A Galoot Prepares #3: Some days you're the windshield, some days the bug

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Blog entry by photonic posted 04-21-2007 06:08 AM 660 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The title aptly sums up my feeling over the last few days.

I spent the last few days getting my chisels and plane blades sharp. Like really sharp. Like shave the hair of my arm off sharp. These blades gleamed dangerously, glinting in the light like little razor sharp mirrors. Then I went outside.

One of the saw bench legs had split. No split doesn’t do this justice, exploded is more like it. This board wasn’t just relieving stress, it had a midlife crisis.

Attempts to reglue failed. I am trying to figure out how to make this work.

Two steps forward, one step back.

-- Geoff Webb, Spokane WA

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#1 posted 04-21-2007 06:25 AM

I hear ya. I’ve got a date with some plane blades….. Can you recreate the leg?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-21-2007 10:52 AM

just think of the “one back” as getting a running jump for the great things to come

I hope there is a silver lining in there some where

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 04-21-2007 04:13 PM

Thanks for the encouragement Debbie. Things look alot better by the light of day. I played with thmagine that is a skill e idea of having a three legged, but decided that was silly. I’m going to get some more lumber and keep going.

I guess there are two lessons to learn from this.
  • Buy more wood then you need
  • Learn to read grain
    A number of books I’ve read talk about seeing the stresses and reaction wood and anticipating the wood’s reaction to being cut. I imagine that’s a skill developed over years and years of working with wood. Anyone have suggestions on how to “read the grain”?

I guess I’m really going back to the basics now.

-- Geoff Webb, Spokane WA

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