Shop Notes #16: An Oh Dah Moment

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 05-09-2015 12:22 AM 1966 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently, As many of you may remember. LOL! I have built a band saw support jig for resawing small logs on my band saw. I have been struggling to get the widest blade on my GO555 14 inch Grizzly with riser. Ordered a 5/8 th Woodmiser clone 3 tpi and I am still trying to get 3 good blades from the company.

Went to my “go to” Olson Blades and purchased a 5/8ths that works with no problems. I know it’s not my saw.

I also did a blog on a ruff cutting straight edge jig that I made out of the shop materials on hand. My original plan had 6 inch wooden hold downs, which proved too short for some narrowing pieces of spalted maple. Corrected that by making 11 inch hold downs that have great holding power with only wing nuts. Some of my fellow LJ’s suggested making knobs and suggested different inovations. All good.

Had a couple hours to mill some of my additional logs that I am gathering out of my yard. They’ve been waiting as much as 5 years???? LOL!

Working easy breezy, and no Murphy in sight! I had actually resawn a 12 inch by 32 inch log on the Band saw. ( Proud of that one!) It was time to put a straight edge on the slabs in the flitch.

Then Murphy returned! “Son of a ( you fill in the blank) !”

I had trimmed both edges of my straight edge jig so the center was equal to both edges of the jig. Not enough depth and I cannot move the anchor bolts back as I was planning because they would have no place to stay.

Now I have to build another version. But the side away from the miter slot has to be wider to accommodate 11 inch or wider slabs.

Just another “oh Dah,” moment!

As always comments of humor and edification, or stopping by are welcome!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 05-09-2015 12:29 AM

If I understand this correctly, once you have one side straight go ahead and use the table saw with your fence to make your second cut.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 05-09-2015 12:48 AM


You got it! Just have to get that one side? LOL! Some folks use a jig they run against the fence. I feel that’s to dangerous for ADHD guys like me.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 05-09-2015 02:17 AM

Why screw the slab to a plywood sled and cut a straight edge.

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#4 posted 05-09-2015 02:28 AM


Great idea!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 05-09-2015 01:11 PM

well you know what tom, i was looking to see if our old friend murphy was going to make a showing, but i guess he likes you best, it must be my deodarant…mouth wash , something…i just cant get him to leave your area, you must be doing something pretty special, i would like a picture of you and ole murph, arms around your shoulders…giving each other a great big hug…LOL…make sure you show them pearly white’s…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 05-09-2015 05:20 PM


I don’t think Murphy is”that kind of guy.” More stealthy and mysterious, like moving your tools to a place you know you wouldn’t have set them. Or that silence when you thought you heard someone laughing as you left your shop for the day?


I’m still waiting for the dentist to come up with my pearly whites.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 05-09-2015 08:59 PM

At least whilst Murphy is with you, he is leaving me alone…lol

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#8 posted 05-09-2015 10:37 PM

Maybe it’s his evil south american twin that’s with you?


Thanks for checking in.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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