Getting Started #2: Day 2 - Keep on Truck'n

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Blog entry by rahammers posted 04-03-2008 05:42 PM 737 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First for old business from yesterday’s post. I may be the only one here that didn’t know but Wikipedia says

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 companies such as Tama offer various high-end drum kits with plies of Bubinga in the shells4.

Bubinga is sometimes used in the production of archery bows, in particular as the main wood of the handle in some flat bows.

Bubinga is also used in furniture making, usually for tables, as large slabs of the dense wood can be cut, and with very little manipulation, be used for a table top.

They are known to produce chalconoids (chalcones), relatives of medically important chemicals called stilbenes, one famous one being resveratrol *

Also I really want to thank everyone for the reads and all the great comments. This really seems to be a nice community.

As I stated in the first post, my interest in journaling is not only to keep track of my progress but also to keep me “on track” with a hobby I have been toying around with for a bit. I’m still in the dimensional lumber phase, cutting, nailing, and gluing. Just looking at all the great projects here is inspiration to hone some skill and be able to proceed to new levels.

As far as staying on track, the first 24 hours have been good. I spent a sleepless night worrying about wanting to post pictures of my great shop. The sleepless part came from not having it yet. Plans on how to redo the shop danced in my head for many hours.

For my first project I will design, organize and build out my little area in the basement. I have found some plans for shelving units and base cabinets. I figure that will force some more experience measuring, cutting, nailing and dare I say joinery. I hope to make a good first pass at a shop.

I also look forward to posting this project as it moves forward, hoping to receive comments. Pros and Cons always welcome – we sometimes learn more from bad decisions than from good ones. Suggestions are always welcome.

The goal for tomorrow, post some “before” pictures of “Manswanna” (My name for an area carved out in a house of 6 – wife, 17y B, 15y G, 13y B, and 5y B)

Back to the day job for now…

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#1 posted 04-04-2008 03:51 AM

Everything starts with a decent shop. But there was one guy on here that used nothing but hand tools
and did everything in his living room.

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

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Earle Wright

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#2 posted 04-04-2008 04:07 AM

All the woodworker’s I’ve ever known never stop building their shops; it’s an ongoing process. I’m not sure it would be nearly as much fun, if you ever actually “finished”. I’ve had garage shops and basement shops everywhere I’ve lived. Now, at sixty years old, I’m finally building a shop separate from the house. Until its done, though, I’ve got six unfinished projects sitting in the living room, and I do all my dovetail work right now at the kitchen table. I’ve got a wet grinder and all my sharpening stuff on the kitchen countertop. Still doing all the power work downstairs. I don’t have a wife or kids to compete with for the available space. Your results may vary.

Man, don’t lose sleep over it; this is supposed to be fun! The best advice I can give you is to plan safety into every facet of this hobby. Some recent posts will drive home that point. Too many folks depending on you not to think of safety all the time.

I wish you great success in your woodworking endeavors!

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#3 posted 04-04-2008 07:44 PM

Thanks for the comments

The lost sleep was from the excitement of getting started. I didn’t mean to cause undo concern but it is appreciated none the less.

As far as the living room shop goes, I have a fair amount spread into the living areas of our place. When I told the wife I was going to take pictures of the redo and clean up the shop area, she asked if I was going to take a picture of all the tools up on the Dog cage. Poor Max’s roof has become a storage area.

I’m really looking forward to building out the shop, mostly for the experience of making some cabinets. Probably going to follow some plans for kitchen base cabinets and put a heavy duty “shop” style top to them.

We just got done re doing our kitchen. The next time I’d like try and build my own. This little tid bit probably belongs over on – just haven’t gotten a chance to check that site out yet. Anyways, we found the Kraftmaid outlet just south of Warren, OH. Same stuff sold at Home Depot just everything (almost) under $100. Kind of a crazy “auction” atmosphere but man the savings was there. Probably saved $10K in cabinets. We wouldn’t even done the project if we had to pay retail. All that is really missing has been the “pride” in having built them myself.

So the shop project is a testing ground for future endevours.

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