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Making Sawdust Again

Jeff the bandsaw was glad to see me, as were the rest of the tools.  They had grown worried that I might never come back, but I explained that I didn’t love them any less, but that I had been working on my writing a lot over the last year.

Tools are very forgiving and we set to our new project.  The steady cam is on its way.  Well, I’ve purchased all the bits I believe I’ll need.  The heavy duty belt and a 5 lb and 10 lb weight for to balance it all out, should be the last of it, unless I decided to add a backpack and lighting.

The first wooden part is the bracket that will hold my ipad 2 securely.  I love my ipad 2 and showed it to the tools.  Everyone was very impressed and we took a couple of photos.  The first step is to create a routing template for cutting the space where the ipad 2 will rest.  It has been a long time since I used my router, so I had to get online and check out a few things, just for safety.  It turns out I did remember the direction I needed to cut, so that was a relief.  Before cutting though, I used my circular saw to cut a piece of board for the template.

After that was done, I used the ipad 2 to draw the outline.  Now, since the template piece will mean I can’t cut up to the line, I had to add additional space all the way around to take this into account.  The routing out takes some time, as I am taking 2 passes first time through and may take one additional pass to get to the depth I want.

The important thing is that I’m making sawdust, again!  It is fun and I’m very excited about the project.

Back to the Shop

I’m very excited to announce I have a new woodworking project!  I went to the Woodsmith Store in West Des Moines, today and bought parts for my creation.  Last night I put up a video of our signings and it got me thinking.  Usually when that happens it is a sign of troubles on the horizon, but I think I can pull this one off without too many fatalities.

There is a tool called a steadycam.  It is used by camera people to get smoother shots without camera shake.  The device has the camera on a platform that is counter balanced with an equal weight.  This then smoothes out the bumps when the person with the camera is walking.

I’m planning a ridiculously over engineered steadycam that will hold my ipad 2 and my iphone, possibly a light, and maybe a laser beam.  It will require four pivot points, a belt of some sort to attach it to my hips, and possibly a backpack to hold a battery for the light.  I’ll be using alien technology for the laser beam.  Don’t tell anyone.  I digress.

Admittedly, the main parts are finely machined bits of metal that I bought, but there pieces that I will design from wood.  The brackets that hold the ipad 2 and iphone will be wood.  The counter balances may be grotesquely over designed bits of wood and the handles will definitely be fashioned from dead tree.

I don’t have any photos, yet, but I will tomorrow.  I’m too excited to write anymore.  I better get to it.