Today's shop victories

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Blog entry by ryanhos posted 08-08-2008 05:45 AM 512 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

My workshop and I were a bit at odds recently. She was mad because I was neglecting her. I hadn’t been out there much lately and I’d left some shavings on the floor. My wife is deployed abroad, so the shop saw no reason for me to not be out there making sawdust. I was upset because the Jet 6” jointer I found on closeout at Menards and had assembled on Monday was chattering, skipping, and leaving tooling marks on the pieces. But, like any good relationship, neither party can stay mad at the other very long, so I decided to venture out into the shop for some relaxation after a most unproductive day at work (first few days at a govt. contract).

Today’s shop victories are numerous:
  • Installed the new mortising attachment on my Delta drill press
  • Made 2×1/2×1 mortise in a scrap 2×4. The mortise actually came out square to the board, much to my surprise.
  • Milled up my first ever actual square piece of lumber using the jointer (now miraculously working smoothly) and the TS.
  • Safety-sense inner monologue at the jointer: “Gee, my vision is a bit too clear. Oh yeah, safety glasses.”
  • Safety-sense inner monologue at the TS: “Hrm, isn’t there usually something between me and the saw blade? Oh yeah, I forgot to reinstall the blade guard after swapping out the stack dado.”
  • Convinced my dad to join LumberJocks (okay, so I didn’t do this one in the shop, but it’s LJ-related).

I was so proud of my neophytic accomplishments I actually brought in the milled-up 2×4 and sat it on my desk (My 10 fingers and intact eyeballs were my trophies for catching my safety mistakes before wood hit metal). I tried to tell my wife about my victories when she called a few minutes ago during one of her allowed twice-weekly 15-minute calls. Her response: “Why would anybody want a square hole in a piece of wood?” and “Oh, a perfectly square board, that’s…um…nice.” I guess she won’t understand until I build her some furniture. Maybe when I make the matching end tables, I’ll mill up the lumber and use MT joinery for one and use raw boards and mechanical fasteners for the other. Then she’ll get it! (kidding, of course!)

The weekend approaches. With my wife and most of my friends on the other side of the world, I think it’s a good weekend to get out into the shop and clean up so I’m not so embarrassed to post a few shop photos on LJs.

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#1 posted 08-08-2008 06:32 AM

I love the smell of… milled 2×4s in the morning. Smells like victory.

Fun post, Ryan. Thanks for keeping the home fires burning. Tell your wife we thank her deployment in service to the nation.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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