Slow progress and a few new purchases

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Blog entry by jstewart posted 02-24-2008 03:38 AM 936 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I still haven’t posted my first LJ project, but I’m planning on it. I recently finished the construction phase of a basic end table that I’m actually going to use as a nightstand on my side of the bed. My wife has a nice place to put her glasses, book and a glass of water, but my side of the bed is just a pile of magazines on the floor and a cardboard file box where I toss my glass before calling it a day. Once the weather warms up a bit more, I hope to get the end table finished. I’m still not sure what I want to do as far as staining and sealing it.

Anyway, that’s not what I wanted to write about tonight. I made a few woodworking purchases recently. Last week I picked up my own dado set. (A good friend had loaned me his for quite some time. He always gets cool things like that as birthday gifts from his family, but then never gets around to using them.) Just today I purchased a 16 1/2” drill press. It’s still in the box, but I plan to assemble it soon. Along with that I picked up a Woodpeckers phenolic router plate. I plan to make my own router table after completing the end table and some garage cabinets I’m very slowly working on.

There’s nothing like a few new toys in the workshop when it comes to renewing a desire to make some sawdust.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-24-2008 05:56 AM


I have said many times that one of the benefits of this hobby is the acquisition of tools (or in reality is it an addiction?). Getting something new does get the adrenaline pumping.

You might want to do a blog on the drill press install and include some pictures. A post like that might prove helpful.

Just a thought.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 11:25 AM

Another useful idea is to use it DP a bit, then write a review. It might help your fellow Jocks make a buying decision.

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#3 posted 02-26-2008 06:57 PM

What kind of drill press did you get? Inquiring minds want to know! :) Congrats on the new tool purchases, and keep plugging at the projects. What kind of wood are you using on your end table?

-- Robb

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#4 posted 02-26-2008 07:17 PM

I bought the Delta 17-950L. After getting 10% off at my local Woodcraft, it was around $330, which left me money for the router plate and other things.

The end table is red oak. I used a friend’s dedicated mortising machine on that project. I’m hoping a good drill press, some forstner bits, shard chisels and a ton of elbow grease will do a good job of making mortises the next time I need them.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#5 posted 02-26-2008 08:43 PM

Yea! New Tools!!
If you plan on drilling oak with forstners very much, you probably will need to get really good quality ones. Regular twist bits work fine here also to do the initial roughing and then use the forstners to clean up the bottoms.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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