Wooden you like to know…

Go to the ant…Observe its ways and become wise…

Thinking about it, repainting this entire machine will serve no purpose except aesthetics. In fact, putting a finish on any of my refurbished tools takes a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of paint.

So from now on, I’ll just clean and take off rust. No paint.

Back to the base. I decided to make some wooden feet for it. These will have a castor system so that I can move the machine around the workshop.

First, I found a piece of maple which I’ve had for a few years, so it’s very well seasoned. It’s 500 by 155 by 50.

I used my ink line to strike a line down the centre…

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Then I used a 5 point rip saw to cut it…

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I modified that saw. I filed off the original teeth and cut new ones at a more aggressive angle; just what’s needed for a rock hard wood like maple. The cut took six minutes…

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The next task is to smooth all the faces and square them to each other. I began with the scrub plane to take off the roughness…

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Then smoothed off with the jointer (Number 8)…

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Once that side was flat, I did the same to each of the adjacent sides. Then I cut a line all round…

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…and went through the sequence again to make each set of opposing sides parallel…

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Finally for today, I cut a line, square, all round each side at one end. Hope to make a clean cut soon…

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This is Hans the Racist Carrot…

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…he’s not much help, actually. Keep’s ranting on about sending the parsnips back where they came from…

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