Tuesday, February 28, 2006
I like making things. It's such a sense of achievement when things turn out right.
Over the years I've discovered that there is nothing like having the right tool for the job.
I also don't mind spending money on good quality tools that last.
After going to some effort to get advice from the 'experts' at B&Q (the UK equivalent of Home Depot), I was advised to buy a small table saw to cut the big sheets of plywood I'd be using. It's the blue thing in the middle of the picture. In the event that proved hopeless, if not downright dangerous.
Next I tried a jigsaw (after more expert advice), which you can see in the front right of the picture, which did the job, but it was almost impossible to get a straight edge good enough to use.
For now, I've settled on a Black & Decker power hand saw which, although slow, cuts a neat line exactly as I want it. You can see it lying on the piece of plywood I've just cut. It also, rather handily, doubles as a jigsaw.
After looking at the Black & Decker website, I'm thinking that maybe a circular saw would be even better.
Anyway, that table saw is going back to where it came from. I'm pretty annoyed at being given such shoddy advice by people who should know better!
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