I love the rain. Rain changes everything. When it's raining hard the colors all soften and blend together toward the pastel part of the spectrum. After the rain every color moves up in hue, is brighter and cleaner, and more intense. The air is noticably fresher--maybe it's an effect of the colors, but the world seems rejuvenated. But I went inside. I had things to do.
A quarter inch bandsaw blade allows a turn of 5/8" radius, so if you have something tighter than that, you have to plan out your cuts and provide relief to the blade in the tight corners. So my brash blade struck out across the open spaces outside the pattern and slashed through beautiful wood that, without necessity's unmoving dictate, would serve as a handle, a knob, a pull tab, for some future project. Lord that's cheesy. I did it for Tom.
Using some CAD software (qcad) I put together some lines separated by exactly one fourteenth of an inch o.c., and printed them out on a sheet of paper. I cut two strips from that and taped them together, lines facing eachother and registered. I slipped this into the jaws of a saw vise and clamped (cramped, Jeff) down on a sheet of blue spring steel tucked between them. Opening up the sheets, I taped them to the jaws of the vise, and used them as a guide for a slim triangular file, and then a double X slim triangular file with a coffee stirring stick tied to one face to demonstrate which way is up. I peered around the file to see if the file was on the line, and *stroke*. six strokes per line or more, I don't remember. Three teeth ended up looking funny. I once knew a girl with a mouth like that, and sweeter than honey. She stole my cat.
The fence on my tiny table saw sucks, so I clamped a stick of wood behind it to underscore its position, and clamped another stick an equal distance from the other side of the blade. The blade is the exact width of the spring steel, 0.02", but as I push it in with a stick it grows hot inside the cocobolo and the wood swells to compress it and make it still hotter. Withdraw the wood, and the blade (less than three inches in diameter) is warped and wriggles out a wider kerf for a few seconds, then narrows back into its normal profile. Crap. But the slot in the wood is okay. I want to see what Micromark thinks of that... but it worked well on brass.
Two hacksaw blades, and a corner is removed from the spring steel. Mcmaster Carr's "HSS" blades are crap. I use the spring steel, with its new teeth, to finish the cut in the cocobolo. No set to the teeth, but it's okay.
I don't have a 1/8" chisel, and my 1/4" chisel is actually more than that. Cutting a 1/4" slot in the cocobolo is therefore risky business. I shouldn't have. I did. I regret it. I need to let in a slot for some quarter inch brass bar. Maybe tomorrow I'll cut out a chisel from some O-1 steel leaning against the bookshelf, but I hate the hacksaw. It screams. Maybe I'll grind on the edge of my current chisel. But then I won't get to use the Oxy-Ac torch. C2H4, it's what's for dinner.
Tomorrow, the sawnuts. Tonight, a glass of wine, and an apple.
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