2 x 4 Challenge #1: Throwing My Hat in the Ring

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Blog entry by mot posted 01-23-2008 07:36 AM 8141 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with this. I had to take a few days to ponder what Stewart did. It just made me want to come up with something entirely different that what we’ve seen. Stewart as well as quite a few other entries since, have really raised the bar, and in the words of a woodworker, whom I greatly admire, Neil Lamens , ”Challenge yourself!” Some coaching on this process has come from a grumpy old woodturner, too.

To go along with the intent of the challenge, I pulled this 2×4 out from behind my hockey sticks and and broken shovel handles in the corner of the garage. You know, the one that is where my door is blocked by the shop floor hoist to move steel around and take my hydraulic deck off my truck….sorry, I digress. Anyway, I found a 2×4. It’s straight, really dry, and sort of orange.

I started by cutting it in half as maneuvering anything that is 8 feet long, in my shop, can end up with broken light bulbs, smacked knuckles and a general poor attitude by the shop inhabitant.

After a few passes on the jointer, a run through the planer, and a taste of some carbide on the tablesaw, this seemingly forgotten hunk of spruce comes to life! To think, the lonely days and nights that led to months and years, that this piece of wood sat. Just waiting for the day where it could say, “Joint me, plane me, cut off my round overs. Let me show you what I have to give!”

I flipped it, and flopped it, then slathered it in Tite Bond II and glued it back together. Some of it’s long lost cousins, veterans of another time, another bench, another test of process, helped this fledgling piece of framing lumber. Helped it hold itself together on plane. Helped it on it’s journey to becoming more than just another 2×4!

Show me, Mr. 2×4! Show me what you have in store for me!

To be continued….

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 01-23-2008 07:38 AM


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-23-2008 08:43 AM

Interesting teaser Tom . . .

What does that 2×4 have to offer?!


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#3 posted 01-23-2008 11:59 AM

Can’t wait to see progress…

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#4 posted 01-23-2008 12:18 PM

This is exactly what makes it all worth-while when we log in before breakfast – and after, and at lunchtime and…

LJ has got us hooked. Mrs YS says it’s eating into her knitting time!

So up to now we have a really neat piece of 8×2 lying up there in Alberta. Can’t wait for the next step.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#5 posted 01-23-2008 12:45 PM

A little bit of attention and a lowly 2×4 can become a rather attractive piece of wood. I must admit that the teasing nature of the entries is somewhat frustrating in an entertaining sort of way. While anticipation may be the most enjoyable part of any experience, I JUST WANT TO SEE IT DONE!! Oops, got carried away there for a minute. I’m eagerly awaiting the next installment.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 01-23-2008 01:39 PM

Was it William Wallace the great 2×4 emancipator who said…....“Joint me, plane me, cut off my round overs. Let me show you what I have to give!” or was that Mel Gibson.

Thanks for the challenge thought Tom… I walk to school with my little toolbox!!:)

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#8 posted 01-23-2008 01:52 PM

What evil lurks with-in?

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 01-23-2008 02:21 PM

H Tom;

To me it looks like a bunch of smaller 2” x 4” ’s.

That’s it. isn’t it Tom (hope I didn’t blow your secret).


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 01-23-2008 02:24 PM


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 01-23-2008 03:08 PM

2×4 Challenge #1: Throwing My Hat in the Ring

Hat? Ring?

I know what it is!!

A cowboy hat – Right?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 01-23-2008 03:26 PM

Go for it Tom!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 01-23-2008 05:44 PM

Hockey sticks…Did I read Hockey Sticks in your post. You have by vote. I look forward to seeing what you produce.

-- Hope Never fails

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#14 posted 01-23-2008 06:26 PM

I like a man who address the soul of a tree even if it is a 2×4. Of course I talk to myself a lot (too long a bachelor out on some farm property – drives the wife mad). Go get ‘em, Tom.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#15 posted 01-23-2008 07:44 PM

I think Stewart found the true answer… you are making a 4 ft. 2×8. Brilliant, Tom! Thr greatest ideas are usually the simplest ones! <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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