Old Friends and New.

I had a chance to finally get my shop cleaned up, so I figured I take a few pictures while things were looking good.

First, I don’t know how many people use these aerosol sprayers, but I’m totally hooked. I stumbled across the recommendation on owwm.org (aka the best site on the internet), and picked one up earlier this year.

I found one on ebay for around 30 bucks, and picked up a gallon of wd40. You just fill it up 2/3 with your solvent, and then pressurize it.. I know it sounds stupid, but spraying wd40 out of a can is for chumps once you realize this thing is around. It puts out such thick, fine mist, you just want to keep on spraying things. I usually just walk around the shop once every few weeks and lay a coat of wd40 on anything that’s metal. Really enjoyable.

I made it to WIA (woodworking in america) in october, and was able to pick up a few things I’ve had my eye on the past couple years.

A bronze No.4:

Bronze low angle block plane:

And the Galbert Drawsharp! Pete didn’t know it, but talking to him was the highlight of the weekend. It was also great to talk with Tim Manney, and I put my name on his list for his upcoming adze.

Some other additions to my shop include the new(ish) dewalt brushless 20v drill and impact driver. I had dropped my drill a few years ago and bent the spindle slightly. I had been eyeing some of the festool drivers, but frankly, these are really nice and waaaaaay cheaper.

The new 20v is much smaller than the old 18v (and much lighter).

Since we entering winter, I also picked up a shop heater.  I generally can deal with the cold pretty well (I live in Nashville, after all. It doesn’t get that cold down here), but I had a couple glue up issues last year due to low temperatures, and that’s annoying.  I don’t need to bring the temperature in the shop up to 70 degrees, but getting it to like 50F would make for reliable glue-ups I think.

Now that I’ve got the heater, my 3-legged cattle dog mix likes to hang out inside the shop a little more often.

Oh yeah.. Moved those book cases inside. I’ll write up a longer entry on them once I get the glass installed.  Laminated safety glass is EXPENSIVE.

– Matt

Everything and Nothing.

That’s what I’ve been up to.  I don’t nearly get the time I *need* out in the woodshop these days.  So, I’m going to condense some things that I’ve been meaning to post separately.

First, a new dovetail saw! I bought a badaxe tenon saw back before it was cool to have one (subtle gloat), and I finally got around to ordering a dovetail saw from Mark as well. There wasn’t anything wrong with my veritas dovetail saw.  But man, this one sure is pretty.  Cherry handle, stainless back, stainless sawnuts.  I was going to get the 12” dovetail hybrid saw, but I’m glad I went with the 10”.  This thing is plenty agressive (re: sharp).  

Cuts like a dream.  What have I been dovetailing?  Well, I’m almost done with a 5-drawer shaker table.  Just need to put bottoms in the drawers and throw some knobs on.  One of these days…

I picked up a top section to my toolbox on black thursday, which necessitated some rearranging in the shop.

Also: don’t buy driver heads at harbor freight.  This is just the first three that snapped in a row.. I think I went through 7-8 within 10 minutes.

I’ve done a few other things as well, and have plenty coming up.  Moxon vise, benchcrafted criss-cross, etc.. But we’ll see when I can get some time ;-).

– Matt