Underway again...finally #4: Actual work accomplished...such as it is/was/whatever

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Blog entry by JohnTM posted 11-02-2017 11:37 PM 616 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once again, good intentions were overcome by the exigencies of life (can you tell that I’m an over-educated man of words??? I knew that you could.).

Yup, yup, yup. Little sleep last night due to a continuously barking dog kept me up til 5am which meant I didn’t roll out of bed until nearly noon. Then, “brunch” until 1:30pm with Dad (I live with him and it’s my responsibility to see that he actually eats because that’s when he takes his daily meds…). So, rolled back into the carport only to realize that I needed to make a HF run to buy a couple vertical toggle clamps for a jig.

That took an hour… and yesterday repeats itself. Distraction after distraction ensued until about 5. Finally, I got to work on a jig for the table saw to joint one side of a rough cut board. Slowly. Meticulously – and still I made mistakes, including using the wrong size drill bit to pre-drill holes and using slotted screws rather than Phillips head or square head. This obviously was not optimal, but it eventually got the job done.

Sorry about the straight-on angle…I should have shot it from 45 degrees but I wasn’t thinking.

Anyway… It’s about as basic a jig as you can make. 2 pieces of wood, the top one’s edge nearest the blade is offset 3 inches from the other. 2 vertical toggle clamps are screwed through/to both boards. Clamp the wood to be jointed down and then run it along the table saw fence – voila, 1 straight edge!
I did not originate this design. I saw a Steve Ramsey video describing this jig”.

And that’s the accomplishment for the day.

Simple thing but it’s funny how it gives me confidence for trying something more.
(Have I mentioned I was one of those studious geeks in high school [decades ago] who managed to fail shop class? Seriously. Where the “A” students in the class ended up doing 6-8 projects in one semester, I managed to bork up the only project I worked on – a VERY simple, 5 board, 1 dowel, open-top toolbox similar to this pic.)

Tomorrow is another day… and I have a plan…yeah, a real plan!

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