Highland trip

It’s been so long since I had the opportunity to hit up Highland Woodworking. It is my favorite woodworking store, even though service can at times be sparse. Today, the service was good and so was the company: got my dad to tag along on my trip down.

I had decided as soon as I got my Christmas funds that I would be getting a Festool 150/3 sander. As the week evolved, I decided that I really didn’t need a new sander right now. My PC works fine, and I have no high-grit sanding in my immediate future, which is what the 150/3 would be handling. I decided after my project errors that I would spend this money improving accuracy.

I picked up the Woodpecker 1281 square, which will really help setting up tools. The 36″ Woodpecker straightedge will help keep things nice and coplanar, especially the jointer. I also picked up a 1000/4000 Norton water stone to try out. I have been using scary sharp, but only up to about 1000 grit or so. The chisels could use a tune up, and the planes could use some serious work. I think I’m going to pick up a granite slab to replace the tiles I have for initial flattening of both stones and blades. If I like the system, I’ll pick up more stones and a case.

I don’t know when I’ll have the opportunity to get the 150/3 or the other items on my wish list, but hopefully it will be within the first quarter of 2015. I’m into work for just about all of January, so there isn’t a rush.

Working on an entry about the router table, trying hard to give it good substance. It will deal as to why it will have to be modified. Perhaps even an update about lathe plans.

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