Episode 92a Enter the Dado

Episode 92A Enter the Dado

A short (approx 5 min) version of the dado video, on the Amana Tool Dado from Toolstoday.com

Spa Wars

I wasn’t originally planning on mentioning it here, but as the eBay sale fell through (original buyer reneged), I have to relist the spa pool I am selling (all part of the great cleanup!)

So if you are interested in a spa pool, and are somewhere in the vicinity of SE Melbourne, this one is available. Auction starting at 99c – more details over on eBay.


There is also a 14′ above-ground swimming pool, but you’d better be quick – there is only 10 minutes left!

A Question

This has been bugging me for years, but not enough for me to get around to actually finding out the answer.

When you buy DAR (dressed all round) softwood, it typically comes with faint grooves running the length of the timber.  (These are about 1mm apart).

Other than the possibility it is used to identify soft wood from hard, why are the grooves there, and how are they produced?  Grooved blades on the thicknesser I assume.  But to what benefit?

One brand is laserwood, but these days if you google that, all you get are countless ads for laser engravers!

When dust bags turn bad

Who knows what drives a dust bag to a life of crime, of living on the darker side of life, of resenting their role and walking away from their responsibilities.

Whatever it is, the results are very obvious if and when your dust bag turns bad.



A Welcome Surprise

Headed down to Masters today to buy some paint while we prepare our place for the rapidly approaching move.

While standing at the paint shop, choosing the paint we were buying, we were approached by a staff member, who asked us what we were working on.

“Painting the house”.

“Sounds like a great Aussie Day project – here’s a $20 Masters voucher”

Very cool – Thanks!

The Right Tool

One of the lessons I learned from the old man (hi Dad 🙂 ), who in turn got it from my grandfather, is the benefit of purchasing the right tool for the job, when you need it. You then have that tool the next time, and the time after that and so on.

It is also worth buying quality – as much as you can afford. I have no idea, for example, how many pop rivet guns I bought (or used) over the years, and each one only lasting a job or two before failing. Once I discovered the accordian pop riveter, I was hooked, and it pops rivets all day long without failing, and is a pleasure to use to boot. Sure it is heavy, but you can put your whole body weight behind it to really drive a stubborn rivet home.

It also holds true for the caulking gun I bought a number of years ago – still a perfectly capable tool today, and working without failing, needing replacement etc.

While finishing off the post removal with the chain hoist reminded me of this – I bought the chain hoist a couple of years ago for a specific job, and it has sat there for quite a while now. But when it came to the post removal, it was the perfect tool for the job. I started using rope from a tree to the hoist, and then around the post. The rope was strong enough, but in this application there was just too much elasticity in the rope. Replacing the rope with chain, and the full power of the hoist was able to be transferred into the post. Good for me, bad for the post!


Chain Hoist

As the force of the winch was transferred into the post, you could feel the tension in the hand chain – not that it was difficult to keep winding the winch with it – the power multiplier is quite impressive. The post got to a point, then there was that incredibly deep powerful crack sound, that only timber can make as it gives up the fight. Lumberjacks get to experience the concept on a regular basis, each time a tree is bought down by hand. There is no other sound quite like it.

One of the things I really want in the new shed, if possible. Enough height to have an I beam running the length of the shed, so I can use a carriage, with the winch attached.

Block & Tackle Trolley


ManSpace 2013

It may seem way too organised, but ManSpace is out for 2013 already!  We collectively achieved it by getting the articles submitted mid December, which was busy at the time, but we reap the rewards now 🙂

Problem for me is, the next articles are due mid March, right when I am moving house (and shed!), so I will have to get the next set of articles in early as well.  After a discussion today, I have a plan for the next set of articles, so now I just have to make it happen!

The articles in the current edition include the Melamine blade from Amana Tool and Toolstoday.com, the TURBOPlane from Arbortech, a Borescope that wirelessly displays the image on your iPad, iPhone or Android device, and a step by step on using the Tambour door router bits.

There are a bunch of other articles too – the Navy Steam Club (and their steam truck which I have actually driven while living at the Cerberus Naval Base), urinals for the shed, collectables, beards and a whole heap more.


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