Thursday, June 21, 2012

You can never be too careful...

This is my first woodworking accident that required a trip to hospital. I was searching for some lost microfibre (that I need for the next stage of glueing) when I caught my hand on some sheet metal shelving. With thanks to the local emergency department, a few sutures and its all better. (I'm still to find the tin of fibre).

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Lectern Dry Fit

 It's always a good time when the pieces come together and the project comes to life. 

The internal frame of the lectern top is complete. The joinery (all done by hand) is formed by interlocking half-laps and rebate. The angles sat at 15 and 30 degrees made for a bit of fun. 

The design at this point again becomes complicated. A series of holes need to be drilled for the adjustable height mechanism and to tunnel the wiring. Final decisions need to be made in relation to the location and size of the holes. This is not a step to be rushed.

(And I really need to clean up my bench.)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Lectern: Locating the XLR sockets...


Part of the lectern design brief was to incorporate microphone cabling within the structure. Essentially this acts as an extension cable from a socket at the tope to one at the bottom and looks neater. By using two increases flexibility; it allows redundancy should one break, stereo microphones if required, or one can host a gooseneck lamp. 

Now I need to decide which of two options would be best to place the mounts. The first  inside the top carcass, the second outside it. Placing them inside is easier and neater, but runs the risk of the documents on the lectern overlapping. Placing them outside requires extra pieces of wood as the top is too thin.

Any suggestions?

More to come on the construction of the top carcass. But here's a sneak peak.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Schwarz on Sharpening

'When you pick a sharpening system, think of it as an old-fashioned wedding. You should devote yourself to one system. Spurn all others. Try to explore the system you picked in immense detail. Take good care of your sharpening medium. Keep it clean. Keep things true. Keep everything ready to go at all times. Do these things, and the rewards will be immense.'

C. Schwarz, The Anarchist's Tool Chest, p. 267.

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