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Forum topic by Sawdust2 posted 03-22-2007 11:43 AM 1207 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2007 11:43 AM

Back in ‘03 3 guys, alll woodoworkers who had randomly met, started meeting at one’s house on Wed nites to make sawdust (hence the Sawdust2 moniker). Over the years we have added “members” (virtually anyone who wanted to do something with wood) and as of last nite the group had grown to 9. I know that because for the first time in months we all met at my shop.

We often are working on various projects of our own but last nite we decided that we would make the Fibonacci gauge shown in the Nov ‘06 Wood magazine. In addition to being a good little addition to our tool box it was to harass one guy who always harps on the Golden Ratio Mean. Buying the screwposts in bulk allowed us to each make 3 gauges for half the price of one if ordered through Wood mag’s source.

I’d resawn and planed down a bunch of cherry and poplar to 1/16th thick and some guys brought their own – purpleheart, plastic(?) amd oak.

The good thing about woodworking is that there is no “wrong” way to make something. It was interesting to watch, and learn, from the others. We have 2 newbie’s since the first of this year, one of whom is an engineer (we have 2 lawyers, one accountant, 2 retired IBM, a retired state trooper [new], an old engineer and a young engineer [new], and a cat breeder). “You must drill each hole separately because the wood is so thin it will split.” I drilled 4 at a time. “It’s easier to make the points by cutting on the bandsaw.” “I’m gonna use the belt sander.”

So a good time was had by all.

In the past our group made flag cases back when that was done for the 9/11 families. We’ve also helped a local Goodwill-type place that had 20 table tops that needed legs

I’ll be posting, if I can figure out how to do it, photos of my shop this weekend. Our local guild is having virtual shop tours and I’ve got to get my photos up to it for our April meeting.



-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#1 posted 03-22-2007 12:09 PM

this is wonderful!
what a great time you must have—and the productivity for yourselves as well as the community.
Really really nice!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-01-2007 07:42 AM

The world needs more of this. I belive Karson makes toys. Getting involved is something to think about.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 04-01-2007 02:30 PM

Did they bring their own tools, too_(ā€œIā€™m gonna use the belt sander_.ā€)? Did you give a training course on the correct use of your equipment before they were allowed to use it? LOL.

I think that it is great for all of us to help in the ways we can.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 04-01-2007 09:51 PM

Sometimes. We had a pen turning marathon a few months ago so two of the guys brought over their mini-lathes. With three lathes in hand we turned out a bunch.

Training course. Of course. If it was a tool they had not used before. Mot of us have most of the tools and have used them for years. One friend has a wide belt sander that no one operates but him. His choice, it’s his tool. But he will always sand down our table tops or whatever wide board we have made. We just stand around and work up a sweat while he runs the board back and forth.

I just posted my cherry top project and “we” sanded that down on his wide belt sander.

When I figure out where to put them I will upload pictures of my shop.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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