I like to think that I learn something new every time I spend a few
hours in the shop.
For example, many years ago I learned that it's not a good idea to fine
tune a close fitting joint by hitting it with a hammer. It can very
easily mess things up by scaring the wood being hit. Ever since then I
have used either a deadblow hammer or big orange rubber mallet.
Yesterday's learning experience taught me that hitting your fingernail
with a big orange mallet hurts just a much as hitting it with a hammer.
I think 10x meant scared, right? (Smiley-face) You could try a double-
blind test by having someone whack your fingernail while you were
blindfolded, using either the hammer or mallet. I recently learned
that the torture technique of having a sliver of plywood jammed up
under your fingernail doesn't hurt nearly as much as I'd been led to
believe. Good news! Tom
How does scared wood react? It usually doesn't cooperate when I try
scaring it with a hammer, unlike my computer.
:-) <---- Just in case
Sapient pearwood is the worst, there are two ways to work with it
convince it that it wants to be made into something(best way) or
freeze it with liquid nitrogen while it is dozing, this is dangerous,
it might turn on you when it thaws.
I tried that ploy on September 5th with a 2' diameter flagstone. It
fractured the distal phalanx on my right finger. (broken fingertip)
Then the day after I took the splint off, I slipped on a mossy slope
while raking and sprained my left wrist. It has b een a hell of a
transition from Summer to Fall this year, lemme tell ya...
Condolences on your owie.
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight
very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands.
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