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dust stuff #6: thinking aloud

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Blog entry by JoeyG posted 04-20-2012 03:59 PM 926 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have my shop back together after a major clean up and reorganization. It works a lot better. I still have things to do for the shop but it’s workable. I have been able to finish up a few boxes that have been sitting around for months while I built some bookcases and worked on the shop. I have a few more boxes close to being done and I have one box commissioned that I am waiting for the lumber to arrive. I feel good with what I have done so far this year. Now I am feeling a bit bored. I need to branch out and try something new. Most likely it will be a box of some sort, but I feel like it is time to raise the bar. I am comfortable with my processes and results. Now it’s time to venture out of my comfort zone and see what I can do. I haven’t added drawers or dividers to any of my boxes so far so that may be something to try. I just don’t know. I feel the creative energies gathering, I just have no idea where they are going to go.

As the title say, I am just thinking aloud. Hoping that may shake the cobwebs out and let a project take form.

Anyway, thanks for letting me ramble. I know that what ever I come up with will make it onto here at some point.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks



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stefang

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 05:18 PM

I call it stretching exercises Joey. Maybe you need just need a challenge, something requiring some skills you don’t have yet or which need refining. For example how about trying out some veneered boxes if you haven’t done that before?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 05:55 PM

That’s not a bad idea. I wouldn’t even know where to start, but I have lots of thin “veneer” left over from resawing boards, I’ve have wanted to do something with. Let the research begin. I have a general idea of what to do from here, but I think it is an art form that deserves more than just a casual idea before I begin. Thanks for the great idea Mike.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 06:59 PM

or take one of your regular boxes and put inlays in top or side. Wood inlays are fun. I’ve done epoxy inlays of all shapes and colors. The whole epoxy thing is a learning curve but very creative.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#4 posted 04-20-2012 07:13 PM

I like doing inlays Phil, both epoxy and wood. I did a really nice one of the Philadelphia Fliers many projects ago. I have some planned for real soon, I just want to do something new. I have some Bubinga I just pulled off the shelf I am going to see what I come up with. I think for today I will just build a box and then see where it goes.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#5 posted 04-20-2012 11:39 PM

of course. I forgot those beautiful boxes with inlay. Went back and looked. and of course you have done them.

I know about bored with boxes. I’m getting bored with end grain cutting boards. Maybe we should switch.

What is bubinga?

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 12:04 AM

I’ve been wanting to do some end grain boards but have held off since I don’t have a drum sander. I really need to pick one up. It would make a lot of things a lot easier, but I have other tools I need first and they are not cheap.

I got this from the Cook Wood website.

African Rosewood, or Bubinga, is a beautiful hardwood from Africa’s West Coast. Though not a true Rosewood, it is denser than several Rosewoods.

I used some Bolivian Rosewood also know as Santos Rosewood a little while back and fell in love. My lumberyard doesn’t have any at the moment so I am trying different kinds of rosewoods. Both real rosewoods and woods that are called Rosewoods because of there character similarities to true rosewoods. So far the only one I don’t like is Bocote. While Bocote is not a true rosewood, I have seen it called Mexican Rosewood so I gave it a try. It turned out beautiful, but was very hard and smelly to work.

Well Phil I am just rambling now so I will end this. Stay tuned for these up coming boxes. I am going to try very hard to make them my best yet and something very special. I guess we will see once I have them done.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#7 posted 04-21-2012 01:41 AM

I know the feeling Joey. I am always wanting to try something new and challenging. I’ve got 3 new style boxes in the works now. New techniques always keep me motivated. I am envious of all the cool woods you have been using. Maybe I’ll get kucky with my next pallet and find something remarkable!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-21-2012 01:49 AM

I can’t wait to see them Andy. I just kinda feel stuck in a rut. That might just be left over from the bookcases. I built cabinets for so long it gets boring fast. While they were a lot of fun, it left me with that burnt feeling. I don’t know that these next couple of boxes will be a big shift in what I do, I am just going to try and do it better.

I like working with a variety of woods. Every time I go to the lumberyard I try to pick something I have never used before. Doing cabinets I used maple, walnut, cherry, alder, and poplar until I was sick of them. I still have a love for them, I just like using new stuff. Even the same old boxes are exciting with a new wood.

As for the pallets. I wish I knew where to find some around my area. I am sure they are out there, I just don’t know where to look. I have seen some really pretty boards come off pallets. I wish I could get some in my shop.

I hope you have a great weekend. Are you making dust or relaxing?

I got lawn care duty so I don’t know that I will get in the shop before Monday.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#9 posted 04-21-2012 03:02 AM

Relaxing??? Never!!! I got lawn care duty too but for 12 acres but not to worry, Dixie Chopper (“Worlds Fastest Lawnmower”) will knock that out while glue or finish is drying. Weedeating 1/4 mile of driveway and a mile of fence is the time consuming part. Then weedeat around the ponds and creeks. This is a labor of love for me and only lasts about seven months so I’m good.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 04-21-2012 03:10 AM

Wow, now I feel like a pansy. I have 1/2 of an acre. But for me it’s not so much a labor of love as something that must be done. I just remind myself it’s safer and healthier for my kids if I mow it. I have been trying to talk my wife into letting me pave the yard and paint it green. So far she isn’t buying it. I figure if I am persistent either she will let me pave it or my kids will get big enough to mow it. I guess I could always plant a bamboo forest in my yard. She might go for that.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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#11 posted 04-21-2012 03:55 PM

Hay Joey, I think you should simply take off. Go do something else. A hobby is just that. Getting burnt out on a hobby says something abut type A personality. I sometimes find it hard to do nothing. Just hang out. I am that way about golf. If I don’t get to play I feel like something is wrong.

Just my psyco training coming out.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#12 posted 04-21-2012 05:15 PM

I just took a long weekend with my wife and kids in DC. I found lots of inspiration while there, It’s just trying to work it into my work. And this is a bit more that just a hobby for me. I would also like to build it into a company. Either with cabinets which of coarse bring in a lot money or with the boxes. It’s like writers block. It doesn’t go away unless you work through it. I started a couple of projects yesterday that have reignited my desire to be in the shop. Besides if I’m not working in the shop then I wouldn’t have an excuse not to work in the yard. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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