Getting Going (Again)

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Blog series by ForestGrl updated 07-13-2015 03:03 AM 4 parts 5834 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Recap of re-invigorating the shop

07-08-2015 03:31 AM by ForestGrl | 4 comments »

After several years off, my poor neglected shop and tools were in sad shape when I started the rehab project several weeks ago. With hubby off on a 5-week road trip, and me having given up training horses forever, I was ready to dive back into woodworking. Fought off thousands of spiders, tons of dust and massive piles of “stuff” to get the lumber racks organized, rust off the tools (well, except for the jointer—still to do), and the start of some piped dust collection. ...

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Part 2: It's not like riding a bike...

07-08-2015 03:36 AM by ForestGrl | 1 comment »

Getting the shop up and running has taken a few weeks. Relearning how to turn seems to be taking longer! I’m much more cognizant, this time around, of the importance of well-sharpened and appropriately beveled turning tools, so seem to be spending much more time working on that—most of the 20+ tools need to be redone! Have mastered the roughing gouge (piece of cake) and skew (a little tougher), but yesterday’s work on spindle gouges was … trying? frustrating? both! ...

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Part 3: Let there be light! LEDs all the way, all the time!

07-12-2015 02:24 AM by ForestGrl | 12 comments »

Costco was about to sell out of their LED shop lights, so I bought the last two I needed and spent today taking down the 6 old fluorescents and putting up the LEDs. Great light! According to the respective boxes, the LEDs produce fewer lumens than the fluorescents, but both myself and my husband perceive there’s more light with the LEDs. They’re so nice! Nice also is spending the afternoon with Joe Cocker, Stevie Ray Vaughn and BB King, sipping a Mike’s Light and improvi...

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Part 4: Saving the logs....

07-13-2015 03:03 AM by ForestGrl | 2 comments »

The health of a bunch of logs leapt to the top of the priority list today. After helping hubby add a beam to our deck structure, and cleaning off all the clutter from the shop countertops, I suddenly noticed the bigger members in my “cart o’ logs” were checking badly. The pith needs to be removed from several, but chainsawing isn’t an option. Up next—the band saw. . . 1/4” blade not a good idea on a 10” log, look for larger blade. Oh dear, all 10...

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