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My Journey Into Woodworking #7: This Year - Just When We Thought It Was Calming Down

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Blog entry by Steve posted 10-21-2010 04:36 AM 9638 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Year 4 - A Long, Tough Year Part 7 of My Journey Into Woodworking series Part 8: talking to myself »

The year started with my wife doing pretty well. Things were getting back to normal. I was starting to think about that coffee table again. I had a major plane build going though so it had to wait as I wanted to fly this one right away. With a 154” wing span, that’s a lot of wood to cut and glue and it was getting on to flying season. Plus I decided it was time to renovate the house. Then it hits the fan again. I managed to tear the muscles in my arm in 5 places humping 3/4” plywood by myself. Then my wife finds out she has breast cancer. She just had surgery a few weeks ago and all is looking good. Radiation is next. In the mean time, I’m healing and have thrown myself back into the coffee table project. It keeps me close and has been my therapy in these trying times. It’s actually getting close to done. Of all the woods to choose from, I went with poplar for the base. I wanted a huge contrast and so far it looks good. I have the drawers built and the tracks are just about installed. I’m already looking at finishes. I had to take a couple of days off as we had some concrete poured for an addition and the sealer made the shop uninhabitable due to the fumes for a bit. My wife has informed me that my skills have reach the point where my next project is going to be a dining room table for her. It’s time to learn mortise and tenon joinery I guess. She’s trying to decide what wood she wants it out of. Rosewood was her first choice. Good lord she has expensive taste. I haven’t seen anything that big so I should be safe. I have bad lungs so epoxy is out of the question, so no veneer I guess. Maybe some nice walnut or cherry. So it shouldn’t be long before you see my coffee table on my projects page.



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#1 posted 10-21-2010 07:37 AM

Steve,

Sounds like the health problems for you and your wife have made things difficult for a while. Hope things improve and that you both are healed…

Look forward to seeing your coffee table.

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 01:51 AM

The construction part of my coffee table is done. Now I just have to sand it. Then find a stain color I like for the poplar. It shouldn’t be long now.

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#3 posted 10-26-2010 07:44 PM

I decided to take a little trip to the wood store just to look around. I came home with a corner clamp for my pocket hole jig, some stain and some tulip wood and walnut. I want to try the tulip wood to see how it is to work with. Nothing large, just some little projects to hold me over until I find what I need to do the dining room table. I’ve already started a tulip wood grease box for the wife to put her wedding ring in. I think a small jewlery box may end up coming out of these as well. I’ve been wanting to try a box build. But who knows? Something else may come to mind before I use it all up. Picked up a sheet of birch ply to make some jigs too. Looking around can be expensive. LOL They had a huge pile of zebra wood that just came in that was really hard to walk away from. However, I did managed to not put a planer and a joiner in my van. Good thing I missed the big sale this weekend or I would really be broke.

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 04:59 PM

We’re adding a small addition to the back of our house. It will give me a properly ventilated area to apply finishes. The basement isn’t a safe place and the pole barn is not an option this time of year. It won’t be ready to use for about another 3 weeks. In the mean time I’m doing some odd little projects and will post them here until I can get them finished. Once finished they will appear on my projects page.

I decided to make a grease box. I haven’t done one before and thought it would be a quick little project. I ended up making two holes in it so it could hold my wife’s wedding band and friendship ring. It’s from the tulip wood I just bought. It just needs sanded and finished.

I have a weather station and a weather radio that I will be making a shelf for next. Sounds like a good thing to use that newly aquired walnut for.

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#5 posted 11-06-2010 06:20 PM

It’s been one of those days. The weather man got it wrong again and we have about 3” of snow on the ground. God I hate snow! I made a list of projects for the winter. Some jigs for the shop, new shelves for the pantry and some odd and ends. About a dozen projects total so far. I started to the shop with jig building on my mind. Next thing I know I have a step stool for the wife. Not that I’m complaining mind you. But the piece of birch ply that’s left is exactly what I need for the two sides of the pantry shelf. I guess no jig building today after all. As soon as it’s painted, yes she wanted it painted to match the kitchen, it will get posted in my projects. I’m waiting for the primer to dry now. In the mean time I made a squirrel feeder for a friend from scraps and re-sawed some short hard maple logs my brother dropped off. Now I’m looking for something else to do to chase away the winter blues. A trip to the lumber store is on the list for the week. I’m also going to try to make it over to pick up a 3” x42” x 8’ hard maple section of bowling alley lane to use for another workbench. Well, dinner is over so it’s back to the shop.

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#6 posted 11-07-2010 02:00 AM

The day is coming to an end. Not such a bad day in the shop. I made a new push stick for the table saw. One of those jobs I’m always going to do and it never seems to get done. Then re-sawed a piece of tulip and glued it up. It’s going to be an insert in a box lid. The rest will be walnut. Added an outlet to the sander/sharpener stand. No more cords to trip over. Did some cleaning and then cleaned the tops of all the saws before calling it a day. All in all, a fairly productive day in the shop. Some times I just like puttering instead of working on a major project.

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#7 posted 11-14-2010 02:12 PM

This week has seen my shop gettting torn apart. I’m adding an addition to the house and the secondary shop stairs are about to be removed. Then the whole shop will be re-arranged. So I’ve been cleaning/sorting out tool boxes, cabinets, boxes and working out the new floor plan. I still managed to get the parts all rough cut for the pantry shelves and made another utilitarian piece from scraps. This time a prototype basic gun rest. When the addition gets done this week I’m going to have a lot of stuff to put finish on and add to my projects page. My brother went with me to check out the bowling alley lanes for the bench. Ended up with the yellow pine. The maple ends are too beat up from balls so all of the glue joints were shot.

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#8 posted 11-17-2010 02:16 PM

Yesterday was my birthday. While getting older sucks, being able to treat yourself to a nice present doesn’t. I decided to take the plunge and bought a Veritas low angle block plane. Picked up the large tote, front knob and a 38* A2 blade as well. I can’t wait to put it to use.

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