So, while it was a tough decision to get rid of the old tablesaw and spring for a new one, I’ve decided that I will keep one memento. I’ll be switching out the fence for the Biesemeyer that was attached to the old saw. In most cases, the fence makes the saw, and I think this will be an improvement here. The fence on this saw has a bit of flex in it. To make up for it, they’ve added a rear locking mechanism, but that’s a bit less convenience than I’m accustomed to. Plus it is in the split-rail style that has become popular among the home center set. Great for shipping purposes. Not overly useful for my purposes.
But while I was in the process, I decided to make some repairs on the fence that were nagging at me. The corner of the fence nearest the operator was beginning to delaminate and some of the plywood plys had begun to work loose and splinter away. It was quickly throwing a good fence out of square. Time to replace the fence board.
Here’s the start of my mobile tablesaw base. I’m riffing off of this design.
Started by dismantling the saw, as is my habit.
Well, I finally had to throw in the towel on my old, second-hand, auction-bought tablesaw. It was my first tablesaw, and I hoped it would be my second-to-last tablesaw, too. My goal was to make it last until I bought “The Last Saw I’d Ever Own.” You know: the 3HP, 52-inch capacity cabinet saw that would have to be dropped in place by crane and not moved again until 2 weeks after my funeral. Read more
New lights to brighten things up:
So my virtual shop took one step closer to reality, this weekend. Step 1 was the lumber rack. Step 2 is to build shelving on the opposite wall so that I could house everything that isn’t woodworking related. After -20° weather had me trapped indoors and going a bit stir-crazy, we finally had a couple weekends warm enough to get out in the garage. In fact, a few of the days were downright pleasant, melting much of the snow away.
So, the plan: sturdy, built-in, floor-to-ceiling shelves in the 15″ strip of space between wall and garage door. Unfortunately, before I could do that, I had to vamoose the little pine slat shelves that were holding garage junk. These shelves have traveled with us since college days. They are now bound for the basement where they will hold basement junk rather than garage junk.
So, before things get better, they got much, much worse:
I’ve been researching a forum post by Howard Acheson today that has alerted me to some information that might have an impact on you — especially if you sell wooden toys. Because some of it is time-sensitive, I thought I’d get it into a blog post ASAP:
There’s been increasing alarm over the looming implementation of certain parts of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The CPSIA was enacted in reaction to the 2007 lead scares that were tied to children’s toys and other products being imported primarily from China.
Among other things, the act, passed in August 2008, requires that manufacturers test and certify that any products intended for children aged 12 and under meet federal requirements for lead and phthalate content. Read more
I’ve been picking away at it slowly as I wait for the truck to warm up in the morning. (Craig, when I’m late for carpooling, this is my excuse.)
But I managed to make some good leaps over the weekend. I’m tackling storage first. Mostly because I need some room to walk in order to get any other serious organization done. So, I got rid of some stuff that needed getting-rid-of. And I built a very sturdy lumber rack (You can find the simple plans in WOOD’s Best-Ever Woodworking Jigs, Homemade Tools & Shop Organizers pub. BEWJHTSO, for short).
Things are looking up. They’re no longer calling me “Hard-Luck Luke” around here. If you read my last post, you’ll remember that I was left with no working computer, a busted tablesaw motor, and a long weekend.
Things took a huge turn this past week:
1) I made a trip to Boston where I got to assist Bob H. in interviewing a certain famous woodworker (2 hints: name rhymes with “form.” First letter: N). Read more
… Deep, dark depression! Excessive misery! If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all! Gloom, despair, and agony on me!
The folks around the office are getting tired of me whining that my home computer is out of commission. A lot of you are saying, “so what? It’s just a computer.” Please bear in mind that, as a multimedia editor, this is the equivalent of going from a 5-packs-a-day habit to a cold-turkey-quit. I’m an unrepentant addict. Read more
Though none of the models represented the exact tools I have, they are close enough that I can do a rough layout of my garage/shop. (A recent move leaves me with a blank slate for a shop. I’ve yet to get organized, but I’ve made a little progress since this entry.)
The nice thing about doing a shop layout in Sketchup is that it is much easier to visualize the results than it was with the little gridded paper and the xeroxed tool icons.