Faithful readers will remember yesterday's troubles with finding wood. I spent most of today in lazy apprehension about this, since I didn't want to show up to class the second day of the semester with incomplete work. But, having no car, friends in my new section, or knowledge of where to pick up wood, I certainly didn't have many prospects. Settling on the plan to complete as many high-quality diagrams as possible, I left the woodshop alone.
In the end, someone did pick up some wood for me--not wood, in fact, but particle board, which is NOT what I wanted--and so I was able to use the woodshop tonight and teach myself how to use the table saw. I've never used powertools (or wood, for that matter), so that was a new experience for me. Thus, in a desperate attempt for comments to validate my existence, I have a question for all those with experinece: do you have any tips on using a table saw? I ended up ruining quite a bit of particle board, but I have a dreadful feeling that my instructor will tell me I should have been using plywood all along and I'll be redoing all these pieces next week. I'm still further along in the project than anyone else in my section, though.
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