|Project by choppertoo||posted 05-09-2011 02:11 AM||3526 views||6 times favorited||4 comments|
Over the past year or so I’ve saved several versions of LJ’s kerf makers. This weekend I decided it was time to do something about it. I will probably make another (fancier) in the future but for now went with Spalm’s version. Very basic but gets the job done. Thanks for the road map Spalm.
Funny story about the build, actually the build was simple and quick. The second test cut just about sent me to the loony bin. My first cut, like many other LJs I’ve seen post, was perfect. Fit like a glove. scrap “A” fit snugly into the kerf I had just cut in scrap “B”. In my mind the logical thing to do was kerf “A” and make it a half lap. Simple, right?
Not so much. The second kerf was too wide. No biggie, I’m new at this kerf maker thing so I must have had a brain fart. It’s scrap wood just move down the board a bit and try again. Same result. Huh? I’m doing exactly the same as on the first cut but getting different results? What gives? So I traipse up stairs and fire up the bridge city video to see what silly mistake I must be making. I traipsed up those stairs and back down several times. I even stopped in my wife’s den to explain what my problem was. I thought if I talked it out with someone I would see the error of my ways. Now I questioned whether or not I just got lucky on my first cut and had constructed the kerf maker wrong. The part with the lock down bolt should be a blade’s width shorter that the other piece, right Spalm? I must have asked you that a dozen times as I stood in my shop before I decided I must just be loony or retarded, or both. So, I altered the jig and made the cut. Now I’ll get what I’m looking for. Ha. I knew altering the jig was wrong before I made the cut but nothing else was working. Of course, my results was a kerf that was still, too big. WTF? I stared at it for a long time, Went BACK up stairs to watch the video, again. I even stop actioned the vid and drew out instructions for myself. Ever seen a grown man cry? I knew what I was doing was right. I knew had one positive result right out of the shoot. WHHHHHHHHHYYY is this not working?
When I figured it out all I could think to myself was, Oh dear God, Really, Pat? You’re not much of a wood worker are you? Sooooo, I altered the jig back to it’s proper dimensions, made the second cut and it fit perfectly. You have no idea how relieved I was to figure out that I wasn’t going insane.
So, having figured out the error of my ways I set out to cut a few kerfs on this project. Long ago I grew tired of the plastic bag that housed my brass set up bars but I just had not been motivated enough to set up the router table and make all the changes that would have been necessary to make this simple set up bar holder.
I am thrilled to have my kerf maker and my set up bar holder and I am working on another project that I have been wanting to do for a long time but never did because I wanted to make a kerf maker first. I’ll post that one when finished.
Oh, yeah, I suppose you want to know what I figured out that I was doing wrong? Most of you real wood workers probably already know and were face palming yourself, thinking, ‘what and idiot’. lol
The two scraps of wood I was cutting were dissimilar in thickness. I kept setting the thickness on the kerf maker to the first piece of wood. And yes, I knew full well that I had two different thicknesses. I just kept measuring the first one.
If you have read all the way to the end of that lame story I’m going to guess you need a beer as much as I do.
-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo