Skip to main content
Publish date:

And the purpose was?

I found an interesting relic in my shop yesterday. Nicely made, but I have no idea why I made it.

For that matter, I have no idea what it even is. It’s made of 3/4" plywood, with a hole in the exact center. For whatever reason, I’ve sanded it very smooth. Clearly, I used a disc sander on the outer circumference and a spindle sander in the center hole. But the question is why?

AJBLOG-889 image

The dimensions seem oddly specific to something, as it’s exactly 4-1/8" in diameter, while the hole is 1-9/16". I suppose those dimensions could just be random, as if I needed something “about four inches” and cut the circle freehand on the band saw and that’s just the size it turned out. But 1-9/16" for the center hole? I checked and, yes, I have a Forstner bit that size but I really had to search for it, so I doubt I just grabbed it at random.

The thing of it is, is that I have this vague, nagging memory of making the darned thing sometime in the last six months or so, but no idea why. I’m guessing I needed something exactly that size for a jig, or maybe for photography purposes. I just don’t remember. But it’s turning into a fun mystery. I’ve placed it prominently in my shop where I’ll see it every day. I figure eventually I’ll stumble over its purpose. Then, I suppose it’ll make perfect sense.

Related Articles

And then what?

I’m always annoyed by online posts that relate some event, but then never follow up to tell me what eventually happened. Here, then, a few follow-ups.

AJBLOG-1020 image

And speaking of firsts…

“There’s always a first time” is one of those old sayings that applies to everything, especially woodworking.

All-purpose pest

Just when it looks like we’re catching a break with tree-killing predators, another comes along that’s even worse.

AJBLOG-1017 image

Art thief

Hey, I can’t think of everything. That’s why I steal great woodworking ideas wherever I can.

Packing it in

I have a lot of shop work coming up, but none of it will take place in my shop. So, I have to take my shop with me.

Be mine

Sally found a Valentine decoration online – made of wood! – and there was no way I could let her buy it.

(Not) feeling the heat – Part two

I got extremely lucky with my shop heating issue, and hopefully what I ended up doing will be helpful to some of you, too.

(Not) feeling the heat – Part one

I gotta do something about the temperature of my shop.