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About s1rGr1nG0

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    I'm new to woodworking but am interested in learning as much as I can as a hobbyist. Gradually moving up to more complex projects as I learn more about it.
  1. One thing that keeps coming up when my wife and I discuss making ornaments or other decorations is that we would like to etch or burn some writing into the wood. In particular we were considering making some wooden ornaments for the Christmas tree and would like to maybe put the year or some other text on it but what is the best method for doing this? Do you freehand it or use a stencil? I've seen some nice pieces online where someone had a quote from scripture and the guy said his wife made a stencil then he traced it on the wood. Is something like that done a letter at a time or would you just create a stencil with the entire quote? Also, what kind of kit should I be looking for in order to do something like this? I don't have the best hand writing so I can't imagine me doing it by hand and having it look good would work very well. Any links to kits or more info is appreciated! As usual...thanks guys!
  2. Jigsaw question...

    Just got my new B&D BDEJS600C this evening. I've been watching a few videos on YouTube about it and I have a question. What does the orbital feature do for a jigsaw and will I need it? I plan on cutting some thin beech ply this weekend and making some Christmas ornaments as a starter project to get my feet wet.
  3. Wish I hadn't done that......

    You meant to say "his" wife right? Your "friends" wife. Right? LOL
  4. A noob question about wood for a cutting board...

    LMAO! Thanks mom....
  5. Texas woodworkers?

    Katy, TX here. Just getting started
  6. A noob question about wood for a cutting board...

    LMAO! I can easily see my wife doing that as well. WTS: All my woodworking stuff. Make offer.
  7. A noob question about wood for a cutting board...

    Those look fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
  8. Quality Brand Big Power Tools and recommendations

    Uh oh...now you've done it!! LOL
  9. A noob question about wood for a cutting board...

    Yep, the board I make for our house will definitely be used quite a bit. My wife is already giving directions on what she wants it to have. Has to be large and she wants some "handles" routed into the ends. That works for me because then that means I also get to buy a router! I forgot to mention that we do have a sander but it's a small B&D palm sander. My step dad also has a Skil belt sander but I don't like it because the front roller already has some of the rubber coming off.
  10. A noob question about wood for a cutting board...

    True. As for tools, I just bought a new planer, (Wen 6550), last night and it should arrive on Friday. I have access to a table saw and a pretty hefty Dewalt Miter saw. I also have a few inexpensive chisels I picked up from Harbor Freight but I don't expect them to last. Just something to get me going in the right direction.
  11. A noob question about wood for a cutting board...

    I live in Katy, TX about 25 miles west of Houston. I have found this place, http://www.clarkshardwood.com/ , and he looks to have some very nice stuff. It also looks to be spendy but of course those are for big slabs and exotics that are waaaaay out of my league for the time being. I'll probably go by there this weekend to see if he has some scraps or smaller pieces they can sell to a new guy just getting started.
  12. A noob question about wood for a cutting board...

    Thanks for the quick reply woodbutcher. Guess I need to make it a point to swing by the other shop I mentioned. I went to his website and he has all kinds of stuff imported from everywhere. Just looked at his site and he has all 3 that you have mentioned plus MANY more.
  13. Obviously I am new to the world of working with wood. The first project I plan on making would be a cutting board for my wife to use at home and perhaps another to give to my mom during the holidays. Today during lunch I ran over to HD to just look around and what lumber they had. Now, having done plenty of reading on this forum, (and others as well), plus watching a bunch of videos I have heard many times that you shouldn't use oak for cutting boards. Is that correct? Also, does it apply for all species of oak or are there some that are ok to use? At this particular HD they had some red oak and also some poplar. The poplar looked really nice but not sure if that is something that can be used in a cutting board. It seems that everything else they had was pine. I know HD is probably not the best place to source wood from and there is a place here in Houston that does sell all kinds of wood, (slabs and milled), from all over the place. I just haven't had the chance to go by there yet. For my noob project cutting boards I am looking to use at least 2 types of wood, preferably one that is darker and color and then of course a lighter one. Perhaps in a "checker board" pattern or long "stripes" that run the length of the board. I'm still in the planning phase and of course I have MANY things to learn. I look forward to any input you guys are willing to share. Thanks!
  14. Found a Hitachi f1000a for sale...

    Thanks for input guys. I actually decided to not get it after all. Looking around online it became clear that parts are no longer made for it so if something were to break or needed replacing right away I would be up the creek. I'll keep looking but I'm leaning heavily toward the DeWalt 734 or perhaps the WEN 6550.
  15. Mornin' gents! Hey, as I've mentioned in a previous post, I'm new to the hobby. I have a basic question about using a jointer. Looking around online I see that most of the jointers are 6 inch machines. I know there are larger ones out there but for a hobbyist or small shop the vast majority are 6 inchers. What happens if you want to work with a board that is 8 inches or even bigger like a 2x12? Is it possible to run it through then rotate it and do the other side? That doesn't seem like a good idea to me or am I missing something? Thanks in advance guys!