Sawdustdad

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  1. I have just discovered this forum and joined earlier today. Looks like a great group of woodworkers. I've seen a few other posts about new shops and I thought I'd post mine as a way of introducing myself. I've been working wood since I was a kid, so I think I've got 50 years of it under my belt. After 35 years in a 24x24 foot shop, I built my dream shop at our retirement house. Started two years ago, and moved in last year. Finally got time to make some sawdust over the past couple months. I retired 6 months ago and moved down here full time. I have other hobbies that take up a lot of m
  2. I take the question is more about 8/4 and 12/4 boards and not so much about red oak as a wood species. When I buy lumber, I buy large lots and always include 5/4, 8/4, 12/4 and sometimes, if I can get it, 16/4 boards. The thicker lumber has lots of applications--table legs, bracket feet, cabinet corners, larger spindles, and to be resawn for book matched panels. I don't even use red oak as wife is allergic to oak and pine.
  3. I got a toy lathe when I was probably 8 or 10 years old. It turned Styrofoam material. I found a little scroll saw at a yard sale and started cutting wood shortly after that. Hooked ever since.
  4. I assume by chip board you mean OSB, oriented strand board? Like Advantech? I hope it's not particle board, which is not appropriate for a sub floor, In a house, you should not attempt to lay flooring without a tongue and groove or at least shiplap joints. As the boards shrink, gaps will open which will gather dirt and be a real hassle. Recommend you re-think your plan.
  5. Long grain to long grain, rabbet and glue. If it's a stationary box, that is, like a built in cabinet, butt joints with glue and nails would be fine.
  6. New to the forum, first post. Howdy to all my fellow woodworkers. Love working with walnut. Not sure the retail price here in Virginia, as haven't bought any retail in many years. I usually buy from local sawyers green and dry it myself. Last load I bought was about 50/50 cherry and walnut, 2000 bd ft +/- at 80 cents/bd ft. Of course it's mill run, so a mix of grades with about 30%-40% FAS boards. The rest lower grades, but works fine for most projects as the lower grade boards still yield good lumber for smaller parts. here is some of it in the shop. All the 8/4, 12/4 stuff is on th