72 Hours of Woodworking #1: Find the Little Woodsman ... in ME!

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Blog entry by Scott Wigginton posted 09-13-2008 02:55 AM 1747 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally had a day off without having kid duty, so I decided to Find the Little Woodsman ... in ME!

So I grabbed my hatchet, and went to work looking for Wood!

I ran across a large Red Oak and took it down a notch or two.

I was feeling rather cocky until I got to the stump, we called it a truce and I headed on my way, but not without first giving it a little what-for.

Now that my maniacal side was appeased, I went to a local plywood manufacturer who was liquidating and picked up about 50 full sheets on the cheap.

Here are five sheets of Birch ply with poplar core for a future tool cabinet and two sheets of 1/2 MDF core (with sometype of veneer) which I’ll be using for some shop jigs (only $3 sheet for the MDF core! If only my truck springs were not already crushed flat!)

The real motherload was a pallet of quarter-sheets with a diamondized UV topcoat in several species (birch/maple/hickory/cherry/oak). They’re 1/2” ply-core but were such a deal because there is a defect/blemish on each, normally not larger than a dime and easy to cut around. Some dark cherry and hickory staging on my TS.

A closeup of the Red Oak topcoat, pretty good quality and major timesaver for small projects.

The pallet contained a total of 150 pieces, making a pretty impressive stack.

While at Woodcraft the other day I also picked up some Hard Maple/Walnut/Purpleheart for a future box design. It’s a Beta

You might be wondering if we’re actually gonna get to any real woodworking yet, and the answer is …

Nope. ‘Cause I picked up a jointer the other day and as you can see in the photo…

… it needs a bit of work. The night before I put in three hours, a bunch of Rust Off, Wet/Dry Sandpaper, Synthetic Steel Wool, and sweat resulted in…

Before you can do any real work, gotta start off with some coffee ... Yeah Baby!

With that outta the way, I could actually start my first project of the day. Since my shop is so small there is no dedicated outlet near the jointer so I grabbed the wheels I was going to put on a future 2-stage collector and built a mobile base (this photo reminds me that I still need to add an emergency OFF kick-board).

The main project for the weekend is to build some pantry shelves for my parents beach cottage. I always have, and always will, abhor moving & cutting plywood. However I finally did a much needed task and build a guide for my circ saw (using one of those precoated sheets) and ripped a 2×8x10 to make two sacrificial arms to span my sawhorses.

You might wonder why one arm is a bit shorter than the other …

I found a bit of a weak spot. And as to why there is an old tractor blocking the entrance to my shop (made moving all those sheet goods just peachy!)

Shore is hard gettin cher outta tha way wiffin them thar wheel missin’

Appalachian Interpretation Rim’s rusted out

Deranged folk with power tools, sounds like a good combo to me!

Odd, it’s 90 out with 90% humidity and I smell someone burning oak in their woodstove … now why do I see smoke coming outta my wood?

Installing a new 20T blade and flew through the remaining sheets. What a moron I was to put off building that setup, I broke down all four boards in the time it used to take me to do one sloppily.

Now is it measure once, cut twice, or draw it with three different measurements and take a WAG at the medium?

Those arms proved they can multi-task, too bad they are 1/2” short to clear my jigsaw blade (but I got plenty of scrap to boost it up)

And here are the shelves ready for the wings to get a final cut on the TS.

With that I had to come inside and watch the girls. Now that they’re in bed its time to play video games and get ready for tomorrow tasks!

-- Scott

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#1 posted 09-13-2008 04:15 AM

This is like a weeks work. Keep up the posts!

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#2 posted 09-13-2008 05:47 AM

50 sheets of ply!!! Holy mackerel, you got some serious cabinet and jig work in front of you to use that all up. Post up when you start tearing into that pile.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#3 posted 09-13-2008 12:54 PM

Hmm.. something not right with the photos, will move them to another host and see if that fixes it.

UPDATE: Photos now on PhotoBucket.

-- Scott

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#4 posted 09-13-2008 04:44 PM

well now.. haven’t you had a productive time!
a very enjoyable read!!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 09-15-2008 01:15 PM

Is that an 8N or 9N Fordson…those little fords were a favorite of mine back in the day when I worked hauling big pieces of wood to make smaller pieces of wood to make ashes. :-). They were affectionately called ‘widow makers’ because of their tendency to climb up on their tow ropes and roll over on the operator and whatever they were towing. Nice cache of ply!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#6 posted 09-15-2008 03:15 PM

Holy crap! That’s one hell of a load of plywood!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 09-16-2008 03:08 AM

Its a ‘39 Ford 9N with Ferguson 3 Point Hitch, serial number in the low 2300s. Note the tow chain on the front of the tractor, for same reason you mentioned (the few times I towed from the back, I kept the bushhog on).

The nice thing about all those quarter sheets is that they stack up nice an neat, that pile is the equivalent of 38 full sheets.

This was supposed to be a 3 part series for Fri, Sat, and Sun. However it was over 100 heat index and being outside to sand/coat the shelves drained any energy I had when I came inside. Will put another post up in a few days and the final project when I get back from the cottage & installing the shelves.

-- Scott

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