I recently met Astronaut Jerry Ross at a book signing. He is the first human to be sent to space 7 times. He has spent over 1,393 hours in space; 58 hours were spent over 9 EVAs. This record breaking astronaut was kind enough to sign my circular slide rule.
It goes without saying that I was ecstatic to meet him. In less exciting news, I glued two pieces of wood together.
This board is my circular saw guide. Rather than rely on my ability to make a straight cut, the saw rides on the lower board and is kept straight by the top board. While this is not as impressive as creating a carbon dioxide filter out of a sock, I do enjoy the simplicity and efficacy of this jig. If you need more instruction than the thousand words I provided, you may find them on the Family Handyman website.
Even if I could not cut straight I also made jig to allow me to joint an edge with my router.
A wavy edged board is started at the infeed, run through the bit, and is straight at the outfeed. A half inch straight bit is used to joint the piece. The infeed and outfeed areas are parallel, but the infeed fence is offset by 1/16 of an inch.
Neither of these jigs are all that impressive, but they are helpful. For the sake of comparison, Col. Ross was test flight pilot when he was my age. I’m happy I can make a board straight.