My first week as a Fine Woodworker…

Well, following my completion of the Rosewood Studio Craftsman program, I commenced my first week as a fine woodworker….  First thing I needed to do was get my shop set up.  We’ve recently moved across the country and I had picked up a few new machines along the way, as well as my parents old kitchen cabinets, so a big re-org was needed.  I also wanted to do a tune-up on all of my machines since I learnt how in the “mastering machines” week.  So after everything was in it’s place, I proceeded with the tune up.

Something I discovered quite quickly was that good machines, are easy to tune up.  So while at school, adjusting the planer/table saw/band saw was quick work since they were top of the line machines.  At home, my bandsaw was easy since it’s a General and they make excellent products.  As for the table saw, let me say that I don’t have much nice to say for the people at Delta.   In their defence, it is a lower end model, however why you would place one of the adjusting screws on the table saw in a place where it can only be accessed by removing the blade, when you need the blade in place to see if you have moved it the right amount, seems absolutely ludicrous.  I spent 2 entire days just getting my table saw up to par.  My bandsaw took 15min, and that included installing the new fence.  As you can see in the picture above, a crow bar, likely shouldn’t be needed to precisely adjust a table saw…

Anyways, after a weeks work, everything is where it needs to be.  I still am without a dust collector/cyclone, however I’ll need to wait for some income before I can afford the one I need.  I was quite happy with everything I got accomplished this week, although my 3 year old couldn’t understand how I could spend an entire week in the shop, and “not make anything”?

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One thought on “My first week as a Fine Woodworker…

  1. I have to admit that I’ve never been as worried about “ultra” accuracy when it comes to woodworking machinery. When I got my new table saw last year I made sure that the table extensions were level with the table, and made sure the fence was square. I didn’t adjust the trunions at all. Thething is that I’ve never come across a board with a perfectly flat face no matter how square the edges may have been. So why worry about squaring up a blade to that degree?
    I’ve found that even when taking woodworking classes on machinery that is tuned up all the time you still need to do some final dressing with hand tools.
    I too need a dust collector. I hook my shop vac into my table saws dustport which helps somewhat. My problem is that I really don’t have the room for a stand alone collector. I’ve seen a shop vac brand portable collector which you would bring from tool to tool that costs around $140. It has received some nice reviews so I am thinking about giving that a try.
    Good luck with your new shop!

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