"Imagination is more important than knowledge" -Albert Einstein
So today was interesting. I drove over to another neighborhood wood shop to see if they would mill by end grain butcher blocks on their time-saver wide-belt sander. No dice. The shop manager didn’t want to burn up a belt on end grain. I can’t blame him for that. End grain does wreak havoc on equipment. But he was not very friendly at all and was a bit disrespectful. A trait that I am finding to be very common among woodworkers here in the East Bay. I’ll work on figuring out the reason behind that later.
A bit discouraged I went for a short climb at the gym to clear my head. After the climb I drove back to the shop, plugged in my ear buds and spent an hour banging together my own little mill using a few cauls, a bunch of clamps and a router. This is what I love about woodworking. Getting cornered by a problem then using your wits to figure out a work around. One of the other shop mates is an old curmudgeon cabinetmaker. No doubt he has some wisdom but his outlook is quite bleak and he is always focusing on the negative side of things. He is a true “Debbie Downer”. When he looked at what I was building he scoffed and said it wouldn’t work. ”Sub it out,” he said, “grin and bear it and just pay someone to sand them for you.” He didn’t know how to mill end-grain on his own and he had no imagination to look at the problem and try to come up with a solution. Instead he just sneered and spewed negativity. I aspire to be Nothing like that guy.
Anyways, it did work in that if flattened the board quickly and easily, but there was quite a bit of tear out. I attribute that to my not having the correct bit for the router. My buddy Andy is going to loan me an end mill bit and I am going to give it a shot tomorrow morning. Stay tuned for results… If it works, (and it will) old crabby pants will get an earful.