clamped the length to timber to the side of the workbench and the
removable bench extension. A 1" line has been marked
down the right hand side and I'm about to rip the plank with a brand
new saw blade. The old one was rusty and I prefer my aircraft
timber to be cut instead of mauled.
||As the saw
cuts further along the length, the strip starts to hang down,
threatening to split.
avoid splitting, I use a couple of clamps to support the strip to the
main piece of timber as the saw cuts further along.
My garage is not as long as it looks in this photo. The bench
extension in the foreground is in fact outside the garage. I
screw it to the end of the workbench each day I work and unscrew it
when I have finished.
favorite tool. The thicknesser. I feed in the 25mm
square strip and it planes of up to 3mm with each pass. The
roller inside draws the timber through by itself and all I have to do
is support the length as it passes out the back. The
thicknesser is LOUD and produces a lot of sawdust which is why I have a
workshop vacuum connected to the exit chute.
has managed to buy a pantograph from work which he will be converting
into a CNC. At 1.5 tonnes it took a fair amount of effort and
time to move it from work to his house on the back of a rented tandem
trailer. Getting it on the trailer was easy using the crane.
Getting it off was another story.
were still undecided as to how to get it off the trailer until we
arrived, deciding to dig holes for the trailer tyres to drop into.
We then disconnected it from the car and jacked the front up
until the tail rested on the ground. The dirt ramp was
from Hardy's driveway and then a sheet of 10mm steel layed on top.
were wrapped around the base and hooked to the winch on the front of
the trailer. We didn't want this 1.5 tonne baby accelerating
from us. With Hardy lifting each corner with a crowbar it was
job to slide the four skates under, trying not to lose any fingers.
Slowly, slowly we inched the pantograph off the trailer and
across the garage floor. Constantly stopping to replace
that moved out of position.
after 8 hours, the pantograph was at its new home. Hardy, his
Riley and myself were knackered. We celebrated with a feed of
fish and chips. We look forward to machining many components