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June 6th, 2019

Tools for tools [projects]

When my college friend J was getting into woodworking, he both spent time working at a woodworking tool shop and also blogged a lot about all the everything involved in getting shop space set up and organized.

The thing that struck me about all that is how much of a person's woodworking effort can simply revolve around tools and shop maintenance. Apparently it's really common for a person's first big woodworking project to be...building a woodworking workbench.

So anyway. Some time ago, I came across a small wooden end table that was junked, by the side of the road, and decided I wanted to refurbish it as a bedside table. I know I mentioned it recently - I'm slowly starting to work on it. The table is in really sorry shape: the top has split, and all the legs were wibbly-wobbly (they're now completely detached). The plywood lower shelf was disintegrating (but at least it didn't have a cockroach infestation, LOL!).

However...the legs are nice. If you haven't paid much attention to this before, you should be made aware that it is difficult to find certain pieces of used, high-quality furniture. Tables are on this list. Tabletops are generally no problem, especially round tabletops. It's the legs that fail, and you'll quickly discover that buying individual legs can be surprisingly expensive*. Plus it's enough of a pain to attach legs to tables that really the most sane thing to do is throw up your hands and resign yourself to buying a new table. Heaven help you if the only thing you can afford is an Ikea table.

...and by the way, most of this does not apply to coffee tables. Coffee tables are easy to find. This just applies to dining tables and the like. Oh, good used wooden chairs are also next to impossible. Crappy ones are abundant.

Anyway, back to the present project and subject. While we were in Arizona, [personal profile] scrottie borrowed my hand saw to saw apart a bunch of pallets to make that raised pallet garden. In the process of sawing, he encountered multiple nails, and between that project and probably a half-dozen prior projects, the teeth on that hand saw are totally kaput. Since then I have been casually shopping for a replacement saw, but haven't encountered any that I like. I did buy one but it's too coarse for a lot of the things I want to do.

So yesterday, I purchased a saw set on eBay and watched a video on putting new teeth on a worn-out saw. I also looked at saw vises, but am thinking I will follow Tage Frid's recommendation and will just make my own saw holder out of plywood and a couple strips of hardwood that will fit into S's vise. So instead of the saw vise I bought a block plane (baby's first plane!).

Up next: deciding how and where to acquire a bit of hardwood. I suppose I should look into what wood types are most sustainable (recognizing this is kind of an oxymoron).

*Yes, I could get a lathe. Or maybe I'll just build my own hoop house and have all the whirling tools I could ever desire!

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