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Hi there Fraternity,

Just a short one. If you have read any of my previous mails you will have ascertained that since retirement it has been increasingly difficult to stay alive.

My good wife sees my woodworking hobby as a winter sport to be enjoyed in temperatures enjoyed by the Korean winter Olympic athletes. As I stand in my workshop it’s difficult to conjure up comparisons, but I digress.

If you have read any of my previous correspondence you will be aware of my dire financial situation, being a poor retired plumber, and as such, anything I desire workshop related must pass a series of delicate mental arbitration as to how convince the company CEO, treasurer and accountant that it’s something that is essential, and not desirable. By the way the company hierarchy, if you haven’t figured it out is just one person, and it employs just one unpaid worker.

Now to save money on wood I thought it would be better to purchase wider sections of timber and try to re saw them up the middle, but my band saw fence is not tall enough. So, raked about and ended up with and old piece of kitchen cabinet carcass and a table saw sledge I bought years ago for cutting mortise and Tenon joints but never used.

In the end it worked out ok. I would have preferred the height to be a little more, but that’s what I had. When I initially did a dry run, there was a wobble on it, when I tightened it up to the fence I could not slide it. So, decided to make a clamp that would press on to the back of the fence without damaging it, hence the large surface area disc. I also figured out that the back plate the clamp was attached to might deflect out while clamping so fitted the cast iron retainer to keep it from curving out when I tighten.

Result is surprisingly, it worked a treat. Because it’s laminate it glides back and forth with ease, and with a couple of turns on the screw it clamps in position. I might in the future edge band it.

Cost was nothing, which brings a smile to my CEO’s face.

Now I know many of you out there will be sniggering at my predicament. But just this week as I walked through the kitchen my wife asked, what’s that noise, what noise I enquired, that clip clop noise. Oh, that’s it’s my house slippers, the front sole has come loose. That’s really annoying she reiterated. (My mind reeled with sarcastic replies which never reached my mouth) I know, maybe I should get a new pair I hopefully enquired. Now you’r being silly she returned and started to rifle through a kitchen drawer. Ah she said and handed me a tube of super glue.

The last photo is my efforts, which were somewhat successful. I didn’t use the whole tube as my other foot is starting to smile at me.

I often tell my wife that I don’t deserve her. Someone else does.

Colin
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That turned out very nice. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Hi there Fraternity,

Just a short one. If you have read any of my previous mails you will have ascertained that since retirement it has been increasingly difficult to stay alive.

My good wife sees my woodworking hobby as a winter sport to be enjoyed in temperatures enjoyed by the Korean winter Olympic athletes. As I stand in my workshop it’s difficult to conjure up comparisons, but I digress.


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Colin,

I feel your pain! I just spent the last week in Clydebank for training, and the walk from the hotel to the school each morning was Invigorating to say the least. Between the temperature and the wind I was wide awake by the time we got there each morning.

Surprisingly, Sunday morning when I was in the cab from the airport to the hotel, I noticed the golf course was busy! Those guys were tougher than me for sure.
 

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Colin, that is one fancy bandsaw fence. :smile:
 

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Hi there Fraternity,

Just a short one. If you have read any of my previous mails you will have ascertained that since retirement it has been increasingly difficult to stay alive.
You talking about you, or me? Been there, done that, still doing that at time. Among other things, I have grown kids, grandkids, and I think they cost me more now then when they were growing up. But, I have coffee, milk for my coffee, Scooby Doo snacks, a 24/7 cartoon network, a working toilet, AND toilet paper. Life could definitely be worse.

Nice job on the fence. I always try to make my own stuff rather than buy, that way you don't feel bad about modifying them, and usually wind up with something that is what 'I' want/need, rather than what someone else thinks I want/need.

Wood. I am thinking you have craigslist there. If so, check it for free wood. Amazing at the quality of wood you can get that way, and if you can't use it, you can always make a bonfire out of it. Pallets here are very often free, just for picking them up. Depending on where they originated from, you can get run of the mill wood, or exotic wood. Some are usable, some not, again, you can always burn what isn't suitable. Ask. Sometime people want to get rid of wood from a project, or whatever, and will just dump it.

My back is bad enough I can't bend down and tie shoes within a reasonable length of time, and without considerable pain. So, got new shoes, removed the laces, and used Titebond II wood glue to glue two wide strips of blue jean material across them, creating slip on shoes. Worked great. Have to buy new shoes now, because one is coming apart at the sole. I use titebond to patch holes in jackets, pants, shirts, the same way. Plenty strong, just don't pull at it when it comes out of the washer, just toss it in the dryer.

Oh yes, if you need a cane, or ever do, make your own. I started when I left my first two or three canes on top of my vehicle while I was loading it, forgot the cane, drove off. Lost a few more, found a few of them, then started putting the cane in first, not lost any canes since, but still enjoy making them.
 

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Hi Colin,I'll bet your lovely wife helps you keep your shop clean & tidy ,like mine does.I enjoyed your thread.Cheers James.
 

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Great read.
 
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