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WoodenFrog

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736 days ago

Okay! I need some help and not sure how to go about it!
I need some pretty thin pieces of wood for most of my projects, Like 1/16 or 1/8 thin.
I know I can buy some wood species already that thin, but some I cannot. I make mostly small stuff like rings and some jewelry etc. I do not own many tools myself, I lost my dad in Feb and I used to use most of his woodworking tools.
I may be able to get most of his stuff if and when the rest of my family decide what pieces everyone wants.
I have 5 siblings and 4 are my sisters only one brother now,as far as I know my sisters want no part of the tools.
They may like them sold for the cash so I have to work out details of that( Dad wanted everything sold) so it may come down to me having to buy some or all of his tools.

Enough about that, what I want to know is: Does any one know some way to find a person close ( I live in Sabina Ohio It is close to Wilmington, or Washington Court House) Dayton is not far from me either.
I have a lot of small pieces already, some thanks to (Scrappy).
I would like to find some one that would be willing to cut, plane or sand down some of the wood I have or to get it to the size that I need.
Does anyone know how to get that done?( I will pay what I can )
Is it even right to have someone else get the wood to the size I need?
If I buy some species at like Woodcraft, that are not the right size will they be willing to get it to the right size.
Most of these pieces are pretty small and may or may not be able to get them to the size without a lot of trouble. What should I do? any help with this would be great-fully appreciated! Sorry for such along question.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd


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LockesWS

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#1 posted 736 days ago

Hey WoodenFrog, First off I’m sorry to hear about your dad. It’s hard losing a loved one, I lost an uncle earlier this year that was close to me. As for the rest to answer your question I see nothing wrong with having someone help you get your project done even if it means planing and jointing for you. I can honestly say woodworkers are the best people I know. Their always ready to lend a hand or answer a question and this goes for the big name woodworkers too. Anything woodworking talking or actually in the shop is always a joy. There are alot of people who want to start woodworking but have the misconception they HAVE TO HAVE certain tools or they can’t do it. I know of someone who plans his project out and when he goes to lumber yard they plane, joint and cut to his dimensions because of limited tools and space to work in. I live about an hour and 15 min from wilmington in Moscow Ohio. I actually go to Cowen Lake often. If you was willing to make the drive I’d be more then happy to help out until you get things squared away with your dad estate. I do some small earrings myself.

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.   - Tony Konovaloff www.lockeswoodshop.com

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 736 days ago

If you have or can get the use of a table saw and a jig like this. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/66999 or this
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/40215 then you can make thin strips over and over the same size.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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LockesWS

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#3 posted 736 days ago

Actually Im only 62 miles from the edge of Sabinia

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.   - Tony Konovaloff www.lockeswoodshop.com

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Scott H.

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#4 posted 736 days ago

I live in Marion Indiana. If you have a way of getting the wood to me I would be happy to help you out. I see there are people on here that live closer than I do. If there is anything I can do, just let me know.

-- The Lord guides my way. Though sometimes I stray, I know he is always with me!

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WoodenFrog

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#5 posted 736 days ago

Thanks lLockWS, I may come your way sometime, I am disabled and on disability (Monthly check) so I would have to make sure my funds are right. I still drive, walk and all that. I do use a cane pretty regularly, pretty much all my illnesses are on the inside. I take a lot of blood thinners for me clotting up all the time so I have to be very careful about sharp objects, I was a auto mechanic almost my whole life and can’t do that anymore.
No one wants to have you working on a car and cut yourself and bleed out you know!

Let me see what I have to work with and what some other people have to say, and I will get back with you!
Thanks for the response, I was hoping I could find a fellow LJ’s member to help me out. You guys are the Greatest!! Thanks!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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WoodenFrog

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#6 posted 736 days ago

Thanks Scott H.
I might have to send something your way! or if I was to buy some pieces off the net then maybe have it shipped to you first, have you get it to the right size then pay you to ship it back my way!
I don’t know just a thought.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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WoodenFrog

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#7 posted 736 days ago

Thanks a1Jim!

Right now I do not have the access to a table saw! but I know Rance had said to use the table saw also to get the thin strips. When I make the Bentwood style rings I use veneer (store bought) I would love to able to make some veneer on my own.

Also I want to mention that I am a rookie at some of the woodworking tools and I am afraid of some.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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rance

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#8 posted 736 days ago

Robert, I doubt that WC will be able to help you make thin strips to the specs you want. The best they could do might be to cut them thin on the TS like what Jim is suggesting. Then you’ll want to run them through a drum sander. Many folks think of the Jet 16/32 type of units. However, for the kind of things you(and LockesWS) do, you can use a drill press as a drum sander to get the strips very very thin and consistent. Try googling “Drum Sander Drill Press”. Let me know if you can’t find what I’m talking about.

Sorry about your situation. I’ve got 4 sisters and a brother myself. I hope you can get some of your dad’s tools somehow. The sentimental part is priceless.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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rance

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#9 posted 736 days ago

...found it.

It is called The Luthiers Friend. They are simple. With a simple drum for your drill press, you can build one yourself much cheaper. Be sure to study it before you use it though. Don’t want it to pull your hand into the sander.

Here’s a video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4ZKygG3XqU
I wish it showed sanding thin strips like what you want to do. There’s a huge difference in sanding 1/32” thick strips and sanding 1/2” thick material. Here’s another option:
http://www.micromark.com/MICROLUX-DRUM-THICKNESS-SANDER,8599.html

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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WoodenFrog

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#10 posted 736 days ago

Wow! Rance that thing is awesome!!
One problem I do have is I don’t have a drill press, and even if I could get the one from my dads, It was a real cheap one not very big and I don’t think it would work for that.
Another problem I have is, I do not have the funds right now or the space for one. I have no real workshop.
As for building one I do not have those skills at all!
Thanks for the help, link and info.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 736 days ago

Robert, Sorry to hear about you dad. It seem that tools should automatically go to their kids. I’d put in a bid for the drill press to at least have something of your father’s.

I think it depends on how precise you need the thickness. You could straighten one side and run it through the band saw and then sand the second side. That Luthier’s Friend is a slick set up you could make and I think it would work on most any drill press. I did something similar on a reciprocating spindle sander and it worked like a vertical jointer for straightening pieces that I could not do on the jointer for fear of tear out. I’ll bet if you found a place to slit a bunch of them, you could make the drill press set up and you would be in business…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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rance

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#12 posted 736 days ago

Robert, I built one of the drill press jigs a while back and it sits at a buddy’s shop. They are actually pretty simple. As for the DP, HF has one for $79 that goes on sale for $39 from time to time. So for $50 you could be set up with a dedicated drum sander for narrow strips. If need be I can draw it up for you. The real catch to it is to have a drum with a bearing on the bottom. Luthiers Friend uses it in conjunction with their Robo Sander. You’d have to buy that or make one. I gotta go right now, but I’ll help you out with it later.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 736 days ago

This is not exactly what you asked for, but it may be helpful….

I have purchased quite a bit of thin wood on eBay over the years. There are a number of folks who specialize in resawing and selling small quantities for craft use, and they are a lot cheaper than Woodcraft. Just search for “thin lumber”. Check out some of the resulting listings, and you’ll see links to those folks “stores” where you can purchase items directly (not at auction).

Here is an example of what I’m talking about.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Nick_R

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#14 posted 736 days ago

I have a friend that is a cabinet maker.. He has all the best tools and is always happy to help me when I need something special.. Maybe a local guy would be willing to help.

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst. - 7 finger Nick :)

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WoodenFrog

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#15 posted 736 days ago

Thanks everyone with the help and info!
You guys are the greatest!!

Nick_R: Thank you, A local guy would be awesome so I could be there and explain to him or her what I want done. I Have this box of wood that a fellow LJ’s member ( Scrappy) sent me and it has a lot of small pieces that even if I had the tools I am not sure if I would know what to do!

CharlieM1958: Thanks for that link, I never knew that ebay sold wood until the other day but I did not see all that real thin wood like your link. I will most likely go that route in the near future. I still have this box of wood(small pieces) from Scrappy that I would like to use up, He sent me some really cool pieces of a lot of cool wood Exotic wood too…

Rance: That machine is really cool, I may have to get one somehow and I am checking into the cost of drill presses and stuff . Thanks for all your help!

Mr Jakosh: Thanks for the thoughts. I do hope to be able to get some of my dads things, My sisters and brother are really great. They more than likely would just let me have some or most of his stuff, he lived in Kentucky and I might not be able to get the stuff back up here. I could go down right now and snag stuff but I do not want be greedy. You know how when there’s money involved it can turn ugly very quickly and my dad did not want us to fight over any of his belongings that’s the reason he said in is will to sell everything! He even put in his will that if any any of use fight over his stuff that instead of splitting everything we would just get a a dollar. Not only did he have a pretty large amount of tools, but he had quite a bit of wood, l lots of walnut, cedar and cherry I think. I think that after my sister(who’s in charge of his estate) gets thing straight with the lawyer I think she will let me have some or all of his tools and stuff.

Thank you all for the help and shedding light on my problem, I may go with LocksWS way and go to his place with this box of wood, and I will check out the auctions on ebay more.

P.S My sister at some point told me to go down there and take pretty much anything I want. I would just like to wait until I know every things straight with the lawyer.
she said she can sell his houses but she has no clue about his tools and such so she wanted me there to help with it. So in the future I may end up selling some things that none of us wants, I would love to take all of his woodworking tools but I do not have a shop or room for them.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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