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Blog entry by Goldenwoody posted 03-26-2013 08:07 AM 906 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I have done woodworking for about 50 years or so starting with making trophies, making the bases out of walnut, not a very common wood for a trophies but the man I worked for wanted a better quality product. I have made a lot of things over the years and am very proud of those accomplishments. I stared making checker and chess boards out of the scrap walnut and hard maple( sometimes used for trophies) by fitting together these pieces, only made two, one for my brother and the other one, I sold to a guy that just had to have it. That one contained about a hundred pieces. Now, for a 14 yearold that was a big deal, Netted me $200.00, I was in heaven and hooked. After that I started making boxes out of the walnut and maple and did quite well with those, the crowning one was a box made of walnut and hard maple in a checkerboard style for a friend bought by his wife as a Christmas present. She paid me $50.00 for that one. sold or gave away a lot of boxes in the 35-$50.00 range. now this was in the mid to late sixties and early seventies. I then did various other things along the way but always doing something with wood, even got into fossilized ivory carving( back when having ivory was legal), but have always come back to the wood. Did some small furniture and the like but was not really into that, that much. I then worked at another wood shop, this time making objects for the crafts industry. We would literally make thousands of shapes. The man I worked for was a genius as he built all the machinery, except a table saw to do all this. He would make the shape using a table router, huge, then slicing the shapes off the stick with an automated chop saw that he built. made a lot of different shapes that way. He then would put the shapes in an old commercial dryer he had converted into a tumbler sander, worked very well as the pieces would come out very smooth and all saw marks gone. He then put together a machine that would rotate pieces holding on to the piece with vacuum and at the same time spinning the piece to sand a curve on the top of the piece. Had to watch that one as it would lose the vacuum every once in a while and it would fling the pieces out into the room. Figured out if you heard a certain sound, grab the garbage can lid and protect yourself as you knew what was coming! Anyway I found this site and decided to join and add my 2 cents worth. Right now I have not been doing wood stuff because of health and other issues, but do so when the weather is good and the bod feels good.

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 12:11 PM

Very cool story! Welcome to Lumberjocks! Be careful, this site can be ridiculously addicting.

-- Steve

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