Rubber Corrosion

Had an interesting experience with the rubber matting I have on the floor in the shed.  A week or so ago, I noticed a bit of an oil pool had gathered under where the SwordSaw was sitting on the edge of the table, and obviously the blade oil was slowly dripping down the blade and onto the floor.

Didn’t think anything of it (other than the mess itself that needed some cleaning up).

Noticed a pile of black,  insect-like flakes underfoot, and wondered where they had come from.  Looking closer, and I realised that it was the floor mat itself, slowly dissolving in front of me.  Guess the floor mat, sold for sheds etc is definitely not petrochemical resistant!!

Triton in stock again

As much as (to the disappointment of some readers) I have moved on from Triton personally, there is a nostalgic moment getting to see them back on shelves.

Has the world moved on too much for them to still prove to be a cost-effective product? That will be an answer for others to answer I think. As close as it got, the brand survived, but I don’t think it will ever recover to its pre GMC position – too much damage done, too much time lapsed.  But for existing owners, at least there is some hope spares can be again sourced (hope being the operative word here), and the Triton router is back.  Pity the original saw has not reappeared – it is still the new Chinese version.

Triton Router Tables

Router Tables – this equipment brings so much early woodworking memories back, even early Stu’s Shed memories.

Dust Buckets

So there is again a smattering of orange around woodworking again.  It will be interesting how sales go, and whether a new generation of woodworkers are encouraged to take up the hobby/passion/obsession because of the brand.

If you are looking for Triton – check your local Carbatec (in Australasia).

There’s a hole in my pocket…

Spent the morning down at Carbatec, drilling lots of holes and screwing in a stack of screws at precise angles and depths 🙂 Even sold some Kreg Pockethole Jigs apparently – bonus!

Drilling Pocketholes

Getting ready, and to the demo was dead simple with the Festool gear – used a couple of empty systainers as tool boxes, secured to the top of the Cleantex and wheeled the whole thing in, plugged in, ready to go. Vac started and stopped with the drill, no dust, very little shavings escaped – it was all good.


I also got to try the Festool drill/driver (T-12) with Ec-tec – rather interesting, with electronic control over the cut-out torque. When the torque exceeded the setting, the drill simply stopped and beeped at you, rather than having that grinding sound of the mechanical solutions of cheaper drills. (Am using my corded Bosch drill in the picture, if that is confusing you!)

So an interesting morning. Be sure to catch future demonstrations – at Carbatec Melbourne on the last Saturday of the Month.

And thanks to the Roving Reporter for the lift while I am still down a car!

Shellac Stick

Tried my hand at making a bit of a shellac stick based on a flimsy memory of what Terry briefly discussed during the Hall Table course.  I got something that vaguely resembled what I remembered of the final product, but it was a rather burnt, small version.  Guessing I should have tried researching it a little better before just giving it a try!

I did pick up a cheap soldering iron that can be dedicated to melting shellac stick into faults, and at under $8, it isn’t an expensive option.

Shellac is great for filling holes and knots (and self-inflicted defects).

The theoretic method is: Start by making a pile of shellac flakes – about a handful on a piece of tin, then sprinkle a conservative amount of metho on it.  Ignite it then mix with a screwdriver until the shellac starts to lightly bubble and cook.  Blow the flames out, then roll the shellac to form a cigar shape.  This is the shellac stick.

To use the shellac, hold the stick over the hole/defect then use the soldering iron to melt the stick so it drips into the holes.  Once hardened (takes a few seconds) it can be sanded, and finished over.  More can be added if required.  The nice thing is that you are not specifically hiding the defect – many, many projects are accentuated by the clever use of defects, and showing a defect off is a great way to really show your skills, and deflect the observer from the rest of the project!

When making the stick, you have some control over the colour/brightness.  The basic rule-of-thumb is simply the longer it is on fire, the darker it gets.

Carbatec Demo Day

Tomorrow is the last Saturday of the month, so that means it is the Stu’s Shed demo day at Carbatec (Melbourne) from 10am to 12pm.  This session I will be running through some of the Kreg Woodworking system, including their pockethole joinery jigs and clamps in particular – and making sawdust!

Kreg Pockethole

Kreg Clamp

If you haven’t seen the advantages of pockethole joinery, come along and get to see the jigs in action.  They are obviously not applicable for all operations, but that is true for any joinery system.

There are full kits with all the possible components you may desire, down to the simplest and cheapest of Kreg Pockethole jigs available – see which is the most appropriate in your workshop.

Not with a Bang, but a Whimper

And thus another career slowly, quietly drains down the plughole.  Not relevant to Stu’s Shed, but rather relevant to Stu!  I signed the contract for my new role, leaving behind 9 years of IT and taking on the position of Facilities Manager for the Faculty of Arts.

A contract signed with my Fire Pen – it may not have been the one that I got as a momento of my recent trip to Denver, but still came from Rockler which was all part of the trip that contrasted so strongly with what I was involved in at the time.

So Monday is the start of my new role – can’t wait to get into it!

Invisible Pens

I know it is hard to see anything in the photo below, but you’ll just have to trust, that like on the battlefield, the pens are actually there.

This is a collection the “Roving Reporter” did as a commission to some currently serving personnel. The acrylic is made locally and is skillfully colourmatched to the actual current camo used in the field.

Camo Pens & Keyrings

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