Pallet Craft #24: The Ground work

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Blog entry by Ethan Harris posted 10-12-2012 02:26 PM 1793 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Readers!

I am happy to say I have finally laid the groundwork in my woodworking career. I am very happy to have found this hobby, I enjoy it, and I am learning new things everyday. I can see myself in 5 to 10 years building beautiful pieces of art from wood, and past that? Who knows! But I am sure it will be fun! For now I plan to stick with Pallet Crafting, it seems to be a great medium for learning. In the future I would like to work with fine woods, but small steps and a eagerness to learn will get me there!

The Groundwork:

This week I put together a makeshift table saw and provided myself a small area to work in. It is a small start, but its a big step in assuring I have somewhere to practice and hone my skills in wood craft. I am very excited to have my “corner”, especially with two weeks of vacation starting tomorrow! I built the table saw so I can just put my circular saw in and out freely, just have to true it up to 90 degrees when I do so and I am ready to go. To see everything I get done this October, check out my blog! And also stay tuned on!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 03:02 PM

Very clever. Looks like you’re a little limited on space. I think you might be able to find an actual table saw on craigslist for less than $100 that would have a fence you can ensure stays parallel to the blade and other nice features that would ensure you keep all your fingers. When I started woodworking, the first thing I got was my table saw, and all I did was ask around the family and got one for free from my uncle who had upgraded to a Unisaw and had mine sitting in the corner. In your design, the one thing you need to have is a way to shut it off quickly if something goes wrong.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 04:44 PM

If thats what you want then I’m sure you will have it.

A good start.

Personally, I find not using guards keeps ME sharp. Before anyone starts whining on about safety (unless I have others around my shop) its a personal choice. Not an edict from on high.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Ethan Harris

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#3 posted 10-12-2012 05:57 PM

Well, to both comments, thank you for your input, I try to instill safety and attention when I use it, I definitely someday want to buy a tablesaw, but I am settling in for now and working my way up. I do like the quick stop idea so I think I will add a button on the front to use as a kill switch. My only issue with this thing is the dust! LOL I need to makeshift my vacuum to collect it as I cut I think…

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at & also follow me on twitter

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