My life in wood #1: Year 1

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Blog entry by DavidH posted 03-13-2009 07:04 AM 1610 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, my one year anniversary with lumberjocks went by a few weeks ago and I realized that one year or so ago was also the first time I decided to get into woodworking. I thought this would be a good time to start a blog that I can update once a year, and even if no one else reads it, it will be something I can sit down and look at each year to see just how much I have grown as a woodworker.

This year has really flown by, My woodworking this year has been dedicated to two main items
1) Learning!
2) growing my shop space.

I have learned A LOT over the past year, and I have A LOT more to learn! I have sat up at night reading until i could read no more, surfing until I have run out of sites to surf, waiting and anticipating my favorite blogs, videos , and podcasts; and of course browsing LumberJocks!

I’ve spent quite a few hours in the shop with scrap pieces of wood, learning different techniques for cutting them, and learning to take my time and pay attention to details; I have some growing to do in the area of patience, and I’m sure that if wood working does not teach me this when I have kids it will be forced upon me :)

The shop has really grown; I’ve updated my shop profile with new pictures, and you can see a before and after slide show here:

April 2008
March 2009

Changes to the shop
out feed / assembly table
storage shelves along the back wall
rolling cabinet / planer stand
more lighting

New Tools
router table extension for the table saw
delta 13” 2 speed planer
porta cable pancake compressor and 3 nail gun set
ridgid spindal sander
ridgid shop vac
cabinet scrapers, rasps and files, router bits

Biggest Accomplishment this year?
my first finished project!
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Well that about wraps it up for this years entry, thanks to all of the friends I have made here so far for encouragement, advise, and the lumberjocks addiction!

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#1 posted 03-13-2009 11:36 AM

Great progress. Looks like you have a couple shop projects under your belt too. Keep up the good work.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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matt garcia

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#2 posted 03-14-2009 12:35 AM

Love your outfeed table!! I’ve got to find a way to incorporate one on my contractor saw so that it folds down when not in use. The biggest challenge there is the motor. Your tablesaw setup is eerily familiar! I’m getting Déjà vu! Keep up the great work!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 03-14-2009 03:50 AM

thanks guys.

matt – i picked up the wood for the quilt rack at clarks, i was just there this past weekend in fact and picked up a few board feet of zebrawood for a special project (shhh!), i havent made it to Houston hardwoods yet, its on my list. I know what you mean though, i can go in there just to look around, my fiancé thinks im crazy but i love going in there just to look at all the wood laying around.

yep, saw set up is just like yours, i actually had planned on building a new yankee style router table, but after i saw your setup, i couldn’t pass up the ability to have more table saw space AND a router table. the outfeed table has turned out to be great, the right side (if your facing the front of it from the table saw) has just enough room for the motor to tilt into, although there are two places that the table top is not flat so im going to have to pop it off and fix that; but your right for a fold up you would have to either have about 2 feet that still stuck out and then it folded down, or make it in a way that it completely came of, maybe had two front leges then hooked onto a couple of L-brackets just below the fence guide.

would love to stop by and check out your shop sometime.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#4 posted 03-23-2009 08:02 PM

happy anniversary and congrats on the successes over the past year!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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