Monthly Archives: June 2015

DO YOU…SEE THE LIGHT?

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Almost brother James, almost.

This weekend, I posted that I had been making headway on putting my “Tiny Shop” together. I can say with only a little reservation, that I can indeed SEE THE LIGHT.

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I still need a whole grip of things to get done before I can say that it is actually a “Shop”, but I’m here to tell you, this little building is a damn sight closer to becoming the realization of a working woodshop.

While things get shuffled here and there, I can start to see how things are going to need to be arranged in order to get efficient use of this space. I can also see that machine upgrades may need to happen sooner, rather than later.

But that is a different post.

For now, this is shaping up to be a nifty little place to birth the shop of

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The Madcap Woodwright.

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THIS IS HAPPENING….

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Above is a picture, let’s call it the “before” picture, of my tiny shop.

What you see here, actually represents a great deal of work. The garage/tiny shop was the repository for a very large amount of….to put it delicately….. Stuff. Stuff that had yet to find a place since our move into this oasis of a house that LOML and I call home. I’m talking about A LOT of stuff.

Since the first of the year, when I began to sort through all the  … stuff … I have been chipping away, bit by bit, until more and more floor was becoming exposed.

After much culling of the herd, so to speak, I finally summoned the motivation to clean out the last quarter of the shop in preparation of an impending workbench installation….hint…hint.

In any event, the last quarter of the shop, the rear most portion, was cluttered with old particle board, fencing material, and detritus of unknown origin. It all got sorted, and what needed to be pitched, got pitched. What was of service, got organized and put in it’s place….it’s place for now.

Once all that got squared away, I turned around to notice that the cabinet that a friend is having me complete for him was, along with the ancillary materials, really in my way.

Worse yet, I couldn’t get to my table saw. This was not working for me any longer. So the cabinet and the table saw switched places. The cabinet on the rolling dolly that the saw was on. Now the saw was standing there, READY to be assembled. Virtually shouting at me to clean it, and put it together. So, I did.

Now things are finally beginning to sort them selves out in my tiny shop. I can actually see faint threads of light at the end of the tunnel.

Still, there is a lot of work yet to be done. As of this writing, there is still no power or lighting in the shop, and there is still some fettling to be done with the tools I have before I can assess if they are going to be appropriate for the work I plan to do.

So, there you have it. Progress is being made in the shop of The Madcap Woodwright. Slowly, but steadily, I’m inching my way back to having an actual shop once more.

To be continued……..

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…And Another Thing…or…More Thoughts On Table Saws.

In a recent post, I was discussing the assembly of preferred tooling for the one man shop. I discussed the table saw in one of those posts, and now have another option that I have discussed repeatedly with other woodworkers both professional, and hobbyist.

One of the other table saws on the market today is a nifty machine called the SawStop. By it’s name, one can guess what the leading sales pitch might be with this saw. In short, the SawStop is designed as an extremely high quality table saw with all the normal features you might expect from a saw priced in the upper tier of professional machines.

However, the Saw Stop has this one, very interesting, feature that NO OTHER saw has at the time of this writing……Watch this.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Wiy5i75oP_U

As you can see, the machine has a safety feature that “senses” flesh and immediately stops, and retracts the blade upon contact.

Now, this company has generated a great deal of controversy since releasing this machine and it’s safety technology, by attempting to lobby legislation for making this type of safety feature mandatory (SawStop holds the patent and thus, the monopoly on any future sales of the flesh sensing technology).

In this post, I will leave the reader to do their own research and/or form their own opinion as to the ethics of such a move. Suffice it to say, I do not agree with mandating an added expense to hobbyists or small business, but I also find it very hard to argue the validity of the safety that this machine can bring to the modern workshop. A fence straddling statement, I know, but since I really don’t have a dog in the fight, it’s going to have to do.

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With the potential for argument and much dithering on about civil liberties, the Constitution, Nanny state ,Obamacare, and Communism mitigated, let me say that I can not post about building a shop and filling it with quality tooling without mentioning that this saw (and it’s siblings) is really a “No-Brainer” IF you have the means.

By all accounts, the fit and finish of this saw puts it squarely in the “Professional-High End” niche. Add to that world class customer service and over a decade of service so far, and you have a machine that truly is in a class all by itself.

I do not own one of these, nor do I have the means to buy one right now. However, I DO have all 10 of my fingers, and plan to keep them, thank you very much. As my own shop begins to come “On line”, I will be keeping this machine in mind at the top of my “To-Buy” list as my current crop of machines age and need replacing.  Saving pennies as we speak………That is all.

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