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The Beginner's Hand Tool Kit (Some thoughts)

05-20-2017 10:02 PM by Lemongrasspicker | 4 comments »

View on YouTube The video covers mostly the tool side of things but I’d like to talk a bit about the concepts behind some of the first tools you buy. This is mostly just my opinion and my experience speaking (which isn’t much compared to some!). My main reason for the list in the video is as follows. You want to buy tools that help you develop confidence as well as skills. Buying an axe as your first woodworking tool is something that I recommend each budding woodworker do. ...

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Woodworking as Therapy

05-14-2017 01:57 PM by Bravesst | 7 comments »

Allow me to introduce myself to Lumberjocks. I’m Mike and I’m a retired FDNY captain, been through lots of stuff, and about a year ago I got reconnected to woodworking. In the early nineties, I managed to put a small shop together with just some basic tools and skills, and I actually designed and cranked out a few pieces that I still use in my home today. I’d learned everything pretty much from books and magazines. Fast forward to 2016 and the magic of the internet. I’...

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My Roubo Build #13: Picking it Up Again, For Real!

02-26-2017 09:25 AM by naomi weiss | 3 comments »

Just a quick post to say that I am really building my Roubo! And I mean it this time! The baby is in daycare and the husband has gone to get some lumber for me. I had made a mistake in my ordering, and in the end, my bench will have some kind of an apron ( I know, not really a French bench), and won’t be pretty, but hey, it’ll get the job done, and I will get back to woodworking!! I assembled this workbench from Costco when I was 8 months pregnant. I was pretty disappointed tha...

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Lathe work #1: Woodturning for the True Beginner

09-03-2016 05:47 PM by Bdobs13 | 4 comments »

For anyone looking to get into woodturning, you should. It is an awesome feeling to turn the simplest of things. My first object was just a cylinder with little grooves but the feeling was great. I have had a used Jet 1236 lathe that I just looked at for about a year and always too afraid of using it and getting way too caught up in getting the tools sharp although I only attempted sharpening them once with epic failure results. I did countless hours of research on woodturning for beginners ...

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Free Black Walnut... what to do with it??

06-24-2016 03:41 AM by PeterDominic1983 | 8 comments »

I found a woman on craigslist who was giving a black walnut tree away for free! Through many emails and texts, I finally got the go ahead to pick it up… Her original post said that her tree servicer would cut it to specific length, if desired. I tried to get her to have him cut the tree into 6-8’ logs. However, what actually happened was the tree guy came while the woman was on vacation, and cut them into 2’ logs… I took them anyway, seeing as I am a beginner, an...

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From cluttered garage to organized (hopefully) wood shop!! #6: Clutter cleanout complete... time to ORGANIZE!!!!!

06-10-2016 05:31 AM by PeterDominic1983 | 4 comments »

I have worked really hard these last few days. It is difficult when an injury prevents me from working too hard, or too long, or putting my body through certain motions… but I have finally finished going through just about every crevasse in the entire room! First things first – before the big reveal – I found some pretty cool items that I would like to post pictures of… In one of my previous blogs, right around the beginning of the whole process, I found a reall...

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Reclaimed Wood Chisel Rack

06-08-2016 05:12 PM by ShaunMeighan | 0 comments »

Lately my chisels have been strewn around my bench. They had no place to go and kept falling onto the floor, dulling the edges. I got tired of this and so decided to make a chisel rack from whatever wood I had lying around. https://youtu.be/_vWWgS4DFSg

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From cluttered garage to organized (hopefully) wood shop!! #5: Journey continues - time to tackle the bench and tool area!!

06-07-2016 02:19 AM by PeterDominic1983 | 2 comments »

This is SUPER slow-going… It is really difficult to see in pictures, for many reasons. Obviously, if someone is viewing the pics, there is only a cursory and “2D” perception of what is really around! But, writing as the person doing all the cleanup? I feel a massive and satisfying sense of accomplishment. And I am not nearly done yet! Finally began removing lots of the items and storage boxes/bins from the garage; I have been staging all the containers ...

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From cluttered garage to organized (hopefully) wood shop!! #1: As it currently stands...

05-23-2016 01:26 PM by PeterDominic1983 | 5 comments »

So I have made the decision to turn my garage into a part-time, hobby type wood shop. I do construction and residential renovations as my primary income, but this is my true passion! I also changed my major in college to “Fine woodworking and Furniture Making” which I didn’t even know existed… turns out its an Arts degree, and they offer transfer opportunities if desired… The way things currently stand, my garage is about 350 sq ft, with the previous homeown...

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Chicken Coop #2: Work fast, the chicks have landed

05-04-2016 04:31 PM by ConnieReed | 7 comments »

I’ve been using every nice day we’ve had, that I can, to work on my chicken coop. I am having so much fun with this! Part of it is being proud of myself for tackling this project, and doing pretty good with it too, and part of it is the crafting part of it. I didn’t simply draw up plans and go to the lumber yard. For one thing, I doubted my ability to precisely follow the plans. I don’t have the skills or the tools to make all the exact-perfect cuts, angles, etc. I nee...

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