I did take a number of assembly pictures for you, but actually, I'm not going to share them in this post. If you're interested then go check out my Google+ stream.
Instead, let's jump right to the interesting stuff! I was desperate to find out how to use the table saw and to discover what it can do. The collection of photos above are my first ever attempts at ripping wood. You'll see that I was fixating on how thin a strip I could create and how clean a cut I could achieve. I'm wondering here how easy it would be to produce fretboards and veneers. I tried with mahogany, ebony and maple and the results were brilliant! This is something that I've always struggled with in the past. I wouldn't say that it was always easy to get it right, but with a bit of practice and luck, I reckon I can make this work!
I'm going to call out a couple of things that I've learnt here.
Firstly, I did try and use the Fury with the safety guard on, but eventually, I removed it. I know... it was provided for a reason... but I found it too difficult to keep an eye on what I was doing when I couldn't see the blade. I like to look my enemy straight in the eyes. I hope I don't live to regret this bravado.
Secondly, I'm going to point out that the riving knife (the bit that sits directly behind the circular blade) is too thick at the top, preventing me from partially cutting wood that is taller than the the blade. Perhaps this is a safety feature, but I'm finding it bloody annoying. If you know why this is as it is, then please drop me a comment.
The top is three planks glued. You'll remember the fun and games I had doing this sort of thing when I built the Grand Poobah ukulele. This was a much easier, made simple by the table saw. I've still got more to learn in terms of technique, but you can see here that I managed to pull it off for this table.
Another thing I tried out on the top was some round-over routing, top and bottom. Save a couple of dents here and there, I managed to pull this off too! It really adds a professional touch. Being such a soft wood, I found working with pine really easy. The only thing to watch are the knots. They can throw the router bit if you're not paying attention. How do I know this? Yep... guilty! ;-)
I'm going to leave you with this beautiful song I happened across last week. It's called Cursed Sleep and is by Bonnie "Prince" Billy. I love it!
It reminds me a little of my all time favourite Beck album... Sea Change. I love the orchestration and sombre feel. This sings to my soul. I would love to share a whiskey with Prince Billy and maybe we could knock out a tune or two. Ha ha. The Prince and the King... wouldn't that be something! ;-)
Well, okay, I'll throw in a little tune I wrote earlier this week. Here's a demo of a song I call Home. It's another Desert Groove offering. This time, even I'm hearing a snatch or two of Johnny Cash in my voice. I'm not doing it intentionally, but hey, it's no bad thing. I do make all sorts of mistakes in the demo, but you get the gist of what it's all about. I think I need someone else to sing those choruses for me. Any takers? Are you up for it Prince Billy? ;-)