Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course #8: Day 2 went well!

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 02-11-2011 06:37 AM 1273 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: First day of Level 2 Part 8 of Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course series Part 9: Milling and final dimensioning! »

Hello Again,

Well after a rough day at work I was really looking forward to today’s course…then I had to go back to work! But its okay I still made it to class early! I’m 2 for 2!

Today Ryan demonstrated the bandsaw, disk and spindle sanders. Pretty cool, a huge bandsaw. I will have to measure it’s resaw capacity as it looked about 12 or 13 inches but very deep from the blade to the arm and a huge table. After the demo’s we picked our projects and began the layout and lumber selection! That was a blast, I got to sort through some beautiful maple looking for chatoyance (a term I learned here!) of any description. Found a little bit but it was awkwardly placed so I don’t know if I can take the best advantage of it. We worked through the initial milling steps. My kids would be so proud as I got to be Helper today, assisting one fellow who was cutting sheet goods for his project. If you have kids in early primary school you’ll understand what a BIG DEAL being a Helper is LOL!

I really enjoyed the chance to work in a WARM shop, and focus totally on the layout of the parts. I looked for pleasant grain, whatever highlights or figure I could find, really doing it right. I asked Ryan for a bit of advice about how to best layout some of the parts, but mostly it was just working to get the parts laid out right. So I carefully sketched out on each board where each piece should be and then worked through the milling steps, brushing off any debris and inspecting for grit, metal etc that may be embedded in the various pieces, rough cutting to length, face jointing, then edge jointing. All in all it went pretty well. I did make a bit of a goof when I shifted one piece up along the board with out thinking of how it would affect the other pieces to come out of the same board. I think I am okay but I am a bit annoyed with myself that I didn’t stick to my original plan. I’m confident it will be okay anyway.

One of the interesting things to occur to me actually occurred to me after I’d left the College and was on my way home. I usually, as I suspect many of us do, work alone especially after the kind of workdays I’ve had the last few days, but these two days working mostly by myself but still ‘with’ other people was a pretty positive experience. Hopefully I didn’t come across as too grouchy as I often am after a bad couple of days (Sorry Jenn!)

Another thought occurred to me is that it is really different working in a purpose built dedicated shop which doesn’t have to house lawnmowers, ice skates, bicycles and mini-vans. I did not realize how automatic it is to just ‘put up with’ an awkward situation because that is often how I have to do it in my shop (again something I suspect many of us do). I found myself measuring boards whilst hunched over on my knees, when we have these beautiful maple parts carts with nice flat surfaces at a convenient height to work on! I laughed at myself as I creakily straightened up and moved my material on top of the carts!

Well its late here and going to work tired isn’t gonna help my mood any so I’ll say goodnight. Goodnight!

-- "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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#1 posted 02-11-2011 07:17 AM

Good night and have a great day tomorrow.

Isn’t working with wood fun, wheather it’s helping someone else or doing it for yourself.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 07:52 AM

Hey Mark,

Sounds like you are really enjoying the 2nd course. It’s great to learn new stuff, review (often, in a different light) stuff you learned long ago but may not have practised, etc. And, yes, what it is to work in a purpose-built workshop setup. I’ve slowly, but surely, converted my double car garage into a 100% dedicated shop. (I’m currently working on a second, stationary bench, with cupboards above – complimenting a big, mobile workbench I am putting the finishing touches on). There might be the odd box of camping gear, etc. but I no longer even attempt to move everything around to get a vehicle in. Living on the West Coast doesn’t make it that painful leaving the car outside, nor does the shop ever fall below a temperature that the smallest benchtop heater can’t take care off. It is just so much safer and mentally “clutter-free” environment to work in. You can actually concentrate on doing a good, not hap-hazard or quick job (because Mom’s car has to park inside that night).

Anyway, I wish you continued enjoyment with the course and the project you are embarking on. One day, that dedicated shop will appear or you find another home / storage solution for all the non-woodworking stuff and you’ll be able to enjoy the craft even more than you already do.

Good night and have a great Friday / weekend.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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