I know many of us consider ourselves wood hoarders, but I have really stepped up my game lately and I would challenge anyone to try to compete. I won’t bore you with the details of how I came across these various logs, but it has a lot to d...
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Location: West Linn, Oregon
I live in West Linn, Oregon, and work out of an office in my home as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with issues of depression, anxiety, PTSD and childhood trauma, and of course do couples counseling. I work 10 hour days 3 days per week and the rest of the time, I enjoy my two grandsons and am returning to my love of WOODWORKING.
I have a 500 sqft shop which is full of wood and short on tools. I am trying to change that now. I built the shop a couple years ago and am finally finding the time to get serious about getting it set up and running. I have 10 foot ceilings and most of my wood is stored on the walls and in the loft so I have the full use of the floor space.
I earned a certificate in Fine Furniture building 10 years ago and was working in a shop through the community college so I never had the need to buy my own tools or set up shop. I was selling my work from local galleries, but a major move and career change keep my woodworking on hold until about 2 years ago when I built my shop. Time constraints have put that off again until now.
As a result, I am feeling pretty green and amateurish. Although I never did feel too much the professional. I do great work, but I am very slow. I love wood, I love building furniture, but I lack the intuitive sense of how to make things go together that many people seem to have. I get the job done, but unless someone is there to point out the obvious, I often do things the hard way. For example, the other day my husband pointed out, "you know honey, you don't have to turn the building in order to change the light bulb."
My husband has an oversized garage and is an avid "car guy". We wave to each other from our respective weekend stations and have a rule that we have to stop and eat together, or say hi, at least once a day.
-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.
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I put this out here for those of you who were following this post. The long story short is I’ve been feeling better and too busy to be on the internet. I will start a new blog called. The adventures of a wood hoarder. Natalie
Okay, so my question is not so much about electricity but about suction. Will 2.5hp provide enough suction to clear the dust from my shop? I will have 8 drops and the lengths of ducting no longer than 20 ft. I will rarely be running more than...
This is not a question of what brand to buy, and I already know that I want a cyclone with the micron filter canisters. My question is about how much power do I need for my shop. I don’t want to get something that is good enough but not gre...
My house is surrounded by other woodworkers. The weather is getting nicer, so today I am sitting at the table with the double doors open. I am trying to do insurance billing and chart notes, with the insurance billing being about as fun as stick...