|Forum topic by Sawdust2||posted 03-22-2007 11:43 AM||956 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
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.