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Pondhockey

Hi, From McCall, Idaho

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Just in case it's relevant!  

I'm relatively new (except for occasional projects in previous decades) to woodworking, with a steep learning curve.  So far my orientation is to simple furniture (box, benches, slabs for coat hooks - I don't yet have a lathe, router...  just a table saw, jointer, planer, smallish bandsaw.)  I'm a bit taken with making my own slabs/wood, but expect to get over that eventually and move on to using prepared dimensional lumber.  I'm working with locally available wood such as Juniper and Doug Fir.  Next projects will include an outdoor table and rustic bookshelves for my man cave (and odds and ends, such as book ends, etc. from scraps.)

Most used power equipment in my shop:  1.  shop vac, 2. dust collector.  Most used hand tool: brush and dust pan.

Unexpected learning:  how much work is involved in preparing edges (removing bark, etc) and surfaces (planing, repairing cracks, sanding, finishing) of live edge slabs.  How much work is involved in sanding and finishing for any project.

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Welcome, fellow Idahoan! Would love to see some of what you've made with those slabs. I've been doing some small projects lately with some Idaho beetlekill pine and that's been fun. Always feels good to use locally harvested resources.

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