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Blog entry by woodbug posted 03-08-2009 06:05 PM 845 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yars ago I had a small wood working shop but had to sell everything for personal reasons. Now, 15 years later I live in a small apartment. I want to build a coffee table. Someone tell me what to do please…...........

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Rick D.

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#1 posted 03-08-2009 06:08 PM

Find someone close by that has a shop. Offer to pay them or better yet, help them on one of their projects in return for some shop time.

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Francisco Luna

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#2 posted 03-08-2009 06:58 PM

I live in an small apartment too, I am building a coffe table as weell….a heavy one!
Have you seen books or videos about Japanese woodworking? Thats the answer.
They do not need all the shop mess-noise-waste to build their furniture, their beautiful furniture, but youll need a basic set of Handtools: Rip&Crosscut Saws, Handplanes, Chisels, square, mallet and others.
I highly recommend this book:
Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use
Toshio Odate

-- 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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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 03-08-2009 07:12 PM

The local schools may have an adult ed or night owls course where woodworking may be one of the courses. I know that this is the case in my area.

If you are a part of Ft. Hood, I know that they had a woodworking shop when I was stationed there but I was not into woodworking at the time.

Check into local woodworking clubs and see if you can hook up with someone and share some shop space for the project. I know woodworkers love to share the knowledge and might also share their space.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 12:06 AM

My first piece of furniture was a 5’wide X 1’deep floor to ceiling bookcase built with only a jig saw.

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#5 posted 03-09-2009 12:47 AM

moai and jarrod got it right. I,m in a similar situation living in a two bedroom townhouse, although I have an outdoor space also. A simple mobile “bench” that converts back to a table and a cardboard box with some planes, saws, chisels and hammers.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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Chris Wright

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#6 posted 03-09-2009 02:24 AM

Is there a Woodcraft near by? I know the ones here have a wood shop that customers can use. They can be expensive but you can do the big stuff there (planning, routing, ripping, etc.) then do the finish work at your apartment. failing that, the other suggestions here are good.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#7 posted 03-09-2009 09:23 AM

I would recommend the hand tool soluution, too. I bought a few old handtools on ebay and yard sales because I don’t want to set up a lot of power tools that would get minimual use. One example is rip saws, a saw vise and saw set. I figure if my dad and grandpa can build a 54×54 foot barn with hand tools including mixing all the concrete in a home owner size mixer, I can sharpen up a saw to rip a board a foot wide.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-11-2009 06:39 PM

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