Adventures of a Novice Woodworker #2: Now things are getting serious...

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Blog entry by Jeff Kochosky posted 09-27-2008 06:21 PM 1107 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Week 2 of my “Fundamentals of Furniture-Making I” class has ended, and things are really coming together. Well, not literally… everything is still in pieces. But it’s all making lots and lots of sense. However, before I get too far into this, I promised in my first post that I would include photos this time around. So, let’s start at the beginning:

Here is the workshop at the Connecticut School of Woodworking:
CT School of Woodworking workshop

And this is what we started with for the carcase of the jewelry box (4/4 black walnut):
4/4 Black Walnut

One of the best things about this workshop is that the table saws were recently upgraded to the new SawStop models. If you’re not famiiliar with SawStop, the blade carriage has sensors that detect if the blade comes in contact with flesh. If it does, the blade instantly retracts below the surface of the table, and buries itself in an aluminum block to stop the blade instantly. If you haven’t seen this in action, watch this video:

So, here are the carcase pieces after being jointed, planed, and cut to size:
Carcase pieces

And here are the pieces for the legs of the jewelry box, cut from 6/4 black walnut:
Legs for jewelry box

I’ll follow up in my next post with pics of the joinery work on the carcase.

-- Jeff Kochosky, Professional Novice Woodworker...

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#1 posted 09-28-2008 12:16 AM

Thanks for the photos. Enjoy the course.

-- "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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#2 posted 09-28-2008 06:42 AM

Nice knowing what is involved in a course like this. Thanks.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#3 posted 09-28-2008 09:46 PM

That is one incredibly clean shop!! Do you teach you how to make stuff or how to clean that shop? LOL. I’ll look forward to seeing more about what you’re up to. Thanks for posting.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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