10,000 Hours

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Blog series by LucasWoods updated 06-12-2015 01:16 AM 10 parts 16823 reads 49 comments total

Part 1: The Beggining

03-05-2015 05:39 PM by LucasWoods | 15 comments »

This is my first post of many in my quest to accomplish 10,000 hours of woodworking. I don’t know if anyone will bother reading this but it will be more of a log of my hours maybe things that I have learned and some pictures of my projects along the way. I will include reading and research apart of the 10,000 hours. I did buy The Essential Woodworker so however long it takes me to read/take notes will count towards my hours. Furthermore, I will track the time that I spend in my shop com...

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Part 2: Workbench Planing

03-09-2015 12:22 AM by LucasWoods | 3 comments »

So today was a learning experience for sure. I spent 3 hours planning my workbench top. Furthermore, my bench was slopped together literally 2 weeks before I moved across the country. I hope when I get more skills and more understanding the wifey will allot me some money to make a better bench in a year or so. The Mistake So I thought I knew how to flatten my workbench top and boy was I wrong. I began by planning lengthwise on my bench (which has a major cup running through the enti...

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Part 3: More Work Needs to be Done

03-09-2015 11:35 PM by LucasWoods | 3 comments »

00,003.50 / 10,000 So I spent a half hour planning the top of my workbench which had the cupping problems. I marked the high spots with my straight edge and focused on those until everything was pretty much flat. Some spots in the middle may have had a bit more than 1/16th of an inch. So now that I got it flat-ish I started planning across the entire width of my table. after going one pass I took the straight edge out again and it seems like one spot seemed to get an even worse of a cup? M...

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Part 4: My First "Real" Project...

03-10-2015 12:30 AM by LucasWoods | 5 comments »

So I think I have settles on my first project… well more my wife settled on it for me. I am going to build a sofa table. I am still thinking of designs in my head and types of joints I am going to use. I think this “should” be a easier build and should not take too long. I am thinking of using finger joints to hold the top to the 2 legs then using a mortise and tennon joint as a bracer that will also be used as a shelf if we ever move it out from behind the sofa and use it in a hallway. The t...

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Part 5: 30 more minutes of playing

03-12-2015 02:23 AM by LucasWoods | 0 comments »

00,004 / 10,000 Spent a half hour playing with my #7 stanley!! Man did that thing solve my cupping issues quickly. My only semi problem is getting high enough to plane across my 30” bench top. My top is pretty tall I haven’t got around to cutting the legs shorter yet. I would say my bench top is 38” tall (I jsut measured) I didnt think it was that tall everyone haha. I may cut those legs shorter much sooner… I think 35” is perfect for me I am 5 11” so th...

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Part 6: It's been awhile

03-18-2015 10:04 PM by LucasWoods | 3 comments »

00,007 / 10,000 With work, college, and the kids running a much it has taken me awhile to have the time to post another blog entry. I put in 3 hours of work on my workbench over the past week or so. I finally go that sucker very flat with my #7. I am having problems with the crappy knotty whitewood from Lowes with my smoothing plane set to the finest setting. It stick chops and skips no matter which way I am planning. I may end up just getting a ROS with my tool money. But with a smooth to...

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Part 7: Sharpening

03-24-2015 03:01 PM by LucasWoods | 8 comments »

00,007.5 / 10,000 So I have a hard copy of a sharpening book then I also checked out a book on my kindle called Hand Tool Essentials: Refine your power tool projects with hand tool techniques written by the editors of Fine Woodworking. Now I own all of 3 power tools (Scroll saw, Circ. Saw, Jig Saw) but this book has a lot of great information about hand tools that applies perfectly for me as a beginner. I read through different parts last night and a little bit today. Some things that stoo...

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Part 8: Bench vice Installation, Finally!!

03-25-2015 03:42 AM by LucasWoods | 4 comments »

00,009 / 10,000 So I spent about an hour and a half flattening the bottom of my bench where my vice attaches and also removing material so my vice will sit flush with the top. below is the final product. The vice does not sit flush with the bench though it is about a fat 1/16. Is this going to be a problem? Also, the vice barely is not sitting square with the side of the bench. It is a slim 1/16 gap along the enitire length. The bottom inch or so is sitting flush with the side of th...

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Part 9: My bench is finally complete (pic's included)

04-18-2015 03:55 PM by LucasWoods | 3 comments »

00,011 / 10,000 It has been awhile since my last blog post I have had some long days and work and finals for my two college courses I am taking. Anyways my bench ins finally complete! Over the past two weeks I slowly worked towards getting my bench vice installed, the wood faces for the vice. Just last night I drilled my dog holes. I still need to chamfer the edges on them but I am ready to put my bench to work! I put in about two hours of work on my bench since my last post which brings m...

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Part 10: Life is tough...

06-12-2015 01:16 AM by LucasWoods | 5 comments »

00,011 / 10,000 So it has been a very long time since I have really done anything in my workshop. It has been tough to get the time or even the motivation at this point. My family and I have been trying to figure out what is going on with our daughter Chloe who is turning 3 soon. It has been a long journey… We started off with her breaking her ankle at roughly 10 months old (I was deployed at the time as well). She was in a full leg cast that went all the way up to her hip. So once i...

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