First, a quick update is in order. The Moxon vise is completed. I ended up being able to turn the dowels for the screws on the lathe, so no store bought dowels were used in the construction of the vise. I tried to use them, but they didn't agree with my threadbox.
I began milling some cherry earlier this week for that project, before a nasty stomach bug came through and grounded everyone here but the dogs. I'm hoping to get back to it Monday. Some of you have likely heard about this, but for those who haven't: here's the deal. Go to Wood Magazine to download the plans, order your lumber if you need to- Bell Forest Products has kits available and is donating for every kit they sell- build the easel, submit a picture to Marc at The Wood Whisperer. That's it, you're done. For each submission (1 per person) Marc Spagnuolo will donate $5.00 to Cancer Care. The best part is that he has lined up corporate sponsors, all of which are donating as well. They include the likes of Festool, Hock Tools, and Microjig,in addition to Bell Forest, and Wood Magazine.
If the project in the plan is just a bit out of reach for you, Steve Ramsey over at Woodworking For Mere Mortals has designed a bit more basic version of the easel. Steve has also partnered with Marc and will make $5.00 donations of his own for each easel completed. For information and plans on Steve's version of the project go to Woodworking For Mere Mortals. In addition, Steve is auctioning off his easel and donating the proceeds to Cancer Care. The deadline for submissions is December 9, 2013, so get going.
If you're like me, cancer has touched your life. It rarely has a positive effect. Cancer Care helps patients and their families with the day to day things, giving them less to be concerned with. To learn more about them, you can visit their website here: http://www.cancercare.org/. If you aren't a woodworker- read many of my family and friends who follow this blog- you can still help out. Just visit http://community.cancercare.org/wwfc to make a donation. If you can't build or donate, spread the word!