The WIA Show Begins in a Parking lot in Hawthorne, Calif.

The primary cease after leaving the Los Angeles Worldwide
Airport: the Lowe’s in close by Hawthorne, Calif. I wanted
lumber, instruments and for my first demonstration at

Woodworking in America
tomorrow: Construct a Sawbench in an

Shopping for dimensional lumber on the West Coast is at all times a shock.
A couple of decade in the past, I purchased some fir to construct a workbench and
was amazed on the stunning clear fir. So thick. So plentiful.
So… moist. Once I ripped it on the desk noticed, a stream of water
hit me within the face. No lie.

So now I do know to learn the indicators with care – many locations promote
the stuff both inexperienced or kiln-dried.

This Lowe’s had an incredible collection of dimensional fir in sizes I
can not purchase within the Midwest, together with a four&occasions;12 x eight’. Two of these
would make a pleasant workbench prime.

However I used to be there to purchase lumber for 2 sawbenches. I briefly
thought of 4x8s for the highest, however they seemed fairly beat up.
The four&occasions;6 materials, then again, was clear, straight and

So I purchased that for the highest, plus some kiln-dried 2x4s for the
legs and 1&occasions;eight pine for the gussets. Up to now, so good. Till I acquired
the stuff to the rental automotive.

I wanted to
crosscut the elements to slot in the trunk. So out got here two
5-gallon buckets to function ersatz sawbenches and my Stanley
SharpTooth noticed. You already know what occurs subsequent. The locals cease to
watch the loopy man handsawing within the car parking zone. So I acquired a
good warm-up on my demo for the WIA.

I additionally seen that my SharpTooth was getting uninteresting, so I ducked
again into the Lowe’s and located a brand new one – the 15-088. It had a
picket deal with (for a four-finger grip, sadly) and the
deal with was truly properly rounded off. Heck they already
eliminated the decrease horn for me on the manufacturing facility.

Nonetheless, it is a nice USA-made noticed for $20. The one factor I
don’t take care of is the truth that the tooth are
induction-hardened, so you can not refile the tooth – they’re
too dang laborious. I’m going to chop my previous one up and make some
scrapers. I can’t stand to throw instruments away.

So now I’m sitting at my lodge watching a thunderstorm roll in
over Pasadena. Ready for the beer to get chilly.

— Christopher Schwarz

Remember to cease by
Woodworking in America
this weekend on the Pasadena
Conference Heart – three days of wood-nerdery taken to the
highest stage potential.

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