I received my new Veritas #5 1/4 Bench plane from Lee Valley on Wednesday and as usual I’m very happy with the quality and service that I received from Lee Valley. I decided I really needed to invest in a decent workbench to use with hand t...
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Location: Springfield, Ohio
My interest in building things and tools started around the age of 11. My grandpa was always puttering around in the garage messing with tools etc. and I was often out there with him. Also, a guy in our neighborhood had a Shopsmith and was always working on a project. I use to hang out in his garage for hours and bug the hell out of him!
One day a friend and me took a wood Pepsi crate, and his grandmother's picnic table bench, and made a go cart. From then on I was hooked on building things! (Grandma wasn't very happy about the bench!)
When I got to high school I took the two years of wood shop that was offered, and then for two more years went to the shop during study halls. I also graduated from a 2 year trade school that was mostly trim carpentry with a little bit of cabinet making.
After school I got a job in a cabinet shop as an apprentice for around 2 years but I later got out of it mostly because a better job came along that offered more money and better benefits.
Over the years I've been involved with the craft at various levels. Just a few years ago I finally went full bore and built a reasonably equipped heated and air conditioned shop.
After messing around with various projects for awhile I decided to focus in on building bookcases. This has turned out to be a good fit because my other passion is books. I have hundreds of books that were piled into gimcrack Sauder termite barf, throwaway furniture, so I thought why not combine the two interests and build my books a respectable home.
So, I tell people that I'm like the guy that bought a $20,000 bass boat to save money on fish! I could have easily bought some very, very, very, nice bookcases with the money that I've put into the shop, but wheres the fun in that?
I decided to specialize and learn about barristers because they are modular in design and thus allow me to expand them as I continue to buy more and more books. My current goal is to build enough to house my current collection. I estimate this number to be around 22 barrister boxes.
I'm blogging on LJ's though this process so stop by and check it out!
-- Craig, Springfield Ohio
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This weekend I built the doors using the maple stock. I covered this process in Barrister Book Case Tutorial #11 so I won’t repeat it all here, but if you’re interested in learning more about building doors using cope and stick bi...
I special ordered some 4/4 rough quarter sawn maple from my hardwood dealer for the doors and I picked it up Friday afternoon. I gave it a quick look at the dealers and it didn’t look so great but I thought it would hopefully be okay once I...
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The project is coming right along, its really starting to take shape! I put the backs on, and built the bottom base this weekend. If anyone is interested in building a set, the plans came from plansnow.com I would offer to send the PDF of...