“Talkin’ The Talk”

I finally got outside today with the weather perfect for woodworking. I had an agenda on my mind and nothing would deter me.

First I had to set up my outside workbench and carry out my DeWalt 745 contractor’s saw to put on it. Next I wanted to use my existing 10″ Freud combination blade for one more job, cutting a baker’s rolling pin into pieces. You see I wanted hardwood chunks I could use to make two mallets, round ones. I bought the solid hardwood rolling pin for $3 at a used stuff store here in town. What a bargain! I was afraid the center of the rolling pin had a solid metal rod so I tried cutting a chunk off the end nearest the spinning wooden handle. Success! I was right about a solid metal rod being there but my trusty carbide blade cut right through it without hesitation or sparks. I don’t think I’ll be using that blade again however. I then replaced the old blade with a brand new Amana 50 Tooth combination blade that was extra thick and had flat bottom carbide teeth for work on box joints, rabbet joints and tenon work. It’s the next best things to using a dado stack.

After the new blade was firmly attached it was time for careful calibration of my saw, making sure everything was cutting square to the fence and miter saw guide tracks. Then came setting up my new Incra 1000SE miter gauge.

During all this big Mike, our maintenance guy, walked up curious about what I was doing. His first remark was, “Now that’s a saw blade”, admiring my new beefy Amana 10″ blade. He knows his tools and recognized a quality blade when he sees one. I mentioned to Mike that I had purchased this blade for half its regular $110 price tag. It was too good a deal to turn down and exactly what I needed.

Next came all the test cuts to assure myself everything was perfectly aligned and calibrated. I took my time doing all that so it tested out perfectly. My new “Baby” was ready to go to work. I cleaned everything and shut down my outside shop for the day, smiling the whole way. 🙂

DeWalt 745 Incra 1000SE Amana Blade

The Harvest

After picking my first cucumber from my garden yesterday I quickly returned today to pluck 4 more little gems. That first sample was certainly tasty yesterday so some of today’s harvest might get shared with my friends at my housing complex. These cucumbers may not be monsters but they are delicious!

Cucumbers July 2017

Cucumber No. 1

There has to be a first with anything. This is the first cucumber harvested from my garden. It’s kind of chunky and short but pretty big in the diameter department. I can report it was really tasty right from the garden. There are a dozen more just slightly smaller ready to pick. I’ll give them a few more days to mature.

Cucumber 01

Incra 1000SE On DeWalt 745 Table Saw

I finally took the time to unbox and install my new table saw miter gauge, the Incra 1000SE. I did it indoors with my DeWalt 745 Contractor’s saw sitting atop my workbench. I did not make cuts with the miter gauge because I still need to calibrate everything after changing my saw table blade. That way all will be zeroed and confirmed square with the fence and blade. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to dragging everything outside to do the rest of the work before making my first cuts. I look forward to many years of good service with one of the best miter gauges on the market. 🙂

DeWalt 745 & Incra 1000SE

Notice To Online Vendors

These are MY rules! If you charge for shipping unless you buy XXX dollars worth of stuff you slide down my scale. If you charge sales tax for Massachusetts you slide way down my acceptable scale. If your prices are the same as anywhere and you charge shipping and/or sales tax you’re OFF my scale. If you mess up my order, strike one. You may delay shipping predicted times if: there’s a natural disaster or blizzard.

I do 90% of my shopping online. I live on a fixed income way below the national poverty line so every penny is precious. There are thousands of online vendors. It’s my money so I can be very picky about who I choose for my purchases. Be aware of that and we might be able to do business.

Vendors I do business with on a regular basis.

Rockler Tools

Lie-Nielsen Tools

Amazon.com Prime – Beware sales tax & higher prices charged to cover  “free” shipping


I Want One Of These

Now this is a cool invention! It’s being tested in the Portland, OR area as an alternative to the big brown trucks of UPS. I think it would be a lot of fun as well as being practical for urban living. It might now be my first choice in a heavy snow area like New England.

How To Hit A Curveball

In major league baseball every batter gears up for life’s fastballs. But to make it in the big league you have to be ready for the occasional curve ball because if you can’t hit a curveball that’s all you’ll see until you can hit it out of the park.

I watch a YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8odVoKIOZvo&t=0s. Cody, known as Wranglerstar, posts videos on his family life in the Pacific Northwest. They are 15 minute snapshots into the daily lives of his homestead, his wife and his son. I’ve come to look forward to each installment of his channel because it’s real life, with all its fastballs and curveballs. Cody and his family are not perfect. They make mistakes as they do their best to live a good Christian life in an unforgiving world. The morals they teach their young son must get him through the curveballs life will certainly throw his way.

No father wants to hear complaints about they way he and his wife have chosen to raise their son. God entrusts us with children and He expects us to treasure that responsibility to raise them properly. That means setting goals and challenges in their life along with clear cut expectations on the proper way to overcome those curveballs and roadblocks we all must overcome. To have to read comments criticising him for being too harsh upsets Cody, and rightfully so. Part of the problem we face in today’s world are parents too ready to look the other way. “Boys will be boys” is not the answer for unacceptable behavior. Our kids need structure, discipline and limits. We are with them as parents for such a short time before they must go out into this harsh world and face the curveballs life hands us. Their life’s experiences and our instruction is all they have to go on.

If you, as parents, are not raising your kids, who is?

Share Your World – July 17, 2017

Share Your World – July 17, 2017

What is your favorite cheese?

That depends on how you use it. On a ham sandwich Swiss is king. On a pizza mozzarella. On a salad I like shredded shredded blue cheese. On spaghetti it’s paresan. In an omelet I like shredded cojack cheese.

Are you left or right handed?

I’m right handed

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

I’m not much on exercise. I don’t want to live forever. I don’t want to be the smartest person in the room either.

Complete this sentence: Hot days are spent indoors with air conditioning.

Tomato Report

Time for another look at my tiny garden. I’ve been faithfully watering everything each day where Mother Nature has not produced showers. I’m happy to report the tomatoes are growing quite nicely, thank you. I stopped counting at 15 tomatoes on my main three plants with many more on the smaller two plants. Just so you know the cucumbers are doing splendidly as well. There’s one bigger cucumber hanging off the container and growing toward the ground. It’s larger than my thumb at this point. I’ll capture a shot of that later.

Three Green Tomatoes