Hey guys and gals. I just stumbled across lumberjocks and love it. I have done alittle bit of woodworking/carpentry in my day, but nothing crazy. I am definately a rank amateur. I have recently been getting the itch to actually learn to work with wood properly. Until now I have always just cobbled stuff together when needed, sometimes more successfuly than others. I have always been the type to do things for myself, but I have found that as I get older, the need/want to be self sufficient in ...
I have my own blog, and before I discovered the excellence that is Lumberjocks, I started posting my woodworking adventures there. Fortunately, I only got one post up there before I signed up at LJ. However, I’m going to leave that post where it is, so I figured I’d drop a pointer to it here: Jumping Right In. Maybe not the ideal solution, but c’est la vie .
I started out with a fairly hefty workbench from the house’s previous owner, but it’s in a place not appropriate for a woodshop, and it’s not easy to move to where I do want my shop (the garage). Given that the space that it’s in is my main art studio, and it’s useful for that, I decided to leave it there and come up with a different bench for my woodwork.The space I had available…well, let’s call it available in theory, as at the time I decided to se...
BEFORE I START, IF YOU READ THIS, AND CAN OFFER ADVICE, I’D LOVE TO HEAR IT. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!! Ok, after collecting information from a couple key people, and looking carefully at my pieces, I’ve moved on to Sample #2. First things first. NEW CLAMPS!!!!! Not the best, but all I could get for now. On to business. More blanks, 10 this time. For these, I used a sanding block and norton 3x sandpaper. This was slow, but quiet as it was about 9:00PM when I started, and I’...
BEFORE I START, IF YOU READ THIS, AND CAN OFFER ADVICE ON IMPROVING THIS WITHOUT BUYING ANYTHING OVER $25, I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR ADVICE. THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!! I bought some clearance pen blanks from Rockler (Pau Ferro, Indian Rosewood, and Cherry, I think). Not having any “larger” tools or super-fine precision tools (band saw, table saw, router table, etc.) I decided I would begin the adventure the “backwoods” way. I Started by laying them together, checki...
I have had a request to make five additional small cabinets like I made for my first commission. I thought I would try and take progress photos as I go. I am truly a beginner so if you see things that I can do to improve the process, please let me know. Sadly, you may have to explain these improvements in detail, but lets cross that bridge when we get there. :) Here is a picture of one of the completed cabinets from the first set: Hopefully, the next five will also look like this. I...
First for old business from yesterday’s post. I may be the only one here that didn’t know but Wikipedia says Bubinga:The genus is well-known for its luxury timbers. The best-known timber is bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei, aka kevazingo). Another is ovangkol. Species of Guibourtia also produce Congo copal. The wood is often used by luthiers for harps and other instruments, such as bass guitars, because of its mellow and well-rounded sound. It has been used in drum shells as well. Drum com...
Just starting out with woodworking and looking to start a journal. Hopefully this will provide added incentive to progress and learn. Possibly meet some people that understand that projects aren’t finished in 30 minutes with 2 commercial breaks. On the shows everything looks so easy. My how things change once you feel the grain in your hands. We’ll thats all for now, being a complete nube I am anxious to go and google “bubinga”.
I’ve been a “collector” of power tools for some time now…usually every year with my bonus I would go out and get a tool…first came my Delta Contractors Saw. With a saw like that, I told my wife, I can build you great things… The next year it was my Delta 14” Band Saw. The band saw was just the ticket to start making fine furniture to fill our house…no longer would I be a slave to the local furiture store… Next was my Festool Circul...
I’ve been watching online videos for the past couple months, and I’ve watched a video on turning several times now that Jet sent me. I’ve read several books and magazines on the topic. Regardless of all that, I can’t seem to get any work that I do between centers to turn out correctly. The biggest problem I’m having is something that I had attributed to dull tools before; now I’m thinking it’s more operator error than anything else. I don’t ...
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