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Blog entry by gamygeezer posted 01-24-2014 09:20 AM 1390 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello, I’m a new member of this fantastic site, but I have been lurking

and learning for a couple of months. I am going to start off with a

simple blog, because I’m a little shy about showing my wood butchery to

the artisans here.

First thing, after 5 decades of puttering in make-shift areas, I

finally have a REAL WORKSHOP. After I get it finished, of course.

I’m currently building my shop furniture, with the following


Affordable. I am retired, this is a hobby (plus mental and physical

therapy), so I am limited by my monthly SS check.

Accessible. While I’m not confined to a chair, I have an old power

buggy I use when I carry stuff from place to place. Too, after 6 dozen

birthdays, I deserve to be able to sit and take a load off once in a


Furniture-like. This clashes with Affordable, of course, so I’ll be

making everything with domestic “doesn’t suck” birch ply instead of

walnut, but no 2X4 and nail stuff.

Efficient. All work surfaces to be 34 inches tall, carts for moving

materials, well lit, lots of storage, etc. Everything is on casters -

I haven’t figured out where everything goes yet.

Learning opportunity. Try out something new with every piece.

So far, I have finished the assembly table (3 ft slab door with

hardboard cover, on two cabinets with 15 drawers). I learned how to

fit drawer fronts properly, and wound up doing a fair job. The

cabinets are a bit rough though.

Currently working on miter saw bench (8 ft, on two cabinets with pull

out shelves). I’m sealing all surfaces with shellac plus poly on the

working surfaces to improve my brush technique. Things learned so far:

a) If you are going to use long pipe clamps, put down your coffee cup -

it takes all three hands to place a 4ft pipe clamp.

b) A 4ft pipe clamp does not span a 4ft cabinet.

c) Brushes seem to have a working speed. My old hog bristle flows

better at one speed, the new Chinex needs to move a little faster.

d) It’s only after you finish cleaning the brush that you notice that

spot you missed on the cabinet top.

Whew! Ok, I managed a real blog entry. Next time, I may get up the courage to include a real PICTURE! After all, pigs fly just fine with enough thrust.


-- What's a vibrant young guy like me doing in a broken down old body like this?

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 01-24-2014 09:55 AM

Welcome to LJ Ken. There’s a lot of older guys a lot like you on here. I’m one of them. Don’t be shy about posting your projects. The skill level of our members range from beginners to highly accomplished woodworkers, but we are all equals when it comes to dialog and we have a bond because of our common interest. I’m sure you know this from browsing the site for awhile. I hope you enjoy yourself here. I’d sure like to see some photos of your new shop. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 10:21 AM

Couldnt agree with Mike, more. He hit the nail on the head, pun intended. You will find that on LJ’s you can ask most anyone for pointers, tips, or just a plain old question and they will gladly share their knowledge and all of our passion. ALOT of really good folks on here. You might want to check out some of Paul’s (Shipwright) blogs. He has ALOT of really good ones, about doing shop stuff on a budget and he is def one of the masters on here. I encourage you to not be shy about posting pics of some of the stuff you do, as it helps and inspires all of us. You never know, somebody might be trying to figure out exactly what your doing or have done, and it could be a huge help for them, and might even get a new ideal that you would like to incorporate yourself. I look forward to seeing your future post. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 12:29 PM

Good to hear from you. I find the people on here as interesting as the projects. Welcome from a LJ that needs one more year to be 6 dozen years old. Thanks for blogging.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#4 posted 01-24-2014 02:31 PM

Don’t be afraid here as has been mentioned. I have never heard negative comments about someones work only encouragement. And I have you beat on age as I am soon to be 3/4 of a century.

-- Kepy

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 02:50 PM

Hey great blog enjoyed reading it!! LJ’s are very supportive so let the pig’s fly!!!!!

-- Curly, South Dakota! Now where did I put that board stretcher?

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 02:50 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks Ken!! It can be intimidating to post finished projects here. It is also very rewarding, for you and US! Some technique that you learned long ago and think “Everybody knows that.” may be just the thing that will make the light bulb flash for someone else. Please post away!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 01-24-2014 07:53 PM

Welcome aboard. I would give anymore thought to a “butchered” project, nobody on this site seems to be judgmental about that stuff. At least nobody has ever doen so to me and I’ve certainly butchered my share of wood. look forward to seeing some projects!

-- atta boy Clarence!

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