This past weekend I started cutting wood. Things are getting real now.
I started out with a nice big pile of wood. It’s amazing how heavy 10 sheets of 3/4″ of birch/maple plywood is. It’s bad enough getting them in the car and then you realize that when you get home you have to unload them and stack them and then get all of the car seats back in the car.
Since I was going to be making 3 machines, I need 6 sides and that’s not a lot of fun work to do all of those layouts. I decided to make one perfect side and then use that as the template. I really can’t remember the last time that I had used a compass. That had to be dug out of my old art supplies box. Purchased from the Iowa State University bookstore. Good times!
Since I’m using a template, I can just trace the template on the next board and do a quick cut just outside the pencil line with the jigsaw. That way i can trim off the remainder with a flush bit on the router and have an exact duplicate of the template.
Using this method, the time it takes to cut out a side is greatly reduced from about a half hour to less than 5 minutes. It also keeps the perfection of the template intact. It actually takes longer to clamp the boards together than it does to do the cleanup with the router.