It seems like this time of year my postings tend to drop off, though it is always for a good reason. Rather than spending time typing a post, I am out in the woodshop working!! The last couple weekends, as I have got time, I have worked on the drawer boxes for the new router table. While the boxes are all done and in place, I still have some work to do on them, mainly making the fronts for them. Once those are done, I will do a follow-up post of what went into making the drawers. The good news is the router table is useable, and it really is a joy to use. It is hard to believe that the same router is in this one that was in the old one. The bigger work area is definitely a bonus. Also, because of the increased overall weight, there is virtually no vibration. I am really looking forward to getting the drawers done so I can start to really utilize the storage features of the cabinet.
Two quick tool gloats. Back in April, I went to the Lie-Nielsen tool event host at the Popular Woodworking Magazine headquarters near Cincinnati Ohio. I had a great time there, but also picked up their new tapered cross-cut saw. I have used it a couple of times to help lay out some short dados, and it is a great saw. While I was at the tool event I tried out their new tapered dovetail saw. I did not buy it yet as I have the Veritas saw, but I can tell you , Lie-Nielsen has a winner there! This may be a future purchase for me. I have also been wanting to update my jack plane, as the one I have is not well made Stanley Handyman. I tried out the #62 while I was there, and I am seriously considering that as the replacement for the jack plane.
Last weekend I also swung by Gerstner’s yearly warehouse sale. While they had a real nice discount on most of the stuff there, one of their tool chests is unfortunately outside my budget. I will say this though, they are beautifully made chests. Maybe some day! 🙂 I didn’t leave empty-handed though. They at want time sold rebranded PEC squares and they were closing them out for a very low-cost. So I picked up a nice, and much-needed, 12″ combination square.
Finally, I did some shop maintenance as well. First I rearranged a few things in the hand tool cabinet so it can better accommodate my now growing collection of hand saws. I actually started using the second door, and moved my hand saws over to it. I still need to make the drawers for cabinet though. One of these days!