Things have settled down enough to where I could get back in the garage to start some new projects. After finishing the amp cabinet, the place was a little messy.
I started with cleaning up. The router and electric drill were put back in their respective boxes along with screw bits. I reorganized the drawer where I keep all my hand planes so there is a specific spot for each tool. That should have been done months ago.
I installed a new blade on my bandsaw last week and it has made such a difference. The plan was to resaw the cherry in the above picture and let it sit for a day then knock out this little project.
Once I got my fence installed and the cherry marked out I went to the bandsaw. Within 2 seconds the blade jumped off the wheels. I looked at my piece of wood and nothing seemed amiss. The covers came off and I started playing with the blade tension and tilt of the top wheel. I got the blade tracking again, put the covers back on; ready for a second attempt. Same piece of wood, exact same thing happened. Crap.
Repeated the entire process but got a different piece of cherry. And the blade jumped again. I was about 45 minutes in at this point and was getting a little frustrated. Michael C. Fortune has a couple of bandsaw set-up videos over at Fine Woodworking. I watched them a year or so ago to set up my saw. Guess I need to watch them again. Let’s move on.
If you look at my “clean bench” picture you’ll notice some pieces of pine I’ve been saving. I need to make a small box with drawers to contain all my soldering tools. As I’ve bought different boards of pine the “good” off cuts have been stuck under there for later use.
I set aside three pieces (bottom, left, right sides) and had them marked out. Problem is, they were all cupped now in a bad way.
I set about flattening a side piece and after about 30 minutes or so I had a pile of shavings, a 3/4″ thick board reduced to less than 1/2″, and it still had a cup.
Further inspection of the rest of the pine revealed they were all severely cupped. I also have two planks set aside for a speaker cabinet. Yeah, those are cupped to the point of not being usable as well.
Okay, I get it. Time to call it a night. I went and consulted with Mr. Elijah Craig and we contemplated my next move. Let’s try again tomorrow.
Until next time, have a good one.
Eat a peach,