This week was certainly more about the business of woodworking than the woodworking itself. Having 3 weeknights go to other activities sure didn't help either.
I considered the constellation cipher wheels finally dry and did not want to attempt another coat. They look and feel great so I buffed them down to take off any nibs, waxed the center disc and then attached it to the center bolt with a bit of blue Loctite. That's the removable kind so the center can be removed in case there is a need a fix something. After that, it was time for their closeup as I got pictures of both of them, edited the photos a tad to look great (my setup is far from perfect). Then it was on to Etsy to create the listings for each. Can't sell them if I don't post them and posting needs good photos. So its a process. With photo's in hand I also added a page here on my own site for the new items.
I'm also writing an article for an upcoming magazine which is a lot of fun. I've spent a lot of time in the shop getting pictures of the jigs and fixtures I use to make puzzle boxes. Of course then I have to do some photo editing and of course the exciting writing part. I do like writing and my worst problem will likely be having too much content. What can I say, I like to do a good job!
A real benefit of writing the article is that it game me the impetus to make some jigs and upgrade a few things I already had. Sometimes I get busy and I just figure I'll get to those side jobs at some point. Well, now I had a reason to do them. I made most of my existing table saw sleds hold downs and stops more adjustable, picked up a few new toggle clamps and came up with new ways to hold pieces and keep my hands away. This was also a great time to straighten up around the shop and make things look nice for pictures. I'm glad to have the new lighting as that really helps photography.
I did some building and made a flat assembly jig for the puzzle work. This goes along with my corner assembly jig. Both are used for gluing up block puzzles and I'm glad to have them ready whenever I need them. The flat assembly jig is just a piece of MDF with two hardwood edges glued on. The only important part is the edges are nice and flat and perfect square to each other. That way you can position parts on it for gluing. Same goes for the corner jig, which is just 3 pieces glued into an open box and you need them all very square to each other. Put a lot of wax on them and nothing should ever stick. These came from Brian Menold's excellent book on puzzle making.
Occasionally some time away from production is good as new ideas start bouncing around in my head. I might need to get on some prototyping soon.
That's been the week. Until next time, stay dusty.