|Forum topic by RussellAP||posted 01-03-2015 08:01 PM||884 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
01-03-2015 08:01 PM
As I said in my last post, life has dealt me a blow. It was a blow that could have devastated me as it does to most people it happens to, but I kept my head and turned things around.
I’m not out of the woods yet, but things are getting much better.
I’m currently working two builds, one is an entertainment center with bookshelves.
The other is a bar top made from a 2” thick slab of pecan that is 10 ft long and roughly 22” wide. I’m also gluing up some 5/4 pecan for some counters behind the bar.
I’ve been gluing up some pine for the shelving, and noticed that you have to keep the wood from bowing on the pine by clamping it across the joint to keep it flat while I clamp the pieces together. I’ve started using biscuits every 10 inches to minimize any offset between the boards, the 5/4 pecan doesn’t need this extra step because of the thickness of the wood.
One of the hardest things about this line of work is that some projects take so long to complete that you almost go broke before you get paid. The logistics of working two large projects in a small shop also contribute to the time involved. At present I have to finish gluing up the pecan, 88” long pieces, before I can start on the center part of the media center. I already finished and delivered the 81” tall shelves so I can at least move around in the shop easier, but the 10’ slab which rests on 4 saw horses is taking up a lot of space.
Anyway, I’m going to make an effort to come back because I miss all of you and I love being a part of whats going on around here. You encourage me. Thank you all.
-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.