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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Drill Press Speed Chart

I don’t know about you, but while I thought it was great that my drill press could run at a variety of different speeds, I can honestly say that I’ve never changed the speeds in the 5 years that I’ve owned it.  Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t due to laziness, being self taught, I had no clue why a certain speed would be better for certain bits and materials.

While searching for the pilot hole chart to figure out what size whole to drill for a given size screw, I stumbled upon a drill press speed chart from Wood Magazine.  It shows the correct speeds for a variety of different drill bits as well as different materials you could drill into.  It’s a handy chart and I’ll be sure to print it off and stick it up on the wall behind the drill press…

See the complete chart here.