3 Girls & A Woodworker

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Blog series by John_G updated 07-09-2013 05:30 PM 14 parts 44646 reads 105 comments total

Part 1: Introduction

02-05-2011 06:13 PM by John_G | 7 comments »

First off let me start by introducing myself. My name is John Gray, i’m currently 33 years old and live in Spencerport New York. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 7 years now and have 2 beautiful daughters (hence the title of my blog “3 girls and a woodworker”). I guess i’ve been into wood working for most of my life, i grew up with a dad that spent a lot of time in the workshop building things. He worked primarily with pine (becasue it was cheap) ...

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Part 2: Shed Doors

02-06-2011 09:35 PM by John_G | 7 comments »

Well i was given the task of creating new shed doors for my daughter cooperitive nursery school. There budget was “zero”, lol. SO i made it all out of scraps i had laying around from when i built my deck a few years back. And ofcourse being a fellow LJ i couldn’t just make plain old boring doors now could it…….. —This was the original door….. —Here was all my rough stock, a ton of PT lumber laying around in the loft of my garage...

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Part 3: Project Budgets - Is it about your wallet or your location

03-24-2011 05:11 PM by John_G | 17 comments »

I’ve been a LJ now for awhile, and even before i joined i was constantly on the site looking at projects. There were always things that i admired about every project, beginner or advanced. – quality of work, even the beginner has areas of great skill – the creativity of the projects, especialy art boxes, simply mazing – the different species of wood being used As i get into woodworking more and more and want to experiment with different species i began noticing th...

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Part 4: My very first Wood Gloat

04-14-2011 03:27 PM by John_G | 2 comments »

Not onlyl is this my very first wood gloat it’s also my very first purchse useing cgraigslist…. i know, i know, i’m sure everyone is using it…. I saw an add with a pic for left over pieces of various hardwoods, all for 20.00. Figured what the heck i’ll go for it…... well to me…this was a jackpot….. From first glance it alot of walnut, and cherry. There’s a few we don’t even know what they are. Also a few possib...

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Part 5: Questions about Walnut and Scrollsawing

04-19-2011 03:14 PM by John_G | 15 comments »

I’m about to begin a scrollsaw project with a piece of 3/4” Walnut. My question is when i was sanding down the walnut ahead of time i noticed that it has “pores” or “open grain” or something in it. Is this normal for walnut, or is it something that will get compeltely sanded out if i spend enough time at it? Thanks Jocks…..

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Part 6: Planer.... What should i do......????

05-12-2011 06:26 PM by John_G | 4 comments »

ok i found on craiglist 2 Ryobi planers; 1: Ryobi 10” planer with homemade rollerbase (85.00) 2: Ryobi AP12 with new dual edge blade and blade binders, comes with table and dust port for 150.00 Is it woth it for me to seriously look into getting one of them….??? A nice DeWalt is just not in my future because of the cost. Does anyone have any experiece with any of the...

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Part 7: another possible Planer.....

05-24-2011 03:50 PM by John_G | 3 comments »

OK, here’s another one… i’m waiting on a model number so i can look up the specifica on it. Figured all you LJ’s might know something about this planer and be able to give me some information as well…... So….. is it worth it????

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Part 8: Father's Day Tool Gloat.....

06-20-2011 02:56 PM by John_G | 7 comments »

Got these for fathers day yesterday, i’ve heard people say that there not “real” marples but honestly i don’t know what “real” ones are….. Can’t wait to make the scarry sharp and put them to work…..

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Part 9: Jointer Problems, HELP PLZZZ

07-12-2011 10:08 PM by John_G | 22 comments »

Hello everyone, i’m really hoping someone can shed some light on this problem for me. I have an older craftsman Jointer/Planer that is in great working condition, however it has one major problem. Even though the infeed and outfeed tables are parallel when i push a board through it raises up off the outfeed table. Hopefully the pictures below will help…... To me the table look very parallel weather the depth is set to 1/8” or zero. Now time to put a board...

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Part 10: Which should i buy

08-16-2011 05:19 PM by John_G | 6 comments »

Ok so i’ve narrowed my 2 planer choices down to these, which one would you purchase…? Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp OR DEWALT DW735 13-Inch Three Knife Two Speed Thickness Planer

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Part 11: Jet JPW15-HO

09-13-2011 10:06 PM by John_G | 5 comments »

OK everyone, i’m thinking of going after a used 15” Jet planer. There asking 250.00 for it. I’m currently waiting for pix from the owner. Does anyone have or know anything about this planer, any information would be greatly appreciated…... Thanks LJ’s…...

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Part 12: Garage Sale Wood Gloat

06-11-2012 01:51 PM by John_G | 2 comments »

After seeing an ad on craigslist for a garage sale that was going to have some rough cut lumber i figured i’d buzz over and check it out. Turned out for whatever reason the gentleman was getting out of woodworking and looking to sell a bunch of lunber he’s had drying in his garage for years. As i look around i saw maple, cherry, and Peruvian Walnut. Playing a little niave i asked what i was worth and how much he wanted to sell. He said all of it. I passed on any of the sc...

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Part 13: Larger Projects vs. Smaller Projects

06-04-2013 05:51 PM by John_G | 3 comments »

So as the years have gone by and i’ve done more and more projects in the shop, honing my skills, and slowly getting better i decided to try a double endtable project. Well as it’s turning out it’s become time not so much skill that i lack. I feel like i can go down into the shop, and on a small project get a lot done in an hour or so. However on this larger project it’s really come to a screeching hault as i feel unless i have in excess of a few hours it’s rea...

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Part 14: Picnic Table Dilemma

07-09-2013 05:30 PM by John_G | 5 comments »

So the Mrs has asked me to build a picnic table now. I did some searching online and founf this one and she agreed that it’s perfect. So like most young woodworkers when it comes to choosing the wood to use it goes right olong with how much money to spend. The plans call for approx 100lin ft of 1-1/2” x 8” material. So i...

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