coming from the outside gate...and she's off! #1: Thanks for the warm welcome, here's a bit about me...

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Blog entry by Elaine posted 06-25-2008 05:40 PM 1450 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thanks for the Welcome gentleman! I’m fairly new to the home woodworking experience. In my younger days, I worked in a moulding dept in California. It’s where safety first was driven home. I did learn that whole milk will save a finger. Learned that kick back can be deadly, moulding blades spin faster than the eye can see when they leave the machine, forklifts don’t necessarily rip limbs off but can put a bone at such an angle that Picasso would be proud, and fires in the hopper are not fun when you’re tailing off at the ripsaw. I also learned “if it doesn’t feel safe don’t do it” does not apply to a multi million dollar lumber company’s bottom line. I also learned to drive a forklift and load kilns back about twenty years ago. Grew up, finished college and turned back to woodworking to relieve the stress.

Built my first project in 1969, a whelping box for the dog. It was square (sort of) and it was heavy. I didn’t know how to rip a board but sometimes mistakes are pure genius! The higher sides went to the back and the lower sides to the front. She used it, so I guess it passed muster. Once the pups got a bit bigger, flipped the box around and saved another week or two of repurposed lumber. Great lessons learned all around. Love does not use criticism, may not extoll, but accepts you.

I still have the hammer that my father taught me to use, it was his father’s or so the Blarney story goes. Just never can tell with that man :) But the hammer always brings a smile to my frustration and it’s already broken in! Dad also taught me that you can’t have the first beer until you’re done for the day, you’ve earned it or it’s noon, and it’s usually noon somewhere in the world. God Bless the Irish!

The electrician was here today to give an estimate on my humble shop. 16 X24. I finally get to move out of the cellar. I’ll have four lights over head, outlets every four feet and one in the middle for the table saw, couple lights for the outside…and at my age with the humidity – I wish for air conditioning! One thing about the cellar, it always stayed cool. As soon as the electric goes in, I’ll start putting up the insulation and the 3/4” T&G strip maple flooring that if I told you what I paid for it, you’d cry :) The flooring will take a good while, there may not be any projects until winter. I have a job that pays for what I love to do.

Again thanks for the warm welcome, I look forward to learning from all of you :)

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 07:10 PM

Thanks for sharing the story. Maple floring in your shop? Man that is pretty fancy. As someone who is fairley new to woodworking, I can say that this site is great for learning how to improve your work.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 07:21 PM

Welcome aboard Elaine:
Your shop is just about the same size as the one I am building right now.
I insulated with ROXUl R22 and ran the EMT electrical over the inside paneling . We put everything in yesterday including 5 T-8 fixtures . Finishing the roofing tonight if the weather prevails.

Post some pictures of your progress as you have time.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 06-25-2008 07:32 PM

Yep, pretty maple flooring. A friend’s husband had some left over from a job, he needed it out of his garage and I thought I had to have it. It was cheap, I’m cheap okay not cheap but I am reasonable :) The only down side is it is strip flooring not plank. So now I’m struggling with putting something behind it either 1/2” or 3/4” plywood for support. Some of the pieces are about 12”. I found a couple of pieces of bird’s eye in it, so I’ll hold this back for something else. Any suggestions on the plywood?

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#4 posted 06-25-2008 08:36 PM

welcome aboard elaine, good luck with the new shop.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#5 posted 06-25-2008 11:08 PM

Thanks for the background story. Would love to see pictures of the shop. 16×24 doesn’t sound too bad.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 06-26-2008 12:01 AM

Hi Elaine,

Welcome again. Maple flooring in your shop!!!! That is wonderful. Wood is soooo much easier to stand on as opposed to concrete. If you are putting the flooring down over concrete it needs to have a vapor barrier put down first and then nailed into 3/4 plywood.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 06-26-2008 02:49 AM

It’s a plywood floor. I’m putting the flooring on the walls. Studs are 16” OC. Some of the pieces are small about 8” and I haven’t seen any longer than 6’. I was going to put at an angle but that’s more waste. It would sure look good…At least I have time to think about this while the electricians do their work and I put insulation up.

We purchased a building locally and in three days it was up and in the dry. There were some problems but I’ll work around them. I have double entry doors, only three windows and roof vent. This time of year in NC its humid and hot. I’m guessing I can feasibly put in three hours a day once the electric is in and I have a fan going. Unfortunately, I have to have a job.

Thanks for the welcome!

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 06:55 PM

Hi Elaine. I just found your profile. Are you still woodworking up in Conover? I’m in Charlotte. I always touch base with woodworkers in NC & SC who are near by.


-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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#9 posted 02-09-2011 07:05 PM

Hi, Elaine. It’s great to have you here. I think that you will love Lumberjocks. Best of luck on finishing your shop up.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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