So, I bid farewell to thee, beloved Riyobi BT3000 Cutting System.
Over the weekend, I purchased enough lumber to build out a full 4' x 8' assembly table. As you can imagine, this will become the centerpiece of the shop around which all other tools and tasks revolve. I also picked up enough to complete the go-board top piece/wood storage unit. More on this later.
Along with this, I picked up a couple of stands and a new hand truck. The stands are intended to get my tools off the shop floor and up where I can get my grubbies on them whenever I need to. Besides, I'm old and shouldn't be lifting things from that level. Eventually, I'll mount all of the tools and machines on mobile bases. For now, while I await the arrival of the new table saw this Tuesday (tomorrow!), I'm putting together a lathe stand I also picked up over the weekend.
I've decided that there are two things nearly impossible to achieve on one's own: finding world peace and putting together a lathe stand. Not impossible, but nearly.
Every couple of weeks on the day job payday, I work my way down the street to Gilmer Wood Co. to pick through their bargain barrels for little tidbits. Today, I found another camphor burl, a pretty good piece of African blackwood and a chunk of purpleheart. I don't have an immediate need for these, but one never knows when a slice of purpleheart might be needed. And I got all of them for $10 from Cranky Gilmer Wood Dude. How could I resist that?
The next update I post, I'll be in the throes of assembling the table saw. I can't wait.
Until next time...