil.

Tonight Sherie is teaching another knitting class. So I can either eat leftovers, or conjure up something different. I may make some home made tomato soup. Its a South Beach Diet item I found on the net that is really good. Then I could make a toasted cheese sandwich, probably in my little George Foreman grill….....and…......slip in one of the left over hamburgers sliced down the middle to make it thin…..under the cheese. Little tomato and lettuce, some fresh basil from the Aero Garden, and some flaming hot mayonnaise-mustard sauce I like to make. Yup I think that is what I will do.

So that will fortify me for tomorrow. Hopefully I won’t end up working half the night…......................till tomorrow…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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