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TheWoodRaccoon

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11-09-2015 01:25 PM

Hello! My name is Brandon, i’m 19, and i live in Brooklyn NY. Ever since i can remember, I’ve loved working with my hands. I used to just fix stuff around the house and in school, but i’ve always been looking out for something more specific. I found Jeorg Sprave on youtube, and shortly after i found his forum: “TheSlingshotForum”, where i got the nickname “Raccoon”, because i’m always scavenging for free materials and tools(You’d be surprised at what gets thrown away!). I got into building slingshots of all sorts, shapes, sizes and materials ranging from wood to homemade plastic sheeting. It was great because it satisfied my need to craft, and to shoot! But recently, I’ve been wanting to build more than just slingshots. I’ve been saving up and hoarding tools so i can make bandsaw boxes, and other nifty projects that i see on made on youtube by Jimmy Diresta, Marc Spagnuolo, Dave Picciutto, Jay bates, Steve Ramsey, and a few other channels. In the span of less than a year, i’ve bought a router and bits, a drill press, a Ridgid oscillating spindle sander, a Delta 13” thickness planer, 2 belt sanders, a random orbit sander, chisels, a jigsaw, and a bunch of other stuff. I’ve also restored a Delta 40-530 16” scroll saw my uncle gave me. I’m currently trying to acquire a 14” Grizzly bandsaw, and i’m eyeing a Delta portable 10” tablesaw. I’m still trying to iron out a few kinks, like how i’m going to fit all this stuff in my 8’x14’ garage, and getting my mom to let me have a tablesaw. :) I recently visited Jimmy Diresta, who gave me bandsaw lessons so my mom would let me have one.(My profile picture is of me in his shop next to his rockwell and Delta 14” saws). I’ll upload some pictures and videos of my work and experiences when i get the chance. In short: Howdy new neighbors!

I look forward to getting to know this community better!

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WoodNSawdust

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#1 posted 11-09-2015 02:57 PM

Welcome.

Sounds like you are off to a good collection of tools. It is always hard to fit tools into a small shop.

I am not familiar with a Delta “portable” table saw but be wary of small saws you can pickup and carry around that sits on your bench as they have problems with enough power to cut thick or hard wood and don’t have a lot of accuracy.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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TheWoodRaccoon

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#2 posted 11-09-2015 06:17 PM



Welcome.

Sounds like you are off to a good collection of tools. It is always hard to fit tools into a small shop.

I am not familiar with a Delta “portable” table saw but be wary of small saws you can pickup and carry around that sits on your bench as they have problems with enough power to cut thick or hard wood and don t have a lot of accuracy.

- WoodNSawdust

Thank you! The delta portable saw is actually quite reputable, and has excellent reviews. People say it’s comaparable or very close to a contractor saw in regards to accuracy, stability, and features. here’s a link:

http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Power-Tools-36-6020-Portable/dp/B00V7UHBAY/ref=sr_1_1?s=power-hand-tools&ie=UTF8&qid=1447093010&sr=1-1&keywords=delta+table+saw

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TheWoodRaccoon

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#3 posted 11-09-2015 06:18 PM


Welcome.

Sounds like you are off to a good collection of tools. It is always hard to fit tools into a small shop.

I am not familiar with a Delta “portable” table saw but be wary of small saws you can pickup and carry around that sits on your bench as they have problems with enough power to cut thick or hard wood and don t have a lot of accuracy.

- WoodNSawdust

Thank you! The delta portable saw is actually quite reputable, and has excellent reviews. People say it s comaparable or very close to a contractor saw in regards to accuracy, stability, and features. Because of my limited space, a portable saw is a must. here s a link:

http://www.amazon.com/Delta-Power-Tools-36-6020-Portable/dp/B00V7UHBAY/ref=sr_1_1?s=power-hand-tools&ie=UTF8&qid=1447093010&sr=1-1&keywords=delta+table+saw

- TheWoodRaccoon


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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 11-09-2015 06:26 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Got questions, ask away.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-09-2015 06:27 PM

Welcome ! Brando the Raccoon. Your lucky to start off in the land of the innerWeb. Stay curious, share your knowledge and keep your hands open as a closed hand can grip no tool.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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TheWoodRaccoon

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#6 posted 11-09-2015 06:56 PM

Thank you all for the warm welcome!

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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Bill White

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#7 posted 11-09-2015 07:00 PM

No need for a clever sig.
Welcome.
Bill

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#8 posted 11-10-2015 12:08 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks!

You’ve got some great stuff, but I’m most excited that you got to hang with Jimmy Diresta!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#9 posted 11-10-2015 12:17 PM



Welcome to LumberJocks!

You ve got some great stuff, but I m most excited that you got to hang with Jimmy Diresta!

- SuperCubber

Thanks! I’ll post a thread with the youtube links to my videos!

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 11-12-2015 05:06 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Best of luck with your Mom and the tablesaw. Been a long time since I first got permission to work with power tools. Below are some helpful tips:
1:Everything you make will have mistakes, you are your own worst critic so let it ride and enjoy it.
2:You are never too old to do something stupid.
3:Try to avoid things that cut with vital body parts, such as fingers. You will need them later.
4:Measure 3-5 times and cut once, pray before you cut if so inclined.
5:If you fail to adhere to #4, save the piece of wood it will fit something one day.
6:If you put it together with screws you can take it apart later. Note, save both the wood and the screws.
7:If it looks like it will take a few months to build something simple, the design is probably good, have patience.
8:Make something practical for your Mother, atta boys go a long way to future request.
9:If you have 6-9 projects in various stages of production or design, this is normal don’t stop.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 11-12-2015 05:17 AM

Welcome to Ljs I hope you enjoy it here,we are always glad to help with questions.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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TheWoodRaccoon

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#12 posted 11-13-2015 01:35 AM


Welcome to Lumberjocks. Best of luck with your Mom and the tablesaw. Been a long time since I first got permission to work with power tools. Below are some helpful tips:
1:Everything you make will have mistakes, you are your own worst critic so let it ride and enjoy it.
2:You are never too old to do something stupid.
3:Try to avoid things that cut with vital body parts, such as fingers. You will need them later.
4:Measure 3-5 times and cut once, pray before you cut if so inclined.
5:If you fail to adhere to #4, save the piece of wood it will fit something one day.
6:If you put it together with screws you can take it apart later. Note, save both the wood and the screws.
7:If it looks like it will take a few months to build something simple, the design is probably good, have patience.
8:Make something practical for your Mother, atta boys go a long way to future request.
9:If you have 6-9 projects in various stages of production or design, this is normal don t stop.

- woodbutcherbynight


Welcome to Ljs I hope you enjoy it here,we are always glad to help with questions.

- a1Jim

Haha! So true….Thanks for the warm welcome guys!

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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TheWoodRaccoon

364 posts in 394 days


#13 posted 11-13-2015 01:36 AM


Welcome to Lumberjocks. Best of luck with your Mom and the tablesaw. Been a long time since I first got permission to work with power tools. Below are some helpful tips:
1:Everything you make will have mistakes, you are your own worst critic so let it ride and enjoy it.
2:You are never too old to do something stupid.
3:Try to avoid things that cut with vital body parts, such as fingers. You will need them later.
4:Measure 3-5 times and cut once, pray before you cut if so inclined.
5:If you fail to adhere to #4, save the piece of wood it will fit something one day.
6:If you put it together with screws you can take it apart later. Note, save both the wood and the screws.
7:If it looks like it will take a few months to build something simple, the design is probably good, have patience.
8:Make something practical for your Mother, atta boys go a long way to future request.
9:If you have 6-9 projects in various stages of production or design, this is normal don t stop.

- woodbutcherbynight

Welcome to Ljs I hope you enjoy it here,we are always glad to help with questions.

- a1Jim

Haha! so true….. nThanks for the warm welcome guys!

- TheWoodRaccoon


-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

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