View Full Version : Is everybody on vacation?
07-16-2001, 09:14 AM
Or are all our participants so busy with woodworking projects we have no time for the internet? It's time to 'horn in' with what we're all Up To! I'm building shop jigs and add-ons while Still waiting for my new resaw bandsaw blades to arrive (which they will, today, I'm sure. The Fourth of July holiday got in the way, apparently, and wasn't I the one who wrote a column on 'Planning Ahead?' sigh.) I now have two new stops attached to my workbench so that I can wedge glued-up panels in place for the cabinet scraper to smooth, and a new wooden table insert around the blade of the bandsaw to replace the out-of-level plastic one they sent with it, and a jerry-rigged outfeed support board on the tablesaw fence for when I need 'a little more' table length to the support roller head. So, what is keeping everyone else so busy? -Barb S.
I've been doing outdoor projects -- putting up a swing set for my children (wooden, of course -- none of that nasty metal stuff!), pressure-washing the house (long overdue), and putting in a fence. The latter did give me some scope for woodworking, since even though we used pre-fab sections of fencing, we did have to construct a gate (and of course cut the posts to the right size). Likewise, putting in the swingset called for a little woodworking, since the unit (acquired second hand from my parents' neighbor) needed a little bracing to be as sturdy as I desired. I had to cut a couple of very interesting compound angles for a couple of the braces.
But it still wasn't as much fun as being in the shop, plus I wound up with a very unpleasant rash on my wrist that I'm nearly sure is due to all the contact with the pressure-treated wood. Maybe in a couple of weeks I can clear away all the clutter (i.e., work) and go out to the shop and do something more fun!
07-16-2001, 10:31 AM
Ah, a vacation would be great. I'm in the middle of my busy season. I have two weeks left to finish as many drums as I can physically make. I figure that I will have turned 90 separate pieces by the end of this week. Not to mention all the cutting and gluing before the turning. I'm working seven days a week, so I check the site on my lunch break. I would like to get out of the woodshop for a while. Hopefully everyone is having fun in the sun.....
07-16-2001, 11:04 AM
AHH, to be so busy with woodworking that I would be wishing to get out of the shop!! What a life! I work a full time job and only get a little weekend time for my shop. Last weekend was one of the grandkids birthday. After shopping and driving and playing all day and the house stuff that had to get done, there was no time for wood. Hopefully next weekend. I have lots of projects that need to get done.
07-16-2001, 03:05 PM
doing in "retirement" what I like best - woodworking and the website...although it is taking about 70 hrs a week right now.
The projects I am currently doing:
1) the step by step for the "WoodRat" joinery system; it is a lot of fun once you get by all the differences.
2) review and use of CMT's new cove cutter (with 6 "upside down" router bits.) I have been "playing" with that for about 1 1/2 weeks and just now am at point of understanding how its suppose to work.
3) install, use and review the Rockler band saw "log carrier" - this pushed me into adding riser blocks, and best of Timberwolfs blades - that is next week...can't wait...I would like to use it on burls and saw and stockpile for winter box projects.
oh, and I am packing for a move - date is aug 28. This is a treat for me (not another move) since it will be "permanent" - I have been renting for so long.
I will stop there....about 6 more things to do before move. It sure is nice to have this much fun.
Delivering completed projects and flowers, Oh ya and watching the chain saw masicare out my back window, see other post.
I just finished a table for my sister, pics to come shortly. I finished putting up a new wood rack and did a shop clean up. I really have not been on the net for awhile, I check in real quick and then head to the shop.
A neighbor call and asked if I wanted some pine, never turn down wood I always say. So I had to get another rack put together for another 150 brd ft. I am running out of places to store the wood but my mother has suggested adding on to the shop...arn't Mom's great!
D for Dusty
07-16-2001, 08:44 PM
As a matter of fact we are on vacation but around..I just got home from woodworking class that I am not attending this summer..I went in last week to visit with my classmates that are and the lady that I team with in class was having a difficult time with her bed she is making and was a little discouraged..She asked the instructor if I could come in Monday evenings when possible to help her out..He was more than happy to let me do it..He combined two different level classes together this summer because of a lack of students..It was a big mistake..I was very pleased with his answer because I will be making the same bed come September..I will get knowledge and also be able to work on my own more when I start. I have completed recently storage shelves in our basement, an input table (is that waht you call it)for my table saw for longers pcs. That turned out really tacky but it works..I have plans for a table saw accessory cabinet I will be making soon. My adirondack chair is still sitting in the garage waiting to be put together..I have not been able to find 1 3/4inch galvanized or stainless steel screws, other than one place about 30 miles away..I just bought a dado blade and a circular saw..I used the dado for the storage shelves..and no I have never used a circular saw, but cant handle the plywood on the table saw..so bought the saw!!! I cant wait to use it!!!..Will have my bro stand by me when i use it the first time..Well thats it from my shop..Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer...Marcia
07-17-2001, 05:02 AM
LAST EDITED ON Jul-17-01 AT 06:04AM (CDT)
No, not on vacation. As Barb knows I thought about posting a controversial topic to get everyone in an uproar but couldn't come up with one that I wanted to put my name to. }>
Actually, I've been on vacation. I live in Southern Cal and traveled up the coast, with my Mom, to Northern Cal. Picked up some beautiful redwood burl to make some band saw boxes out of. That reminds me, about 1 week before vacation, I didn't have the band saw guard all the way down. Result, 6 stitches in one finger, 2 in the next. Fingers still a little tender, but didn't but tendon, muscle or bone, very lucky. Also, picked up the curly birch I need to make my coffee table. Making a set, end tables, bookcases, and coffee table, in Mission style, using curly birch instead of oak. Like the lighter wood. Other than that, have 4-5 paying projects that I'm working on. Already thinking about the Christmas list.
"hope springs eternal"
D for Dusty
07-17-2001, 11:36 AM
That sounds very interesting Barbara...Go for it!!! The only thing is everyone loves to participate in those conversations and some actually maybe away on vacation and miss out on a great topic..Although you got a good response from alot here..perhaps everyone is just sitting back, taking it easy and listening to the well deserved sounds of silence..Now back to the books!!!Have a great day every one!!! Marcia
07-20-2001, 02:49 AM
Vacation is sounding better everyday. Instead I'm sanding down and refinnishing my kitchen cabinets. They were stained a dreary dark brown so I sanded one down out of curiosity. Turns out they are made out of maple and have a wonderful woodgrain. It's tedious work and has taken over the shop.