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Forum topic by SlimPickins posted 02-28-2013 07:57 AM 884 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2013 07:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: saying hello

I’m basically dying to ask questions but since I just joined I’ll do the honorable thing and just talk a little bit about myself. Then a few days from now, I’ll ask something.

Well, I build shelves, staircases, railings, pidgeon and critter storm shelters, doors and doorways, lots of little things. Also, fences. My doors aren’t too bad but they aren’t too good but at least they work. I have often had to do my projects quickly (they aren’t usually dream projects). I’ve also built lots of garden shelves out of all kinds of wood – brazilian walnut, hardwood pallets.

I have NOT yet built any fancy gazebos or houses although I’ve built some quick, makeshift stuff in a hurry that isn’t worth discussing too much, just an experience to keep in mind for the next time around.

I guess one thing I’m pretty good at is I use a variety of woods – not just the usual pine, white cedar, red cedar, but more challenging woods such as red and white oak, brazilian walnut, meranti mahogany, kiln-dried Virginia Spruce, Douglas Fir, occasionally maple. One problem I have is finding the wood. I will probably begin to solve that problem this spring as I will take a trip to my home state and visit some of the old mills I used to know. They pretty much have what I need. So sometimes I use a different species of wood than I really wanted to use simply because I’ve been unable to find the right wood. I’ve even had lumber yards either flat-out refuse my order or cancel it later on down the line. But I’m not worried – I have lots of lumber yards that I will visit this spring and I will get more of what I want. Sadly, some of North America’s major suppliers (who supply the major department stores) do NOT supply wood to the little guy. They would prefer to make their own products and/or sell to major buyers. It’s too bad they can’t sell 5% of what they have to us little guys. It’s a shame.

By using such a large range in hardness on the Janka, I have gotten good at how to fasten wood together. It’s harder to fasten Brazilian Walnut than a simple soft piece of pine.

Another thing I’ve gotten good at is how to finish the wood naturally – which oils are best. As for stains, I am ok at certain styles of color. Some of the colors I’ve developed myself are nice and they are easy to apply. I’ve also done work with ebonizing (the old vinegar and nails trick or quebracho bark) but I’m a novice here compared to the best in the world. At least I can turn the wood (if it’s tannicky) grey.

I am an amateur but I love trees and wood so I’ll try to post more of what I’ve done.

Enjoy the beauty of wood!

Later on.

-- If a bug can't eat it, it isn't good wood

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 08:33 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

It appears that your obsessed enough to fit right in! :-)

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 08:51 AM

A warm welcome to you. The people here are excellent, trust me.

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 09:47 AM

B I E N V E N I D O ! ! !

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 10:37 AM

Nice to have you with us. Great buch of people here. I have learned allot from them and have enjoyed the help and suggestions that they have given. Allot of the questions have been answered already so you might do a search of your topic which may even create more questions.

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 02:10 PM


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#6 posted 02-28-2013 04:43 PM

Welcome aboard. You’ll fit right in.

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#7 posted 02-28-2013 04:47 PM

well, it’s about TIME!

welcome aboard, don’t hesitate to ask questions, but sometimes many questions were already answered on the board – a quick search in the search bar on the top of the webpage could give you a faster answer than you even imagined.

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 04:51 PM

Judging by the fact that your longest paragraph is about wood, looks like you’re going to love it here.

Big wave from Canada

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#9 posted 02-28-2013 04:52 PM

Welcome to lumberjacks, this is a site for all levels of woodworkers. Much insperation, and packed with experience , and know how and many views. Enjoy…

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#10 posted 02-28-2013 04:53 PM

Welcome to the community! You’ll definitely enjoy your time here.

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#11 posted 03-01-2013 05:00 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! We are not responsible for your woodworking habit getting worse, nor are we responsible for the 10,000 new projects you add to your own list of things to make having seen them posted here. If you get hit in the head with a frying pan because you informed your wife you need more room and her kitchen is going to get smaller, we had nothing to do with it! (Laughing)
That being said as someone else wrote, look through the forums, and if you do not find what you need, ASK. This group has an incredible skillset as well as the ability to solve issues with very creative methods.

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#12 posted 03-01-2013 05:03 AM

Glad your aboard,welcome.

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#14 posted 03-01-2013 05:49 AM

You ain’t gotta wait you can ask yer questions now, some of us don’t mind helping and don’t know more than half those we are.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#15 posted 03-01-2013 06:18 AM

I am an amateur but I love trees and wood
You qualify! Welcome!

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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