Basement Workspace / V8 Mini Workbench #3: Planning and slow starts

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 09-15-2014 12:16 AM 1482 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got back to working on this task and wanted to break it down into multiple steps that I could possibly handle getting it all cut before our first snow (and we’ll hope that isn’t until December but who knows in OH?).

I’m a newbie woodworker though a few of the neighbors have seen my garage shop and think otherwise. I just smile and thank them for the compliment but tell them the learning process is far from over. So today I spent putting together circular saw jigs. It is becoming more and more apparent to me that I need a lot more practice handling tools right handed. I’m a lefty by nature but doing things the righty way is just awkward. I thought I was wise having Lowes cut my pieces for this jig but I didn’t do a very good job labeling the factory edge when I got home with them a few weeks ago. I did my best to identify the factory edges and continue onwards. I had issues cutting the 2 inch guide strips properly. The motor housing on the left side of the circular saw made clamping the plywood difficult. At that point I probably should’ve stopped reading the directions and done what was easier and switched the saw around but I attempted to freehand cut the line and didn’t do a great job. More practice for me. Anyway, once I have that done, and take a few practice passes on some scrap to make sure everything is good, I can get started on laying out and cutting the pieces for the workbench. Woohoo!

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 01:07 AM

You can always screw the guide down if your clamps are in the way. The holes will in most cases not even show and the ones that do will be easily dealt with. As for the awkward part, just relax and take it slow. It will be easier than you think.
Good luck, I’ll be following this blog. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 09-15-2014 03:21 AM

Ditto!! Your tool handling skills & abilities will come with time & practice. One thing at a time, and don’t rush through anything, regardless of how bad it needs done. That’s how accidents happen!! Most of my woodworking skills have been self taught. In the last 10 – 12 years I’ve been doing this, geez have I learned some amazing tricks! & some of’em from lefty’s! Don’t let it slow ya down!! just take it a step at a time, & keep on truckin’! I’ll also be following your blog! Work safe, & enjoy your project!

-- Sawdust703

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#3 posted 09-15-2014 11:36 AM

Thanks guys! if woodworking is teaching me anything it’s to slow down. You get so excited to start a project and get working on something then realize you misread the directions or missed a step….you know how that goes. Thanks Paul! I wish I would’ve thought of that :p I have the guide sitting on top of the plywood for the bench so that is something I could’ve done. Duh! SD – feel like passing along any of those lefty tricks?? :D I’m unfortunately the only one of my kind in the family – and the only woodworker (my dad left for reupholstery) It’s reminding me of when I took fencing in college the first time around with a righty professor. I ended up with a lot of bruises! Lots of good life lessons I guess :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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