Saturday, January 1, 2011


First slab (Elm) on the cresent bandsaw, after a quick raid of the compound stash. nice to huck a slab onto a saw that doesn't buckle under the weight. could have been slicing up a piece of 1/4" ply, the cresent doesn't know any different. Wish I was making a piece of furniture, but just milling up some pony wall caps/shelves for the new benchroom. getting there, passed framing inspection, waiting on insulation inspection, then I can close her up, wall sheathing, light fixtures etc. Never underestimate the amount of time making/installing weatherstrips & caulking/sealing any gaps. but worth it, she's feeling 4-season tight. When I fart in the shop, i can feel the compression in my ears. Also had a bit of a moment when i finally got rid of that uninsulated piece of shit garage door. I had grown to truly hate it over the years. Talk about a win, win situation; posted it for free on cragslist & some guy came by with his kids, they dismantled it & carted it away on his trailer (that would have been a half day of cursing & a dump run death for something that still had some life in it).

If budget over-runs aren't looking too ugly, it's time to order in the permanent heat source, gas fired radiant would seem the best option, I think. That's the pile of light fixtures sitting under a pretty cool vintage 14" radial arm saw (picked up from the same place as the bandsaw). Going to try get it up & running. Also time to get rid of my old faithful 10" RA, & will have to decide if i keep this big guy. Debatable whether a shop needs a RA, but I do find them convenient, & they give you that living on the edge buzz.

1 comment:

  1. A big RA is grat for endcuts on slabs and tabletops, but is it worth taking up the room? I dunno..I go over to a friends cabinet shop (now unused) and fire up his DW radial when I have someting over 24" accross to cut off......rare for me....stay well my friend, jack