Sunday, June 28, 2009
sheet rock on
The beginning of the week was very humid and hot here in the Minneapolis area. I am lucky to be in a basement that feels quite dry and cool. Although that coolness did not allow for my epoxy dog-strip glue up to cure in a speedy manner. What to do while waiting? If the first thing in or mind isn't flooring and sheet rock, well, you don't know what you're missing!
So yes I "coincidentally" took a break from the bench to turn on the room as the epoxy and some extra time to cure. Special thanks goes out to my good friend Evan for helping me carry this stuff through 95 degrees and thick humidity on a sunny afternoon.
So yes fast forward a couple days and I'm working on the hardware. Here cutting a slot for the tail vise track. Yes a couple weeks ago I ended up getting the Triton plunge router because it was readily available, half as much as a festool, and should work well mounted to a router table. I'm sad to say that a shaper does not look to be in my near future unless there is some ridiculous deal somewhere. This bench project is causing me to pick up the router more than I've done before. I'm not fond of them. They make a terrible noise, I don't like the feel of them, the super high RPM, and the overall lack of "grace" I guess.
One day I will have a nice sturdy torquey relatively quite shaper, but till then it will be whinning and moaning from the router table... and probably some from me as well.
Hardware is my least favorite part of any project, but it needs to be done. This pictures a little aid I made to help remove some of the variables in the hardware dilemma. The L block was cut on the table saw to the height that I wanted the plate to go. Clamp the block to the bench and you have a nice sturdy stop to position the plate.
I'm getting close. I imagine in the up coming week I will have a completed bench at my disposal. I'm sure I've said it already I'm looking forward to moving on but have a number of things to do before I can get back to furniture.