My Journey Into Woodworking

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Blog series by Steve updated 01-08-2011 11:30 PM 10 parts 38664 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: Flash Back To Five Years Ago

10-20-2010 10:58 PM by Steve | 5 comments »

So there I was, standing in the big box store shaking my head. “They want how much for this crap?”, I was saying to my wife. I couldn’t believe the cost and the terrible quality of the cabinets I was looking at. I told her if I had the tools I would just build my own. Even if they were less than perfect they would be ten times better than what I was looking at. My wife being the enabler of all times looked at me and said. “Well you just got the shop you’ve a...

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Part 2: The Plan

10-20-2010 11:00 PM by Steve | 2 comments »

PHASE 1: I had my wife make a list of all the things she would like to have in the house we had just bought. The list was even more reasonable than I figured it would be. Then we went “window shopping”. We got two prices for everthing on her list. One from the Wallyworld type stores and one from better furniture stores. We had a blast anylizing the furniture and picking out the flaws as we saw them. PHASE 2: We went window shopping for tools. We’ve both always bee...

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Part 3: Implementing The Plan

10-20-2010 11:01 PM by Steve | 0 comments »

So now with all of the planning done I just needed to get started. I painted the shop white, ran conduit and pulled enough wire to circumvent the globe. I made one wall a parts wall and put up lots of pegboard (also painted white). Hung lighting and set them up in sections so I could turn on all or part of the shop lights. Bought some steel shelving and set up a basement area. Then drug my grinder and drill press in from the pole barn along with all of my hand tools and small power tools...

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Part 4: The Second Year

10-20-2010 11:27 PM by Steve | 5 comments »

The second year I saw some plans that were for beginners marked 50% off. The blanket chest looked like a good gift for my daughter’s Christmas present. It was simple enough. Using red oak plywood and some hard wood as well. It looked like a no brainer and an easy way to get my feet wet. The project went well even though I had a few hitches along the way. It was about this time I found the Lumberjock’s website. This made things a lot easier as I was able to troll about a bit...

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Part 5: The Third Year Gets Frustrating & Expensive

10-21-2010 03:19 AM by Steve | 2 comments »

I wanted to add a belt/disc sander to my tool collection. I purchased a Grizzly POC. After months of returning one bad unit after another I gave up. I bought a cheapo from Harbor Freight and tore it apart and rebuilt it into a working unit. Sad that you should have to do that with a new tool but such is life. Soon I figured out that like most things I do I have a tendency to be very critical of my work. Miters were my biggest gripe at this point. I’ve come to a conclusion that ...

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Part 6: Year 4 - A Long, Tough Year

10-21-2010 04:02 AM by Steve | 0 comments »

I decided to build a coffee table with drawers. I wanted to learn mortise & tenon joinery originally. Along the way I picked up a pocket hole jig. I decided to give it a try instead as my next project would have through tenons. That way I wouldn’t repeat a skill set. I know. Doing something once doesn’t make you a master but it does teach me the basic skills. Not to mention each project gets either bigger, more complex or both. I want to get as much experience under my...

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Part 7: This Year - Just When We Thought It Was Calming Down

10-21-2010 04:36 AM by Steve | 8 comments »

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&#...

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Part 8: talking to myself

11-17-2010 05:39 PM by Steve | 2 comments »

Some times I’m a bit, well, shall we say slow. I started my blog thinking a new series entry for each year. Just today I realized that as I’ve been commenting on my entry for this year, instead of just making a new entry, I’ve basically been talking to myself. Like I said, a bit slow some times. Oh well. Now that I’ve figured it out I guess it won’t look like I wanted but will at least I won’t be talking to myself. :D With no way to delete the old c...

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Part 9: Some times it can't be helped

12-29-2010 11:21 PM by Steve | 1 comment »

I haven’t posted in a while. We’ve been putting on a small addition. All windows pretty much and it will be where I do my finishing so there will be good ventilation. Unfortunately to do the electrical work I had to trash my shop. Now I’m not exagerating, I mean trashed! In the end there was an 18” path through it and a messy one at that. Some times it can’t be helped. The only good side is it gave me a good reason to finally do the revamp of the shop layo...

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Part 10: the new shop layout

01-08-2011 11:30 PM by Steve | 0 comments »

I decided on a new shop layout. Everything got moved to one end of the shop. Then the cleaning began. I have swept the ceiling, walls, cleaned every shelf and went through every box on the shelves. Not one piece of equipment is getting moved without getting cleaned and serviced. I figured it was as good a time as any to do it. Almost every thing in the shop will be in a new location. I’m about half way through the process now. I can’t wait to get it finished. The new layo...

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