This has been unquestionably the longest break, or gap between posts on this site in the (almost) decade it has been running. Large combination of factors has lead to it, and it has been useful. At the same time, I’ve also taken a break from writing magazine articles as well, and the latest issue of The Shed magazine is the first one in about 3 years that didn’t have one of my articles in it.
Had a lot of shed time in the period, but little in the way of woodworking. It has mainly been production work on the CNC, and that offers its own challenges, and rewards. The shed is quite the bombsite, so I’ve started a mission to clean it up. Progress is slow! I’ve given up trying to suck up the dust, and have resorted to using a shovel. And yes, I wear a powered dust mask for that operation.
But as I mentioned, progress has been very slow. Especially as I’m generating as much new dust as I am removing!
It isn’t all roses, letting the space get too messy. The area around the tablesaw got somewhat compromised, and that was pointed out to me in spades when I was feeding a smallish (1000 x 600 or so) piece of 3mm MDF. I got it a little offline, and the saw grabbed it as fast as anything and spun it backwards into me.
I want to say onward & upward, but I did find myself in the A&E a couple of days ago, after dropping a full sheet of 12mm MDF off the car roof rack, and having it slide wide and land directly (fully) on my foot. While I was wearing steel capped boots, it missed that, and caught the middle of the foot. While I was pretty sure something must have broken (the swelling was immediate, and impressive), the x-ray showed otherwise. Lucky.
On a final note, came across this old ad for WD40