|Forum topic by lumberjoe||posted 07-30-2012 12:00 PM||1620 views||1 time favorited||46 replies|
07-30-2012 12:00 PM
My wife is pretty crafty, but has never taken an interest in woodworking. She does like to refinish old furniture, but is very intimidated by the techniques and most of all, the power tools involved in creating something from scratch. That was up until this weekend! We went shopping a few weeks ago and in browsing around Williams and Sonoma, she mentioned how much she liked their cutting boards and wanted to buy one. I told here there was no way in hell I was paying 120$ for a maple long grain cutting board when I could make one for about 15$.
Saturday AM she sends me to the mill with instructions to “stop telling me you can make a cutting board and just do it”. I came back with some maple and cherry. After I had it planed and jointed, she came out to the garage. Once I started cutting it into strips, she started arranging them into patterns she thought were interesting. I told her it would go a lot quicker if she would glue them up while I cut. I showed her how and she did. Long story short, she got very into it. by 11am she had made a decision to send our daughter to the grandparents for a much welcomed visit so we could finish. We ended up making 6 cutting boards. She even sent me out to get some “interesting” wood, so I picked up some walnut and purple heart.
She is still afraid to use the table saw with her hands/push stick, but she is ok with the cross cut sled.She really got into the whole process and was asking a lot of questions about “why are you doing that first”, and “how do you make this straight/flat” etc. I got her to use the router table as well to round over the edges, and she even sent a few through the planer herself.
“That sled thing is amazing, how do people cut a bunch of stuff the same size without this” (after giving me hell for ”wasting money on all that stupid Incra hardware I don’t need”)
”We should get a better planer, this one takes forever”
“You need another work bench, there isn’t enough room for me to sand this while you are cutting and the other ones are gluing”
“I thought you had more clamps than this?”
Today she wants to start making a few end grain ones when she gets home from work. She has also started browsing the projects here quite a bit looking for ideas.