Well that’s done with.. I won’t reiterate what I posted on the project page, but I did have a question for everyone who happens to look: How much do you think I should ask? This is a fairly unique project and I really donR...
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Location: Rochester, NY
Apparently the woodworking gene runs in the family. Little did I know that a super-nerd like me would be sucked into this hobby just like all the generations before me. A little over a year ago, my hours would be spent in front of a computer screen, either working, chatting with friends, or playing games. In the Fall of 09, however, that all changed. I won a house at auction and moved in to my temporary bachelor pad. Its an 1830 post and beam farmhouse with a 5k sq ft, 2 story barn onsite. Behind the house was an old machine shop with a new roof, but 150+ years of wear and tear on the rest of it.
For the next few months, my dad and I worked feverishly to bring the house back to life before I got married. The structure was sound, but the entire house was about 10% away from completion. I became an expert at drywalling, priming, painting, and molding. That last item there was the catalyst to that little spark in my genes. My dad gave me a junk miter saw he had and my brother bought me a little Craftsman table saw. Within a few months, I had a nice collection of tools from various estate auctions in the area.
My grandpa was an engineer by trade and a master (at least in my opinion) woodworker at retirement. All day long, every day, he would crank out masterpieces and *give* them to family. As far as I know, he never sold or marketed anything he made, but was the kind, generous, quiet grandpa in legends and in song. He made fantastic wainscoting, cupboards, working lighthouses, pellet-stove pellet storage and delivery systems, shelves, benches, tables... anything you could think of. The majority of it, he engineered. Sadly, in Feb 2008, he passed away from cancer and has left an un-fillable hole in our family.
My dad and my uncle learned early several tricks of the trade, but were otherwise-interested. My dad in more mechanical things, my uncle in all things photography. My brother picked up woodworking very casually, but has since gotten serious. A few years ago, he made gorgeous poker tables that were featured in some local tournaments. Now that the woodworking bug has finally bit me, we've become a family of woodworkers. It took time and tragedy, but we are what we are because of it.
So here I am, as a 24 year old computer nerd who sysadmins by day and woodworks by night, honored to join this group! I'm ambitious (to a fault sometimes) and have learned a lot in the past few months. I look forward to talking with everyone in this community and learning from them.
Thanks for having me.
-- Dan, Rochester, NY
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Its been a while since I’ve updated on this project, but its time to wrap it up so that I can move on to other things.. I’m at a bit of a cross roads, though, and need some input. Should keep the angle that the center of the display...
Like any good project, you have to start with a good plan. But a plan starts with talking to the client (yes, this is a commissioned piece) and figuring out what they want: a knife display for 11 knives, 5 of them larger, fixed blades and 6 swiss ...
INTROFor Christmas, my bro and I gave my dad the above mentioned fence as a gift. I had read in a few places that people had successfully (albeit blasphemy) mounted this fence to a G1022Z. I had my reservations, but after looking at the equivalent...
FrameI finally got some more work done on the entryway bench.. I anchored the seat frame to the walls and then constructed the legs cut and screwed in underneath. I originally wanted to make the entire thing out of beams and barn boards that I had...