Shop Notes #11: A Productive Week

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Blog entry by Steve posted 03-09-2018 08:39 PM 263 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Almost Up to Speed? Part 11 of Shop Notes series Part 12: Box Joints and Jewelry Cabinets »

Getting my resaw blade in place really opened the floodgates this week. I finished gluing up and planing my mid-century modern boards. I also finished up some leftover chaotic pattern boards that were still hanging around from the holiday rush. By mid week, I was looking at a stack of some 17 cutting boards, ready for sanding.

The chaotic boards were made 1 1/2” thick and haven’t sold well in that size. As a test, I sawed one into two 3/4” boards and ran them through the planer. Surprisingly, they came through fine. (I kind of expected them to fall apart under the stress.) Since the first worked so well, I ran the rest through the same process.


After digging out (yet another!) thin cutoff blocking the dust collection hose in my table saw, I finally made a zero clearance insert. This one works with a thin-kerf blade; eventually I’ll need one for my standard blade as well.

I found this collection of glued up sticks in my scrap pile—a remnant of some failed idea from last year I guess. It was just big enough to work in this situation, and it adds some jazziness to the saw that I didn’t know I needed.


I milled down some of that rough timber I hauled into the shop a few weeks back. These sticks are well on their way to becoming jewelry cabinets. The sapele came through this process clean and straight.

The walnut is #2 common lumber, which means lots of knots, voids and unrelieved stresses in the wood. On the plus side, there’s a lot of figure and interest in the grain. Since I use small pieces, I can generally work around the larger defects and warping—the end result is usually worth it.

In the back, you can see bowing in the longer sticks of walnut. Those two didn’t clean up at the half-inch I need for the cabinets. I’m thinking these might end up as “close the box” games.

-- ~Steve

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