This is not everybody’s simple thing, but it is mine. Some like the sound of the card scraper or tuning up a plane. I think I might come from another planet or something, I really get pleasure in strange simple things.
Today, I had 30 minutes to spend in the shop, before I went to the office.
The morning was already busy….....surgery, seeing patients in the hospital, etc.
So I did glueups on some partially completed fixtures for my project table, a couple of one foot long fences. Still had a little time, fifteen minutes.
......and then I thought about something that was sticking in my craw. I had known for about a couple months that the left side of the fence for my super sled, was out of perpendicular. Know that I am truly OCD.
Not talking about right angle to the blade, that is fine, but perpendicular to the large flat surface of the sled. So if I put a thick or high piece of wood against that fence, it would then be forced ever so slightly out of right angle to the blade, if it extended over to the left.
I had thought about a simple solution….........and I had fifteen minutes, for real, before I had to leave for the office.
I quickly marked the exact position of the fence, at least on the left side…....
........and here is where the pleasure came in. My super sled fence, has an adjustable and removable fence. Fastened with 6 carriage bolts. I thought about this long and hard when I made that sled.
I loosened the left side three bolts, and in a few minutes, using some number four washers, shimmed that fence to perfection. Using a thin metal ruler and a strong magnet to manipulate then. Took me 10 minutes.
The SuperSled is now….....well…..perfect in my eyes…....you know…......it’s a simple thing.
I left for the office with a big smile on my face.
Is it simple things….....or am I a simple man….....
........and does it make any difference…........(-:
-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska