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Blog entry by Eric posted 10-12-2008 10:19 AM 678 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since we’ve moved to Kota Kinabalu, I’ve been sick almost the whole time. Nothing serious, but bad enough that I’ve had no desire to get in the shop when I’ve had free time. I’m finally starting to get well. And today, my wife (out of the blue) suggested I go get some shop time. Yes, ma’am!

So today I finished unpacking my miscellaneous boxes that arrived by mail and by boat. My shop’s fairly organized, but a couple shelves will really help a lot.

I also finished my Japanese sawing trestles, which I put on my project list immediately after reading The Schwarz’s article on them. Now I’ll be better able to start work on my bench proper, which I think will also be a Japanese-style bench (again, grabbing the idea from reading The Schwarz).

Next step will be to get a slab of wood (if I can) that is 4”x10” and 5’ long. That’ll be my benchtop. I’ll be able to work with that slab on the trestles until I get some horses made that will support the slab at a better height. I think I might trick out my Japanese-style bench with some planing stops. One of the main things that this bench doesn’t give me, though, is a way to do dovetails. I think I’m going to make a simple heavy box with a vise on one side, and that box will mount to the bench. This will raise the work surface as well, which will be better for dovetailing. I might make my sharpening station work on that box as well. I’ll have to draw up a Sketchup of the bench in my mind, because I don’t know how clear this all is in print.

Anyway, here is a shot of my trestles. Nothing fancy. In fact, I sort of avoided making them attractive on purpose. I’ve got too much to do to focus on fine craftsmanship on shop furniture. The wood is kapur, which is monstrously hard and really tough to handsaw; it also has an interesting silky kind of texture.

Japanese Sawing Trestles

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com



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#1 posted 10-12-2008 10:36 AM

Eric,
I’m glad to hear your are feeling better….. I’ve never heard of that wood species before; is it native to the area?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 10-12-2008 10:41 AM

Yes, it is. Here’s a little more about it: http://woodwizard.mtc.com.my:8888/report.asp?ItemID=38

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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#3 posted 10-12-2008 11:16 AM

I just reviewed the link you provided.. The grain / texture reminds me of Padauk. very interesting. I’ve not seen it here in the states.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 10-12-2008 11:44 AM

Wish you fast recovery and back to putting interesting projects.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 10-12-2008 09:00 PM

Sorry to hear you was sick, I hope you fell better.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 10-13-2008 01:25 AM

I’m so sorry to know you were sick. Hope you’re getting better now.
Take care Eric.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 10-13-2008 04:14 AM

Sorry to hear that you’ve been ill Eric. Hope you continue to get better. Where is Kota Kinabalu?

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#8 posted 10-13-2008 05:33 AM

Thanks for your well wishes, everyone!

@Betsy: Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the Malaysian state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo. (Start from Australia and go up and to the left – it’s the big huge island in between Australia and mainland Asia.)

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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#9 posted 10-13-2008 07:27 PM

Glad you’re back amongst us.

Intriguing idea… I’m going to follow up on that, but I think I’ll use lumber easier to obtain here in Texas.

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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