Sunday, April 13, 2014

Busy Week

It has been a busy week. After finally getting into to barn, I've begun rearranging winter-stored stuff (saw horses, shop stands, tools, garden tools and supplies, etc.) to make room to work on Gardens.

I've been setting up my new workshop: cleaning the space (different part of the barn than where Gardens resides), adding a new 2HP 5-micron dust collector, arranging to purchase a new-to-me used General Industries 14" bandsaw and shopping for a new table saw (leaning toward a Grizzly).

The mizzen boom and boomkin have been completed (for now…): Fresh varnish, new paint and new hardware. One side of the rudder has been painted and the second side has been primed.

I've started down the path to learn woodturning (a small lathe was gifted to me last year) but the learning curve is a steep one for me. I've been pretty tentative with it so my practice work has not been very satisfying. And I'm annoyed with myself about not understanding new meanings to everyday words. What the heck are "quicker" and "slower" shapes? I understand every specialty has its own vocabulary and meanings for words… I'm still annoyed with myself for not "getting it" right away.

Finally this... a Craftsman style oak stand came out of the shop this week.

No, not my shop and, no, I didn't do this all by myself. It is part of my woodworking education. Projects like this are why I am setting up a new and improved workshop for myself.


  1. Nice table! What kind of joinery?

    I'd highly recommend spending the extra money to get a Sawstop table saw. I've heard good things about them, and the extra money is well spent insurance against losing fingers.

  2. Thanks Ed,
    The table was made with mortise & tennon joinery, which was something I'd never done before. There are more projects on the list.

    Thanks, too, for the comment re the Sawstop. I'll take another look at them. I like my fingers.