Sunday, August 30, 2009
Am I Doing This Right?
I was invited to participate in the "Boring Cat Fight" at the WIA Conference in October and compete against Megan Fitzpatrick and Heather Griffin to see who can bore a 3/4" plumb hole in a piece of pine the fastest.
Sure, I said. How big a blow to my ego can it be? The problem was, I had never bored a hole by hand before, so I figured I'd better practice.
This old, junky piece of lignum vitae has been laying around the shop for years, so it became my test piece.
I didn't do too badly but only 85% of the holes were plumb. Ugh. I'm going to have to do better than that if I want to save face.
So I've started doing push ups to increase my upper body strength and so far I can do about 30 in a minute.
But they're only the one-handed kind. I still have to work up to the two-handed version.
Megan, Heather, and whoever else decides to go head-to-head in the boring competition—you have nothing to worry about. Believe me, I'm no threat.