North Bennet street school- My journey #4: Day 3....already!?

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Blog entry by ELCfinefurniture posted 02-09-2012 02:45 AM 1937 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Day two. Part 4 of North Bennet street school- My journey series Part 5: One week down »

I honestly cannot believe that 3 whole days have gone by. It feels like the blink of an eye and its unbelievable! Today was a wild day. I did indeed bust my tail like I said I was going to. I pushed myself to the limit with drafting. I made quite a few mistakes. Only a couple were large but many were mistakes that Lance picked out and I feel that only Lance could pick out which shows how much he has truely mastered every aspect of his craft. I got my butt handed to me by him on one of the drawings but to be honest I loved it. It made me feel my work was truely appreciated because he took the time to examine it and show me every single thing wrong with it and showed me the path to improve it. He also complimented many of drawings which puts you on a major high.
In the late morning we had a meet and greet with the other bench rooms. We all hung out for an hour and ate donuts and talked about furniture. I stayed with juan-pablo blanco and analyzed the tall case clock he is making down to the last detail. He is great to get nerdy about period furniture with.
After that we had a lecture and demonstration from Dan Faia about bench grinder safety and proper use. He gave us the low down on cleaning them, checking the wheels for cracks and how to use the special tools to expose a fresh edge and keep them true. This is a segway into tomorrow when we start grinding ALL our tools for fresh edges and then honing them to perfection. After that we start work on our marking guage. All while still….drafting of course.
I didnt take any photos today because I left in an incredible rush after staying late and almost missing the bus completely but I will catch up tomorrow night with many pics.
I have moved on to curves and edge profiles in my drawings and as of tomorrow I am starting the scale drawings for all the joints in the shaker night stand we build. All in all, a long tiring day but I learned so much that it was beyond worth it!
I also got some new tools. 2 Starret squares, a new stone, scrapers, french curves and a round burnisher with no handle. I am going to lay out and turn a handle on my own and apply it to the burnisher. Tomorrow night There is a workshop going on so we can stay till after 9 o clock which I plan to. Gotta take advantage as the time is already flying by!
Questions as always are welcome!

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#1 posted 02-09-2012 02:49 AM

Happy to see you maintain that enthusiasum. Grab all the gusto you can while your there !

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 03:05 AM

Thanks once again for your update ,I’m glad your getting so much out of this experience.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 03:11 AM

The info on grinding wheels sounds interesting, I’ll have to look up those tools that let you expose a fresh edge. I wouldn’t know what to do without my starret squares, too. Greatly enjoying your posts!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 03:12 AM


As I am noob to woodworking, I know nothing of, except the name, The North Bennet Street School. Would you be able to tell me how “Old” it is and how long your incredible journey through it’s doors, hallways & classrooms will be?

You seem totally enthralled with this opportunty to learn and expand your knowledge and skills, or should I say craftmanship. It is a pleasure to follow your progress and hear about your experiences.

Keep up the good work!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 02-09-2012 03:15 AM

I can feel the excitement in you writings. Keep the fire burning. Keep us posted.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 02-09-2012 03:21 AM

DIY- the school has been established in its location since 1850! I am there for the full 2 year program which is a total of 4 semesters.

-- {Current North Bennet street school student}

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#7 posted 02-09-2012 09:02 AM

Thanks for taking the time to post – especially given how busy you are!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#8 posted 02-09-2012 09:05 AM

Thanks again, good luck with the challenges of day 4.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#9 posted 02-09-2012 03:16 PM

I think it is smart to stress the drafting as an important part of woodworking as professionals need planning aids and must be able to design and read plans.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-11-2012 07:19 PM

For those who are unaware, NBSS is the Alma Mater of Tommy MacDonald, the host of the “Rough Cuts” wood working show on PBS.

As for grinders, the most important safety measure when using one is to stand to the side when starting one up. If it is going to come to pieces, the most likely time to do so is at start up and if you are standing in front of it, well, just think of the words “hand grenade”. We had one go in our high school shop once. Seems the janitor had bumped into it with the metal handle of one of his cleaning tools (power washer I think) and chipped the stone. He didn’t notice the damage and went on with his work, but the stone was cracked, and when the teacher fired it up, it exploded all over the far end of the shop. A couple of pieces had enough energy to cause noticeable “bullet holes” in the concrete wall ten feet away! Thank God the shop teacher followed his own safety rules! He was unhurt. (other than his poor nerves that is)


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#11 posted 02-12-2012 01:54 AM

good advice!!!

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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