April 28th, 2003


Planer Talk

Lovely day yesterday, and even nicer today. The leg is fine this morning, so I'm beginning to think that what I thought was a pull was actually just a spasm, which relaxed once I had all the alcohol in me Saturday night.

Bookcases: Cut the last two planks for the shelves off of a sheet of birch faced plywood, and put them aside. Started working on the face frame, as well. The face frame is just some wood strips to be attached to the front edges of the cases to a) hide the edges of the plywood, and b) connect the four cases into a single unit. It will consist of a 1" x 4" maple header, which will run from end to end along the ceiling, covering the front of the header boxes and the gap between the cases and the ceiling, and a series of maple uprights along each case edge. There are four cases, so I need three uprights to hide the joints where the cases butt together, plus an upright for where the right-most case butts up against the wall, and a last upright for the left edge of the left-most case. All the uprights will be from 1" maple stock, and grooved or rabbeted on the back side to fit snugly onto the case edges. The center uprights will be 1 7/8" wide (1 1/2" for the two case edges, plus 3/16" overlap to either side). The left edge will overlap the 3/16" towards the interior of the case, but will be flush with the outside of the case. The right-most upright will be similar, but extend outwards to cover the gap between the case and the wall (up to 1/2" in spots).

To start, I used the table saw to rip some 8' strips of maple to about 2" wide for the center uprights. Ripping is tough on the wood. The strips are trapped between the rip fence and the blade, and the blade leaves scorch marks on the wood. To get rid of them, I ran the strips through a thickness planer, which is a Monty Pythonish device that runs the wood past a set of rotating knives, allowing you to plane a thin layer off the piece of wood on each pass. It also leaves the wood very smooth. So I ran the strips through the planer a few times, taking 1/32" off on each pass, until they were the right width.

To snazz things up a bit, I plan to put a bead detail on any interior edges of the front of the frame, so I started to set up the shaper attachment for the table saw with a set of beading bits. The beading bit set has a profile that looks like three u's, i.e. uuu, which means you can cut up to three beads at once. I only want a single bead, so I started to cover two of the three u's with a piece of sacrificial plywood, but was foiled in my attempt to attach the plywood to the rip fence by the lack of a ten-cent bolt. Will pick that up on the way home tonight.

Meanwhile, my cable internet connection crapped out again last night, about the fourth time in the last week or so that's happened. It's usually not out very long, but last night it disappeared about 8, and never did come back properly, apart from occasional spasms. Basically, the cable just kept blinking away, trying to connect, occasionally resetting on it's own. It was fine again this morning. I've started logging the outages so I can ream Cox if it happens again.
  • Current Mood

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Gorgeous, gorgeous day, so after work I took my first ride on my newly repaired and tuned up bike and it was frelling great. Ten plus miles. The derailleurs were shifting crisply, the crank didn't make any grindy noises, and the brakes were responsive. Legs were tired, and the right knee was pretty stiff at the end, but that's normal when I haven't been riding for awhile. The knee pain will disappear as I ride more. The quad hurts not at all.

Stopped at Wal-Mart on the way home to pick up the machine screw that I needed for the table saw, and decided it wasn't worth getting in line for a single eighty-three cent item, so I bought a wrist watch and a pair of cheap sunglasses, too. The watch was ten bucks on clearance. I already have at least four watches, but I've only been using one of them because the batteries on the rest are dead. I tried to get them replaced, but the watch hospital in the next town changed their hours so that they're only open 9-5 on weekdays. The perils of living out in the sticks. It's a nice looking watch, and I wanted to make sure I had something just in case the battery ran down in the other watch before I take my vacation days at the end of the month, and can actually get to the store. What the hell, it was only ten bucks.

Used the newly acquired machine screws to finish setting up and adjusting the shaper head, so it's already to go when I ready to cut some beads. Tomorrow night, I think.

Lots of interesting discussion the last couple of days, both here and at Buffistas, about what should we expect out of life, and setting and achieving goals versus enjoying the ride, a lot of which impinged on some of the stuff that I've been thinking about lately. I haven't responded to any of it, because I'm still trying to work things through in my own mind. I started writing a post to respond to something in Bitches, but it was a busy day at work, and I lost my concentration. It's hard. There's a lot of scar tissue in that portion of my consciousness. Working on it, though. Maybe tomorrow.
  • Current Music
    "If I had a Million Dollars" - Barenaked Ladies