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Blog series by JoeyG updated 04-18-2014 01:26 AM 19 parts 36289 reads 183 comments total

Part 1: Facebook

03-28-2012 01:35 PM by JoeyG | 3 comments »

I know a lot of people are on facebook, I have been on there since before a lot of people I know had even heard of it. There are things I really like about it and things I don’t. Just like here on lumberjocks. While lumberjocks is a place to share finished projects and how to blogs, and tool reviews; Facebook is a more moment to moment type of environment. I post my finished projects and some blogs about how I do things, but it struck me that some of you may like to know a little...

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Part 2: vises

03-29-2012 11:39 AM by JoeyG | 18 comments »

I have a little mom and pop’s coffee house about a mile from my house that I frequent fairly often. I try to make it once a week to sit down, enjoy a cup of coffee and read a book for a while. I meet a gentleman who is retired and and now does blacksmith work in his spare time. A while back he said he had a couple of vises he wasn’t using and offered them to me. I told him I would love to take a look at them but my shop budget was tight so it would be a while. Since I began...

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Part 3: bookcases are almost done

04-01-2012 02:35 PM by JoeyG | 2 comments »

So I have been telling you guys about these mysterious bookcases I have been working on. Well they are almost done. Yesterday I was able to set the base cabs, countertop and the upper unit’s. Today all I have to do is tie the new trim in with the old. With no major issues I should have a finished project to post tomorrow or Tues. After this gets done, I have several projects that I started blogs on and haven’t finished yet. Over the past couple of months the ideas that I h...

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Part 4: Shop cleaning

04-03-2012 02:20 PM by JoeyG | 9 comments »

Well I have finished the bookcases and as you all could see from my shop pics, it is dire need of some cleaning. In order to do that I need to pull everything out into the driveway and then clean away. I am sure once I get started but I am not looking forward to getting all dirty and dusty. Do others have this problem? I love it when my shop is clean and organized but I hate getting it that way. The good thing is that it looks like I will only have small projects for a little while so I...

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Part 5: shop clean up

04-04-2012 05:17 PM by JoeyG | 0 comments »

I actually got into the shop to do some cleaning this morning. It is going well, but it’s is getting more involved as I go. I have already painted one wall and that was definatly not on the clean up list. LOL. I’ve hated those white walls since we moved into our home and I claimed the garage. I want to invite anyone who is interested in seeing this transformation of my shop to come over and join me at http://www.facebook.com/groups/213408222025323/ I don’t really...

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Part 6: thinking aloud

04-20-2012 03:59 PM by JoeyG | 12 comments »

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 ...

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Part 7: New Boxes

04-20-2012 10:06 PM by JoeyG | 2 comments »

If you read the blog earlier I wasn’t sure what I wanted to build next. I decided to work on two boxes.One will be from Bubinga and one from Wamara (Guyana Rosewood). It’s the first time I have worked with both woods. The Bubinga is a pleasure so far, while the Wamara is extremely dense and hard. I think it will be worth replacing all my blades because of how pretty it is going to be. I am not so much doing something new as trying to do everything better. That should be a ...

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Part 8: check this one out

04-23-2012 07:33 PM by JoeyG | 17 comments »

As I sit here and wait for my walnut burl to arrive from UPS. ( My first internet order of lumber, I am a bit nervous.) I thought I would share a quick picture of my new box. I normally don’t share my projects when they are incomplete unless I am doing a blog or need a little advice on how to finish up a design. This time it is simply because I am so excited about it. This is my largest box to date. There is ruler in the picture to show scale. It is sized using the golden rectan...

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Part 9: The Next Step

06-05-2012 01:40 AM by JoeyG | 15 comments »

I thought I would give you guys an update on how things are going. I did really well at the art show on Saturday. I sold 4 boxes total and have another 6 commissioned to be built. While that may not sound like a lot, I was really pleased. I spent $10 on the table, so I packed up the rest of my boxes with a few bucks in my pocket. I made a few mistakes, like taking boxes that belonged to my kids. They wanted to show them off and I thought maybe seeing a larger variety would help with c...

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Part 10: Possible contest?

06-06-2012 06:10 PM by JoeyG | 13 comments »

I was just viewing the boxes that Dennis and Robert did in their little contest and thought it was a great idea. It got me to thinking that it would be cool to get a lot more of us box makers involved. I know that everyone does not have access to the same woods, so maybe a themed contest or something like that. Maybe we could choose something like a well known artist or architect or maybe a mountain range or a city. I don’t know any ideas. Then have a time limit, like 4 weeks. I k...

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Part 11: Time to get back in the shop

06-20-2012 12:46 AM by JoeyG | 5 comments »

Just wanted to say hi and let everyone know I will be beginning new projects soon. The basement flood problem has been fix. New tile floor is done and today I went and picked up a little Oak and Walnut for my next couple of projects. I finished up the floor at the end of last week and have taken this week off to hang out and play with my kids. It’s been a lot of fun, but I am itching to make some saw dust. The first project will be a shadow box for a Air Force Saber. This will be ...

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Part 12: Things coming up

07-11-2012 08:59 PM by JoeyG | 0 comments »

I just posted my Sword Display Case, that was a lot of fun to build. Nice easy lines and basic construction. Next inline I have several boxes on order. Several with inlays on one kind or another. I have also landed a custom bedroom suite. This should be a extremely fun build. It’s been years since I have done any bedroom furniture so I am looking forward to it. The best part for me is that my customer wants me to build it one piece at a time. With my limited storage space this r...

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Part 13: Fall Art Show

10-31-2012 01:34 PM by JoeyG | 9 comments »

I thought I would share the picture of my table at the small art show I was in last weekend. While this show seemed a bit slower than the one in the spring, but I still did rather well. I had hoped to sell a few more boxes, but I try to go in prepared to take everything home. I believe the biggest thing, is that I am above the price range of the people who visit the show. I think for the spring show next year, I will try to make more smaller boxes. I have yet to sell my higher end ...

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Part 14: I am international. Oh yeah!!!

11-19-2012 03:37 AM by JoeyG | 13 comments »

Let us begin with an apology for not being really active. It’s be crazy around my way. My son had pneumonia and was out of school for 8 weeks. I became a third grade teacher for a while. I won’t even get into how many things I don’t know that I am sure I did at some point. Already being a bit behind in the shop, well now I am really behind, but my clients are all understanding. I am in the middle of a nice bedroom suite and several commissioned boxes. Now hereR...

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Part 15: Project of a Lifetime.

02-05-2013 12:50 AM by JoeyG | 17 comments »

I haven’t added to this blog in a while, life gets busy and all that. Plus I have been doing a lot of work with my angelfish when I am not in the shop or helping my kids with homework, so…. Well I guess our interests flow just as everything else does. I am still in the shop most days and I am getting more commissions weekly so that is good. I once again have the chance to do a “project of a lifetime” What is this wonderful project you might ask? Well I guess...

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Part 16: Greatest Project Continued

08-26-2013 11:33 PM by JoeyG | 16 comments »

Well it’s been awhile my sawdust friends. I’ve been spending all my time on another of those life long projects and I thought I would let you guys and gals see the progress. I would like to introduce Gabriel Phoenix. He was born on Aug. 10th. He is number 5 for us and has been a complete joy. When I am able to get back into the shop, I will be sure to share my woodworking with you, but until then, I will enjoy being a father to my kids.

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Part 17: Back in the shop

11-17-2013 11:00 PM by JoeyG | 6 comments »

It’s been a good while since I have been in the shop. With Gabriel’s birth and the rest of the family, I just haven’t had the time or desire to get back in the shop. Well, I have had a influx of new likes on my facebook page thanks to some good people sharing my projects. Seeing my older boxes and all the interest spurred me to get back in the shop. Today I prepped a bunch of lumber for a new batch of boxes. I cleaned up and sized some birdseye maple, chechen, spanish ...

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Part 18: Carving for inlay

04-04-2014 09:38 PM by JoeyG | 15 comments »

I don’t have much time in the shop anymore so I thought I would do a few carved inlays for some box lids. Here’s one I started today.

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Part 19: Getting back to the shop

04-18-2014 01:25 AM by JoeyG | 11 comments »

I figured I would let my friends here now that I am in the process of clearing out all the angelfish and fish tanks and getting back to the shop. Since our youngest son as been born the fish have just become a real burden. Unlike the shop, I can’t just walk away from the fish tanks. They must be cared for everyday and I have found that I’ve lost the enjoyment of it. Maybe when my kids get older I’ll get back into it, but for now it’s back to the shop. I’ve r...

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