Life as an Amateur Woodworker #21: Getting back into a routine

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 07-09-2014 04:03 AM 1413 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 20: It has taken a while and still not finished! Part 21 of Life as an Amateur Woodworker series Part 22: Now for the serious stuff! »

Having taken my Wife over to the UK for a couple of weeks to meet the family, it has been hard to get back into a routine, I have done a couple of small jobs, one of our neighbours had been helpful, and let our Builders work from her garden, so I had promised her a new house name plaque, when I was straight, it has only taken three months!...

I haven’t a clue what the timber is, it is a hardwood, but I am still getting used to the different wood types available, in Colombia, it didn’t take too long, I selected a font from the computer, using Matthias Wandel’s BigPrint I entered the size I needed for the timber I had, and it printed it off on three sheets of paper, here is where I seem to differ from many woodworkers, they appear to prefer then sticking the template to the wood, and routing it in situ, I on the other hand, prefer to take a few minutes longer, I place carbon paper under the template, and trace out the letters, remove the template and rout the timber direct, less mess!

I would then normally burn the inside of the letters with a pyrography kit, but that is something still on my shopping list, two and a half years after arriving in Colombia! so I use a permanent black marker, and then three coats of varnish.

That done, and presented to the recipient, I decided it was time to do some more work on arranging the workshop, and I desperately needed some more storage space for timber. I had some metal parts from a bunkbed the previous owner had obtained from the local prison, and a number of hardwood planks he had filled with nails and covered in paint, I had removed the nails, so decided that with the metal struts as side supports, I would use the timber for legs and cross supports.

Because storage space is at a premium, I didn’t want to sacrifice any to make room for this rack, so I have made the first bay one metre high, then it sits above what was in the space originally. I have then used some rough timber to make cross supports between the metal sides, to rest the timber on, a good afternoons work, but why stop there? so I had a total clean out, and reorganisation, jigs put on the wall, machinery moved around to make better use of space, and a good brush and hoover. Now it is looking more like a working shop!

The timber is not sagging, it is badly warped construction timber, from being left lying in the garden, for I don’t know how long, I am going to keep turning it, in the hope I can reduce the warp, if not, I will use it for small projects.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 06:18 AM


Good to see you’re using that new shop.

I’m guessing you will find common woods there that would be exotic woods here.

Wrapping in plastic can help stabilize the wood. But maybe you can go with the warp…”More power Scottie!”

Oh yeah I’m jealous of that floor. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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