Monday, July 9, 2012

Angle Madness! - Photo Update of Top Bevel

Progress on Angle Madness has been slow with the amazing heat in my shop: 95-98ºF.

I'm currently working on flattening veneer and getting substrate panels ready that will become the top and bottom surfaces of each tier.

Additionally, if you recall, I ripped a strip of stock off the side of the board used to cut the parts for the top tier.  That strip is to become the top bevel portion of the diamond.  Cutting it is the same process as I used for the tiers in the first place... except everything is mirror imaged.  When I was filming the episode on doing that dimensioning, I didn't do this top bevel portion.

I think this will add a nice finishing touch to the diamond shape.  It isn't Dominoed or attached in any way for this photo; it is just sitting there.  The lengths of the pieces need to exactly match the lengths of the pieces below for the corners to exactly line up and give a cross pattern to the joint.  Now that all the pieces are cut very close, I'll trim the 2 that are a hair too long.  I'm amazed I accidentally cut them "too long"!

If you click the photos to see them larger and zoom, you can see the registration marks I made on veneer tape kept the grain nice and continuous.  It'll wrap nicely.

Here's a better view of the side since the front bevels are rather slight.

Speaking of that fatiguing heat... it finally broke me down... I'm getting a Fujitsu 30CLX1 mini-split A/C unit installed this weekend.  I. Can't. Wait.  :)  It's oversized, but the beauty of the mini-splits is the inverter-driven compressors.  Once they get close to the target temperature, they cool less and work less.  Having it oversized means it'll be able to drop the temperature faster (or handle a larger shop when I move!)  Compare that to a normal home A/C unit that isn't inverter driven: they come on hard then shut off at the target temperature so they tend to hammer the compressor.  If one is oversized, it cycles hard and is bad for the unit.  No such penalty for the mini-splits.

The fact that I can have the unit easily disconnected for moving then re-installed makes the purchase easier.  Plus I'll get its benefit many nights of the week from June through end of September.  Definitely past due.

Scheduling the install killed my motivation to be in the shop this week when next week it will be... comfortable!


  • ChrisHasFlair said...


    I like the shape of the top tier. it looks like... a diamond.

    Here's an idea: paint your garage door to look like the door of an oven!


  • Ben Strano said...

    More shop time means more videos!

    Nice PM... this will become one of your most important tools.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Good idea, Chris... wonder if 'kiln' would be more appropriate :)

    Definitely, Ben... recording in that heat is tricky. I keep my 'video' shirt on the side, dry up, put it on, try recording before getting too hot, change again. The laundry alone is phenomenal :)

  • Gerry said...

    Love the way you take on these challenges!
    Looks grest so far.
    Congrats on the a/c unit. One caution I found with mine is dust buildup from the shop. Solution for me is a furnace filter box around the air intake. Don't know if you have easy access with the split unit but goes a long way to keep efficiency up in our toasty environment.


  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks, Gerry... for the split unit, the air handler had a wide door on the front and a removable and washable filter so I'm happy about that. I don't usually get too much airborne dust, but if it happens I plan on putting a filter on the inside to help and run the fan so it acts like an air cleaner. Frankly, I want to set the temperature so low the airborne dust freezes and falls out of suspension :)

  • Gerry said...

    Should make it -2°K......

  • Monte said...

    627I am glad you found this type of AC. I put mine about 4 years ago and it a heat pump and will heat the shop until it gets down to about40.
    You will enjoy it very much.

  • Pitbull said...

    As an avid A/C user myself you will find that your work flow increases drastically. I ended up just cutting in a window unit into a side door because it was cheap and efective...and while during these hotter months here in florida I can not get my shop that very cold...about 76 degrees at best...I do get a low 40% humidity which is fantastic.


  • HalfInchShy said...

    Definitely agree with both of you, Monte and Jason.

    I'm actually getting things done now on my Angle Madness project :) Once I decided on the installation, I never once went into the shop... no way when it was going to be cooler later! Finally making progress on this long veneering step of the project so "film at 11" soon.

  • ChrisHasFlair said...


    Would you consider this new addition your most important power tool? Is it green and blue?


  • Tim Raleigh said...

    Those Fuji units are nice. Do you have the wireless controller with yours? While you may not need to those units heat a space extremely effectively. You have to turn them off to finish 'cause it blows a lot of air around though.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Hi, Tim,

    Yes, the Fujitsu I got has a wireless remote; there's a wired panel you can get, but it doesn't get me any additional capabilities.

    The air mixer is fantastic! I don't like feeling blowing air on me, but this mixes well without being felt very much. It's why after 10 minutes, the shop (starting at 95º some days) feels comfortable though it is still over 90º. Takes about 35 minutes to go from 95º to 78º

    I don't spray in my shop anyway; that's why I have a side-yard :)

    When I got a quote for the unit, the guy asked if I wanted heating as well. The speed and colorful language of my reply made it clear no heating was necessary! Uhg, middle of winter, I love the garage door open even when it gets down to 45º!

    I have a radiant heater from Lee Valley. 15 minutes at high takes care of the working area enough for me, then low for the evening.