Archive for October 2014
Here’s the question: can I take the boards from the router to the sander to hand sanding to finish application today? Tomorrow morning would then be the beeswax/mineral oil topcoat, and tomorrow afternoon would be installing the non-skid feet with stainless steel screws, wrapping and labeling. Tomorrow evening … load the cars, and avoid the trick-or-treaters.
And I’m pretty sure the random orbital sander will die today.
Oh, and I have to build the display units in my spare time.
Yesterday’s funk has left me, which is good. I’m through the wall. Now, it’s all about taking my productivity up a notch and getting to the finish line. (HA. I kill me.)
8:20a: in the shop. Time to process the final glue-ups from yesterday and get going with sanding.
10:07a: Done with smoothing on the planer now … but that took too long.
11:02a: 440 edges now rounded. Time to route the handles … but oh NO, the dust collector is full. Time for my dust mask & the worst job in the shop. The result: a 500 ml bag & a 33 gallon bag of sawdust (and no, I have no idea why I’m mixing my measurement systems).
12:15p: 110 handles routed.
12:33p: lunch and errands. I need to restock the ice cream and diet coke. Man does not live by woodworking alone.
2:34p: back to the shop; time to begin sanding. Corners will be rounded, and I’ll clean up the routed edges as well. That’s 220 corners and 440 edges, by the way.
3:43p: Rounding done and coughing begins. Break needed.
4:10p: Sanding with the random orbital sander begins. I start with 80 grit.
5:17p: I may never finish (HA. I kill me.).
7:28p: done with 80 grit. Break.
7:46p: Begin with 120 grit. All the boards, all over again. And I’ll do this with 5 different grits. Why? Because the # 2 comment made about my boards (after “Oooh, pretty”) is “Oooh, smooth.”
8:56p: Done with 120 grit. I’m giving up … and no, I didn’t break the sander, and I didn’t make the finish line today. That will have to wait for another day.
Good thing I have another day.
Staycation: day 5 results:
- 55 boards now sanded through 120 grit
- 12 boards now on hold “for next time”
- zero boards cut for the new display units
Forecast for day 6: a good chance of rain, so whatever I get done tomorrow gets done in the shop. And, I have NO ROOM.
Every significant accomplishment has one: that point at which you question what you’re doing. Is it worth it? Can you do it? Should you do it?
When I ran my first marathon, I hit the wall in the 20th mile.
On my staycation, I hit the wall on day 4.
1:41a: I decide I’m not thinking big enough. I must make more boards.
4:22a: The new display units are vexing me. I need to get those done and out of my head.
7:12a: I go to Home Depot to pick up epoxy, masking tape and boxes to put my finished boards in.
8:35a: in the shop.
9:32a: first glue-up done. I’m relaxing to JT. Life is good.
10:16a: I’m done playing Jenga. I picked up the cutoffs that were “stored” in 7 places and placed them in this newfangled thing I bought: a container. Wow. Organization. What a concept. Now, it’s time to plane and cut to shape the new boards.
11:18a: the planer blades are done. I’ve got new blades waiting for this moment. Unplug the tool. Read the instructions conveniently on the back of the new blades. Unscrew 31 screws, replace the 3 blades, and then put it all back together.
11:50a: had to be done … but I don’t have time for this! But … the planer is now working, and the blades are so sharp, the boards are coming out like I have already sanded them smooth.
1:05p: I’m progressing, but not nearly fast enough. I was supposed to make serious progress on the two new display units today … but I’m just not feeling it. At all. To make the display units, I need to do another deep dive into the lumber pile. No motivation. So, lunch.
2:01p: back to the planer.
4:58p: second glue session almost done.
5:05p: gotta take a break. And a nap. I’m on staycation.
7:40p: back to the shop. Third glue session.
8:41p: lights out.
Staycation: day 4 results:
- 9 more boards picked and processed
- 59 boards now glued up
- 67 total boards now in production
8:48a: enter the shop
9:08a: do a joint test. I snap an end cut. There’s only a 1/4″ glue joint … but it holds. The wood breaks. That’s a good thing: these boards will not be coming apart.
9:48a: first glue-up done
10:24a: first 2 boards picked & processed.
11:32a: throwing things again. Earlier, today.
11:37a: my new plunge router arrives. Now, if I just had time to unpack it….
11:42a: a handle just fell off my table saw. Tool envy, no doubt.
11:55a: I lose at Jenga. As if that’s a surprise. I have NO ROOM.
12:23p: More cut-offs delivered to the curb for mulch. Note to Velda: this is pizza fire starter wood that we’re not using. More pizza is needed!
1:58p: 2nd glue-up of the day done
2:57p: time to dive for more Black Walnut.
3:47p: I’m now out of 8/4 Hard Maple … but my last custom order is ready for glue-up.
5:24p: last board is picked & processed.
6:10p: 3rd glue-up done.
6:17p: shop swept. Music off. Lights out.
Staycation: day 3 results:
- 20 more boards picked and processed
- 28 more boards glued up
- 58 total boards now in production
I have NEVER produced like this!
4:42a: I wake up too early. I dream of the Mondrian-styled serving piece I’ll create today out of some quilted black walnut that I processed yesterday.
8:10a: enter the shop
10:30a: I realized the black walnut I have in rough stock would be great for a board I’m putting together … so I took all 10 pieces of the walnut I put in the rolling cart yesterday and took them out to be processed today. I’m losing my mind in this over-crowded shop.
10:54a: put together the first two boards of the day
11:37a: talked to Dennis, who’s installing the computer system for a broadcaster in Las Vegas, NM. He’s doing fine … but I dump my glue-infused water bowl while I’m talking to him. Clean up, workbench one.
12:12p: second glue up session done
2:18p: back to the shop
3:56p: I begin to throw things. This may not end well.
5:31p: Third glue up session done.
Results, staycation day 2:
- 14 more cheese boards picked & processed
- 23 more cheese boards glued up
7:30a: She: “Are you OK with breakfast in 5 minutes?”
He: “You mean you’re cooking?” Note to self: this could be a good day.
8:25a: Stowed the Mrs M display pieces and Mr M inventory out of the way and began the real work of the day. I know the world has a lot of cheese. The world needs more cheese boards.
8:45a: I start to turn on my saw, but realize the time. Too soon.
9:05a: Dust collection up. Saw on. I have a bunch of new lumber to process, and its going to be a rough ride. The lumber is common grade with a lot of checking (which are cracks in the boards). Cherry, black walnut and ash are all mixed in the pile. Lots of odd sizes. The process begins in earnest.10:22a: # 1 daughter-in-law and # 1 granddaughter arrive. I’m in my hearing protection with dust collection and table saw running, and Payton walks to the middle of the driveway and begins talking to me. I shut down and lose the ear muffs: I need to listen. Of course.
10:37a: First cheese board lumber picked and processed. Glue-ups could now begin … if there was a work surface available in the shop. There is not, nor will there be for a long time.
10:50a: Velda yells at me because she needs access to the garage refrigerator. To do that, she needs to cross into my
garage woodshop. That woman has no boundaries.
11:000a: Little Girl arrives. She’s going to the Pumpkin Patch with Velda & Payton. And my camera.
12:43p: I lay out the 12th board of the day, which is dubbed the USC board, as it has purpleheart and yellowheart as the principal woods. It hurts me a little to make a board for the anti-Bruins … but it’s OK. I’ll just charge them more.
1:08p: The 16th board is also for USC fans. It’ll be end grain. And have a stiffer Trojan tax. I love it when prices go up.
1:23p: I discover that I’m much more out of control than I thought. After a few hours in the shop processing rough lumber, I glance at the dust collector, and see that not only is the lower bag full, it has now overflowed into the upper bag, which stands 50% full. This is a very, very bad thing.
See The Worst Job In The Shop. When I wrote that piece, the dust collector upper bag was perhaps 10% full. And that was bad.
This is worse.
I’m going to get really dirty … after lunch. Good plan. After lunch.
So, no dust collection until after lunch. I can still use the table saw and planer … but the dust will have to, uh, collect on its own.
1:45p: The ladies return with orange squash in hand. I am not offered my camera back.
1:53p: The 20th new cheese board is picked and processed, awaiting glue-up.
2:02p: Lunch. Thank goodness.
2:30p: I am invited to a Mrs M’s Handmade executive session to present the plan for this weekend’s big event: the Saugus High Boutique Fantastique. We have rented a double booth, 10’x20′, which is our biggest ever. We need a plan. We need more tables. We need more stuff.
3:03p: We review the plan, we review the calendar. We have a shopping list and tasks to complete.
3:12p: The ladies decide that Alley is the boss of me. In their complicated female logic, it’s found that Velda is not the boss of me (they got that one right), but Alley is. I do not comment on their conclusion. That is evidence of
increased wisdom due to my experience in handling living with being around … sorry. I am mistaken. Alley is the boss of me, and I should just accept that without comment. Done.
3:24p: The ladies approve me to purchase a plunge router. I need that tool to make good juice grooves for cutting boards, and that is now in my future.
Because I need more stuff in my shop.
Oh, and prices will go up. I love it when prices go up.
3:29p: Back to the shop. And the worst job in the shop.
4:03p: Velda yells at me because I have lumber stacked in front of her freezer. No surprise there: I have lumber stacked everywhere at this point.
4:17p: I discover a rats nest buried behind the lumber behind the dust collector. And a dead rat. The. Worst. Job. In. The. Shop.
4:48p: Finish cleaning up the dust collector. One big bag of sawdust and five medium bags of sawdust are removed from the shop. Oh, and the dead thing, too.
5:03p: Reassemble the dust collector. Thank goodness.
5:22p: Empty the rolling cut-off bin where I put, uh, cut-offs. This stock is 2′ to 5′ long. I remove the softwoods that I no longer have room to store here, and organize the hardwood. I find some great hard maple and a piece of teak that’ll be used tomorrow. I fill the bin with the common stock walnut and the new cut-offs from today. The cut-offs from the last 3 months will continue to be wherever I can stick them.
5:45p: Little Girl and Miss P go to the hockey game to watch E play. Side note: when Auntie Lauren was watching the Kings game this afternoon, Payton asked which of the players was E. Adorable.
5:50p: Christopher arrives. He begins to search for a tool I don’t use. Hahahahahahaha. He doesn’t find it.
6:15p: First glue-up complete.
6:40p: Shop shut down. Time for a shower.
Results, staycation day 1:
- 20 cheese boards picked & processed
- 5 cheese boards glued up