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Blog series by mhawkins2 updated 12-28-2008 04:41 AM 6 parts 11080 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: Missaligned splitter = blown switch

08-30-2008 05:25 AM by mhawkins2 | 1 comment »

I was eager to start the day as it was dedicated to making sawdust in my garage to make some built in shelves and drawers for my wife’s storage closet. These are very long shelves so they are 3/4” birch with back support along the full length and radiata pine edging on the front to prevent sagging. I started ripping my first sheet of plywood to length and my plywood blade bound in the cut about half way through. I can’t back the piece up a to free the blade because the an...

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Part 2: Carbide Is Sharp

09-03-2008 03:16 AM by mhawkins2 | 1 comment »

As a relativey new wood worker I must continue to remind myself that carbide tipped things are very very sharp. Complacency is a bad idea. I must now also remember where I put the bandages.

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Part 3: Tools I did not realize I can't live without

09-03-2008 04:28 AM by mhawkins2 | 7 comments »

Please excuse the double negative in the title but it is the most accurate way of stating my point. I’ll admit that much of my wood knowledge comes from The New Yankee Workshop, so I base my concepts of what tools are most useful on what I see used there. I don’t always see the usefulness of many of tools if I don’t see Norm use them But now I must confess that there are two tools for which I now have a new appreciation of there immense usefulness. 1) A low angle blo...

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Part 4: In Search of the Perfect Miter

10-16-2008 04:25 AM by mhawkins2 | 8 comments »

I am beginning to think that a dead on PERFECT miter is about like big foot or the Loch Ness monster. We’ve all heard of it, a few claim to have achieved it, most of us probably don’t believe it. I am an engineer in occupation and by nature, so when I say perfect; I mean PERFECT. Dead on 45 degree not 44.99 nor 45.01. The vertical face of the wood is completely vertical as is the blade so the sides don’t tilt. And the wood is absolutely of consistent thickness so the re...

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Part 5: Step Away From the Random Orbital Sander!

10-16-2008 04:41 AM by mhawkins2 | 3 comments »

After edge profiling a 5’ piece of Jatoba and very very carefully cutting a miter frame for 10” x 10” panel, I was rather pleased with myself. It was by no means the perfect miter, but it certainly will not haunt my dreams the way some of my past ones have. I I did my dry fit and then a little victory dance. After the victory dance I thought,”I should lightly sand the frame before glue up because it will be harder later and I might slip and go across the face grain ...

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Part 6: OOHHHHH! That's why people use drill presses.

12-28-2008 04:41 AM by mhawkins2 | 5 comments »

The subtitle of this entry should be, “Greg, you were right and I was wrong.” I must confess I never really saw the need for a drill press. I have a very nice Bosch cordless drill with lots of power. I can drill pocket holes all day long and I have made 32 mm holes with Forstner bits in poplar and birch without problems. I have a great jig for shelf pin holes and frankly thought my holes were perfectly straight for the task. I have even used it to cut 1/2” plugs from ...

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