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Blog entry by Greg, B. posted 02-19-2012 02:40 AM 7371 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well my name is Greg and I am new to woodworking. I have been a machinist for 23 years. I have worked enough in metal that I’m going to try wood for a hobby. I had plans to turn my screened in back porch into my my workshop. Change of plans. We are going to sell our house so I’m not going to spend the money walling up the back porch. I don’t know where we are going to end up. I hope that we can find a new house with room for a shop. If not I have a 12×18 shed that I hope I can turn into a shop but I will have to wait and see. I will just try and continue building up tools. I’m thinking of doing some things at work LOL.

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 02:57 AM

Hey Greg, it will be nice to have a machinist on board. I will be having a few questions for you I’m sure.

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 03:10 AM

I hear you and feel your pain! Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do! So, if building projects at work is what it needs to be…....

I’ve been waiting 20 years to finally have my shop. I have a blog going about the transformation of the basement into my workshop.

I’m sure that in due time, you will have your dream shop!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 03:32 AM

I know then situation as well, years ago, I did all my woodworking at a friends shop, I had my own space he gave me in the loft above where he worked, Then the business moved and I lost my shop. I carted every thing to my brother in laws basement, (crawl space really it was only 5’ high, not good working conditions for someone 6’2). I lived in an apartment back then and converted our dining room to my workshop, god bless the wife, I don’t think I would have been that flexible if the situation had been reversed. I built many pieces of furniture on my workbench/dining room table, ( also don’t know how she put up with it). That was many moons ago and I now have my own workshop/garage, not as big as I would like it but a far cry from my humble beginnings.
Good luck on the move I hope everything works out as best as possible, and I did want to welcome you to LJ’s it’s a lot of fun, very helpful and the greatest people in the world are only a quick post away.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 05:08 AM

You will end up with a workshop before you know it. Over the years I have had to work in a dirt floor leaky garage, a carport, a 10×12 shed and another leaky damp garage. I finally got my shop and all the old rinky dink working conditions of the past seem like a distant memory.

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 12:39 PM

Machine work is a very good background to have to take up woodworking as a hobby. I imagine that you will not only enjoy but you will also do quite well at it. welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 03:54 PM

Thanks guys for the welcome. We have two 20 inch band saws at work that we hardly use anymore. We have a water jet now so they stopped using them We used to put brass plates on them and cut them round so we could finish them on a lath. We made a plate to sit on the band saw that had ball bearings on top of it and that way we could spin the heavy 3/4 inch plate really easy..

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 03:56 PM

Charles it will help me some being a machinist but I don’t think I will ever turn any wood. Last thing I want to see at the house is a lathe LOL.

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 05:15 PM

Welcome to LJ. I hope you will keep an open mind to woodturning. It is a lot different than turning steel, but I respect your feelings. Maybe with time you will discover that a lathe is a natural part of a wood shop without being it’s focus.

With machinist’s skills you will be well acquainted with the machines, measurements, math and many tools and techniques also used in woodworking, not to mention tool and machine maintenance skills which are just as important for woodworkers as for machinists. This will give you a really good head start and eliminate a lot of the frustrations suffered by most beginners.
Several members of my family (excluding myself) have been machinists and they were also quite good at woodworking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 03-11-2012 09:44 PM

Since I haven’t been able to set up shop at home I bit the bullet and have started making me a turkey call at work. I glued up the wood and turned it today ( I know I said I didn’t want to turn wood LOL ). I am making it out of Mahogany. I will try and take some pics while I am making it. I got the slate and glass ordered for it already. I am going to make the striker out of hickory.

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#10 posted 04-13-2012 02:12 AM

I finally got all moved and most everything set up in the house. After moving and finally having a garage to work in now I wanted to start a project. I decided to make one of my sons a twin bed. Matthias Wandel has some nice plans on his website so I used one of those. This has been real fun. Even though I am a machinist by trade I had to sit down a few times and really think about what I was doing before I messed up LOL. I have all the parts cut and I have put the bed together just to make sure it would work. I will post a finished photo once I get it stained.

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#11 posted 05-28-2012 02:12 AM

I got my table for the radial arm saw built today. For the front table I used some oak plywood that had. It is 17 1/4×35 1/4. I put the blade in the ripping position with the indicator set at 0. I lined up the back of the front table with the inside of the blade. I then marked the holes for the 1/4-20 bolts that will hold the table down to the stand. Once that was done I drilled the 6 holes for the t-nuts that will be used to level the table. I counter sunk the holes so that the t-nuts would be below the surface of the table. I then installed the front table. The next thing I did was remove the blade and turn the motor down toward the table. I moved the carriage to the six spots checking to see if the table was level. I used a scale to do this. I put the scale down on the table and lowered the motor down until the shaft touched the scale. I lowered it until there was a little friction on the scale when I moved it between the table and motor shaft. I did this at all six points on the table until all six spots were the same. It took a few tries doing this. The fence and the back table were the next thing to be done. I used oak also for these too. I am not doing the 3 part table since I will not be ripping on the radial arm. I made the back table 6 inches wide. Table and fence are both square with the blade. Over all I enjoyed building the table. It sure was hot in the garage LOL. Had to break out the old box fan. I read a lot of web pages and the manual that came with the saw to get down the method of how to do the table.
Tomorrow I am going to start building some corn hole boards for my brother. They really liked playing the game when they came up last week for my daughter’s graduation.


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#12 posted 06-12-2012 12:30 AM

Well I got my new blade for the RAS Saturday (Freud LU91M010) . I installed the blade and checked the alignment of the new blade with the table and the fence. Made my first cuts on two by fours and they came out really square. The cuts came out very clean also. I think I am going to really like using it.

I am looking at different hold down clamps to install on the table that will hold down the material while I am making the cut. Just trying to be as safe as possible.


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#13 posted 07-25-2012 01:49 AM

I have been having to work a bunch of overtime lately and haven’t done much. I look at L J each day and see all the great wood workers on here and often wonder if I should post anything else that I make. On my best day I do nothing that should be put up with all the great projects that I see. I have got a lot of practicing to do. I did make a new circle jig yesterday LOL.

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#14 posted 07-25-2012 02:08 AM


Don’t get discouraged. Every thing you make can be (and usually is) a learning experience. You’ve made more progress setting up your shop and posted more completed projects in the last 99 days than I have in two years.

The important thing is to enjoy what you’re doing. And keep posting completed projects. Nothing says they have to be major masterworks. You’ll be surprised how much others will get from your postings.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#15 posted 07-30-2012 03:13 PM

Thanks Herb!

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