Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Strip Time...

HI Folks
Thought I'd make the "sap covering" strips for the table project last night. Dug out a suitable piece of walnut, planed it smooth and squared an edge. Then wandered over to the bandsaw to rip it into 1/4 inch thick strips.
At this point my brain says "hey, wouldn't it be great if you had some fancy featherboard to hold the stock firmly against the fence?" A grand idea, one that was inspired by a visit to a buddys workshop recently (stand up Waka!). So the next half hour was spent fashioning said featherboard instead of making genuine progress on the table. But I do now have a smart little accesory.
It is attached to the table using the mitre gauge slot and applies a good amount of pressure to keep the stock firmly up tight to the fence. This means a more consistent cut and a safer way to work for me - my hands can stay well clear of the blade. It's one of those things that you can't believe you did without. Needless to say it will be getting a lot of use in the future!
I did finish making the strips and then cleaned them up with a plane. Today I'll glue them on and then we can get on with actually "making" the table. At last.......
Today the day the shoulder plane goes to its new owner. I might have to pass by Pennyfarthing Tools just to console myself.....;)


Anonymous said...

Phil, very nice fixture for your bandsaw! Thanks for mentinoning Pennyfarthing Tools - had to Google that and it is a very cool website. Looks like an interesting place to visit!

Thanks for your input at Lumberjocks.


Philly said...

It's a very handy jig. I can see me making some for the router table, too!
Pennyfarthing Tools was good - I'll post som epics of my finds later ;)