UPDATE: Happy to report that @boschtoolsna contacted me probably within ten minutes of my post, asking for details, apologizing, and offering to send a replacement. Definitely gotta give credit for customer service like that in this day and age... I didn't make this post to get anything free and had pretty much written it off as a freak accident, but that was a pretty nice surprise from bosch.
Had a pretty gnarly little disaster the other night. As you can see, my "guide bushing" no longer has the "guide" portion attached, and my table has a hole in it the size of a violently out of control 1/2" bit Happened awfully quick but from what I can decipher - the little cylinder that rides on your fence broke off (wtf!?!), and what was trimming less than an eighth, quickly became a quarter or so and I think as I tried to abort and pull away, something caught and kicked back. Shitty that these are the only guide bushings that fit on my otherwise great @boschtoolsna router. Guess I'm saving up for a festool that accepts the one piece brass bushings. Lucky I guess, to be needing surgery on my table and not myself. Also lucky I have some length, I've patched it and will see what the client thinks, but could cut it off and do again if need be.
I hate how our lives have become so perfectly curated on social media. Perfect days, perfect people, perfect projects. Well here's my protest. Installing this beautiful sapele storm door that I've been building between other jobs. Apparently working on it, setting it aside, working on it, etc wasn't a good idea. Almost 1/2" too narrow. Looks like I'll be milling sapele this afternoon. Hey Margi, I'll have the new one installed before you get back. Promise.
More dovetails. Sim wanted to make a planting box less ugly and suggested practising making this box to put around the plastic boxes. It was kind of fun to have a little project, and to have the practise go to something. It's a little embarrassing looking but after he sands and shellacs them, they'll probably look a bit better. One thing that's for sure, my dovetails are never going to improve if I don't start dimensioning my lumber! Some boards were twisted. Some cupped. Another skill to learn! . . . #notsofinewoodworking#practisemakestolerable#dovetails
Second set of dovetails. The material is thinner but I'm not sure I see an improvement. It seems that the reason they are gappy is because I can't saw accurately yet (it's way easier with the dozuki!). That and the fibres on the knife line get compressed. I think I try to take too much wood out. I tried using a coping saw but the blade was too wide. Am I supposed to use a fret saw? Full disclosure, I planed the wood, hence the slight chipout on the tails. . . #notsofinewoodworking#dovetails#learning#perseverance#practisemakestolerable
The other day, I cut my first dovetails (it's been a hectic week). Man, are they shit! So why am I posting four pics of them? To show just how shit they are, and because I'm actually proud of them! I'm proud because I was finally able to let go of perfection and just try it. The pieces of pine are definitely twisted (you can even tell by the knife line-totally out of square!), but I didn't care. Didn't even bother dimensioning them and straightening the edges. Just went for it. And.... It holds. It's functional. It's not pretty. But it's a joint. And that's a start! . . . #notsofinewoodworking#dovetails#babysteps#practisemakesperfect