Egg before the chicken kinda thing. Don't normally start a table with the top. Although it's nice to know the top dimensions, there's not much space to have a top kicking around the shop getting damaged.
But the edges of these Ash boards were confusingly rough. I also found a couple bookmatched planks at the lumber yard that I thought I'd incorporate, equally rough edges, and matching them up would dictate the top length. More confusion. So I rough milled the edges to see what I've got, if anything. Fair bit of trimming involved, but the bookmatch grain tied together rather nicely.
Won't do final milling and glue up until the frame is closer, but at least I have a better picture of length, width, and something to mull over in my sleep.
According to this blog, it's been 3.5 years since installing the Shelix cutterhead in my planer. and I haven't touched it. until now. In that time I've thrown a small shit-ton of linear feet through the thing, with very little tear-out. I probably could have run it out for another 6 months without too much trouble, but I figured enough is enough.
So I rotated the inserts to their second cutting edge. Definitely tedious. Not sure how many hours passed. hundreds of the little suckers. But no doubt a time saving over setting straight knives once or twice every year. Certainly less voodoo magic involved.
I tackled one at a time, more controlled that way. Loosened with a socket wrench (and adaptors for the Torx bit). Brushed the insert platform and sprayed with compressed air; gave the insert a wipe down on a dry cloth; hit the odd one with a brass brush if it needed it; screwed it back in. To tighten I just snugged up by hand using the straight handled screwdriver in the picture. I thought about buying that torque wrench I've wanted for years, but I reckon a good hand snugging is all that's required.
Be sure to make a note in your journal of the starting orientation of the inserts (they have notations stamped on them) and which direction you've decided to rotate (in my case clockwise).
Bunkhausdesign's new rig has seen some action. Here's the Honey Badger helping Chainsaw Dan reduce his Elm inventory. Thanks again Dan.
I also got this truck bed extender hitch rack from Lund. This thing should come standard with every pickup. Gets the weight off the tailgate and lets me haul flatdeck with a five foot bin. I'll probably trim down the post a little to get more clearance. This is a tiny load of Ash to top up inventory, but the rack is rated to 750 lbs, plenty.
Flushing the table top ends, and attaching the table top to the frame. It's always a little disconcerting drilling and screwing into the table top. After checking the depth about twenty times it's time to go. My dad's old Stanley hand drill is good for this, get into tight spots and you can take it nice and slow.
I started spending time in my garage a few years ago. Things started getting interesting. I like designing things. I like building these things. In an environmentally responsible way, of course, sustainable materials and construction that will last generations.