Cross for my Father In Law #4: Attempted save but ultimately a learning step

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Blog entry by Hrolfr posted 08-01-2008 05:54 PM 1334 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Failure Part 4 of Cross for my Father In Law series Part 5: Success!!! »

SO I attempted to fix the mahogany cross in some of the ways you have all sugested and some may have worked if I wasn’t such an oaf and didn’t baredown to hard and break one of the arms of the cross off. (no not intentional I guess I just pushed to hard).....

But on an up note I purchased a new router and bits this past weekend at the woodcraft sale!!!!! I was wrking on cutting out the cross on a shiny new plank of mahogany earlier this week and blew out the 6 hole plug surge protector that the bandsaw was plugged into this took out half the power in my little shop so I ran an extention cord so I could finish the cuts (2) on the cross but have not been able to use the new router yet.. hope to resolve this issue this weekend at some point and get some pics posted.

As for the broken parts to the maogany cross v1 I will use them as practice and test scraps for some of the suggestions I have gotten on repairing the router burns chips and chewing. So no it really wasn’t a failure just another step in the learning process of this hobby I have recently started…...

I have to take time to thank everyone for posting on my last blog, and reminding me that I am new and that it takes baby steps wen learning something new….. SO thanks guys and gals for your input.


-- Hrolfr

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#1 posted 08-01-2008 08:13 PM

They aren’t mistake, they are educational oppurtunities.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#2 posted 08-01-2008 09:23 PM

Great line Adrian … educational opportunities … Now if I could just remember them before I repeat them.

Hrolfr – “Slow and steady wins the race” I don’t know what that has to do with woodworking, but it sure sounds smart. In the meantime, keep at it cause your willingness to learn is your best skill.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 08-04-2008 04:47 AM

You ever get the feeling the Man upstairs is testing ya….heck I do everyday….hehe…get an electrician buddy over for some bbq and ale and coax them to put in a dedicated 20 amp breaker in your service panel and dedicated outlet to run your new woodworking tools on. If it was me, I would clamp the cross to my workbench and pull out my long Irwin 3/8’s drill bit and eyeball a centerline from one side to the other of the points on the right and left arm. pour alot of titebond 3 in the hole and gently work a long dowel with a mallet in there from one side to the other to back up the arms. the way the grain is running at the narrowest point makes it the easiest spot to break. You have never seen a karate guy chop a board with the grain running horizontal to his hand.. :) Could also use butterflies or pocket hole screws on the back…to back up that spot…

Be well and God Bless…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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