The Day The LR32 Came To Town

Well - Today was a slow day. After spending most of the morning cleaning the shop, building a fire, watching youtube videos, smoking a little, and then cleaning some more, watching some more, playing with the fire some more and then making two trips out for coffee - I finally had to pull the trigger and get the LR32 system out of it’s box and give it a go.

Toby - Making sure that the “Warm Morning” is protected and burning hot. With his help - the shop was a nice 63 degrees today - much better than the 28 that we had outside.

Toby - Making sure that the “Warm Morning” is protected and burning hot. With his help - the shop was a nice 63 degrees today - much better than the 28 that we had outside.

What was life like before YouTube? With a little help - you can learn anything (just avoid the entire part of YouTube and Blackheads….)

What was life like before YouTube? With a little help - you can learn anything (just avoid the entire part of YouTube and Blackheads….)

Give a man a Church Warden and a bag of Long Leaf…..

Give a man a Church Warden and a bag of Long Leaf…..

I had purchased this little bad boy a couple of years ago for a set of cabinets I was building for my Dad's house - but once he gave me an excuse to do something different for his needs - I quickly and quietly put the LR32 Systainer away on a shelf and tried to forget about it.

Festool LR32

Festool LR32

It's not that I didn't WANT to use it. I did. I was just scared. The Germans scare me sometimes - the ones at Festool do often - especially when it comes to the "kits" that you can use with the Festool systems.

Festool LR32, Festool Clamping Set, Steel City 1.5 HP Table Saw, and Cabinet Sides for new Shop Cabinets

Festool LR32, Festool Clamping Set, Steel City 1.5 HP Table Saw, and Cabinet Sides for new Shop Cabinets

Sure - We can all understand how to use the Kepex, or the Vacuums, and even the track saws easily enough (although - there are still parts of the Kepex that I don't touch - they seem to adjust things that should never need to be changed - those little green knobs and levers - just sitting there....)

Anyway - If we can all figure out how to use a drill or a track saw - all of that goes away once you get into the set of accessories that you can get with the routers... Esp the mother of them all - the LR32.

From the very start - you know that you're fucked just by the name.

LR32

It isn't a name - It's a German Order for Pain, like Order 66 in Star Wars.

So this morning, there I was. Looking at the box of pain and rewatching youtube videos trying to figure out how to make this box of parts come together into a system that can give me "simple and beautiful" 8mm dole holes down the length of the front and back of my new shop cabinets...

“Blueprints”

“Blueprints”

After stopping to have another smoke, haul in some wood for the fire and make sure that Toby was warm and happy - we finally dug in an tried making some holes.

Festool is silly $$ - but when the whole system works together like this - it feels like magic. Very expense green german magic.

Festool is silly $$ - but when the whole system works together like this - it feels like magic. Very expense green german magic.

And don't you know - it worked. And it worked well. And quick.

The initial setup was a little heavy - but once you got the stops figured out (in both directions!), it wasn't bad. With a bit of Festool MFT clamping magic and some Jerry Garcia on the shop Apple TV playing - we were making holes in no time!

Beautiful 8mm holes!

Beautiful 8mm holes!

Ahh! The 1400 EQ. The Beautiful Big Sister!

Ahh! The 1400 EQ. The Beautiful Big Sister!

Started - Ended up getting them done before we left the shop today - just forgot to get the finished picture.

Started - Ended up getting them done before we left the shop today - just forgot to get the finished picture.