Woodworking projects under way. #19: The inlay set has arrived. Pattern laid out and cut for the template.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 08-19-2011 07:34 PM 7802 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In what little time I had to work with it over the last few evenings, I have drawn up the pattern for the inlay in 3/16” tempered hardboard. cut it out, and started sanding it smooth. I am close, but not exactly where I want to be with this template, a little bit more work and I should be right where I want to be…

Now comes the fun part… Setting the depth for the plunge router base… This has never been a process I am particularly fond of. The idea is to start the router with the bit not touching the stock, and then simply plunging into the cut in 3 stages. In the lid I need to go 5/16, in the inlay, I want to go 3/8”. I will sand the ~1/16” down flush and want the insert proud so that I don’t end up having to sand down the main part of the work piece.

I need to make the template for routing the bore for the tags as well. I found the epoxy I was looking for. It’s the stuff you see on bar tops, but I found a smaller quantity than the bar top size… (Can you believe they sell clear epoxy in gallon jugs?!)

I was also informed that we have visitors coming over on Saturday. So much for shop time.. Oh well. Maybe Sunday, who knows?

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 08:54 PM

Waiting waiting waiting for pictures. By the way, where did you get the epoxy?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 04:37 PM

The Marine Epoxy I use all the time for projects including my cedar canoe are from Comes in easy dispensing pump bottles. They also have great fillers too.

-- Chris- Homebuilder and Woodworker, Love the smell of cut wood.

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 08:14 PM

I don’t have the epoxy yet, but the stuff I found was on Amazon. (I found it, just don’t have it in my hands yet) I believe my local Ace Hardware store has the same stuff…

I’ve been under the weather with some sort of summer flu that has been running around my office. Been @ home since getting sick at work on Wednesday… Nothing shop wise getting done right now. It stinks. All this time at home, and I feel too lousy to go out into the shop…

My supervisor was out sick last week, and the guy that sits across the aisle from me since Tuesday, I am blaming them for making me sick… Dr. said to stay home for at least 24hrs after the fever breaks. I am not sure if it broke yet as I am taking Day Quil, but my temp is finally down as of an hour ago… Been hovering right around 99.8 – 100.4 for 2 days… ICK….

I have this stack of projects to do too… Vacation time coming up in just over a week, so I better hurry up and get better. I want to spend some more time on the beach. Even if I am just sitting under an EZ Up studying my admins guide, I need to get out of town for a day or so! I’d like to go put the Canoe in and go fishing, but around here, I need bow / stern covers to keep from having the surf swamp me. And the Brazos river is awfully low this year so I can’t go there…

I will probably finish my new mortiser table before I finish this urn… But chances are, they will both get worked at the same time…

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 05:06 PM

I think I have a rather strong immune system…and my bag of tricks to control the symptoms and the course of viral infections is extensive. Hence, I don’t lose work due to viruses. I hesitate to say much about methods, for many reasons.

Regarding vacation, I would say that vacation and weekends off are essential to surviving in my job. Don’t think I have run into anyone in recent years who doesn’t take 6 to 8 weeks off a year, once they are out of training. In the old days, physicians frequently didn’t take much vacation. But the stress levels are so high now, that it has become a necessity. Medicine is nothing like it used to be.

When I was young or in training…(anything below 35 is young for a physician, and most don’t finish their training until after age 30) I did a lot of inexpensive vacationing. Camping, canoeing, skiing, hiking, fishing, etc. The more expensive vacations came as I got out of training and started going off to conferences, and courses to teach new methods. I nearly always combined vacations with that kind of travel.

Sometime in my forties, I learned to stop pushing myself when I wasn’t working. That was a major transition in the way I did things. It was forced on me by aging and the consequences of overwork. Meaning overwork either on or off the job. Finding the setpoint for both work and recreation is not easy, sometimes we don’t have good control of the conditions, and it is a moving target with advancing age and rising expectations in the workplace, and even in our hobbies.

So I guess I am saying, be sure to get some down time. Don’t make the shop a workplace. If you make most of your gifts, and you are doing a lot of home improvement using the shop, it can become workplace and a stressor. However, it sounds to me that you like using the shop for those functions, and I have done the same over the years, except I never did fine woodworking. But I made some pretty neat gifts and household objects there. Now, with age, I am careful to keep my hobbies kinda unstructured. That was a major shift for me, hard to learn, but necessary.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 08-27-2011 05:09 PM

Oh, I am on call this weekend, no shop work yesterday. But today I am hoping to work some on installing a vise in my multifunction bench….tricky. Got a couple of things to blog about as well. This Thursday leaving for La Conner after work for 10 days vacation….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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