Old pine should burn and gray at the close of day;Measure, measure, and check for square. Though wise woodworkers at their end know dark walnut stain is fair,Because their sanders had left no pigtails theyDo not go gentle into that good chair. ...
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Location: Morris County, NJ
I am a 27 years old software engineer from Northern New Jersey. I am engaged to be married in October 2014.
Some other hobbies include my motorcycle (riding and working on it), video games, and I read a lot but I'm not sure if that's really a hobby.
I took Intro to Woodshop in highschool over 10 years ago and I remember liking it a lot. Unfortunately, I couldn't take part 2 of that course because I needed to fill another requirement for college applications at the time.
I finally have some space in my living quarters after living with my mom for a few years after college and then right to an apartment. Now that we have a garage and some space, I decided I wanted to pursue this hobby.
I've since picked up a plethora of used and new tools and I've been eating up anything wood working related I can find. I've amassed quite a collection of magazines, online videos, PDFs, PodCasts, and just other wood worker's work.
I am trying to expand my skill repertoire and I love trying new things whenever I can in the shop.
As a software engineer with a sometimes 3-hour daily commute, if I'm not careful, I can end up sitting down for upwards of 12 hours a day (before even factoring in sleep). I love wood working because it gets me moving around a bit instead of sitting at rest all day. Not to mention there is nothing like that feeling of creating something with your hands. A lot of my work, although fulfilling in it's own rights, is abstract. There is something unique and _authentic_ about wood working which I truly love.
I'm happy to have found LJs. Everyone seems very friendly and I'm anxious to participate and give back to the community where I can.
-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger
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I had read many times before about the three pillars of a craft: Design, Construction, and Finishing. Let me tell me you, after this experience, I truly realize now and appreciate the amount of effort and knowledge and true craftsmanship that go...
Staining the seat. As mentioned, I’m using a dark walnut gel stain. This is what it looks like before wiping it off.I actually really like the way this looks. If for some reason the finish turns out horribly, at least I know I can resort ...
Based on discussion with some of the woodworkers on /r/woodworking, I opted to forego the pre-stain conditioner. I went again and stained the entire back rest with the dark walnut gel stain. Doesn’t look like Dark Walnut on most of the...
Since this was my first foray into a proper finish ( the most I’ve done before is a spray lacquer finish ), I decided to make a test board. I put a bunch of test dowel plugs into it and broke it out into a bunch of different sections. I...