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Blog series by Jim Bertelson updated 04-12-2011 03:11 AM 32 parts 39180 reads 549 comments total

Part 1: My Namesake Grandson, a little Sketchup, and some Shop Stuff

12-27-2009 05:50 AM by Jim Bertelson | 7 comments »

It’s been a good Christmas weekend at the Bertelson’s in Anchorage AK. We had a an enjoyable Christmas day, with family present for the annual Christmas Day Dinner, got some great gifts, and I finally saw my namesake for the first time in pictures, named James EagleBear Shirk. Third child, for Anthea and Marcus Shirk, Fairbanks, AK, so they weren’t johnny on the spot with pictures, gets to be ho ho hum after awhile (-: . Fairbanks is an uncomfortable distance away, not ...

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Part 2: New Year: Day 1, the adventure begins, anew................

01-01-2010 08:38 PM by Jim Bertelson | 10 comments »

I made a comment on Neil’s (NBeener) blog entry, Neils blog entry re New Years and after looking at it, decided it probably would make a good entry in my Comments of the Day blog topic. So apologies to Neil, I copied my own comment, with minor changes, from his blog to my blog…................I guess since I am giving attribution, it can’t be plagiarism, I am in a pretty good position to understand the author won’t mind…........(-: .......the comment: N...

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Part 3: Have a day off, we'll start some stuff in the shop.

01-04-2010 08:18 PM by Jim Bertelson | 8 comments »

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 LISTThe 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 ri...

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Part 4: Question 1: Warped plywood, what to do? Question 2: Best plunge router for table use.

01-05-2010 08:43 PM by Jim Bertelson | 24 comments »

Question 1:I have cut out a 48×31 inch section of 3/4 inch ply. As far as I can tell, it has a warp side to side, with the high point in the midddle of the 48 inch dimension, 3/16 inch at the middle in back, 1/8 inch in front. One out of the other three 4’x4’ sections has only a 1/16” warp prior to cutting, pretty negligable I would think. I really don’t have access to any better grade of plywood that I know of in this area. I think I should cut the base boa...

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Part 5: Maui - Day 1

01-08-2010 07:54 PM by Jim Bertelson | 15 comments »

Was replying to a post by dbHost about insulation, and decided to continue on in my blog. Right now my personal insulation consists of my shorts and a T-shirt, both only for modesty. Sitting on the lanai (balcony or porch) looking at the ocean about 10-15 yards away, light trade winds, drinking coffee, and relaxing 7:15 AM here, partly cloudy, supposed to clear today according to the local Weather Underground. We are in the lee of mountains on the north west smaller part of Maui, and this are...

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Part 6: Maui - Day 2

01-09-2010 08:21 PM by Jim Bertelson | 17 comments »

Finally got to the pictures this morning, vacation and play is getting in the way of LJ,s…....(-: So this morning, got up and sorted and processed the photos, and as I was drinking coffee on the lanai, working on the computer, the sun was just starting to rise over Haleakala: Later, took a picture of myself with the camera sitting on the railing: Here is the condo from outside. If the ground floor is floor 1, we are on floor 2 to the right: Looking out and down t...

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Part 7: Maui - Day 3 - Sharp tools: necessity, compulsion, fetish, or a LJ habit?

01-11-2010 05:47 AM by Jim Bertelson | 13 comments »

Let’s get to the nub right away, are we sharp freaks, or is it the only way to go? .....the story….. Sherie (my wife) and Shirley (Sherie’s mother) have been wronged. Suffered at the hand of inadequate cutlery. Protested and whined while preparing the repast, darting critical and expectant glances in my direction, as I…...... decadently in my cups, enjoyed the day. Since we came to Maui, they have done the cooking, although I am in the barrel tonight. You wouldn&...

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Part 8: Maui - Day 8 - More photos and phun

01-16-2010 12:36 AM by Jim Bertelson | 24 comments »

We have been lolling around, occasionally venturing out to various parts of Maui. Been trying to maintain the LJ book list, which I have, but can’t upload it for technical reasons. May have a work around, we’ll see. So since you asked for more pictures, here they are. Remember, this is just relaxation time for us here, we don’t try to do much exciting. Trying to get some kind of picture of a whale for Dennis’s daughter in Denmark, but not much luck. Whales yes, but ...

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Part 9: Heading home tomorrow. Thoughts on digital devices.

01-20-2010 08:11 PM by Jim Bertelson | 16 comments »

Heading HomeWe are going back to Alaska tomorrow. I am totally relaxed, and ready to go home. Itching to get in the shop. Never did get my router ordered, but that is not critical to make my sled. Digital DevicesUpon reading a review, and commenting, on a digital angle gauge, I started a longer post, but decided it belonged in my blog. The topic of how to measure comes up periodically, but the advent of digital measuring devices adds a new dimension to the discussion. Anybody who has done ...

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Part 10: Emergency router purchase - Bosch 1617 EVSPK - first impressions, and a surprise!

01-24-2010 04:36 AM by Jim Bertelson | 25 comments »

Well today started out OK. Down to the shop, after Sherie got up a little late, no shop work when she is sleeping…right above the shop. Finally decided that plywood was out of the question for my Super Sled due to poor quality materials…....I know…I will find a local cabinet supply to get me Baltic birch. But I reviewed the stresses etc, and with some thought and additions, 3/4 MDF will work, I am certain. So while trying to lift up a 4’x 8’ sheet of the stuff...

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Part 11: Some progress on the sled, finished up my "bicyclic panel trolley".

01-31-2010 05:50 AM by Jim Bertelson | 6 comments »

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 (Kerm...

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Part 12: Working on the sled.......it may be an interesting weekend

02-04-2010 04:58 AM by Jim Bertelson | 7 comments »

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 t...

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Part 13: Tool stuff, jointer and router...............

02-06-2010 03:47 AM by Jim Bertelson | 10 comments »

Act 1Today was productive in the shop. I was going to get the baby jointer up and running so I could fix my sled fence glue up, which, really was fairly close the second time. After running some errands, I assembled the Delta Bench Top jointer. You know, the one I bought for about $200 on closeout in September, I think. Got it out of the box for the first time yesterday and removed the glunk. Today I assembled the fence and the guard, fast, no brainer. Decided I wanted to clamp it to my be...

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Part 14: Plunge Routing the Sled T-Track Slots......OCD in ACTION!

02-08-2010 01:29 AM by Jim Bertelson | 18 comments »

Yesterday I promised DennisGrosen that I would have pictures of what I was doing, a picture book, as it were. So this is the story of today in the shop, nothing momentous, but it was the first time I had used a plunge router. It is only a couple of weeks old, a Bosch 1617 EVSPK fixed and plunge kit. It works very well, and allows above table bit change and height adjustment, using the fixed base in the router table. So I took the motor out of the table, and put it in the plunge base. I ...

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Part 15: Valentine's Day Rescue.........a solution from the man-cave

02-15-2010 05:04 PM by Jim Bertelson | 22 comments »

OK, here is a funny on me. My wife was at a quilting retreat over the weekend, and got home yesterday. She gets home, fortunately (-: without a valentine for me, fortunate cause I didn’t have one for her. Most often, I make them complete with poetry on the computer, a 2 to 4 hr project. Working this weekend, so kinda distracted. Out doing a csection this morning, meaning 0400hrs, it is 0600hrs now. (and by the way gals, I don’t know why you call this a man’s world, t...

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Part 16: Some work on the sled, and Sharp Objects......ouch...........

02-20-2010 05:19 AM by Jim Bertelson | 12 comments »

Recovering from a week, and last weekend, of hard work. Finally got out to the shop today. Mid afternoon. The job stress and my age makes for many days of recovery…......... Pared down the width of my sled from 48 to 44 inches..........more about the reason for that in later entries. Then I put the angles on the little fence......I never know whether to call it the front or the back fence…......furthest from the operator. Well, goofing around with setting the blade angle on ...

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Part 17: Still working on the sled.........some progress........

02-27-2010 06:18 AM by Jim Bertelson | 12 comments »

Today I got up pretty early and put the bolt holes in the main fence for my sled. All 6 of them. Not as simple as one would like. I am not gluing the fence down, I am making it removable for additional items or replacement. These are 3 inch carriage bolts. Nuts on the top of the fence for easy accessibility. Carriage bolts because you can tighten the nuts without holding the bolt. Rudimentary. I made one bolt tight with 5/16 inch hole on the end, since the bolts are 5/16, and the rest a...

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Part 18: Sled mostly Done, Fence Calibrated, Dado Set in action......busy shop weekend.

03-01-2010 03:48 AM by Jim Bertelson | 14 comments »

Yesterday and today I got the little front fence installed, the push handle-blade bury block assembly constructed and installed, and the fence calibrated. I am now ready to use it to make my quick and dirty temporary router table modifications, and then make the miter arms. Need the router table fixed to do that. First a couple of pictures, to make the explanation easier…....... ..........sled from the back…...... ........sled from the front, the operating position...

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Part 19: A new LJ Mentored Project......Integrating my old saw and the Super Sled into the Shop

03-02-2010 05:39 AM by Jim Bertelson | 9 comments »

Put on your thinking bonnet, because this is all interrelated stuff. If this seems complex, it is, mostly because there are contingencies based on performance, and I built my sled with these things in mind. Things like splitters have nothing to do with the sled. 1) Splitter. I have ordered Incra microsplitters, the ones with a metal skeleton, and they are in the mail. That will be my splitter solution. I agonized over this a long time, but if I don’t like something about them…....

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Part 20: More progress on the Crosscut Sled, a Travel Stop

03-09-2010 03:03 AM by Jim Bertelson | 14 comments »

Quite awhile ago I decided that a sled should have not only a bury block for the blade, but a limiter so that the sled could not go beyond that block. This is not a novel concept. Others, including Niki have done it. That I discovered after making my own decision. But my sled has an unusual future, it has to fit smoothly into a sled garage in the outfeed table, and then disappear…....another item on my todo list….......... So the sled travel stop had to be removable. Niki ha...

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Part 21: Quick and Dirty Mod for my Cheapo Router Table.........but not quick and dirty enuf......

03-14-2010 05:51 AM by Jim Bertelson | 8 comments »

Spent a lot of time yesterday and today, just making my old cheapo router table that I bought long ago, Vermont American, fit my new router. It fit it fine, except, the only way to get the motor in and out was to remove the table from the base, the legs were not high enuf. I could change bits above the table, adjust the height of the bit from above the table, things I never expected when I bought this emergency rotor replacement, although I did a lot of research in a couple hours deciding whi...

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Part 22: Done with the Router Table Mod...Dirty, but NOT QUICK. LJ's is to blame.....SHAME!.....

03-15-2010 03:10 AM by Jim Bertelson | 17 comments »

So I put the hunk of junk together…..warped plywood…....trying to get rid of it…..using an old not so great, but OK table top from my Vermont American Router Table, maybe 15 years old, not used much but serviceable. How did I get here, I don’t think it is my fault. Much too much time expended, dirty but not quick. I excelled at QUICK and DIRTY for years…....well that is another blog entry…..serious stuff….... So to the table, the basics I covered y...

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Part 23: Sandpaper.........better than the good old days...........

03-26-2010 04:39 AM by Jim Bertelson | 19 comments »

I was reading a post by Mark about sandpaper, and remembered I was going to blog on a similar item…............and so here it is…........ ...........being an old gomer, and having a stash of sandpaper from yesteryear, that I bought in some quantity about 15 years ago…... I thought about the good old days and the good old sandpaper….......... ...........most often, I am using this old sandpaper with…........ .......... my aged, one of these days I am g...

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Part 24: Two New Totes........Experimenting with MDF

03-27-2010 06:37 PM by Jim Bertelson | 12 comments »

I decided I wanted to work with MDF some more, and test out the router table mods. So I made a couple of totes. Practice for the miter arms for the sled, that I want to be truly buff. This was an experiment for me, using MDF for the totes. Finished yesterday, they look and work fine. Dados and glue, no metal in ‘em. Finished with my ubiquitous WATCO, medium walnut variety. I suspect I could have made them somewhat smaller in plywood because of the much better integrity of plywood. Bu...

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Part 25: Birch and Moose.................

04-14-2010 04:37 PM by Jim Bertelson | 10 comments »

I posted this same item in an old post about birches by Don Butler, and thought it was worth reproducing as a blog item. The picture has been used in a very old blog item here before….............. Moose like birch too….........a picture from my front porch…... ....if you look closely, you will see the peeling bark on this birch, which is pretty typical. Don Butler had posted a picture of a birch that was really exfoliating its bark and wondered what was going on. ...

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Part 26: One Year LJ Anniversary, Reflections from Paradise...............

09-26-2010 08:37 PM by Jim Bertelson | 21 comments »

Today is my one year anniversary at LJ’s…......what follows is discovery, intrigue, reflection, and my usual tomfoolery, set aside 5 minutes of your time….......I guarantee nothing will be serious, the mantra for this post….take it all with the smile that is intended…........ I now know what happens when you have been captured by Lumberjocks…......interned for a full year…....you ascend into paradise! No it is not addiction, it is internment. &#...

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Part 27: Work, Stress, and Pain. Listen to your body talk.

09-29-2010 10:14 PM by Jim Bertelson | 15 comments »

Stress Tolerance, Where is the Breaking Point? Since my work with clients involves dealing with stress, both mental and physical, I have an opportunity to observe and learn from other people’s misery. I have another advantage. I am old. Nearly 70. This allows me to recall experiences that relate to this topic that are unique to aging. This is an amazingly complex and important topic. I am only going to point out a few observations, to stimulate your own personal introspection, ...

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Part 28: Progress on the Super Sled…………and the Super-Sizer Panel Sled is finished

11-15-2010 03:21 AM by Jim Bertelson | 37 comments »

I finally got the super sled miter arms done. I still have to make the guard and a T-track mounted flipping stop block. I really don’t see those as being very hard to do. But I can’t work in the shop any more this weekend. I over did it yesterday and worked there again today, and my wrists are complaining. And I have surgery in the morning. So done for the weekend. That is why I know I will never be a heavy hand tool user. Power, any time it makes sense. So here is the sled, at this ...

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Part 29: Enjoying the simple things.........

11-17-2010 08:20 AM by Jim Bertelson | 24 comments »

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 fen...

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Part 30: Today I am thankful to be a Lumberjock..............

11-25-2010 11:28 PM by Jim Bertelson | 36 comments »

’Tis Thanksgiving…....gotta be thankful. Just thinking about my activities today….....well….......a lot of lumberjock influence. It has been a very busy day. Got up at 0500hrs and didn’t stop working in the kitchen dining area until 1100hrs. I took off 30 minutes to drink my coffee and check my email. Right now it is a typical Anchorage Thanksgiving….....34 deg, and snow balls are falling from the sky, you know, warm enuf that the flakes clump together. ...

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Part 31: Some Things are Better Now……….Battery Drills and Drivers…a Drive Buy.

01-11-2011 02:30 AM by Jim Bertelson | 26 comments »

OK, let’s be honest, we all do it………the impulse buy, or let’s call it a Drive Buy. Much more descriptive. You know, you have been eyeing something, even may have done a little research on what to buy……..but you are Driving your cart down the aisles. Eyes flickering to everything new and shiny, wondering what would fit in your nest, at this point your brain functioning in Crow Mode, you know……birdbrain. Impulse in Command. Feeling good, perchance. Probably pleased the spouse recently, perhaps ...

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Part 32: ........when the brain won't work.......do a no brainer.......Worksharp 3000

04-12-2011 03:11 AM by Jim Bertelson | 41 comments »

In recovery from a weekend on call. Actually got my Worksharp 3000 going this afternoon. Digression….. I had this tool for over a year….. but never used it. bought it on sale. What LJ would do that? Me. Special case. My buddies know this. If you are not a buddy, ask them. You still may not understand, but hopefully you will sympathize. .....off the digression…... So, a recovering workaholic, spent a few minutes on my current project and realized my brain was i...

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