© 2012 Joshua Stark
Thanks to the note I left myself in the previous post, I measured out my adjustable sawhorse to adjust to the height of my Workmate bench, so I can postpone a second sawhorse for the time. Today, then, the little guy and I went to a local hardware store to pick up some carriage bolts and wingnuts. He fell asleep on the drive home, so I gingerly placed him on the bed, then ran outside and cut two 2x2 pieces to five-foot lengths and drilled twenty-two holes into them (eleven in each one). Now I just need to cut two triangles from a piece of oak I've got lying around, and I've got a five-foot clamp for edge gluing wide pieces. For about ten bucks.
All this is in preparation for my first major project: A sturdy, utilitarian tilt-top table/bench combo. Of course, I got too squirrely-excited about it and showed my wife what I was aiming to build. It's from a library book, and when I showed her the cover picture of my proposed project she then asked, pointing to a chimney cabinet with raised panel doors, "Why don't you make that one, instead? Where are you going to put a table?" I suppose I should thank my lucky stars she didn't ask how much the materials will cost, but nevertheless, it was a blow. I picked the table because it looks super-easy and useful for my workshop (maybe I can even take down my packed-away fly-tying materials and put them on it), and hopefully continues to help my confidence.
It is nice that she thinks I can cut raised panels and mortise-and-tenon them by hand (no router; no table saw). Heck, it's nice that she thinks I can cut wood both square and true. However, neither of these are yet within my skill level to the degree that I could make anything approaching a pretty cabinet for my wife.
But you can believe that's what I'm working toward.
(Pics of the clamps later, when they are holding something worth photographing.)