Life as an Amateur Woodworker #24: Slow start

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 08-17-2014 02:23 AM 2064 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I had built up enough tools to complete most tasks, as I said in my last post, I am starting, by erecting fencing, to make more room in the workshop to work on the Kiosko roof, I have been brought to a grinding halt by the lack of a 5/8” drill bit, I have a masonry one, but also need one for wood.

However some of the cutting got underway, I used my sliding compound mitre saw to cut the posts, but I haven’t got a mitre station, so what do I do, to be honest I haven’t even got the space for one, even with collapsing sides, in the workshop, my post are 4m long, so even with a mitre station I would be struggling.

I do most of my big work, on the parking area, which is flat concrete, and conveniently, outside the workshop, so the obvious solution was to improvise:

Two blocks of mahogany with a strip of ply on top, brought the blocks to the exact height of the mitre saw, problem solved, bring on the 6m posts!!! long or short I can cut away to my hearts content, and two wooden blocks take up far less storage space than a mitre station, and cheaper to.

It looks like tomorrow will have to be a trip to Homecenter!

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

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#1 posted 08-17-2014 02:35 AM


It’s a new place, a new house, and you haven’t built up your spare stuff. I might suggest you make some hinged saw horses. My dad made some that were simple. Made with 3/4 stock and screwed together and strap hinges and chains for hardware. They collapsed and could be placed one inside the other and mounted on a wall. I purchased the metal collapsible ones eons ago and they have been my outdoor workbenches for construction, hand planning and of course sanding.

If it’s not too expensive you might want to buy a set of spade bits???? LOL!

The Japanese woodworker of old would find a place under a treee and set up shop. And look what they could do.

Have fun at the Boxstore!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 08-17-2014 11:40 AM


I’m starting to realise that what you say is correct, I think age is catching up with me, I think I have the tool, then remember I did have…when I lived in Spain!

I have a saw horse, made from some of the reclaimed hardwood found in the garden, consequently it takes up no room in the workshop, because it lives outside!

I wouldn’t want to shift it too far, it is too heavy, for a second one I use the rear of my trailer!
I thought I had a good set of spade bits, 1/4” – 1” unfortunately not a 5/8” it’s always the way. As for the Japanese, well I HAVE got one of their saws, excellent bit of kit, but I know what you mean.

Have a good day! :)

never mind it gives me an excuse for a run out on the motorcycle today!

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

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#3 posted 08-17-2014 03:06 PM

My back hurt just from looking at your miter saw setup Phil. I’m glad you’re on to the sawhorse solution now.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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