So I had a lesson in humility today. My scheme failed. The end mill router bit tore out the fiber almost as bad as the flush trim bit I tried to use yesterday. So I had to admit that I didn’t have the tools or means to mill my own blocks and call up the expensive guy with a time saver sander.
Several people had told me he was “difficult” to work with but I found him to be quite a pleasent guy. Very deliberate, honest and competent with his amazing machine. At $2.80 per minute one would hope that to be the case. In one hour we had all the blocks sanded and flattened.
The visit was interesting as well as constructive. His shop had some of the greatest machines I have seen. A 20+ inch jointer, 40+ inch belt sander and an incredible collection of shaper cutter heads mounted in the wall were the highlights. We had a good conversation about the world of woodworking and I was happy to learn he shared my optimistic view that there is an increasing interest in local,small scale fabrication and craft.
So the frustrating experience of failing at one task turned into an expensive but enlightening morning.