Sunday, July 5, 2015

back to puttering.......

Now that the dining room table is long gone, I have settled back into my aimless routine in the shop. I go in any direction the current whim sends me. The sharpening bench is done as much I can do right now so I can do what ever I please. One thing I had to do today that didn't please me, was to clean up the shop. It's hard to chose whether cleaning the shop or pulling your own teeth with a pair of bent and rusty slip joint pliers is the worst.

it's tight
This is the first thing I checked when I went to the shop this morning. It'll be the first check for a while too. Today it is hard to see any space under the door bottom but it did open and close without binding. You can feel the weight of the MDF holder even before the door is opened an inch. I can't remember the name of these hinges so I haven't found them yet on line. I want to find out what the weight rating of this hinge is.

temporary home
I finally got my molding planes out of the cardboard boxes they were living in and into closed storage. Building a new plane till is in the planning stages. Having a hole to stick it in is holding up getting that parade started.

another lost tool
I can recall making this but I don't think I used it more than once. I made this to make face frames for cabinets. This would hold the corners flush while I screwed them together. I got two marks on this, a 2 or the left and a 1 on the left.

maybe 1"?
2 for ?
I am totally clueless as to why I did this. I'll toss this in with the other pocket screw stuff sans the wooden stand.

another blast from the past
I used this sandpaper cutter for 3 different sanders. It has the original hacksaw blade I put in it when I made it. I cut up a few sheets of sandpaper and it still works good. I like longevity and that it will still work as intended.

contact cement work up coming
I made my over hang a wee bit too generous.

trimmed
I trimmed the overhang a lot tighter because I don't want to waste any contact cement by putting it on an area that would be cut off.

waiting for glossy
The instructions said to wait until both surfaces are glossy but not to exceed 15 minutes. I got all four feet covered without any hiccups. The trim job I did looked like crap and I thank the woodworking Gods it'll be covered and not seen.

3 drawers here
2 drawers here
While I have this up on it's back, I'm going to put in some drawer guides. There isn't enough room for 3 good sized drawers so I'm putting in two. On the woodworking bench I put the drawer runners in with me on my back underneath the bench. I'm not doing that dance step here. Even if I don't put drawers here right away, this part will be done.

used some scrap 1" thick poplar
I will have two drawers 16 1/2" wide and 22" deep. From the bottom of the stretcher to the bottom of the feet is about 11". I will make the drawer bottoms just above the top of the bottom foot. That will give me a drawer depth of about 7 1/2".

It moved
I drilled a pilot hole in the drawer runner but not into the stretcher. When I screwed in the spax screw the runner moved back a 1/16".  Annoying because this will be visible and the finished end. The look I want is for the ends of the guides to be flush with the front stretcher.

and this makes 3
All three of the drawer runners moved when I screwed in the spax screws.

step one of the fix
Fill in the screw holes with miller dowels.

step two
I didn't want to glue the runners in place. It makes it harder to fix them in the future if need be. I glued them and then went to Target with my wife. I'll screw in the spax screws after we get back.

My wife had ordered a hedge trimmer but didn't buy the batteries or the charger for it. She tried to talk me into getting a chain saw that used the same battery and charger but I don't like chain saws. At Target she found out that they only sell that tool online. After we got back home she ordered another hedge trimmer (different model than the first one)  and made sure it came with the batteries and charger.

another problem
This is going to be an easy fix. I had this same problem with my woodworking bench. All kinds of dust and crap from the shop can get into the drawers from the sides.  The fix here I'm going to use is to screw a piece of  1/4" MDF to the top of the drawer guides. That will seal out any dust etc being able to get into the drawers.

my woodworking bench
I screwed a piece of 1/4" plywood on the ends to keep dust out of the drawers. I didn't do the upcoming fix on the sharpening bench here because I didn't remove the plywood I had on top of the stretchers. I didn't have access to the top of the drawer guides like I have on the sharpening bench. And I didn't think of doing that neither.

I think I finally got this right
 For as long as this bandsaw has been in my shop I have kept it with it turned 90 degrees from what it is now. Putting it this way makes better sense. I have increased the outfeed side a bazillion percent. I'll have to see if it is in the way of the outfeed of the tablesaw now. Maybe that is why I had it the other way for so long.

new home
I don't go in the bottom of this cabinet that often. I can open and close the top doors without moving the chair. One problem cropped up with this and that is the tablesaw spits sawdust all over it. The other problem I see happening is horizontal storage. Anything put on here higher than 2-3" will get whacked by one or both of the doors depending upon where it is at on the table. This has the potential  be a major PITA.

base for my anvil
Aldren Watson recommended having a small anvil in the shop. The base is two pieces of 3/4" plywood glued together and wrapped with pine to hide the plywood edges. I haven't put a hook on this but I may do that in the future. For now I want to use it like this.

one more to go
I made a shelf out of scrap plywood and I covered all the edges with poplar strips. The front edge is the last one to be done.

it's for the glue crock pot
The shelf will go here for the crock pot. It has a very short plug which is annoying. I'm sure that is so they could save a few pennies on each unit sold. I wanted to put this on the sharpening bench but because of the short cord I can't do that. The shelf is high enough that the cord can be plugged in the outlet above it.

modified MKII sharpening guide
I put diamond files between the clamp on this to keep irons and such from slipping. It helped a lot but I have the new LN honing guide coming and this I don't this need anymore. I have offered other tools before for sale without any bites and I'm doing it again.

first dibs goes to readers of my daily dribble
I have the MKII honing guide with the straight and cambered rollers. I am adding the skew setting guide too. I have looked at this guide and tried to figure it out but other than that, it has never been used.  I don't want to separate any of this and I want to sell it all as one.

two more goodies
I also have the original clamp bar and screws along with a brand new one. I bought two new clamp bars and I put one in the MKII. All of this for the bargain price of $40 plus the cost of a flat rate USPS shipping box. If there aren't any takers here I'll throw it up on the creek.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner
What does a perruquier do?
answer - make wigs

Saturday, July 4, 2015

took a day off.......

I got today off from work for the USA's birthday on the 4th. My wife didn't get the 4th off because her work holiday rules say you don't get the 4th if it falls on a saturday. She was bummed she had to go to work and I didn't. Not only did I get the day off from the paying job, I took a quasi day off from the shop.

I ran errands 3 times today where I would have usually done them all in one shot. And I took my time on each run. On the first run I went to a couple of different stores where I wasted a lot of time wandering around looking and gawking at things like a tourist. This was one of the days where I didn't want to start anything of any importance.

the gap
This is the right side of the sharpening bench and the front and back edges are off the top of the base by a 32nd. I have absolutely no doubts that the 3/8" bolts holding down the top to the base will do their job. My woodworking bench has survived 20+ years with the same top/base connection. This gap isn't readily visible but it bugs the crap out of me so I'm going to fix it.

gap is gone
I wanted to check and make sure that I could remove the gap with moderate clamp pressure. If I had to really crank down on the clamps I would have had to come up with a different way to secure this. I took the clamps off and put a coat of poly on it. While this was drying I went on my first errand run.

90 minutes later
This was a 3 store stop - Home Depot - Starbucks to get coffee - and then Lowes on the way home. One thing I needed was a countersink for the aluminum brackets. I got a 1/2" and 3/8" one because I couldn't make up my mind which one I would need/use the most.

Next buy was 3 painter's hooks for opening cans. I had 4 of these at one time and I was down to my last one. I'm sure I lost the other 3 in the debris on the shop floor. Rummaging through piles of shavings looking for tools is something I don't do. The epoxy and contact cement was next to the hooks so I grabbed them too.

I bought a box of 2 inch, #10 spax screws for the brackets. I am really liking these screws and the fact you don't have to drill pilot holes for them. I got this box at Home Depot and they have a boatload of spax screw sizes. They even have #6 x 3/4" which they sell individually, in small packs, or by the box. They also sell the big lag screw sizes individually. I know these work - I drilled two each in the legs of the dinning room table I made for my daughter. No pilot holes, no splitting, and no broken off lags driven in half way.

After I made a pit stop at Starbucks after leaving Home Depot, I headed for Lowes. I hadn't planned on stopping at Lowes but Home Depot didn't have any rubber. I asked someone there if they sold plumbing rubber and I got the 'you have three heads' look. I had to show him first what a pipe repair clamp was and what it was used for. And secondly that the interior is lined with rubber. Once he saw that and had said "damned if I knew that", he also told me that don't sell just the rubber. This is why I went to Lowes.

The plumbing department at Lowes had no one working there but I couldn't find any rubber there at all. I went to the flooring department but the didn't have any individual rubber tiles for sale. As I was leaving I saw the black roll in the stair tread coverings cubby hole. It was $2.47 a linear foot and I bought a yard. I am going to use this to cover the end grain on the bottom of the feet on the sharpening bench.

this sucks
None of my star point drivers will fit the spax screws I bought. Phillips and square bits wouldn't fit it neither. I ended up using some #9 x 2 1/2" ceramic coated deck screws instead.

when in doubt read the......
I just happen to see the top of this as I was putting them away. T20 bit included. I didn't know that such a bit existed but now I do. I'll have to find a long T20 driver because I don't like stubby ones. The only difference I can see in this driver over 'regular' star point drivers, is this is tapered at the end of the of the bit.

my other box of spax has a phillips driver included too - who knew
done
The gap is gone and I have my 'happy camper' face on now.

put the second coat of poly on with a brush
foam brush went south
I used this foam piece of total crappola of a brush only because I saw Paul Sellers using one to put the finish on the table he just made for WWMC. I don't like foam brushes because they are cheap, they rip, snag, tear to easily, and the handles always break on me. Paul obviously had better luck with it then me. I for one, will be sticking with using a real brush. Did I also mention that they are way overpriced? You will never convince me that this is worth 99 cents for one.

Made errand trip number two here while the second coat of finish on the sharpening bench dried. A lot of my not doing much in the shop today was due to applying the finish. It's water based so it dries fairly quickly. I still didn't want to generate any dust etc so I left to do errands or go upstairs. It was a very convenient to use this as an excuse.


I could have cleaned this bench off
cleaned out this tool cabinet instead
I want to get big red on the door on the right. I put the saw hanging here in the saw till. I found a few things I had forgotten that I had cleaning this out. This may also be a good time to thin the herd out.

big red
This isn't a good spot for this tool. It needs to be protected and stowed somewhere safe. I use framing squares a lot and I think that is because of my carpentry background. I gave up on getting a decent one from the big box stores and bought this one when Woodpecker offered it up. I want this to be pried from my cold dead hands. Hopefully that will be a whole lot of years into the future.

mounted on the door
I have some work left to do on the shelves - they need to be shortened in the width about 3/4". I cut the ends of shelf supports back 3/4" too.

it's a bit tight
I may have to change the hinges on this door. Big red is held in a piece of  heavy 1" thick MDF and the bottom of the door is dragging on the ledge. I planed it and the bottom of the door and it opens and closes easier. I still don't have a warm and fuzzy about the weight issue. I'll keep an eye on it for now and wait to see what shakes out. I do like having it on the door and accessible.

cut back
The pine I made the upper cabinet out of was 22 -25" wide. I would like to have that pile of wood again now that I am much better woodworker than I was when I made this. It was all rough sawn and 1" thick. 25 years after I made this the shelves are still flat and straight. It'll be interesting to see how the board reacts now that I have fresh sawn edges.

forgot I had this
I used this twice and my results both times were less than satisfactory. It's a drawer lock bit and my joints came out ok but too loose for my liking. This will be going to a new home. The white thing is the set up block for setting the router bit.

tool #2
This will be adapted by someone or tossed. It's a mini biscuit jointer that I thought I would use until I worn it out. It's not worn out and the multitude of uses I envisioned for it never materialized. I don't think Ryobi makes this anymore nor am I sure that the biscuits can still be had. I had 3 sizes of biscuits for this but I only found the R3 size.

two more to be thinned
I used the speed bloc sander for years - the one on the left. It's a workhouse and it is impossible to kill one of these. It is an excellent sander but it's Achilles heel is no dust extraction. The right hand tool is a 6" VS sander. I had several pads for this (H&L and PSA) but every one of them disintegrated.  The rubbery composition of the pads turned into a gooey mush. The only accessory I have for this is a lambs wool polishing head. I'm not sure if the 6" hook&loop head needed to use the lambs wool is still made or available. These two most likely will be put up for adoption too.

I knew I had these
 I just didn't know where I had squirreled them away. This is the Lee Valley 1/4" and 1/2" square hole cutters with the coarse/fine cone sharpeners. These I will keep and not offer up for adoption.

pocket hole stuff
I went nutso on this and did a lot of pocket hole joinery. Before I got this I did a lot of biscuit work. With pocket screws I didn't have to wait to use whatever I screwed.

lots of screws and one pack of walnut plugs
the rest of the goodies
I had intended to get the stand that you clamp the stock in but by the time I had the dollars saved for that my ardor for this had cooled a lot.  I'm not sure what will happen with this. I don't think it'll take much to send this to a happy home.

good idea
I could not get the hang of using this. You have set the iron just so an order for this to work. At least for me that is the way it worked. I tried using this for a few months and then it got no use at all.  I trained myself to plane square without it. It is still a good idea but it didn't gel for me. It'll be booted out the door too. Went on aimless errand run #3 here.

my feet protectors
One side of this rubber is ribbed and the other side is flat. I got 5 over sized pieces and I have a lot left over. I'll contact cement these to the feet on the sharpening bench tomorrow. I got this tip from the Valley Woodworker blog and it's a great tip. It will keep the bench from dancing around the shop and also keep moisture from wicking into the end grain on the feet.

last coat
I have two coats of finish on the base and four on the top. I think that is enough for a shop fixture. I put a piece of plywood on the stretchers and started to load it up. I want to get all the stuff for sharpening in this one place.  All of that will give me idea of what direction to go in - whether to make drawers or a cabinet.

I didn't set the world on fire today even though I had the opportunity. I did get the finish on the sharpening bench completed and I got big red stowed safely. Tomorrow I'll have to start in on cleaning my bench off and putting everything away.

accidental woodworker

trivia corner

What foreign government contributed the most money to the victim's relief fund from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake?
answer - Japan