Today in my woodshop #1: Ever have this happen to you?

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Blog entry by Sam Yerardi posted 01-15-2008 07:54 PM 955 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello to all,

This is my first woodworking blog. I will try to document some of my work here and some of the things that go on in my shop. I am married with two daughters, an electrical engineer by profession and a part-time woodworker the rest of the time. I want to turn it into a full-time business one day as my work load increases. I just finished up a cherry Queen Anne low boy and posted it here a few days ago. I love period furniture of all types, and I also love Arts & Crafts furniture, especially Greene & Greene.

For the past couple of years I have been trying to focus on using hand tools and power tools less and less. I’m not against power tools at all as I have the typical range of equipment you expect to find it a in shop and use them regularly, but my true love is restoring and using antique tools.

My daughter is getting married so she and her fiance have put in their orders :) for furniture for their house. This spring and summer I’ll be building a maple hutch, kitchen tables & chairs, and a couple end tables for their living room. My other daughter wants a hope chest, and I’m going to try to do a piece for the local museum’s art show in July this year. I’ve got a very large plank (3” x 16” x 7’) of spalted tiger maple and I want to use it to build a pie crust table. It’s ambitious with all these projects I know but I love this and can’t seem to get enough of it. And my wife encourages me. Another project I will attempt to do this year is a set or Morris chairs & tables for our living room. I try to keep 2-3 projects going at the same time and with a small shop like mine it gets tough.

I will try to relate stories and such as they happen in my work. The other day I was working on rebuilding my lathe. It is an old Beaver Falls lathe (not sure of the age). I was setting up a grinding wheel and happened to drop the left-hand threaded nut. Looked everywhere for probably 20 minutes it seemed. Anyway, got tired of looking so I made the 20 minute trip into town (I hate that) to the local hardware store to get what I needed. Found the right nut, came back, and got back to work. I picked up a pulley and dropped the set screw. I could have killed myself, saying what kind of idiot would do the same thing again? Got down on my knees again and searched and searched. Finally found it. And right beside it was the left-handed nut I lost. Ever have that happen to you?

-- Sam

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#1 posted 01-15-2008 08:03 PM

Thanks for the blog. I hope to see some of the projects here on lumberjocks. Especially that Tiger Maple.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 01-15-2008 08:08 PM

They say that you’ll find something the minute you stop looking for it. I know I’ve stumbled over things I couldn’t find on numerous occasions. I think it’s some kind of law.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 01-15-2008 08:21 PM

If only I had a nickel for everytime I’ve done the same thing…..I’d be very rich right now…LOL

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#4 posted 01-15-2008 08:25 PM

I found my wife the day I stopped looking for the next date

I swear I spend half my day looking for my glasses that are on my head, or my keys which are in my hand

great blog

thats quite a “to do” list, you might want to consider a “leave of abscence” from your day job <g> record your wifes words of encouragement and play them back to her in one year. <vbg>.....and watch her facial expression?

woodworking can be addictive, even obsessive. Not always compatible with a happy healthy home life. All things in balance/moderation unless of course one can divide their net worth by 2, several times <g>


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 01-15-2008 08:27 PM

well, I have heard about people dropping something on purpose to see where the first dropped item might have rolled :)

Ambitious is right… I was reading the list of furniture for your daughter and then you say that you want to enter something for an event in July…
holy moly…... I want to know what your schedule is that you can get all this done!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-15-2008 08:37 PM

Good luck on your own and others requests for your handywork. It’s nice to be wanted. Thats better than some one saying at the end-of-time. And who wants the step stool that Uncle John made and no one wants it.

Been there done that. Still looking for some parts. I’ve invested in a magnet on a stick to help find small parts.

I told Incra that they are making parts out of invisible nylon. I drop it to the floor and it’s never seen again. I can sift the sawdust and not find it. It’s visible when the bolt goes through it. But, after it leaves the bolt it transforms into some invisible and also without mass.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 01-15-2008 08:50 PM

I have taped a fairly strong rare earth magnet to a 3 foot dowel. It has located quite a few items for me that have dropped.

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John Gray

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#8 posted 01-15-2008 09:13 PM

Nothing like that ever happens to me. ;-) Except about every day, go somewhere and forget what you went there for at least once a day.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Ethan Sincox

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#9 posted 01-15-2008 10:59 PM

Sorry, Sam, but I haven’t. My luck is more along the lines of not finding either. Ever.

Good luck on your project list! Ambitious is an understatement!

-- Ethan,

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#10 posted 01-15-2008 11:51 PM

happens all the time with me. but i never find them and i wander where they go!!!
i think i was just standing right here and droped it without moving a inch so it couldn’t be far??

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#11 posted 01-16-2008 03:16 PM

Welcome and very nice job on the lowboy. I look forward to your continued blogging.

-- Hope Never fails

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