Just for Fun... #78: Sawdust Update...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 09-26-2013 02:12 PM 2030 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Haven’t done hardly anything in the shop lately… Tried re-sawing some more of the Bubinga for box-making and ran into a world of trouble… The cuts were so hoopy that the Planer wouldn’t even straighten them out…
I know that using a sharp blade on the Bandsaw would help, but I can’t afford to change out to a new blade every third or fourth cut! So a page was taken out of the Patron’s Playbook; i.e., making “Guide” cuts with the Table Saw first, and then cutting the remainder in the middle…
I first did it on the crooked edge, and afterwards the board was split down the middle, except… I hadn’t lined up the Table Saw with the middle, and forgot to make sure that the Blade was a full 90°, with this result…
After planing, I ended up with two fine Boards, but they’re barely a 1/4” thick…

Oh well, looks like I’ve got a good supply of box tops and bottoms… and I did learn what to (and what not to!) do with the rest of the Bubinga…

In completely unrelated news, Debbie and I took our Annual Vacation Week at the Beach the first week of September… And had our Annual Coinciding Rain!

To be fair, it only rained on Monday of the week but it was torrential! The rest of the week was Sunny and Clear, but Cool…
Of course, September’s beginning also marked yours’ truly aging another year… The event was celebrated in the usual fashion…

Towards the end of August (just out of curiosity) I Googled Woodworking Groups or Clubs in New Hampshire, and found the Guild of N. H. Woodworkers… Long story short I joined, and read that they were looking for people to submit work for the Rochester Fair… I had to scramble a little to get an entry in, but submitted my Bubinga Box in the Amateur Fine Woodworking Division… When I brought it there, they were all Oohs and Aahs, and one of their first questions was, “Is it for sale?”... “No”, I said, but they persisted asking me if I had anything else that was…
I saw it as an opportunity to clean off a shelf or two, so I brought a few boxes to the Fair…
In talking to the Vendors there, we found out that sales were terrible all-round, so it was no real surprise that I didn’t sell anything…
But the Box that I entered to be judged fared a little better at the Fair… First Place!!
I’m pretty proud of that, though admittedly there were surprisingly few entries…

Anyway, the Guild looks like it will be some good fun and experience with some great (and talented!) folks! Amongst many other things, they are non-profit, have events throughout the year, and give scholarships to worthy young applicants…
I’m looking forward to a long association with them!! :)
26 September 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 09-26-2013 02:25 PM

Happy belated birthday, Mike.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 09-26-2013 02:47 PM

Congrats on the 1st place entry, Mike! You deserve it!!

Happy B-day, too but at our age we stop celebrating them, right?!?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 09-26-2013 03:24 PM

hi Mike!!
Hey, that looks like Long Sands, York Beach…
Congrats on your award at the guild!! wow, a Blue Ribbon at Rochester…Awesome!!
How many County Fairs are left on the calendar? I seem to recall the Sandwich (NH) Fair is in October…
Thanks for sharing the great news!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#4 posted 09-26-2013 03:28 PM

Happy birthday and also congratulations on your entry! Lots of exciting stuff happening! Keith and I split some of our wood the same way – with doing pilot cuts on the table saw – and we are also discovering that a LOT of it goes to waste. We are lucky to have 1/4” pieces in the end. For this reason, we are reconsidering our options and are looking more to allowing the wood to be planed at the mill where we buy it (using their industrial planes) Yes – we are wasting a bit of wood, but they can do a good job in a couple of quick passes and it takes us a lot of time and is a lot of wear and tear on our friend Bernie’s equipment and we find it just isn’t worth the effort. Many times the boards we do at his place are not even and we wind up with little we can use. In the long run, getting it planed at the mill was better for us. Live and learn! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 09-26-2013 04:00 PM

Congratulations, Mike. I’ll bet the natural hinges sold the judges!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-26-2013 04:09 PM

Happy Birthday!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 09-26-2013 04:29 PM

Congratulations on your ribbon Mike, that’s awesome. Happy birthday and many more.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 09-26-2013 05:39 PM

Happy Birthday Mike and congrats on the blue ribbon! I hope you have a pleasant experience with your Guild.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 09-27-2013 12:09 AM


i see you gave away your shirt again
what a guy

maybe you can get one from the guild
wear it like a sandwich board

sweet blue ribbon

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 09-27-2013 12:38 AM

Happy birthday Mike.

Congrats on the well deserved win. When asked if stuff is for sale, always sell it! You can make more!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 09-27-2013 02:20 AM

Thanks everyone for your well wishes and congrats!
Lew: We earn the right to celebrate each and every one of them my Friend, there’s no need to ever stop!
Poopie: That is indeed Long Sands… A few years ago we met a Mother and Daughter up there, and the Daughter was proudly proclaiming that her Mom had been to York every year for fifty years… Then it occurred to me, so have I!! :)
The next Fair is the oldest one in NH, the Deerfield… And the last one is the Sandwich Fair in October (as you said) Deerfield doesn’t have a WWing division, but the Sandwich one does… I’m going to decide in the next couple days whether I’ll enter or not…
Sheila: So far, I’ve only cut less than half of the slab that I started with… I hate the mistakes I’ve made on it, but I’ve also learned some valuable lessons… I’m hoping to do a lot better on the second half!
Jim J: I don’t really know what “sold” them Jim… The Rochester Fair is the longest one, it went from the 13th until the 20th. Things to be judged had to be there by the 9th so that they could be judged before the Fair began… Who did the judging and the criteria, I couldn’t tell you… Whoever/whatever they were, they left no Commentary…???
Lenny: I went to the first meeting last Saturday, but didn’t really meet too many of the people… It was their Annual General meeting, and was mostly Business… They did have a Guest Speaker in the Afternoon, the fella that writes the back cover “focus” stories for Fine Woodworking…
David: Got the Guild t-shirt last weekend! :)
Andy: I almost did say it was for sale, but that one already has a dedicated purpose… Winning the Ribbon was Great, but the best thing I saw at the Fair was a Giraffe! I never saw one of those before… They are TALL!!
That red containment fence he’s leaning over (to steal the Llamas’ hay) is nine or ten feet tall!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 09-27-2013 02:25 AM

Happy Happy Happy to you

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 09-27-2013 03:41 AM

Happy Birthday Mike.

I learned something today. Guide cuts on the table saw, the rest on band saw. Good

Our birthdays are close, mine is on Sept. 28

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#14 posted 09-27-2013 06:49 AM

Happy Birthday, Mike. I see you have learned a basic lesson…it is easy to loose your shirt selling boxes, no matter how good they are…and yours are good.

Bubinga is great wood to work with. I would have just planed it down to 5/8. Seems wasteful, but it works. I only resaw boards that are about 2 inches thick. By the time you work out the cuts, plane, sand, and resand it takes away a lot of thickness.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 09-28-2013 12:11 AM

Mike, That looks like a giraffe youngster. Did you get a look at his tongue? Jet black and REALLY long!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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