With our impending move pressuring the time frame on this project as well as my wife being out of town this weekend this was a big weekend in the shop trying to get as much as possible done. I can’t say at this point that I got all of the...
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Location: Southbury, CT
Since I was a kid I have been interested in carpentry and woodworking. My first real experience with woodworking came in high school when I took two years of shop class. During my second year I was bored with the regular projects and started making up my own projects to do, including an Adirondack chair and end table set that I auctioned off for charity.
Through college my woodworking was put on hold due to a combination about a lack of interest and opportunity. When I graduated college (Univ. of Conn. '08) I moved to New Orleans to help run a non-profit rebuilding organization.
Eventually I was entered into something called the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment's Apprenticeship Program. This was an educational and work program training apprentices in how to adapt high quality old world building techniques to modern building practices. In this program I was trained in making architectural millwork--doors, windows, moulding, fireplace mantles, ornamental brackets.
I'm now working as an Store Manager for Lumber Liquidators. I really never thought much about flooring before I started working there, but have since learned a ton about wood which I really have enjoyed. Since I really haven't had a shop lately, I have spent much of the last year trying to learn much as possible.
My wife and I purchased a house in July of 2012 and have spent all of my free time working on everything that the house needs (which was pretty much everything). That was going all well and good and then we had a baby in October 2013. Now the list of projects still sits there, but the amount of free time isn't as plentiful.
-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson
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The main body of the alligator is a box. My problem has been that I don’t have a planer or joiner so making a box with tight joints is rather difficult. I sanded them out a little bit, but ended up having to make the joints a bit rough and t...
So over the past few weeks I have been looking into trying to figure out what kind of wood I wanted. All I could really afford was pine. I looked at the box stores and as much as loved clear or select pine it was way too expensive. Even the whitew...
So I was nearing the end of the end of my current project, and while waiting for finish to dry, I started to get the cut list ready for the Rocking Alligator. It is my first big project that I am making on my own (in a long time) and am glad I hav...