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Forum topic by wbrisett posted 01-06-2014 11:22 AM 1080 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2014 11:22 AM

To be honest with you, I’m a bit embarrassed but at the same time maybe it’s a sign that I really need to cleanup my shop.

While on the hunt for my studfinder, I started digging deep in the layers of things in one corner of my shop. Under the dozens newspapers that I keep for spreading out on my workbench when I’m spraying adhesive for scrolling projects, I discovered a Delta tenon jig that I had purchased at some Woodcraft sale, taken out of the box, and set aside while I worked on other projects. Over the past eight years stuff has been stacked on top of it, dust and wood chips have hidden it, but finally this weekend it was rediscovered.

Of course there were issues. Primarily the Cosmoline had dried up and the thing was a mess. After a two hour clean up with lacquer thiner and a toothbrush, then a generous amount of renaissance wax, it was ready to really assemble. Next came trying to find the directions… came up short there, but in the age of computers, Delta’s website came to the rescue with the directions… although after putting it together, I discovered that since I had a left tilt saw, I needed to pretty much disassemble it again to set it up for left tilt saws. In a way this was good because I was able to get to some of the Cosmoline that had gotten stuck in crevices I couldn’t get to during the cleanup phase.

Did a the alignment of the jig and called it a night. Still can’t believe that I had that jig sitting…erm… buried… in my shop for eight years! What an idiot.

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 11:46 AM

Look at it as a testimony of maturity.
When I get a new “toy”, I’m like a big kid and can’t wait till the next day to play with it.
Years would be unheard of.

I did get a chuckle from your post though.


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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 01:23 PM

Christmas all over again.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 01:49 PM

I bought one of this jig several year ago because it was on sale at Woodcraft 50% off.
I know where it is but I never used it, not even once.
I should sale it.

-- Bert

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#4 posted 01-06-2014 02:17 PM

We’ve all been there – except for the really anal retentive ones who clean up after every session and hire a maid to come in twice a week for a deep clean. I’m like Gene – if I find something I forgot I had, it’s just like Christmas in July. But it doesn’t always work out that way. For every thing found, something shall be lost. I’ve been searching for a little paper tube full of miniature barrel hinges now for over a year. They’re not in the obvious places, so they will probably show up when I pull another board off the lumber stack, or if I ever pull out the dust collector to clean behind it, or maybe in a pile of “stuff” on one of the window sills.

If your delta tenon jig is that big heavy metal one for the tablesaw, then you will like it. But be careful of the little knob sticking out from the screw handle. (the one you turn to clamp the wood against the jig). The bolt holding it on is cheap and if you bang that handle on something there is a chance you can break it off.

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#5 posted 01-06-2014 05:40 PM

My scraper went missing for about 4 months. Found it hanging right where I left it – behind the taping knives.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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#6 posted 01-06-2014 05:58 PM

I am well known to out things “right where I can easily find it” only to lose it for months.


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#7 posted 01-06-2014 07:07 PM

JustJoe, the little paper tube of ball bearings are called bb’s.

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#8 posted 01-06-2014 07:33 PM

I have bought a few “must have” items that I never used. Upsets me. although, I will probably do it again.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 01-06-2014 07:43 PM

I think it was the 1/2 off part that got me excited…. but I was working on another project at the time and I’m sure put it aside until I finished that project, which I’m sure turned into a longer project. Then the movement of the clutter… well, you get the picture. ;)

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#10 posted 01-06-2014 07:59 PM

I did the same thing brother a few weeks ago I found a nice set of dado blades I had purchased on ebay a few years ago.I would have never known , in fact I would have refused to believe they were mine lol. Anyway I gave them to my youngest son to sell on ebay which he ddid successfully.It goes to show you never know half of the stuff you have.I hate it also when I know I have something but cannot find it and need it almost to the point of buying another one (which I admit I have done) only to find the said article a few weeks later. Alistair

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#11 posted 01-06-2014 08:05 PM

Congrats on your discovery.
If it had been me, I would now own two of them because after looking and looking and not finding the first one… :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 01-06-2014 08:07 PM

Well, I did buy another studfinder… fortunately that was inexpensive…. and yep, you guessed it, last night I also found the original one of those.

I’m really glad I’m not the only one who suffers from this problem. :)

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#13 posted 01-06-2014 08:09 PM

We’ve all been there – just last summer I was looking for a one-time use cheap spray gun at HF for a custom set of flower boxes for a friend. Ended up buying one, and of course about two weeks later, found the still-in-the-package one I had bought in a Big Lots more than 7 years ago buried on a shelf in my wood room under a bunch of brushes and rollers.
Oh well, at least I know I still have a one-time use throw away spray gun!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#14 posted 01-07-2014 03:31 AM

I gave my tenoning jig to Monte. Came with my CL mortiser and I had it 3 years and never used it. Hope he gets some use out of it!

Joe, You pretty much described me to a T in your first sentence! Except for the maid part!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 01-07-2014 05:01 AM

I have the same jig but because of the age of my saw I could not get the face any closer than 4” from the blade.

I had to add a couple of holes to the base plate (I took it to a machine shop to make sure the holes are in line and parallel to the miter slot) and it has served me well over the years even though it wasn’t hidden in der newspapers!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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