Background: I'm making a box for my daughter to store her carving knife and gouge set. It's going to be 8W x 12L x 3H made out of 1/2 AC plywood. The corners will be mitered with splines for added strength.
Lesson 1 - I like my new Incra 1000SE miter gauge. This is the first project I've used it for. I used it to crosscut the pieces and it worked as desired. I've already built Mod 0 of a jig to cut the splines in the corners of the box and attached it with the t-track bolts.
Lesson 2 - I need some dust collection for my Jet contractor saw. I have an "El Cheapo" 450 CFM dust collector that was handed down by my father in law. Hooking that up to the dust port on the bottom of the saw at least kept the saw from spitting saw dust back at me. I know I need "real" dust collection but getting that hooked up when in use wold be an improvement. Need to find some 4" flex hose to hook it up.
Lesson 3 - My new Magswitch Feather Board works great, but is directional?!? I have a right tilt saw and was using the fence on the left of the blade while I was ripping a board at 45 degrees. I used it "backwards" - feathers pointing away from the blade - but it seemed to work fine. I'll have to look at other options - Lee Valley has a Magswitch double sided one in their catalog.
Lesson 4 - My 24 inch bench rule is too long for working on small projects. I need a 6 inch and a 12 inch. Lee Valley has inexpensive bench rules in their catalog. Are they good enough for a weekend woodworker? My 24 inch is the low end center finder rle from Woodcraft.
Lesson 5 - I need to make my zero clearance inserts. As I was cutting the rebates on the strips they would drop into the opening on the standard throat plate if I wasn't careful. I've cut 2 blanks out of oak ply. They are a hair shy on depth to be level with the table. How do you folks shim your inserts? I was thinking of threading in set screws similar to the OEM throat plate.
Lesson 6 - Titebond really means "Don't stress a joint for 24 hours" really means 24 hours. I popped a glued up corner by accident after waiting only 45 mins. Oops!
Lesson 7 - My thought of making a small 24 by 36 rolling work table to hold all the tools used during a project it woefully inadequate. I was using a laminated top 36 x 48 table and it was WAY too small. I don' have room to store a large rolling work table, so I need a Plan B. My 2 car garage normally holds 2 cars, so everything needs to be parked on the perimeter of MY half of the garage.
Lesson 8 - I need a knockdown outfeed table for the table saw. Knockdown due to the space considerations above. The short strips I was cutting today were falling off the back of the saw - not a great thing if you don't like dinged corners on your pieces.
I'm sure I missed a few things. Thanks for reading.
PS - As soon as it's together, I post some pic's of the box.