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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 03-26-2017 04:17 AM 771 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Things I’ve been working on recently

Most recent has been the installation of my new Eclipse 9” quick release face vise. I’m really enjoying the stronger grip and the quick release mechanism, though I’m having to remove the muscle memory that the Rockler quick release mechanism required to engage it. A much smoother vise, and it can handle pretty much any load I’ve given it so far.

Just a note, for whatever reason, the image upload took some of my portrait-style pictures and rotated them 90 degrees counter-clockwise ( except the 1st one, of course, which it rotated 90 degrees CLOCK-WISE ). I REALLY appreciate the help, but I’m too lazy to go fix them. If it gives you a headache trying to translate the rotational axis 90 degrees clock-wise, then quit reading this and go to the next blog where someone with more upload mojo than me does things right. Think of it as interpretive dance. ;-)

As the location changed on where I was going to be doing my work around the vise, I did a little clean up on the end, and put the two back saws on the door of the tool cabinet for ease of access. MUCH better!

I just finished a shooting board. This is Mk II, as Mk I had the bad luck of screwing up the glue-up and getting the face of the dadoed slots facing the wrong way. Rather than trying to pry it apart and re-glue, I figured it was a perfect opportunity to work more on my use of chisel and hand plane router, and this is the result. I’ve got the stops labeled w/ angles vs. numbers because … well, that’s how I’m wired.

And then there’s the sharpening jig for my plane blades and chisels. I make sure I label things because … well, that’s how I”m wired. ;-)

I mounted the saw vise for ease of use. I need to get a piece of rubber to place in the slot so it has a better grip (as designed). But it does a fair job as is. Thank you EBay!

And did I mention that most of the material for this is coming from my scrap pile?

This was originally going to be a cabinet for my drill press area, but I decided I needed something closer to the table saw (around which I do most of my work).

And … a planer cabinet.

Remember me mentioning those Disston saws? I’m working on my sharpening skills, and plan on making one or two a cross cut (don’t have any now, so it’s pretty much working through the motions of converting a rip saw into a cross cut saw, but I’ve got plenty of material to practice on).

Upcoming projects: a long side-table for our living room (yellow pine), a writing desk for my home office (mahogany), and slat shutters for the front windows (cedar or ash, depends). I will try to be more active, as it’s fun to share this, get ideas, and occasionally put something out that someone might like.

I am always encouraged when coming to this site. The amount of talent and imagination that I see every time I browse through this is just this short >< of amazing (okay, sometimes, it IS amazing, but I’ll let y’all work your own ego battles. I have my own demons ;-) ).

Thanks for reading, and thanks for sharing.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-26-2017 11:30 AM

Lookin’ good … you have been busy! Don’t fret about the shooting board … that extra dado adds an artistic flare! I’ve been meaning to make a sharpening jig like the ones above just haven’t pulled the trigger yet … I still fighting with the ruler. Love that Wentworth saw vice … I used cork contact paper to line mine.

Again … lookin’ good!

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#2 posted 03-26-2017 02:04 PM

Thanks, Ron. The extra dado is actually there by design. I was simply following orders. ;-)

I’ve got some cork contact paper, so thanks for the tip!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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