Bed #7: Working with what you've got.

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 05-20-2010 01:03 AM 1733 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I went to the Big Box yesterday for a couple of 2x’s. I did not like the 2×2’s, they were super warped. So I got 2×4’s. Problem is, a 2×4 is too tall for the amount of space I need. I needed them closer to 2” tall. Couldn’t rip it on the tablesaw (it’s packed), couldn’t figure out a way to safely do it on the circular saw, didn’t have the patience to consider doing it with a handsaw, can’t stick things that ratio in the planer… huh.

I cut both rails to length (6’), placed them side-by-side and screwed them into one of the backerboards. It would have taken more time to set it up as a program, so I just did it by hand. Took about 15 minutes.

One giant pile of wood-shred later, they are both 2” tall. The hunks of wood were big because I was really hogging it – cuts .3” deep, .5” wide. Not something I would do in many circumstances – but this is super soft pine/fir, it doesn’t care. As a side benefit, they’re really, really flat. ;)

As I was doing it, I realised how utterly ridiculous this was – but whatever. I have the machine, might as well use it, right?

Screwed them into the sides.

Pretty simple!

Unfortunately that’s all I had time for today.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 01:49 AM

At least you got it done :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-20-2010 02:03 AM

That’s quite a machine!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 03:24 AM

I like it, it’s coming out good

-- Harry --- Never Give Up, Never Surrender,

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 04:20 AM

got er together

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 06:17 AM

Progress is progress! You are getting there ;)

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 08:15 AM

And a nice lot of garden mulch as well…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 09:03 AM

And next time you need a toothpick you can just attach a maple tree to your machine :)

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 07:07 PM

Wow..thats like killing a mosquito with a surface to air missile…


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#9 posted 05-20-2010 07:46 PM

I’ve been laughing quite a bit at some of the comments… :-)

I figured you all would get a kick out of the pictures from that.

I work at / am the Exec. Director of a non-profit organisation that is basically an open-source learning centre, focused on science and technology. We have a machine shop, of which I manage. Lathe, mill, sheet router. We use the machines primarily for making educational videos and for being available to those in the area who want to learn how to use CNC equipment, make prototypes, etc. My job within it is to make sure nobody hurts themselves, or breaks the machines, and to help along with the computer side of things.

When it’s not being used for that stuff, I play with it. A lot.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#10 posted 05-21-2010 02:24 AM

Cant blame ya there..that sounds awesome! I used to program and run a 8’x10’ bed, single spindle CNC and I loved it. Those things are the ultimate wood working toy..part computer, part router, part robot! Is it like the public library? Can anyone walk in and just learn and use the equipment? I wish they had something like that in my neck of the woods…


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#11 posted 05-21-2010 02:45 AM

that’s a pretty sweet deal you have there Lis!

and if it makes you feel any better, half of the wood I start with becomes sawdust when creating my little segmented turnings… i don’t feel bad about it either!

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#12 posted 05-21-2010 04:54 AM

David – pretty much. There are some limitations to what the random walk-in person can do and for more advanced time/equipment/learning/etc there are some fees, but the basics is yes, any person can just walk in and learn the equipment, get time on it, etc.

It’s pretty epically awesome. I was going to do a blog post about it and how it brought me to woodworking, actually, but I haven’t quite had the time.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#13 posted 05-23-2010 05:42 AM

got room for my bed.. i’d love to use that cnc for a few months..

-- larry

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