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Blog entry by robscastle posted 11-08-2019 08:57 AM 743 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well its Day 3 and I got stuck into the slab big time.
A series of preparatory activities were required before I was able to do any actual work.
I thought they may be of interest so I have included them.

No1 Was the leveling of the work surface.
No2 Mounting the router in the sled
No 3 fitting guide rails and aligning the slab on the table.

How I did it (apologies to Anieia McGuinnesss)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFVBsobIdUE

No 1 Leveling of the work surface.
As my drive way is not level and slopes out the gate and to one side I needed a level accurate surface to work on this includes later when I do the epoxy pour.
I used four blocks of wood under the table legs to make sure it was level.

The actual establishing a level took some time and I achieved it by boring forstner bit holes in the blocks and checking the levels, then boring each block out to achieve my desired result, all a bit fiddly but I eventually got there.

next it was

No2 Mounting the router in the sled.
I mounted the router in the middle of the sled but in reality I should have off set it for a more practical application. Mainly reaching out to the edges would have been better even if it ment reversing the sled.
Inside the sled you may see my router base template, I used it to mark out the mounting holes.
I marked out five points and predrilled and countersunk the four to fit the screws.
The center opening I used a hole saw to allow the router bit to fit through.
I have a planner bit which works well so I resurrected it from my router bits box and fitted it to the unmounted router then fitted the unit to the sled, good to go.

Next was:-

No 3 fitting the guide rails and aligning the slab on the table.

After a few experiments on best fit and use of the slab I chose the flattest surfave and set it on the table.
I use a few wedges to align and stabilise the slab for best fit.
I then fitted the sled guide rails around the slab.
I used some dressed pine for this and cut sections to suit the profiles.
they are fixed with screws from underneath.

Now the actual work

I set the planner depth using the shallowest spot and then moved it about to see how much material would be removed on high spots. Then adjusted it for about 4mm depth of removal of material worst case.
The first run left a few untouched areas on the slab so I readjusted and replaned.
I did about 3 runs until I had a neat almost featherless result.
I estimate about 10 to 12 mm of material was removed worst case.

Then I rolled out the dewalt ROS and began sanding.
It didn’t take too long to realise that the smaller Dewalt it couldn’t cut the vegemite.

So out with the Metabo, This is similar to the one I donated to Mike acg and somebody took it upon themselves to pinch, (hint hint)

I started with 40 G worked myself up to 80G the a final touch up with 150g things went very smoothly here for now, may possibly require more later.

The result.

OK looking good so far however I had to stop mid way sadly my woodworking buddy Wally died while I was away in Sydney and his funeral was today.

Wlodzimierz Sznajder

I need to digress here as he is worth a special mention
I met “Wally” (not sure why he was called Wally however he lived nearby in the home he bought for his wife and family many years ago. Had a working wood shop under his house of which to me was a treasure trove of tools and timber. I never met his wife as she had passed on before I came on the scene. Wally used to walk past on his way going to the shops and stop for a chat on world events for hours a most fascinating man.

Wally lived to age 99 and his son Mark advised at the Eulogy he got up, did his morning routine, cleaned his teeth and departed.

Within my blogs there are many references to him, the tools that I either bought or he gave me, and lots of the timber I have came from him also and he was the subject of many of my blogs. however no more after today..

Back to the slab.

some closing shots.
Its the duck side if you wondered

I tried to show the grain effect by wetting it down but its so hot here at the moment it dried faster than it took me to get the phone out of my pocket.

looking good for taping filling and then epoxying. At a time later

stand by!!

-- Regards Rob



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crowie

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#1 posted 11-08-2019 09:14 AM

Looks good Rob.
Thank you for showing the table and skies setup.
Will you fill the cracks with epoxy or acrylic??

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 11-08-2019 10:40 AM

great set-up rob
always amazes me how things seem so easy in thought
yet the details always ask for more

sad to lose a friend

yet we continue on

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

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#3 posted 11-08-2019 02:29 PM

That is coming up a treat rc...

However, the tag of Furniture is a misnomer… until it’s finished it’s still a piece of wood... As I pointed out to a former boss of mine that was making a fishing rod for his kid for Xmas… Until he puts the guides and reel on… it’s still a stick... then he fired me!

I know it’s a bit extravagant, however, if you manage to sell enough Sungaka boards, maybe invest in a Fe$tool ROTEX... they not only cut vegemite but morph anything else into that spreadable tar (said with affection as I love that stuff)... The only complaint I’ve heard about them, other than maybe $-price-$, was from people that don’t own one.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 11-08-2019 05:00 PM



That is coming up a treat rc...

However, the tag of Furniture is a misnomer… until it s finished it s still a piece of wood... As I pointed out to a former boss of mine that was making a fishing rod for his kid for Xmas… Until he puts the guides and reel on… it s still a stick... then he fired me!

I know it s a bit extravagant, however, if you manage to sell enough Sungaka boards, maybe invest in a Fe$tool ROTEX... they not only cut vegemite but morph anything else into that spreadable tar (said with affection as I love that stuff)... The only complaint I ve heard about them, other than maybe $-price-$, was from people that don t own one.

- LittleBlackDuck

I don’t complain about festool – if’n I wanted one I’d just spray some green paint on any one of my DeWalt tools – done deal ‹(•¿•)›

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 11-08-2019 05:04 PM

Rob, I’m sure you know that if you fill with resin you’ll need to tape the underside or you’ll have resin all over the floor.
can hardly wait to see what’s going to come of all this work.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 11-08-2019 05:52 PM


..... if n I wanted one I d just spray some green paint on any one of my DeWalt tools – done deal ‹(•¿•)›
- recycle1943

That’s a fair deal ’cycle’... after all, the green paint would probably be worth twice as much as the DeWalt tool… and if you carefully hand painted it on, 10 times!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 11-08-2019 10:47 PM

Beautiful wood…

COOL jig you made to Level it!

Sorry about you losing Wally… :(

Keep on a chugging… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php

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#8 posted 11-09-2019 01:41 AM

Looking good Robbo, real good, have you worked out what species of eucalypt it is???

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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robscastle

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#9 posted 11-09-2019 03:55 AM

From all accounts, and I am no tree expert, its obviously the Gum family thats for sure.
Evidence, I saw, bark etc point to River Gum, or Swamp Gum and any AKA names also confirmed by Grant later.

Eucalyptus camaldulensis, commonly known as the river red gum, is a tree that is endemic to Australia. It has smooth white or cream-coloured bark, lance-shaped or curved adult leaves, flower buds in groups of seven or nine, white flowers and hemispherical fruit with the valves extending beyond the rim.

made only on the bark colour no leaves or any appendages left when I picked it up !

-- Regards Rob

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anthm27

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#10 posted 11-09-2019 04:11 AM

Hay your supposed to be outside hard at it, not relaxing indoors and surfing the net.

Oh well , if your having a smoko break here’s some “Red Gum” for you,

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aXaczfR_lo0

EDIT and Mikeacg if your reading mate, I,m not sure if you’ve ever seen or heard that band, I think you’ll enjoy the clip

Cheers Ant

-- To be a true artist one must stick to their own thought process

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crowie

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#11 posted 11-09-2019 09:47 AM

Always an appropriate song especially when we are coming up to Remembrance Day though specifically written about the young blokes who were sent to Vietnam.
But we will remember them all, lest we forget.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#12 posted 11-09-2019 04:34 PM

Anthony,
I’m stalking you Aussies so I don’t miss much! Never heard of Red Gum but I’ll know a lot more about them before the day is out! The guy in ‘Poor Ned’ is the spitting image of a good friend on mine… I wonder if he’s older than we all think… (or a vampire?) Ha ha ha! Wait until I show him that!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#13 posted 11-09-2019 10:09 PM



From all accounts, and I am no tree expert, its obviously the Gum family thats for sure.
Evidence, I saw, bark etc point to River Gum, or Swamp Gum and any AKA names also confirmed by Grant later….
- robscastle

Perfect example of a LOSR (Log On Side of Road)...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#14 posted 11-09-2019 10:25 PM

Well speaking of road kill its also probably a SAV2RIT2! variety.

Stops Victorian Vespa Riders In Their Tracks

Oh spoiler alert…I have already picked out your Chrissie present

I want to see the next you in them for your next you tube flick

Better kit up and go buy mine now please

Oh BTW do you want me to gas it up for you? I am pretty good at trying to put dieso in petrol motors!!

-- Regards Rob

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crowie

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#15 posted 11-09-2019 11:13 PM

If you’re going to get a scooter Rob, how about one of these?
Go hard or go home for sure!

https://newatlas.com/the-worlds-fastest-scooter-unveiled-75-bhp-850cc-v-twin/6632/

https://motorbikewriter.com/aprilia-srv-850-scooter-review/

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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