Share Your World – March 27, 2017

Share Your World – March 27, 2017

Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)?

Robert William Mielke – My father’s name was William as I was the first born male I carry his name onward.

Music or silence while working?

I love silence at any given time. I have an AM/FM CD player in my SmartCar that never gets turned on. I love music but I love silence better. Does that make sense?

If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be?

My wallet, my camera gear and my important documentation such a birth certificate, Social Security card and military discharge document DD214.

The Never List: What are things you know you never will do?

Harm a woman, pick my friend’s nose, cheat at anything.


A Master At Work


Paul Sellers is a British woodworker who is a real master at his craft. Paul doesn’t waste time or material in his workflow yet he uses simple hand tools to accomplish the task at hand. A Mortise & tenon joint is one of the four basic joints in Western woodworking as well as being one of the strongest. In the video below Paul shows us how to cut a tight, nearly perfect mortise & tenon joint with a small saw, chisel and router plane. These are basic tools most woodworkers have in their arsenal of tools.

When I started putting together my hand tool collection the first tools I purchased included a set of Stanley 750 Sweetheart chisels, a Lie-Nielsen 102 low angle block plane, a Lie- Nielsen 271 small router plane and two Japanese Ryoba back saws, ideal for fine joinery. Combined with high quality marking and measuring tools I can produce any joint necessary for fine cabinetry. It’s time consuming using just hand tools yet with practice the gap in time lessens and the quality of the finished product increases.

I have yet to attempt the touted dovetail joint but it’s awaiting a decent vise and workbench which I am still constructing. This may sound funny to some but I love the process of hand tool joinery, making sawdust and fine wood curls until the task at hand is completed. I can be kept occupied and in bliss taking a single 2″x4″x8′, which costs about $3, and spend all day making that single piece of wood into a dozen items I can use or give away as gifts.

Forgive the lengthy video below but Paul Sellers is working at a beginner’s pace so that viewers can catch on to the principles being taught. I hope you enjoy this lesson as much as I did. I’ve watched this particular video at least 3 times over the past 6 months.


I’m not too old yet to get inspired. When I come across new talent I admire everything about them, their vocabulary, the way they present themself, the way they articulate their skills. Such was the case with Mark at Gunflint Designs, a YouTube channel created by this woodworker/photographer. Of course you realize I have the same two passions in my life so immediately we have a few things in common.

Mark is young, at least half my age. I can hear his two young children in the background of some of his videos. Living in Wyoming his landscape photographs are really great! In one of his woodworking videos he made an extra large custom picture frame for one of those scenic captures that was stunning. I have commented on his videos and subscribed to his channel.

Since I have a nice table saw now I think I’ll make a large frame for one of my favorite animal shots of Zawadi, the male lion at the Oregon Zoo. I already have the 20″x30″ print waiting for framing so It’s just a matter of getting in the mood to build that big frame. It will look magnificent on my wall.

Zawadi Framed

Dreaming of Wood

Are you the type of person that obsesses about projects/trips etc.? I had a hard time sleeping last night because of thinking about a better way to make the table legs for my new workbench. I’ll be making them using 2″x4″x8′ construction lumber that literally measures 1 1/2″x3 1/2″x96″. My legs were going to be 32″ long and I’m laminating two of them together to come up with 3″x3″x32″ legs. The problem was that a 96″ board will only yield two legs out of that 8′ length because the saw kerf is 1/8″ wide times two boards, leaving me 1/4″ short for that third leg. I decided to simply shorten the 32″ length to 31 1/2″ long legs to get the extra board from that 2″x4″x96′ original. Since each leg’s final dimensions are now 3″x3″x31 1/2″ long it take 8 of those to wind up with 4 completed legs. I trimmed 1/2″ off the 4 boards I had already cut and tipped both side to the desired 3″ literal width for assembly, being careful to make the lengths exactly 31 1/2″ long. Any small differences will be hand planed off after the legs have been laminated to their square shape.

All this kept me awake for a while last night planning the step by step workflow to pull this off. You see, once the legs are completed and the edges slightly rounded over, I can begin the assembly of my workbench. Keep in mind that the top and bottom support frames are already constructed. I’m getting relatively close to getting my new bench. On April 12 I can go ahead and place my order for the new butcher block birch benchtop from Global Industries. By the end of April I should be working on my new workbench. It’s a plan! 🙂



I have a mental image in my mind what I want my new workbench to look like. The closest concept design I could find is pictured below. It’s a small Roubo split type bench with thick top and plenty of bench dog holes for grasping wood. I’m making the final dimensions 5′ L x 31 1/2″ W x 2 1/4″ thick on the top. I’m going to be ordering a solid birch bench top from Global Industries that measures 1 3/4″ thick. I intend to place this top atop a 3/4″ thick sheet of flat MDF. That will allow me dog holes just over 2″ deep, plenty for a couple of holdfasts. I think I’ll go with a small woodworker’s vice on the end and a portable moxon vice I can clamp on the benchtop.

The dimensions will be scaled down a bit from what the picture depicts. My legs will be laminated 2″x 4″s giving me about 3 1/2″ square legs, plenty strong to support the lighter 2″ thick top. I intend to cut my butcher block top in half with a 1 1/2″ slit in the middle for a board that can be raised for use as a clamping surface. I’m not sure if I’ll settle for round dog holes or square ones. Round are easier to drill and easier to make dogs.

The storage shelf I have planned will hold my table saw when not in use as well as my ShopVac for sawdust collection. If there’s room left I’ll put my Rockwell Roadrunner 2 jigsaw table on the shelf as well. I may attack a heavy plastic tarp to cover the storage area.

I’ve started the build and simply awaiting the funds to finish the workbench and order that top. I also need cash to order the hardware to build my portable moxon vise. It’s going to be a thing of beauty when completed.

Moxon Vice by Benchcrafted

Moxon Vise Plans

Concert For A Small Split Top Roubo Style Workbench

Spit Top Ruobo Workbench Concept

Share Your World – March 20, 2017

Share Your World – March 20, 2017

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Old enough to know better but too old to care!

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house?

My umbrella is the Tilly hat that I wear everywhere, come rain or come shine.

Bob Shooting In Portrait Orientation

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone?

Like the Energizer Bunny I don’t need recharging, I need replacement! LOL

Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common.

1 – We love to ride motorcycles a very long way!

2 – We love to eat at restaurants that serve great food!

3 – We love just hanging out together!

I miss you Warren!!!

Warren 1_Leica

Taken with my Leica V-Lux 20.

Enjoy A Dip In The Pool

Samudra is the older brother to Lily, the Oregon Zoo’s youngest Indian elephant. He was born in 2008 to Tusko & Rose-Tu. The Oregon Zoo complete Elephant Lands, an ambitious project that took years to complete. Once open to the public visitors could walk all through the elephant exhibit looking at their environment from raised walkways. One section of the elephant’s environment includes a giant outdoor poor that looks like a natural pond in the wild.

Elephants love water! I remember little Lily running full speed into the older pool used before Elephant Lands was completed. I’ve seen teenaged elephants put their heads and faces directly into the high pressure fire hydrants used to fill the old pool. The elephants look for any excuse to get into water.

I was just sent a notification of a new video on YouTube showing Samudra frollicking in the new larger elephant pool in the Elephant Land exhibit. I find these short video clips delightful. I hope you enjoy this latest addition.

Progress Report

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I skipped lunch and the festivities at my Senior Center today as I don’t care for crowds and today was the busiest day of the year. Our chef, Lynn McPherson, made corn beef and cabbage, a traditional St. Patty’s Day meal. She broke from the regular fish luncheon made on Fridays because of the holiday.

I kept busy right from sunrise, getting out to do some shopping at my local CVS pharmacy for fish oil and vitamin D capsules. They had a two for one half price sale on these items. It still cost me $50 but I now have a year’s supply of both. Even over the counter medications are expensive. Still wish I had a Costco nearby because I know they could beat that price.

Anyway I dove into completing a few woodworking projects. The first thing completed was my crosscut sled for the new table saw. I still haven’t taken the time to pretty it up but it’s a working, functional tool at this point.

Next in line was the start on my new workbench. I used that crosscut sled to cut all the 2″x4″ pieces for the top and bottom frame that will support the top as well as a utility shelf below. Once installed those flat boards will add tremendous rigidity to the bench. I must still assemble the bottom shelf frame and 4 legs before finalizing the build. I may just wait and order my new butcher block birch bench top and complete the 5’x30″ version of the final bench. Otherwise I’ll waste the 2’x4′ MDF top I’m presently using. I could use that board for a separate saw table with storage. That would save time & money.

So below is my first photograph of my actual saw with the crosscut sled on top. It’s a start!

DeWalt DW745 & Crosscut Sled

Crosscut Sled

After lunch at our Senior Center today I dived into my first woodworking project with my new table saw. I was determined to complete my crosscut sled that rides in the miter gauge slots on the table top. I glued and screwed custom cut oak slats 3/4″ wide and 3/8″deep. I ran into a snag when I noticed the rails ran smoothly until the neared the front edge of the saw. There both rails bogged down and stuck. It was a manufacturing defect in the slots tapering at their end in front. I had no choice but to take more oak off the slides to get the sled to run smoothly the whole length of the slots. After getting close I used candle wax to ease the final friction, getting the sled to move easily. Ta Da, one each crosscut sled competed. I then proceeded to finish the sled, cut a groove down the center to be used to register future cuts and secure the front and rear fences making sure the front one was exactly 90 degrees to the saw blade. I then tried it all out cutting two 2″x4″s for my new workbench. Perfection!

I also managed to buy a reduction fitting for my saw’s dust collection port. With the coupling I connected my shopvac to the saw and used it while making the cuts for my workbench. Success!