EddieHagler

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    making my kitchen cabinets as well as other needed furniture

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  1. The chair is a hadicap aid. My wife just had knee surgery and requires a shower chair during her recovery. I was just trying to think If I were going to build one from some kind of wood, how would I design it and what kind of wood and finish would be able to stand up to being in a shower.
  2. I just had to assemble a shower chair for my wife. It made me think... If I were to make one from scratch how would I do that? So what do you think? What kind of wood? what kind of design?
  3. Ok, I know that a block plane can be a very useful so I got myself a cheap one. ($20-Great Neck 7" Adjustable Block Plane) I know from watching Shannon's recent video on his Lie Nelson plane that it has to be cleaned and should be honed. How do I do that? What do I use to clean it? are there any instructions (preferably a video) that shows me how to hone it and what to hone it with. (I know a honing stone but how big of a stone do I need and is there anything I should be aware of when I buy a cheap one. Next, now the more stupid question. When should I use the block plane? I do not have a planer or joiner. I'm not going to try to plane rough wood with this plane. What are some times that the block plane is good to use?
  4. This post reminds me of the story of my stepson Vincient. He lives in Colorado near his dad. We have not seen him in years. He was in the Army reserves, went to Iraq and Afghanastan. He survived two tours and came back to Colorado. A couple of years ago we found out he had an accident with a table saw. He cut off his thumb and 2 fingers on his right hand. I have a healthy respect for my own table saw and miter saw and have the goal of not making the same mistake myself.
  5. Truly great works of art are timeless. In the woodworking realm once such work of art would be the Windsor chair. How often has it been copied. But one woodworker somewhere, sometime was the first to produce one. It has stood the test of time to be what it is, a work of art. Everyone who has made or will make one is simply copying that work of art like someone might copy the Mona Lisa or ming vase.
  6. People consider things like Clay pots works of art. And I don't think you would get much disagreement that those who make such pots are artists. It also could be said of works in wood. I would consider a lot people who paint things on canvas are not creating works of art are therefore not artists. The same could be said of any "artistic medium" Art is in the eye of the beholder. I may do things with wood, attaching pieces together for various reasons but nothing I do is art. A truly good woodworker might build a masterfully crafted piece of furniture that is a work of art. He is an artists, I am not. Just because you make something with materials that an artist might use does not make you an artist. Art is a skilled expression of an artist. It is the skill and artistry that makes it art, not the medium itself. Well, that's my opinion.
  7. It's funny you mentioned that you made some food stands for dogs that are no longer with us. I started making dog food stands after the death (two weeks apart) of 2 Great Danes that we dearly loved and were also spoiled. We had 3 dogs until last September. We had been feeding one of them on the big dog food container we keep dog food in. The second one ate off of some boards I had screwed together and place on top of a couple of cinder blocks. The Third (our surviving one) ate off a shelf (3 pieces of plywood in a U shape) that my dad had made for his computer desk but was no longer needed for that. The big brindle male (Clide) 8 1/2 years old (old for a dane) died of heart failure in mid September. The black female (Shadow) somehow damged a disk 2 weeks later and would never walk again. Our vet (heartbroken for us) was willing to do whatever we asked but suggested that we put her down. Shadow was about 8 years old herself. We were devastated. These were 2 members of our family. In my grief I decided to make a food stand for the remaining dog (a dane mix and 9 1/2 years old) My mother-in-law requsted one as well for her 2 danes (she puts food in each dish) They had been eating off of Cinder blocks as well. I made the first 2 (one of wich you can see to the right of the one I made.) When my wife found us a puppy to adopt I decided I was going to make a better one. In the mean time I made one out of scrap to use until she got bigger. I made it so I could remove the legs and replace them with taller legs as she grew. I need to learn joinery and since Dan S made me feel bad about my design I will have to build another one and try to employ more advanced techniques in attaching one piece of wood to another. Also Can anyone tell me how to avoid runs in the stain I am using. I bought some Cabot water-based PolyStain. The can says to brush it on but I keep getting these runs every time I apply a coat of stain. What am I doing wrong there? This is Clide and Shadow This is Aspen and Glacier (the puppy) right after we got her. Glacier now.
  8. I just finished a dog food stand for my dog. As I was sitting in our kitchen (under renovation) and watching our 5 month old dane drink water from it; it occoured to me we must have the most spoiled dog around. How many other Great Dane puppies drink and eat from a stand made specificaly for them by their owner. Now this is not the first dog food stand I have made. It is actualy the fourth. The previous ones were not very good and this one is certainly not going to win any competitions or commisions. The one she was using was a crudely assembled one from scrap wood and I had to change the legs to accomodate her growth. (it started out only a few inches high, then I changed it to one about 1 foot high. This one is 19 inches high and should suffice into her adulthood. The feeling was good that I was able to make someting for a family member that they could use for years. I don't have a a lot of woodworking tools and the few I do have are cheap or old. The wood itself was just plain old domestic Pine. It was not very well assembled. But It was a good feeling to make something useful for my family.
  9. I agree, I shold make a simple mock up the size of the island and place it where we plan to put the island. That will have to wait.... right now the floor is plywood. It may be a few months before we put flooring down.
  10. Are there any woodworkers in Oklahoma in this forum?
  11. I am planning on building a kitchen island myself as part of my kitchen remodel. I will be watching this post for some helpful information.
  12. The audio podcast with the 3 of you is a really good thing. You tend to talk about things over my head but listening to it helps me understand more and it is entertaining to hear you three interact. don't let it stay on hiatus too long. It took me a while to find it. You should put some effort into producing them and promoting them. It could bring in a lot more interest in your other ventures. This is true for all 3 of you.
  13. Hello, I have decided to join woodtalk online. I have been listening to the woodtalk online radio and I subscribe to the wood whisperer video podcast. I don't really have a lot of wood working tools. (I have a cheap tablesaw, cheap miter saw, Porter Cable router and a few hand tools) I am interested in learning about building furniture so I can build some needed stuff for my house like kitchen cabinets. I have been building some dog food stands for my dogs. I need to learn basic joinery and a lot more about how to work with wood and recognize good wood.