Trick or Treat

Happy All Hallow’s Day from Stu’s Shed

Double Rabbet

Had a quick try of the twin rebate bit (in this case the one for the thin glass (3mm))

Picture Framing Bit

Took it in a couple of passes, but the bit didn’t have any problem anyway, and the finish was good.  Particularly given this is meant for the back of the picture anyway.

Twin Rebate

The principle behind the bit is to cut two rebates at once.  The first (narrower) one is for the glass, the second is for the backing.  You could certainly do this with two bits, or two fence positions, or two different sized bearings, but if the intention is to make a few frames, getting to do it all at once saves a lot of effort, and ensures consistency from job to job

Chinese Manufacture

It is hard to keep straight in my own mind opinions of overseas manufacture, especially from new centres of world manufacturing such as India and China.

On one hand, so many products sold are in the cheapest shops (and not so cheap but should be) come from China, and this significantly tarnishes the country’s manufacturing.  On the other hand, a country’s manufacturing that can produce products such as the iPhone has the proven ability to hit the highest marks.

So why do they tarnish their reputation to produce goods at the highest level, with so much produced at the lowest?

So yes, I do have a bias, and when I read this article by John of Bridge City Tools I was inclined to believe it, but don’t let my opinion bias whether you feel the story is also credible.  If the article is true, and unbiased, then it again reflects sadly on the quality of products produced by some Chinese industries.

And just because it is mildly interesting, there is hardly a day that goes by that I am not contacted by a Chinese manufacturing company offering to produce for me all manner of products – wire, nails, bearings, castings, plastic extrusions etc etc.  Again, perhaps this also negatively influences my opinion of their manufacturing industry.  I hate spammers, so a manufacturing industry that uses spamming as a legitimate marketing tool is only going to receive my contempt.

Guess Stu’s Shed is about to be banned in a certain country.  Think I can afford to drop 1.3 billion of the world’s population from being shed readers – and the 3 from there that actually read this site.

Router Bit Kick

On a bit of a kick at the moment, each router bit is like a new tool because they work so differently one from another – some do edging, some shaping, some copying, rebating etc etc.  And there are so many interesting ones out there 🙂

Some that have recently caught my attention, and will be covered individually shortly are some Flai bits, to see how they perform compared to the brands I am currently useful.

Computer Depiction of a Flai Router Bit

I haven’t tried the Flai bits yet – I have a couple, and will be interested to see if they, and particularly their edges perform as well as their saw blades.

Double Rebate

This bit is one of the new ones in the Carbatec range – a double rebating bit.  It is used for picture framing, as it cuts a rebate for the glass (either 3mm or 6mm depending on which of the 2 you choose), and a second, wider rebate for the backing board.

One very useful addition for bearing guided bits is a set of bearings of different sizes.  This allows fine-tuning of how the bits work, increasing their versatility even further.

You can buy a set of bearings – there is a set in CMTs range for example

791-703-00 Bearing Set

But for the price, there is a better way: a rebate bit that includes a set of bearings.  The CMT bearing set is $77, for $22 more you get the full rebate set.

835-001-11 Rebate Set

However, what really caught my eye (when I was shown it by a friend) is

The Grand Rabbet Set

835-503-11 Grand Rabbet Set

Now it may not look as impressive in the photo here, but that is in part because you don’t have a scale reference.  The rebate (or rabbet in American) bit itself is 2″ in diameter.  What’s more, those are not bearings in the box – they are a kind of sleeve.  And the concept is significantly cool.  Instead of having a whole set of actual bearings in the range of sizes seen here (which would be very expensive), these are solid, machined sleeves that fit a bearing top and bottom so they run exceptionally well. The bearings themselves are replaceable (if it ever is needed) at a comparatively low cost.

With the cutter at 50.8mm (2″), there is also a sleeve that is the same diameter, turning the rabbeting bit into the largest flush-trim bit/pattern copying bit that I have ever come across.

Looking forward to getting to try the kit out – bring on the rabbet stew!

My Future Shed?

Found this on the web – looks like a joke….but does it actually have some merit?  Cost is good.  Ability to fill the walls with insulation is good.  Clad it with reclaimed factory wall steel.  I’m not sure if it is such a shocking idea as it first looks!

Future Shed Extension?

Also found this sculpture – rather cool idea I thought

Get a Grip

And finally, what we all knew (and pretend to ignore)

Choosing Colours

All found on various Cheezburger sites

Ancient New Zealand Kauri

New Zealand Kauri – Agathis australis-  a timber sought through the ages, whether it be for ship masts and spars, workbenches, house stumps, or these days, digging out Kauri trees that had fallen into swamps which are found and excavated, sold as swamp Kauri.

Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) is a Kauri, 45m tall, 13.8m girth, but is no match for the trees of old, felled in days of old, with girths measured between 21 and 23m in girth.  Imagine those puppies as slabs. Or rather than imagining…….

Grain patterns so intense you could surf the waves

Woodshow Stand

Some more photos from the Stu’s Shed / Torque Workcentre stand at the wood show in Melbourne

Still no photo of the chainsaw mount (it is coming, and will be here before Christmas!), but a shot of the cool 12″ Hitachi drop saw mounted on the TWC on a purpose-designed tool mount.

SSYTC038 Bodging

While visiting, my Dad showed me some quick videos he had shot at a recent bodging demonstration in New Zealand, so have spliced them together here for your viewing pleasure.

I found the hook knife particularly interesting – rather than hacking in to remove the material, this provides a lot of control over the cut.

Surfacing a Burl

This video was shot on a low definition phone camera at the recent wood show, so sorry about the quality, but it is hopefully interesting just the same.  This is the burl that I am making the desk clock from.

Xmas in October

Have my olds visiting from NZ, and we decided to have a bit of a quick Xmas day while they were here, rather than the norm phone version on the day (we’d do it by Skype or something, but NZ no longer has a telecommunication network worth talking about- Australia may be bad, and needing the sort of upgrade that the NBN is promising, but NZ is second rate compared to that by the sounds.) So a nice way to deal with the distance 🙂

Since Dad is now a new tablesaw owner, I gave him a once over on operating a tablesaw safely- ripping & crosscutting, blade selection, featherboards.

Hope he has enough baggage allowance! He now has a Wixey Digital Angle Gauge, 4 ” dust extractor, couple of cheap blades (looking to get him a Flai U) and a new MagSwitch Pro Featherboard and Vertical Attachment (one of the new kits which includes the risers).

Once you start looking at what I’ve actually got, I might be tightly packed in, but I still have a pretty excellent setup out there! It also just shows just how much I have picked up about woodworking over the last 10 years.

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