Getting back into the swing of things

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Blog entry by Jeremy Greiner posted 01-13-2012 12:09 AM 4643 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Is it January already? Holy smokes where does the time go.

I’m still working on my table saw cabinet ( though last I left off I have the base box cut and I still haven’t gotten it glued together (I hope too this weekend though)

I’ve had a pretty hectic last last two months, I was sick a bit in November which threw off my timing for the Christmas cutting boards I wanted to make some family members. Fortunately I was able to make several before the holidays but that was about all the time I had for woodworking. I have a few assembly pictures but was a bit rushed towards the end and I didn’t take any finished pictures but I have one that I’m building from scrap and I’ll post that in a few days.

I took an extended vacation up in st. louis and visited my family and had a great time seeing everyone. Now that I’m back and I wanted to get back into my garage.

First thing I did was made a MDF box that fits around my computer so I can screw it to my desk to hold it to my computer, I made this on Saturday using some 1/2’’ MDF and biscuits.

Painted it with 3 coats of lamp black milk paint then 2 coats of wipe on poly for extra protection (I may have needed more coats because as I was sliding the computer in, it scraped the edge and now you can see bare mdf (grumble)

The computer fit perfectly though after an hour of the computer sitting in there it go so hot I was concerned it may damage the electronics so I had to move it out.

I may add a fan, or some holes or slots or something I don’t know yet I really like the position of it and it would be a shame not to put it to good use but I can’t leave the computer in there as is because it just gets too dang hot.

My dad sent me home with a block plane and 2 chisels that he asked me if I’d sharpen for him since I had a sharpening system (I like my worksharp) and I told him that wouldn’t be a problem at all.

They where all pretty rusted so I picked up some evapo-rust from HF and soaked the plane and chisels in it over night. That cleaned up off all the rust then I had to grind the bottom of the chisels and block plane blade flat and then grind out a bevel.

The block plane had a knick in the blade and I thought that would be the hardest to get out, but that wasn’t the most work was actually flattening one of the chisels. It was warped and it took a good deal of low grit grinding to flatten it. Once the bottoms where flattened and I ground a new edge with the low grit sand paper I moved onto sharpening with the finer grits which took no time at all.

I’m very happy with the results the sharpened parts are all mirror shiny and new looking, I didn’t worry about cleaning off all the tarnish on the rest of the chisel mostly because I didn’t think it would matter all that much.

Here is to looking forward to a good and productive 2012.


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