Sounds like we may be of the same school when it comes to controlling
possible kickback situations by judicious force instead of ducking. ;>)
It's been a pretty comfortable design for me ... I can get a surprising
amount of leverage just by rotating my wrist downwards without moving my
Some pretty awesome projects you've completed. Great workmanship and
finishing. GREAT style!
Don't get me started on your shop - to say it's fantastic is an
understatement! It's obivious you've put a considerable amount of thought
and work into it - BYW, do you heat it in the winter? How?
Very nice set-up -
Thanks for the kind words, Nick.
Heat? No heat or AC. We haven't had a freeze yet this winter that I am aware
of, and I wear shorts and t-shirts in the shop year around no matter what.
It gets downright balmy in the summer months, so I enjoy anything
approaching cold while I can... this August I'll be looking back on January
with fondness, wishing I could have stored it up somehow.
I'm envious - it's about 7 degrees here tonight - about 2' of snow on the
gound - no heat in my "shop" (garage), so no dust for awhile....one of these
days I'm going to figure out how to heat it within my budget -
On Sun, 1 Feb 2004 11:33:02 -0600, "Guy LaRochelle"
here's what I do:
take a triangle of plywood. the last few I have made were the cutoff
from corner cabinets, but you could easily make your own triangles
<G>. a right triangle with sides of about 12 to 16 inches will be
about right. get out your most comfortable fitting handsaw, the one
that you can cut for hours with without getting blisters. lay the
triangle on the bench with the saw on top of it, with the spine of the
saw about parallel to one of the 90 degree sides. trace around the saw
handle. cut the line, sand round over and add a notch at the bottom to
push the board with.
I like that when holding this your fingers are curled up out of the
Ah yes, very similar to _my_ push stick stick.
I would say that yours is more Nahm inspired Functional, with a pleasing
touch of Arts and Crafts inspired Utility, but definitely created in a
"shop" and therefore more bourgeois... while mine has more of the graceful
curves of a Maloof inspired, "studio created" piece, more appropriate for
adding dignity to what would be an otherwise vulgar operation.
I had an plastic snow brush for my car which had a really comfortable
curve to the handle. It was the kind of handle which nestled firmly but
gracefully in the hand, making the tool an extension of one's inner self.
So I laid it on top of a piece of 3/4 pine scrap, traced it with a
pencil, cut it out on the bandsaw, rounded the edges with a rasp and
some 60-grit sandpaper, and put a notch in the end. I suppose you might
call it "Nouveau K-Mart".
I do like a nice glass of well-aged bourgeois with dinner, but only if
I'm done using power tools for the day.
How do you hold the cat down, glue or brads? What kind of glue should I
use if my shop isn't heated, Gorilla or Titebond? If it's a long haired
cat, should I use Titebond II or III??? Does Norm use brads or glue???
If David Marks uses cats, does that mean he works in a shop or a
studio??? I did a Google search on brad nailers and cats and came up
with nothing. Somebody shut me up before I explode...........
P.S. Birch ply or OSB.....tic tic tic tic BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
Andy Dingley wrote:
Sheesh. Read the whole thread and not one mention of dead cats.
Thought for sure that this was an obvious straight line for some of the
screwballs out there. Tom, are the photos of the contest entrants still
out there somewhere?
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