Just for Fun... #69: Sawdust Update and a Not-So-Secret Santa...

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by littlecope posted 01-02-2013 02:42 PM 3368 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 68: Finishing-up the Mitered Box... Part 69 of Just for Fun... series Part 70: Some Tray Play... »

So a New Year has begun!! I hope that you all had some Good Fun during the Holidays…
With some measure of delight (and relief!) the World didn’t end or anything, though on the day scheduled for the event, I had a few concerns… The skies here in New Hampshire took an unusual look while we were out at the Post Office…Strange Sky...

But all was well, and your humble correspondent continued with the proscribed festivities…Christmas 2012...

In the Shop, shortly before Christmas I started yet another box, made in the tried and true fashion…
The only difference this time, was that I got to re-saw an old scrap of wood nice and thin for the sides with the New Band Saw… What a Luxury!!
The finger joints were Scroll-cut once again…Cutting finger joints...Thre sides cut on the latest box...

For the top and bottom panels, I’ve been cutting the dadoes in the sides with my Poor Man’s Router Table,
and lately have thoroughly enjoyed making shavings, while hand-planing the panels to fit…The "Router Table" set-up...Shavings...Yet another box...

The corners of the box were pinned this morning, and the final clean-up begun before the parting cut, top from bottom… That will be exciting, at least for me, because I’ll be using the band saw for that for the first time…
Before I came upstairs to write this, I took a couple of pictures of the shop’s latest incarnation… It isn’t yet perfect, but it has started to reach a certain comfort level…The Shop's latest incarnation...More of the Shop...

But, of course, the Shop is a fluid, ever-evolving creature… especially with new tool acquisitions…
Speaking of which, Brother David, the Patron, the Not-So-Secret Santa, seeing that I had purchased a Band Saw, decided that I really needed another device… It arrived the Friday before Christmas… I was at work, but Debbie said the Fed-Ex Guy was not pleased with having to deliver it!!
But I can tell you, I was and am a Happy Recipient… :)
Thank You once again my Friend!!Brand Spankin' New Planer!!
2 January 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

33 comments so far

View lew's profile


12933 posts in 4361 days

#1 posted 01-02-2013 02:57 PM

Wow, Mike, you must have been a VERY good boy this year! You gotta love Santa David!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View stefang's profile


17039 posts in 3940 days

#2 posted 01-02-2013 03:21 PM

I’m so glad to hear that you are getting more tools Mike and I’m really impressed with David (Patron’s) generosity. A very nice way to start the new year. The box looks great and it will be fun to see it finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View BritBoxmaker's profile


4611 posts in 3642 days

#3 posted 01-02-2013 03:34 PM

Good to see things coming along nicely in your part of the world, Mike. Shop is progressing well and you’re getting well tooled up for the new year.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

View Cozmo35's profile


2200 posts in 3642 days

#4 posted 01-02-2013 04:31 PM

Nothing like having the right tool for the right job. LJ’s are the best!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

View ellen35's profile


2746 posts in 4038 days

#5 posted 01-02-2013 08:58 PM

Happy New Year Mike!
You will be cranking out boxes from old wood thanks to that nice planer.
Now no one’s furniture is safe from your talent.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 3721 days

#6 posted 01-02-2013 09:04 PM

what a great gesture of David being Santas helper :-)

can´t understand he wasn´t pleased with delivering it first time
I know I would have hated trying to deliver twice
what is the waight on this little lunchbox anyway 20kg maximum I gess

just don´t bring those chips to the hot oil not so sure they have the taste your custommers like

happy new year Mike and Deppie

View patron's profile


13694 posts in 3947 days

#7 posted 01-02-2013 10:36 PM

‘when in the course of human events …....’
..... one has a good friend like michael

well you get my drift

some times the phone rings here
and it is him
asking if i’m still alive

i do notice these gestures

we have all watched his rise
from a gaudy formica worktable
to a cobweb filled basement

always sharing
and always with a kind and happy word

when he showed the new bandsaw
i knew there was just one thing left
that would complete his quest (for now)
fortune was with me at that moment
and someone in the amazon
was selling a new planer at a discount

what a way for me to share with a good friend
i was like a kid tracking the movement to him
giddy with anticipation
waiting for him to get it
and feel the joy i feel in our friendship

thank you michael for being here for me
and thank you for keeping me from going into the 1% bracket
that really had me worried

to you and all HAPPY NEW YEAR !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View littlecope's profile


3076 posts in 4108 days

#8 posted 01-03-2013 12:00 AM

Aw Shucks David… :D
Ellen: Concord is more of a “Green” City than Manchester was… In Manch, people could (and did) throw out just about anything. Here in Concord, they’re “not allowed” by ordinance, to throw away furniture or appliances.
Slim pickings around here, but I do keep my eyes open when I go to Work down in Manchester!
Dennis: The package weighed 65 lbs. so about 27-28 kg… He was not a happy camper trying to lug it up the front stairs… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 3721 days

#9 posted 01-03-2013 01:13 AM

then he have nothing to complain about that package don´t even came near to leave the lightest scale :-)

though you better take care when moving it around


View moonls's profile


412 posts in 3592 days

#10 posted 01-03-2013 01:22 AM

Happy New Year Mike! With your ever evolving shop (with Secret Santa’s help!), I look forward to more postings of your creative and well-made projects!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

View gfadvm's profile


14940 posts in 3296 days

#11 posted 01-03-2013 02:41 AM

Mike- Congrats on having a friend like David! They don’t come along often and should be treasured when they do. Your scrolled box joints continue to impress me. Looks like you’re enjoying the bandsaw. Best wishes for the New Year! Let us know how cuttung that top off on the BS goes. I do my on the TS and am always terrified I’ll ruin it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

View Roger's profile


21030 posts in 3410 days

#12 posted 01-03-2013 01:02 PM

Oh yea. Looks like 2013 is gonna be a good year.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

9239 posts in 3526 days

#13 posted 01-03-2013 01:17 PM

Your shop looks great! It is coming along nicely and I love how you refer to it as “ever-evolving.” We are all ever-evolving – so it is a great fit!

The box is really cool. You have me wondering if I would be able to ever make finger joints with the scroll saw. I can cut curves alright, but I don’t think I am very good on the straight cuts. You do have me thinking though! :)

Happy New Year my friend and congratulations on the new planer! David – you are awesome too! Such a positive force here and a great example to many. It was a pleasure to read not only this post, but the wonderful responses from everyone.

Happy 2013!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

View Bob Kollman's profile

Bob Kollman

1798 posts in 3797 days

#14 posted 01-03-2013 03:43 PM

Mike, great start for the new year. Box making will be much easier with your new tools. I thought I’d seen David once around Santas Sleigh, had no idea he was working for the jolly old soul:) The plainer is great for making tons and tons of saw dust in the shop in a very short span of time. Like the pictures of your shop. The only clear work space looks to be the table saw top. Happy New Year!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

View littlecope's profile


3076 posts in 4108 days

#15 posted 01-04-2013 12:42 AM

Andy: I cut the top off this morning with the band saw and I’m almost completely satisfied with the cut… I have to get more light, nearer to the blade!! I lost track of the line I drew, so it came out a little hoopy… but it’s not that bad and still matches perfectly, top to bottom…
Sorry I didn’t have the camera along, but you know how it is… Sometimes, it’s just time to do…
Sheila: I have no doubt that you could cut them!! My cutting isn’t perfectly straight either, that’s why I take a good, coarse file to the joints after they’re rough cut out… It takes me less than ten minutes to cut both ends of each side piece, but it can take another ten minutes to a half hour to get them to jibe with the next side piece…
Ideally with the scroll cut, the blade should split the line inside of the waste area ( as you know)... On these, the closer I get to cutting them right, the less I have to file!!
Mr. Kollman: I have an actual wood working bench in those pictures somewhere, with a vise and everything… What I do, is use the piece I’m currently working on as a tool, to push all the clutter out of my way…

Thanks for all of your comments my Friends, and I do wish you all the Very Best for 2013… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

showing 1 through 15 of 33 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics