150 [Cutting] Boards by the end of September. #1: Day 1

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Blog entry by degoose posted 08-01-2009 10:58 PM 2706 reads 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Gidday from the land down under [where men thunder].

I have been reading lately about the 30 in 30 and have decided to up the ante.
As most of you know I love making boards so I plan to make at least 150 by the end of September or early October. The main reason for this challenge to myself is that I have been invited to the Melbourne Working With Wood Show in October and I don’t want to turn up with just a handfull of boards.

Most of you know that I also have a regular job so this is being done in my spare time LOL
I admit that I have recently semi-retired and am only working 7 days per fortnight so I do have more time now to play in the shop.

Stepped and tapered’ is being counted as #1.

Yesterday was day one and I got off to a great start. I made a heap of sawdust [my wife loves it for her gardens]
All in all got 14 boards cut. Five of them have been glued up and the others will be in clamps by the end of the day. BTW none of these boards is a simple stripe design although I may have to resort to doing the simple ones if it looks like I am running out of time. I will only post here… each day as I get each one finished. This will leave the front page for others to showcase their work.

At the end of the time when I have all 150 or so boards done I will post pics of the whole shebang, [in projects], all laid out.
Stay tuned for pics of the next 5 ie 2 thru 6

PS me and my big mouth,., what have I gotten myself into, ??

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 08-01-2009 11:03 PM

Good luck Larry be careful when were tired were more lightly to get hurt

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#2 posted 08-01-2009 11:03 PM

Having seen your boards, this will be no small feat. It will be fun watching your inventory grow. Production work takes a special kind of discipline.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 08-01-2009 11:09 PM

You can do it!!!!
Every one will be a true Lazy Larry or Lazy Larry take off!
I’m waiting with baited breath (can you see those worms!!)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 08-01-2009 11:10 PM

Hi I wondered what you meant by boards ,now I see it’s cutting boards well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 08-01-2009 11:37 PM

lets see… 14 boards in 1 day… 11 days for 150 boards… what are you going to do the rest of the time?

good luck and do the cutting when you are fresh at the beginning of the day.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#6 posted 08-01-2009 11:40 PM

At first I had a similar though as did Alistair. I don’t think that I could get 50 individual boards ready in that time frame much less 50 cutting boards. This is certainly going to be an interesting challenge to watch but if anyone on here can do it you can, Larry.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 08-02-2009 12:00 AM

be very careful … also booze and woodworking do not mix well

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 08-02-2009 12:01 AM

Congrats on the invitation! You’re becoming a living legend:-)) Go Larry, Go!! How about taking 50 lazy larrys too? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 08-02-2009 12:40 AM

Congrats Larry.

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#10 posted 08-02-2009 02:46 AM

you can do it Larry, you are the best board maker I know , but if you don’t, now this is your challenge to yourself, if you don’t, you must wear the short red dress to the woodworking show, so, now you have some incentive, get to work.

-- Smitty!!!

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#11 posted 08-02-2009 03:06 AM

Thats a lot of wood and a lot of glue!!!! I’m sure you can do it… no worries!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#12 posted 08-02-2009 04:09 AM

C’mon. He’s got the Torque Master. He can smooth 15 at one setting. Do a video at the same time for marketing purposes. He can be the Aussie David Marks or Scott Peterson.
Got cable down there? Larry the Cable Guy!

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#13 posted 08-02-2009 04:21 AM

Sawdust2, you mean Larry the Board Guy, right?

-- Smitty!!!

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#14 posted 08-02-2009 04:57 AM

31 days in August, 30 in September- 150 boards in 61 days = 2.459 boards/day. No sweat for you Larry, it will also be good use of that stockpile of wood you got going on behind the workshop.
Go, Larry, Go…..we’re all cheering you on !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#15 posted 08-02-2009 05:32 AM

Thank you all… especially sawdust2 aka Lee. I really like Larry the Cable Guy and to be compared with him is an honor!!!!!!
BTW it is a Torque Work Centre, big brother to the Router Master and son of the Slab Master.
David Marks, I admire, and am happy to be mentioned in the same sentence with him but who is the other guy. Red dress,,,,,Ok but I draw the line at fishnet stockings. lol

14 up and running and now am now dressing some more timber for the next 5 or so. Better start using some more of the European Wild Cherry.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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