Wednesday, July 19, 2017
My birthday present
My sons took me out last week for a birthday celebration, perfectly calibrated to the things I love to do, and none of the things I don't. First off, sushi for lunch.
In each of the stores we walked every one of the aisles, discussing all the things for sale -- what you might use them for, what makes them so expensive (or so cheap). Stories of kitchen and shop mishaps of the past abounded. A few legitimate needs were answered, plus a bunch of impulse buys, but of course the conversation and the companionship were the best parts of the afternoon.
Here are some of my new toys:
The new saw solves both problems. Because it cuts on the pull stroke, you don't need a vise, just a piece of wood clamped to the bench. Nestle your dowel or whatever against the lip, hold the saw horizontally and saw against the edge of the wood till the teeth just graze the surface of the bench. Just a bit of guidance from your left hand to hold the other end of the dowel against the wood lip, while the action of the saw holds the business end firmly in place with each stroke.
A wonderful birthday celebration! We sure raised a couple of great kids.