New tool: Morso F - Foot operated Guillotine Miter (mitre) Cutter/ chopper

Long name – simple function:   Perfect 45º miters every time. 

Some tools never die

I've been struggling to get my miter cuts perfect while making some picture frames. As you may already know, my workshop is small and powered only with solar electricity.  This leaves me without my large (power hungry) table saw and my trusted crosscut miter sled jig – so high volume consistency and accuracy is difficult with a regular "miter" saw alone.

A friend of mine bought one of these machines a few years ago and I've wanted one ever since. They're not easy to find but as luck would have it, I found one on Craigslist only 150 miles away in Poughkeepsie, NY. They're a small fortune brand new at around $2700 so I think I did alright at $300 after a bit of haggling (which i love to do).

These machines are simple, heavy-duty, dust free, and noiseless. With very little moving parts, they last forever. I'm guessing this one has been around since the 60's? I'll probably hang onto it for another 50 years or so.

Some tools never die

Some helpful links if you're interested:

Morso Homepage

Buyers Guide (very thorough)

Blade (knife) Sharpening in USA






Lake George Island Camping

My grandparents started camping on the Lake George islands in 1934. This was at a time when the campsite was fully maintained by those who camped and spending an entire summer on the island was not unheard of. In fact, that's exactly what my grandparents did. From late June, until early September they would spend their entire summer out on the islands.

Fast forward to today and we managed to eke out a weekend. A reason to celebrate.

We camped with my brother and his wife who have their anniversary a day after ours and who are also expecting their first born. Our celebration agenda included eating, swimming, reading, long naps - maybe a boat ride, and then eating again. Timing is everything.

Why we don't do this more often is beyond me. The two days spent out on the island were so peaceful I can only imagine what an entire summer would do for the soul.