|Forum topic by EastoftheDitch||posted 04-06-2011 05:59 PM||870 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
04-06-2011 05:59 PM
Wow – what a friendly bunch. I’m a 61 y.o. rookie looking to take up woodworking as a hobby I can enjoy as I enter the final chapters. My athletic days are fading, along with my golf game which never was that good. While I enjoy surf fishing, you don’t always experience tangible results for your efforts, but then, it’s a day at the beach which is enough on it’s own.
One thing I have learned over the years is that if you are not too proud to admit what you don’t know, those with experience are usually willing to share. From my venturing through the web site, that certainly seems to be true. I mentioned golf, and after 40 years, I took my first lesson. When I think back of the frustration and futility I could have been spared had I learned right from the beginning that’s a mistake I don’t want to repeat. I don’t have time to learn from my own mistakes, if that can be avoided “with a little help from my friends”. Likewise, as I share projects I’ve created I want to give back what I can. I’m hoping for a mutually beneficial relationship.
I am blessed with the most brilliant person I’ve ever met as life partner for our final days. She does however have some rather peculiar ideas and beliefs. One that we have struggled with is the idea that two cars belong in a two car garage – have you ever heard such a thing. Here in Florida, we don’t have basements so WHERE IS A GUY SUPPOSED TO KEEP HIS STUFF??? After much discussion and negotiation we have arrived at the point where she is more than welcome to keep her car in the garage, and I can leave mine out and do what I want with my half. Last week we snapped a chalk line down the center and my imagination has been going nutz ever since. As I began to accumulate my tools (How did we live before Craigslist) it soon became obvious that one half of a small 2 car garage can fill up awfully fast so I needed to renegotiate the garage agreement. As it now stands, I’m making as much of my equipment as possible movable. She has agreed to let me take her car out, roll my equipment out and use all the space, as long as her car gets tucked back in for the night.
My wife wants her bookshelves out of the cedar (she likes the smell). My concern is the strength, although if secured and supported properly I would imagine that could be overcome. I’ll be planing down the 4/4 roughsawn lumber and am considering a solid back with biscuit joints for lateral support with a routed inset on the sides. I also question how long that cedar smell is going to last but thought tung oil might be a better finish than polyurethane. Your comments and suggestions would be most appreciated.
My second question has to do with the lumber. It’s been air dried for several years in a loafing shed stacked and separated with 1/2” slats. I’m going to have a logistical problem when I get it home. Two possibilities would be to keep in in the 8×12 storage shed out back. It’s dry but not climate controlled. What I would really like to do is keep it under the canopy outside. We recently moved into our final home and the previous owners left a 10×20 canopy where they kept their boat out of the weather. It’s shaded almost all day as grass will barely grow on that side of the house. I’ve researched and found a place where I can get new roof and side panels which could enclose all but the front end. There would be plenty of room, and it would be dry, but I don’t know if that would be an acceptable way to store and stack rough sawn lumber for future use. The final possibility and my least favored would be to hang some racks in the ceiling of the garage. That would limit what I could store, the garage door would limit the space and as I said real estate in the garage is limited. I don’t want to learn from my mistakes on this one so your input would be most appreciated.
Well, it looks like the insomnia is fading, and morning will come entirely too soon but this was therapeutic and I look forward to your responses.
TIA – Marc – EastoftheDitch