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Blog entry by richgreer posted 02-18-2010 11:34 PM 1210 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m pretty supportive of my church and they asked me to build a new storage closet and pantry. Part of me wanted to say, “I’m a woodworker – not a carpenter” but I did not say that and I agreed to build the desired closet and pantry.

However, I had to do a few things that said “Woodworker”. I needed some supports for the shelves in the pantry and decided to build a support frame using mortise and tenon joinery. How many carpenters would do that?

I installed some door stops to prevent a closet door from hitting the drywall when fully opened. I installed these custom door stops to the trim with a sliding dovetail. Underneath the dovetails (where no one can see) I put 2 big screws through the trim and into the framing. How many carpenters would do that?

Finally, I needed to install a shelf into the closet area and I built a frame with a long groove that I cut with my dado. The oak plywood used for the shelf set securely into the groove. How many carpenters would do that?

I have nothing against carpenters. They are great craftsmen in their own right but in my own subtle ways I needed to say to my church, “I’m a woodworker’.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.



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#1 posted 02-18-2010 11:36 PM

Pictures please Rich!!!! they say a thousand words .

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 11:41 PM

I have no pictures at the moment but I will take some shortly an post them.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 11:49 PM

bravo rich…that’s cool you added those wood working flairs…and they certainly bespeak the touch of a wood worker…some day someone will see those dovetails…and say man…he did a great job…did you sign it somewhere inconspicuous …under a shelf maybe…and a date you did it…i would …good job…and thanks for making it know what the difference is between the to…not that were snobs….but ..we do fine work..were just more refined….eh..grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 12:02 AM

Well, pretty cool. Glad you did it your way, that was awesome.

I am a carpenter and a woodworker. I have to be to make a living, but I prefer woodworking.

-- http://www.ahomespecialist.net, Making design and application one. †

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 12:09 AM

Thanks to Grissman’s suggestion I am going to go back and brand my logo into the underside of a shelf. Someday someone will see it and wonder what it is all about.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 02-19-2010 12:11 AM

not many may notice ,

but God knows ,

thats probably why he sent you !

-- 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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SEE

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#7 posted 02-19-2010 12:25 AM

I’m sure that “someone” will notice the woodworker’s details that you incorporated into this project. More importantly, YOU know that they’re there! Hopefully, someone will notice the extra touches that you put into this project and care enough to tell you.

In answer to your question: “How many carpenters would do that?”, My guess is not many.

In the past, in many cultures, I believe that the distinction between carpenters and woodworkers wasn’t as pronounced as it is now. As Dennis so well said: “I am a carpenter and a woodworker. I have to be to make a living, but I prefer woodworking.”, That’s so true for many of us who make our living, in part or in whole, by working with wood.

I feel blessed to have even a few customers/clients who actually care about details and quality, enduring quality. In our fast paced, throw away culture it seems that one of the biggest challenges that a caring woodworker faces is to educating the public about the difference between, say, a mass produced coffee table or some other item that a customer expects to last for only a few years and one that is well built by a caring craftsman that will last much longer and become more beautiful as time passes. Sorry, I digress!

I’m looking forward to seeing photos of your project for your church.

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#8 posted 02-19-2010 12:41 AM

Integrity: doing what is right, even when other will never know.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#9 posted 02-19-2010 12:51 AM

Yes, I know what you mean – I’ve often been referred to as a crafter and asked to show at hobby shows etc. And I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me if I could carve them a set of drums when I would think that cutting down a tree and using the logs might suffice, haha. But as rustfever says, if you didn’t do it right, you’d always feel kinda guilty.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#10 posted 02-19-2010 01:27 AM

I try to be have carpenter have woodworker, :)

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#11 posted 02-19-2010 01:34 AM

Richgreer~Thanks to Grissman’s suggestion I am going to go back and brand my logo into the underside of a shelf. Someday someone will see it and wonder what it is all about

Considering it was for your church you already put your brand on it where it’s most important, your heart where the big guy can see it.

Oh and I was a woodworker before I became a carpenter before I became a cabinetmaker before I became Just a Guy wiyh a hammer.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#12 posted 02-19-2010 01:35 AM

A long time ago there was a carpenter whom I am sure appreciates the extra love displayed in your workmanship.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#13 posted 02-19-2010 02:00 AM

I have nothing against woodworkers, i’m just a carpenter.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#14 posted 02-19-2010 02:14 AM

Bravo Rich!
God steered them to ask you for a reason…..............

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#15 posted 02-19-2010 02:14 AM

I don,t care what they call me as long they don,t call me late for dinner :)

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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