I am quickly wrapping up my time in Dayton, OH with my parents. Soon Pam and I will be in the rented PT Cruiser on the way to Cleveland to spend New Years. While I was in Dayton, I did take advantage of some projects that I could do. In fact, for one, I probably wasted way too much time taking advantage of wireless internet trying to “pimp out” this website. I also got a shot on how my Old Man did beef jerky, though I think it was more something new for the both of us: I really don’t think he’s ever smoked jerky, and I’ve never made it at all.
I also came up with an idea to build a “dog-table” to raise and hold the dog bowls off the ground and allow our greyhounds (or gayhounds as we affectionately call them) easier access to them. Since my dad has about 20yrs on me for collecting wood-working tools, I figured I’d build the dog-table in Dayton. You can get an idea for the design from the picture below.
The table top was the first thing we made, and it came together better than I thought using a router to cut out the circles for the dog bowls. I also made a “placemat” for the dogs to attach to the skirt of the table under their respective bowls. Making the skirt, however, was pretty sloppy. The thing that bit us was we really needed a compound-miter saw to get the angled cuts we were looking for. Unfortunately, that’s probably the only tool my dad didn’t have. We thought about how we could most easily get the angled cuts with the other available tools: circular saw (no), table saw (a little too complicated for the short/precise cuts we were looking for), and a joiner/planar (which is what we decided to go with).
I don’t recommend using a joiner/planar to make angled cuts. We, of course, used a base to stabilize the wood at the angle we wanted, but using this to cut angles has a few shortcomings: 1) I don’t care what angle you set it to, but you really can’t be precise trying to hand-run a board through the joiner about 4-5 times to eventually wittle down to a 30-degree angle and 2) it rips the wood out as you finish pulling the piece through. So now that we have some pretty random angles, some corners that are pretty chopped up, etc, I’ve decided to scrap the skirt we made here. At this point, I’m just going to lick my wounds and take the good stuff I do have and finish it at home in Savannah; there I have a sliding compound miter saw waiting to be used.