Recently, I have been expanding my tool collection and learning ways to do different things. One example is the wedgie sled that I built. I have made 5 different sleds/jigs over the summer. They are a simple cross cut sled, spline cutting jig, mitering sled, and wedgie sled. They are all for my table saw and are as square as I can get them without having them specifically machined. The fifth jig is for my router. Essentially this jig allows me to use my router as a jointer. I have been able to take rough cut cherry from my father-in-law’s orchard and make it perfectly flat and ready to use in a project. Some sanding is needed but it’s not too bad considering the process by which I am preparing it.
My next focus will be on expanding my skills in woodworking. Unfortunately, I have not met anyone who lives anywhere near me that shares my passion for woodworking. I particularly enjoy working on my lathe, but I feel like I need to expand my skills in flat work. I define flat work as anything that is not done on the lathe. Perhaps, I can begin this process by building a new kitchen table. The problem with building a new kitchen table is that the chairs we have will no longer match the table and I will have to build new chairs. However, my lathe is a mini lathe and, thus, not large enough to turn the spindles that will be long enough for the chairs.
In the end, I guess that I need to approach woodworking similar to the way I try to approach life. Take one thing at a time and see where you end up.
-- It may not be pretty...but it's functional.