Sawdust703

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About Sawdust703

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  • Birthday 11/24/1965

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    St. Francis, Kansas
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    Scrolling, turning, sign making,

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  1. I'm w/old south. Startin' out in wood working has alot to do with choice. The first thing you need to decide is what your interest is. Furniture, scrollin', whatever. Find ya some readin' & research on the tools that's involved with makin' whatever you decide. Then ya need to spend time studyin' & researchin' wood. Different species, what it looks like, when it's workable, etc. A little studyin' on finishin' wouldn't hurt, neither. I'm suggestin' all this to ya b'cause I been in your shoes. I was an OTR truck driver all my life, & didn't know anything else. When my Sawbones gave me the long face, & told me I was done truckin', I started readin' everything I could about the tools, wood, you name it. And in the mean time, we picked up a few tools here & there. I taught myself how to use every machine we bought. My shop was a small room in our basement then. I've moved to a bigger shop b'cause of more toys, ya see. But in 25 years of woodworkin', I've owned some junk, & made it work for me. I wore out the first scroll saw I had. Since then, I've added 5 more scroll saws to our shop. An 8" 1950's tablesaw. planer, jointer, belt/disc sander, RAS saw, drill press, 2 lathes, & numerous hand & air tools. And my tools ain't all new & shiny, neither. Some are a little on the rough side, but they all do what I need them to do when I ring their bell. With your circular saw, you can do anything you need to do. A drill, hammer, tape measure, & a couple hand planes, you're off to the races, brother! You just need to spend time learnin' your equipment, then start ya a project. You'll do just fine. You was given two feet for a reason. One step at a time. Hang in there, cowboy! Before long, you'll have everything ya need!
  2. pallet wood, pine or indifferent can be a nighmare to work with. Pine is an extremely soft wood, & takes care when putting screws in it. Depending on the type of screw you're using, there is really no need to drill a pilot hole, imo. Were it me, I'd switch to a #6 hex head screw, drill yourself a starter hole about a 1/2" deep. Coat your your wood screw w/wood glue, & using a T-10 hex bit, run your screws in til they hit snug & stop. Don't try to force them any further. You'll just strip the screw hole, & have yourself a predicament ya got now. The glue on the screw will dry & help hold it in place. Just my .02 worth.
  3. My suggestion would be to go with option number one. Build on the skills you have, start with a few small projects, research your tools. Read & learn about tools that will best suit your budget & room availability. Purchase tools as you need them, preferably not as you want them. You'll keep more money in the bank. And, if you make frequent moves, why buy large tools, & have to sell them to move again, or whatever the situation. You can learn & do just as much with hand tools as you can with power tools, just not as fast. For me, learning with hand tools taught me to do more quality work before I started buying power tools. I read ALOT of books on tools, their use & purposes, maintenance. Wood, jigs, whatever I could get my hands on to read to learn. You'll be a better woodworker for the time spent. JMO.
  4. Mr. Coop, I'd like to be able to say I started out with woodworking classes in high school, & kept going from there, but I didn't. I grew up in the trucking business, & that's all I know well. Trucking is all I've ever done, that's why I read books to learn the tools, wood, how to, & all I could learn. There weren't the u tube & all when I started, & if there was, I wasn't aware of it. Like ALOT of fellers here, I'm self taught. I don't proclaim to be an expert by any means. I probably make more mistakes than anybody, but, with experience, time, & patience, I've learned to fix my mistakes. But, I also would like to think I do honest, quality work. For no bigger than our little farm community is, I've managed to build a customer base, & keep it. I'm pretty technologically illiterate, so I gave up trying to download pictures to the sites I'm involved with. My granddaughter set me up a FB page under Sawdust Haven. If you'd care to have a look see at my work, be my guest. And thanks for your comment, because I was trying to make a point with honesty, not dollar bills.
  5. I started out 25 years ago in an 8' x 10' room in our basement. Though still driving a truck over the road at that time, I didn't have much time for woodworking. My bride & my Sawbones decided I needed a stress reliever. When I was home, which was just for 36 hours at the most, & was gone for another three or four weeks. So, my loving bride made the decision we'd just look around for tools, & see what was out there. We started buying small hand tools like saws, drills, router bits, a used router, levels, squares, hammers, screwdrivers, things like that. As time went on, we finally bought a scroll saw, a bench top ts, saw blades, then we found a used RAS. The list goes on. I had to check out books at the library on every tool we owned & took a couple every trip with me to read until I'd read all I could handle. I finally started putting my tiny shop together. Dust control & lighting was an issue in the basement. I had a window in the room. Hung a few shop lights. Then started a few simple projects. With limited space, & a limited budget, you'd be amazed at what a little shopping around at estate sales, yard sales, etc. will turn up. Leave the festools til ya win the lottery. With no bigger projects than you have in mind for now, you can build them with a few clamps, a hand saw, & a few other necessities. Make yourself some jigs. Invest in a good a hand plane. Build you a couple sawhorses to work off of. You can do ANYTHING the rest us of can with our shops full of tools. Ingenuity, common sense, knowing your tools, & patience and you're off & running. Start making sawdust.
  6. Honestly, classes, as mentioned, might be ok for some, for others of us, well, there has never been that opportunity. I live in NW Kansas, & the closest rockler or such, is over 4 hours away. I grew up in the trucking business, & had never been close to anything to do w/wood except for a goof off class in high school, & the teacher was dumber than we were!:\ The next closest I ever got to wood was to haul it. A little over 20 years ago, my Sawbones gave me a going over after coming in off the road one Saturday evening. He told me then & there if I didn't quit eating, sleeping, drinking, & thinking trucks, they were going to drop me in a deep hole, & it weren't far off! My loving bride jumped in & said "you need a hobby!" In my business, we'd never had time for that! He told me he was serious! So, she decided I needed to get into woodworking. The next weekend when I came in, she already had plans made to look at some used tools & equipment. We bought a few things at a time for nearly two years. Yep! I kept trucking! In the meantime, I went to the library every week, checked out a couple books at a time on every piece of equipment we'd bought. Hand & electric tools, too. I took the books on the road w/me on the road, read books til I'd read all I could get my hands on. I decided it was time to start setting up shop. In our basement at that time. On the weekends, I started making customized firewood until I got the equipment figured out, & what it was supposed to do. I started making toys for the grandkids, toy boxes, picture frames, etc. We started buying tools as my projects called for them. I just kept at it, reading, learning, hands on, & still trucking. Four years ago, my back went to pieces. I had a nervous breakdown in the truck, & a seizure, wrecked my truck, & my Sawbones told me I was done trucking for good. I've had one major back surgery, with two yet to go. The last four years I've gotten into woodworking full time. We rent a small shop across the street from our house now, where our iron & my woodworking are. We have most of the tools I'd like to have. There's still a couple toys I'd like to have, and more lathe tools. With 5 scroll saws, & all the other tools, I keep busy. I'm a self-taught woodworker. Never been to a class one about any of it. Have never asked anybody for help. Just my way, I guess. When I started, the internet was not available to me. My fascination fell on the scroll saw. But, IMO, I can do most anything I set my mind to. I don't have anything against classes, but, if you're seriously interested in woodworking, the best teacher is experience. You'd be amazed at what can be done with a handful of the simplest tools, common sense, & the ability to learn. Figure out what you want to do in your woodworking, focus on that until you perfect it, then keep learning, & learning, doing. It takes more than just a day or two to acquire all the knowledge you'll need to keep going. Practice, read, research, ask questions, learn your equipment. You'll do just fine!;) have fun along the way!
  7. Good idea! Looks like a room saver, too!
  8. Estes, I just sent you a pm, & took a tour of your shop. Wow, brother! You've got an awesome shop! I wish had the room you do! I've got a small shop with several "older" tools in it. Wood prices in this part of the world are high, it don't matter if it's pine or walnut. The price depends on the species of wood out here in the middle of nowhere. They don't have any competition in these one horse towns, so the price is whatever they decide that day. And the wood is JUNK!!
  9. Maybe locate a turners club, or a friend with a lathe? The turners club would be more than happy to help you out, I'm sure. You're in a big enough area, it shouldn't be much trouble locating a turners club.
  10. As a new member here, I agree with mpride. I'm fairly new to turning myself, but not woodworking. I'm a scroll sawyer by preference, & after 23 years of that, I decided I wanted to incorporate the lathe with some of my scroll work. I've been turning a little over a year, & so far, things are going ok. I don't get near the time I'd like to have on the lathe as my scroll business keeps me plenty busy. Last December, I had to replace the used lathe I'd had around for a few years, right in the middle of a project. Living on a fixed income, we went to hf & bought the 12" x 33" on its own stand. Bottom end is 600 rpm & top end is to fast for this ol' jaybird. I bought the red handled set of tools w/it, & have had good luck so far. I like the lathe. Decide whether you're going to like turning first. Find a turners club, or a friend w/a lathe & get some hands on experience. That will help you more than anything. Have fun!