I've recently had several people ask why I'm not posting Shop Notes articles like I used to. I explained that - but they want to know what's going on anyway. While this is not a thundering herd of people, it is enough. And, this blog is the most popular of the 4 I run and sell through Kindle. Can't disappoint those folks.
Updates to the Pew Project will be added to that post. I'll mention them here, so you know it's there (blogger does not send out a notice or update the RSS feed when a post is updated, only when a new one goes up.) But I'll toss out some notes on my daily activities in (more or less) daily posts as well.
Because woodworking is no longer what I do 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, not everything I talk about will be woodworking technique, but I will try to talk about only the woodworking related stuff.
Yesterday (Monday) was the day I do our weekly radio program. Nothing woodworking related about that. Moving on.
I have at least one person wanting bag handles, but we're sold out of those, so I need to make up more. I have a whole shelf full of them cut out and routed, so all I have to do is sand and finish them. But sanding is the tedious part.
I start with a fixture I made that has pins that fit into the slots to hold the handles in place so I can sand the flat faces with a random orbit sander.
I'll start with 120, then work through 150, 180 and 220 grit papers.
I'll alternate back and forth between building and mounting the box and sanding bag handles.
I dig in the upper side, build up the lower side. If I were to dig it in completely the high corner would need to be dug in about 16" deep.
As it is I'll need to add a second run of lumber along the upper two sides to make sure water running down the hill won't wash out my fancy dirt and fill the box with grass, leaves and mud.
Over the next couple of weeks I need to build another 4x8 box and 10 more 4x4 boxes. We're going to be raising some for selling at the local farmer's market this year; that's one of the way's I'm replacing the lost income from flat-lined furniture sales.