As the subject line indicates, I am facing some challenges that
I did not anticipate in this project. Currently I am building a set
of knockdown shelves for SCA camping. These are for a friend,
and are built to her specifications. The most critical of which is
that the whole ensemble has to break down and fit into a very
small volume in her vehicle. I'm way out in front of the curve here
folks, and will complete the project before she has to purchase
a new car. How's that for awesome?
So, on to the challenges. The biggest one I am fighting with
right now is the sheer size of the panels I am dealing with.
They are 15 X 42 inches. That's not so bad when you're
planing or scraping them. You put some stops on the bench,
maybe a holdfast or two, and everything works fine. But I am
past that part of the project, and I'm cutting tenons.
Big tenons on the ends of big boards. I am having to orient
the stock several ways, for various operations. The bench
is pretty large (3 feet by 7 feet) so I *should* be able to do
this, but I am finding it difficult. There are too many tools
on the bench to allow for all the requisite position changes
of the stock. I keep having to move tools back and forth,
or pick them up off the floor from whence they have fallen.
I greatly fear that I will have to reorganise or reduce my tool
repository to provide some off-bench space near at hand.
Can I hear a chorus of Moans Of Despair, please?
Wood Hoarder, Blade Sharpener, and Occasional Tool User