The whirligig that I made for my daughter has proved to be a high maintenance toy. It’s my fault really, because I thought I could get away with using normal everyday plywood for the wings. Well, they delaminated and ended up not workin...
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Location: Sussex County, New Jersey
I guess I've been seriously interested in woodworking since about 2011. Before that I did a few projects with handheld (corded) tools. I bought a small table saw and have since added a bench top band saw and drill press. I think my biggest triumph was a mountain dulcimer and case that I made for my wife. It definitely looks original and it works quite well.
I'm interested in small projects, nothing bigger than a table and I like dabbling in lutherie (I have plans and ideas.) Whirligigs are another thing I like to make. My first two now decorate our yard, a fiddler who bows and stamps out the rhythm, and a parakeet who vainly beats his wings. I have a few more in progress for friends. (best way to learn is to make giveaways, right?)
My 'workshop' is an approximately 13x13 foot space in our basement. Unfortunately it's also the access way to our laundry room and the outside. I've been organizing things, but in the meantime I get projects done. In the summer I sometimes adopt our patio under a shade tent to do much of the sanding or larger projects like the trio of Adirondack chairs ala Norm Abram.
Background: I was a printer for 13 years on small offset and letter presses in a local mom and pop shop. When my daughter came along we decided that I'd stay home as the caregiver as my wife's work benefits and salary were better than mine. I'm now lightly employed as a sexton in our church though if the right part time job popped up I'd take it.
Lately I've started making woodworking videos. I'm actually making them in Esperanto, but with a voice dub in English as well. The YouTube channel with my videos is here.
I also translate many of my Lumberjocks projects into Esperanto and post them on a Wordpress blog here:
-- - Ni faru ion el ligno!
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|added blog entry||Current Project #24: Repairing the Gilligig||05-22-2015 10:51 PM|
|added project||Clay Cubby||05-22-2015 09:28 PM|
|commented on||Coveting Thy Neighbor's Wood Stash||05-22-2015 01:32 AM|
|replied on||Video link||05-12-2015 06:48 PM|
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|commented on||R2-D2 Birdhouse||05-05-2015 01:31 PM|
|commented on||Retirement Shadow Box||05-04-2015 01:40 AM|
|commented on||An Unusual Large Backsaw||04-30-2015 12:28 AM|
|commented on||Easy Circle Cutting Jig for a Router||04-24-2015 07:05 PM|
|added blog entry||Current Project #23: Chairs and a 2x4 Xylophone Experiment||04-21-2015 08:15 PM|
|commented on||Coveting Thy Neighbor's Wood Stash||04-21-2015 01:01 AM|
|commented on||Coveting Thy Neighbor's Wood Stash||04-21-2015 12:39 AM|
|commented on||Dovetails aren't the most complicated joinery.||04-20-2015 11:49 PM|
|added blog entry||Video Woodworkers I Watch #16: Jay Bates||04-17-2015 11:35 PM|
|added blog entry||Current Project #22: Those Chairs and my Clamps||04-10-2015 02:23 AM|
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[Above] I’m still slowly working on the first two of ten chairs I’ll be building. ‘ll blame the filming for slowing me down. One of the backs has a flaw in it, chip out from my router and I’m trying to fix it with sawd...
Jay Bates is another one of those people who knows how to build something. I don’t recall how I originally found him, but his habit of using recycled materials sure doesn’t hurt in the realm of why I watch his videos. He’s al...
I decided to start cutting the parts for two of the ten chairs I plan on building to match the conference table I made last year. In the photo above you can see the parts cut out and ready for some milling, sanding and assembling. I’m a...
Lynn Orvar has a unique way of doing woodworking. Her shop looks like it was decorated by Martha Stewart and she always adds a flair to her projects. Lynn first came to my attention through a mention by Steve Ramsey who in turn heard of her f...