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Saturday, February 03, 2007


OK. So after a year and a half of saving and deliberation, I bought myself a table saw. It's a Ridgid TS3650. I still dream of a Powermatic PM2000, or even a Grizzly 1023SL, but I think this will be more than adequate for the short term. Here's what it looks like, pieces, to assembled, in my shop (READ: garage):

Here's the reason I got the saw: the pile of wood below, if all goes according to plan, will, by June 15, have arranged itself into a crib. It will also be set up such that it can turn into a toddler bed and full-sized bed by changing out a few parts.

The second piece from the top in the picture above is from Home Despot. I was afraid I was going to have to go there once a week for 3 months to pull the best stock out so I would have enough to work with. Moreover, HD charges about $6/board foot for red oak. Dang. But, I found a hardwood dealer down in Pomona, KS, who resells hardwoods from a sawmill in MO, as well as some exotics. He is a farmer, and part time lumber dealer, and he sells red oak for $2.95/board foot. So my total wood bill for this project will be somewhere around $200, rather than $400. Yeah, it's probably about as expensive as buying a crib, but it will be mostly solid red oak (with some 3/4 oak plywood), and it will also be a toddler bed and full bed for the same price.

Actually, with a little searching, it looks like an equivalent thing would cost around $400, and that only transitions to a "day bed," not a full-size. Plus, it was a really good excuse to buy a table saw, and a dado set. Having the table saw will make this a BILLION times easier. Before, I would have had to use my bandsaw, which is mostly made of aluminum and plastic, and had no rip fence, so resawing meant fiddling with clamping pieces of melamine (for flatness) to create a fence, clamping homemade feather boards to hold the wood in, and walking it through, with Jen catching it on the other end. It was really, really inaccurate, and I always would up with uneven edges.

I modified my workbench, which you can see in pictures 1, 2, and 4 above, so it is 1/4" lower than the table saw's table, so I can use it as an outfeed table. Wasn't as hard as I thought it might be. It took me about 3 hours to cobble that bench together the first time (from an old wooden desk which had had its legs cut off), but it took me less than an hour to get the height adjusted & get it shored up again. I think I am getting faster with all of this stuff.

Oh, I also ran some NM 12-2G from my service panel out to the garage. I'm waiting for guidance from a co-worker before I put in the breaker & hook up the cable, but the outlet is wired and ready to go. The saw, combined with the lights, was too much for 1 - 20A breaker. Hopefully this one is enough. Apparently, that 13A motor can draw as much as 100A when it is first starting. The existing cable to that outlet was inadequate, anyway, because it was a 14-3 AWG tied to 12-2 hooked to a 20A breaker. Duh! Now I'm noticing several other 14-3 and 14-2s tied to 20A breakers because people were so lazy they just tied into junction boxes that were fed by 12-2 hooked to 20A. So that is bugging me, and I will probably have to put in a couple more 15A breakers and run some new 14 to tie into those that are snaking all over the house. I also invested in an outlet tester, and discovered that none of the 3-prong receptacles are actually grounded, except a handful. I have lots of electrical work to do... I feel like the person who did the inspection on our house and signed off on the electrical should have to pay for all of that stuff. Bastard...


Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Why does the new The Shins album sound like it could be the new The Cure album?

I'm not complaining, I'm just confused. It sounds pretty good, I have to say.

Nominees for my favorite albums of 2006:

-Maritime, We the Vehicles
-M. Ward, Post - War
-Robyn Hitchcock, Ole! Tarantula
-TV on the Radio, Return to Cookie Mountain
-Belle & Sebastian, The Life Pursuit
-Kreg Viesselman, The Pull

I almost said Takk... by Sigur Ros, but I double-checked and it was September of '05. Duh.

If pressed, I would call We the Vehicles my favorite, with The Pull a close second. I haven't yet worked my way totally through The Onion's Best of '06 List, which is usually how I learn about the great stuff I have missed during the year, so it's likely I will find some other favorites. I have not yet been able to listen to Midlake's '06 album, and somehow, I have not listened to the new one by Lambchop, either. That's on my list of stuff to do...


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