Inching closer

I had a pretty good Saturday afternoon, but unfortunately nothing was accomplished Sunday. All of that scrap plywood and MDF that I had sat outside got processed to the round file. I used the table saw and ripped it all into 4″ wide strips, then used a miter gauge to crosscut them to about the same length. I filled up three trash bags, and those went outside for disposal. The old MSS part is still standing until I can get around to dismantling it.

I disposed of two more drawers as well, bringing the total down to six. The breakdown is thus:
Router bits/accessories
Large, less used tools
Air tools/jigsaws
Drawer pulls/etc
Hardwood scraps

The router bit drawer is obviously waiting for the new router table to be built, and the measuring/marking drawer I don’t know quite what to do with. The scrap may go in a bin, and the larger tools could as well. The air tools I would really like to make a new drawer for or to put in a systainer.

Speaking of the router table, the timeline on that is shrinking. I have ordered the Kreg plate, and I am considering picking up the router for it on Wednesday. The Incra positioned is going to wait awhile, as the Rockler fence will work just fine clamped to the table for now. The more important thing is to build the table, and once I know the dimensions of the router compartment, I can start locking down measurements. I will go into detail about all the components as I get my hands on them. It will be really nice to have a real router table again.

I also got around to gluing up the edge to the sideboard top, and I will probably get that flush trimmed and out of the shop next weekend. Tomorrow might be a possibility as well as that was my intended goal for today. Instead of doing that, I assisted in a kitchen repair for the in-laws. The bottom of the kitchen cabinet had rotted due to a leak, so their goal was to simply replace the bottom as opposed to redoing the wet wall of cabinets. The TS55 came in handy here, along with the Kreg jig. I cut the new plywood bottom to size, cut out the face frame stiles to get the new sheet in, and put them back in with pocket screws. Original construction was loose tenon, and I could have used the Domino here. I’d really like to build them new cabs anyway, so I went the easy route. I’m not sure I could have gotten tenons in anyway without cutting more. The result is a great improvement over what it replaced, but not something I’d probably do otherwise.

More content coming tomorrow, as I think I’ve failed to discuss the dust collection improvement on the table saw. Right?

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