Life as an Amateur Woodworker #6: Back to Basics

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 11-11-2013 12:54 PM 1406 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The last couple of weeks, I have learned how lazy I had become as a Woodworker, having had a workshop which had just about every tool a hobby Woodworker could wish for, and then going to nothing and having to start again, has made me realise how lucky I was, and also how blasé I had become.

The last couple of weeks, I decided to ‘improve’ my table saw top, by putting in a second dado rail, fitting inserts for the saw blade, and making a cross-cut sled, simple you might think!

The table saw inserts were fine, I cut out a bigger hole for the blade using my jigsaw,routed the rebate for the 4mm MDF inserts, and then cut out half a dozen inserts, and using the disc sander refined them to fit, so now I have spares.

I already had one dado channel but to ensure stability for the Sled, I decided to cut a second, I should have done this initially, and then I would not have made such a basic mistake, however experienced you are, you live and learn, but I squared the second dado to the blade, instead of the first rail, and consequently they are slightly out of true, enough that when I made the Sled, the runners jam before the blade is fully through the cut.

If this were to be a permanent tool in my arsenal, I would fill in the first dado and re-cut it, but as it is only a fill in until I get my new workshop sometime in the new year…I hope! I have done a bodge job, and by trimming one of the rails on the sled, it now runs far enough to complete the cut. The sled itself was made out of scrap leftovers, so it is functional but not pretty.

This has given me a kick up the backside, and reminded me of a conversation with a friend many years ago, who’s hobby was metalwork, he told me that he was more than happy to leave the woodwork to me, because if he made a mistake, he just welded the metal back together and started again, with wood… :(

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

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 06:18 PM

Been following your posts. Very interesting experiences.

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 11:38 PM

Thanks Kittu, it is certainly an eye opener, but getting back to basics is no bad thing, hopefully it will make me better at what I do, it helps having more patience now I am older!!! :)

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

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