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Blog series by Ottacat updated 01-18-2014 02:34 PM 6 parts 10355 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: My type of hobby woodworking

01-12-2014 04:14 PM by Ottacat | 6 comments »

This is the second time in my life I’ve taken up woodworking. The first time is when I was married and had a fairly young family. I used our single car garage and accumulated many of my tools doing a trade of time for tools with a local dealer that needed their website redone. I squeezed my time in a couple of rushed hours a night and a few rushed hours hours over the weekend. By the time I started woodworking as a hobby, our home was already fully furnished with a style of furnit...

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Part 2: My furniture style preference

01-13-2014 01:32 PM by Ottacat | 2 comments »

Growing up I was not a fan of wood. At our house, cottage and neighbor’s houses, wooden furniture consisted mainly of two kinds. First was a generic bland, almost grainless medium brown McWood type of furniture. The typical coffee or end table you’d get from a department store. The second type was oak. Oak furniture, particularly mission style seemed to be all over the place. Some people like oak, I’ve never been a fan. Between the two I felt wood was a material of the pa...

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Part 3: My shop

01-14-2014 01:22 PM by Ottacat | 5 comments »

My shop will never be featured in an article on home shops because it is much more Charles Neil in appearance than Marc Spagnuolo. By this I mean its a shop where I spend my time making furniture and not making a shop. As I discussed in previous blog entries, my main priority is making a fair amount of furniture as I have both lots of pieces I want to make and a places to put them in my house. At this point in my woodworking journey I’m not spending my time making elaborate tool c...

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Part 4: Bandsaws, resawing and veneers for hobby woodworking

01-15-2014 01:12 PM by Ottacat | 0 comments »

During my first round of woodworking I bought a beautiful 16” Laguna HD bandsaw that was made in Italy. It was the most expensive tool in my shop and I bought it as a treat for myself. Looking back it was a complete waste of money. I spent over 2k at the time and I think I resawed a couple of 8/4 boards into two 4/4 boards. Thus I spent 2k (plus blades) to better use some leftover 8/4 stock and save $50 on lumber. Now that I’ve gotten back into woodworking for a second time I&#...

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Part 5: My veneering setup

01-16-2014 01:32 PM by Ottacat | 4 comments »

In my last blog entry I describe how as a hobby woodworker I use commercial veneers instead of resawing my own. In this post I wanted to describe my setup. Veneering is remarkably easy as you only need a few things your veneer a vacuum pump a vacuum bag a bottom platen and mesh I bought my pump, bag and mesh from VenneringSupplies ( They are also my main source of veneers. Here is my setup in operation: For a pump there are supplier...

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Part 6: Journey to a Domino

01-18-2014 02:34 PM by Ottacat | 2 comments »

Mortise and tenon joints are a staple of woodworking. They are used on almost every project. In many, many cases the joint is a very meat and potatoes means to connect two pieces of wood. On my first three projects – my workbench, my Shaker end table and my bow-front hall table I did the mortises with a router (or router table) and the the tenons with a dado blade. I felt that given the results (two pieces of wood joined together) and the fact that all the work is completely hidden (...

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