Saturday, September 23, 2017

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frontpage “Dust Protection” Find good dust protection.

I don't have a dust collection system. I know I need one, but it is not quite in the budget just yet. I use my shop vacuum and that helps, but my shop is always very dusty. Until I can make arrangements to be able to collect the dust at the source, I know I need to wear some type of dust mask. I hate them as much as the next person, but I know how important it is to wear one. I have tried all kinds from paper masks to heavy obtrusive face respirators. I didn't feel like the paper masks were very effective. I have a pretty small head so it was difficult to find a respirator that would fit well and wasn't too heavy. Finally, I found one that works great, the North 770030 Silicone Respirator Half Mask – it is a Honeywell product. When it is used with the particulate cartridge it is light and unobtrusive. It also fits a gas and vapor cartridge.

Read more: 29 Nov 2013 Wearing Dust Protection

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frontpage “Mobile Wood Storage” Great storage for a small space.

One of the smartest space saving projects I ever created for my small workshop was a mobile lumber and sheet good storage rack. I built mine based on a modified design from a pattern in Woodcraft Magazine. The pattern can be downloaded at Woodcraft. Even if you are a beginner, you probably don't need a pattern, but check out the pattern for a reference. The first I did to modify the original was to make it a little smaller; full size would have been nice, but I just don't have the space for it. I also created little bins on one side. I often have small cut offs that are still useful but are too short to store any other way.

Read more: 22 Nov 2013 Mobile Wood Storage

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frontpage “Building Outdoor Furniture” Fast & Easy & Profitable.

For the past three months all I've done is build outdoor furniture – redwood from the home store, screw joinery, straight cuts, and Spar varnish. About 8 years ago I wanted to get back into woodworking. I was in my last Air Force assignment, and I thought I would be staying there when I retired (things change). So I figured I could finally start buying the tools I needed for a workshop. I also bought pattern books and woodworking magazines to brush up on rusty skills and to learn new ones. I ran across this really nice outdoor bench in one of those books, and we had a patio that needed furniture. So I drove to the home store and picked up the materials. I also bought a miter saw and a router; I had most of the other hand tools I needed.

Read more: 25 Oct 2013 Outdoor Furniture

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frontpage "A Good Reference for the Basics" Start with Peter Korn and go from there.

If you're like me you have taught yourself most of the essential woodworking techniques; I'm still learning, and more often than not I learn the hard way. Most of us learned from our dad or uncle--in some cases our mom or aunt; we learned a few basics by watching or being a helper. The thing we got most from them was the love of the craft, and that love caused us to pick up the tools and just go for it. Now we seek quality resources to learn good craftsmanship, the right techniques, and the best ways to work with wood. I tend to be the kind of person who goes straight to Amazon and searches for the right book. If you've done that with woodworking, you know there are 1,000s of books on the topic—where do you start? My recommendation is Woodworking Basics - Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship - An Integrated Approach With Hand and Power Tools by Peter Korn. 

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