Still juggling….

Looks like it will just be MagSwitch (on the Carbatec Stand) and Professional Woodworkers Supplies now, so should be able to lock in some times soon.

Not much else happening above the water – duck’s legs going frantically underneath however with a number of things in process.  Won’t have time for another video until after the show (and once the voice recovers from it!)

Got out to the shed (late) last night – too late to get much done, but did get to sit down, catch a show (rewatching Firefly fwiw), and go through all my containers of screws, nails etc and get them into some sort of semblance of order (at least with the right contents in the right container).  Still want to make some new ones out of wood, but until then, the plastic ones will still have to do.

Oh, and there is some plan to hold a garage sale in early November, so want to go through the sheds to see what tools are no longer required which are taking up valuable space.

Finally, I managed to get back to Carbatec and pick up the velcro disk for the 3 in 1 (converting its disk sander to one with removable paper as well), and some thin, pinned scrollsaw blades for the Triton scrollsaw to see if that improves its functionality.

A quick trial in some MDF that got too close to the blade gave an indication that the new blades do make an improvement, but I still have an overall difficulty in that you cannot manually set the blade tension, and the as-supplied setting is not tight enough.  However, this is aleviated somewhat by getting a much thinner blade, as it doesn’t take as much force to get the required tension.  So the note the blade generated was only a C flat, but at least it could produce a note!

6 Responses

  1. Coincidence – I’ve been rewatching Firefly too. But why have you had to head to the shed to do it?? And what’s this about getting stuff done after midnight? You should try sleeping some time. BFN.

  2. More the other way around – was out at the shed getting some stuff done, and decided to watch Firefly while doing it

  3. Hi Stu,

    Just letting you know that I am very much enjoying your site.

    Been inspired to learn a bit of cabinet making after getting an $18,000 quote to do my kitchen. Reckon I can build a few boxes myself, given enough patience. For $18,000 I can ruin a lot of HMR particle board before I finally get things right.

    Just bought an assembled a Triton 2000 and the matching 235mm saw. It is pretty exciting to be able to make quick and accurate cuts, I must say. I have been frustrated in the past trying to do woodwork with hand tools because my hand-sawing skills are very ordinary. I guess it take a bit of practice. But now I can skip the practice and just make sure I get the table sorted out on some test pieces before I start making my real cuts. It is very cool.

    Oh, I am also a huge Firefly/Serenity fan. (Pretty much all nerds are.) If you like that, check out a short movie on-line called ‘Nailing your wife’. It is a funny ‘PG Porn’ movie – no rude bits. It is both Firefly and carpentry related, so suits Stu’s Shed perfectly.

  4. Hi Clinton,

    I’d be inspired to give it a crack myself for that sort of money! After all, the majority of the kitchen is as you say HMR particle board! What I did with my kitchen cupboard (and I’m assuming you’ve seen my post on it – if not definitely have a search and a read – it is a copy of an article I wrote for Australian Woodworker Magazine) was make all the interior stuff myself, using pockethole joinery to hold it all together – so the glue has a significant mechanical assistance (actually, I can’t remember if I even used any glue at all, but I’m sure it is in the article one way or another), and then spent the money on getting a manufacturer to make the doors and benchtop to order. The doors were vinyl wrap, and the top was laminex with a splashback profile I designed. Sure that cost a bit, but the result matched the rest of the kitchen perfectly, and it was a good place to put some of the project funds, rather than line the pockets of a builder.

    Think the final cost was something like the same as a basic Ikea unit, but had the finish of one that costs something like 4 times as much.

    It is a fun project, and certainly well within the capabilities of the Triton. In fact, and what REALLY annoys me, is I look under the stove when I’m putting plates away, and I can see where the plumber has hacked away to get the fittings in – if I had done that unit myself the result would look significantly better than even what the “professionals” produce.

    Have a close look at some other kitchens, particularly the internal construction – you will amazed just how basic it actually is – even drawers etc are simplicity. There is nothing like the skill level required to build fine furniture, dovetailed drawers etc. If you can take a sheet of material, and rip it accurately to a smaller rectangle (and obviously with the Triton you can), then you are away laughing.

    Have fun!


  5. Hi Stuart,

    I had not seen your kitchen article (only been visiting your site for a couple of week) so thanks for pointing that out. I will seriously consider getting a Kreg pocket-hole jig as it looks ideal for the simple box construction. I hadn’t seen one before reading your article.

    After sniffing around at several kitchen places they all use pretty much the exact same design as you did in your place. The only exception is Impala Kitchens (made famous by their $18,000 quote, $12,000 just for the cabinets) who have a full cabinet top, presumably to add a bit of extra strength to hold up granite benchtops. That $12,000 is for cabinets in what I would call a small kitchen. Our house is a 1969, 13-square, spec home. I can’t imagine what the quote would have been for a modern-size largish kitchen.

    Playing around with my Triton workcentre I had my first experience with the saw ‘kicking back’ an offcut while making a tongue-and-groove joint. I can’t believe how much such a tiny piece of wood could hurt. I have a 5mm x 10mm red mark on my rather amply belly. Luckily I am well padded. I will try to remember to stand to the left of the saw in future. I was too paranoid trying to keep my fingers attached to my hands to think about the rest of my body.

    I will also have to get a dust mask because I sure did snort up a bit of saw-dust this afternoon. Live and learn.

    Got a day-pass from the missus to visit the wood-show this Saturday so hopefully I will catch one of your demonstrations.

  6. Sounds good! see you then.

    One of the best investments (safety gear) that I made was a good heavy leather shop apron. So if the worst case occurs, and you do get a kickback, you have some good armor! Got mine at a wood show one year.

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