Woodworking Woes (Or It's Starting To Look Like A Woodworking Shop Around Here!!)

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Blog entry by matt garcia posted 12-19-2010 11:42 PM 8982 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I was chugging along yesterday on my Tiger Maple Small Chippendale Chest when the darndest (gotta watch your language around here) thing happened. I had just rough cut my boards for my drawer fronts. Flattened the concave face, and squared the edge, then planed it to 3/4”(if you guys have never heard or Glen Huey’s technique of jointing and planing curly maple from fat to thin, you need to familiarize yourself with it). Just as I finished getting them to final size, and as I started to rabbet the three edges, my tablesaw switch broke. I felt it when I went to shut it off to move the fence. It was in there cockeyed. When I forced it off, it wouldn’t turn on anymore.

Well I came in and started searching the web for a replacement. After I got one ordered, I remembered that my Rockler order came in the day before. If you guys didn’t know, Rockler has a sale on lumber racks, made in America. I bought two, and installed them today. Well at least the whole day wasn’t lost! I still managed to spend some quality time in my man cave, and actually got a bit organized, and looking like a regular woodworking shop! Enjoy!

Here is the rack in action!!


Here is some wood porn!!


Here is the lumber rack at rest. So there is where I left my keys!!!


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 11:50 PM

Looking good Matt… more pics would be good… hope you get the TS running again soon… I haw a problem with mine… he trunnion teeth i=on the tilting arbour are worn and the blade stops at 89 degrees… not real good.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 12-20-2010 12:14 AM

Hi Matt,

Nice to get the shop cleaned up some, eh?. How do you like that Grizzly jointer? I’d love to get one but the size is a bit too big for my floor space. Does this one have the 3 spiral blades? The chest is looking great!


-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 12:22 AM

Matt, I bought that same lumber rack.

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matt garcia

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#4 posted 12-20-2010 12:23 AM

Larry do you want more pics of the rack, OR MY LUMBER??? I’m getting to know you better, mate!!

Bob, thanks for all the praise! I love my jointer, it was a great investment, and it is solid!! I bought the carbide cutterhead for it. If you go to my workshop, you can see it there.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#5 posted 12-20-2010 09:48 AM

You’ve got some sweet maple there Matt I think it’s gonna be the crowning glory to a great piece. Are you like me start with a tidy shop & slowly along the project it starts getting cluttered until you work to a standstill? I don’t have that much space & too many machines & tools, but it’s a great feeling once it’s back in order & you’re off again I can’t wait to see the finished job
Happy Christmas to you & yours Matt

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 12-20-2010 02:02 PM

Great looking lumber!

I am sure it will become even more beautiful.

Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 12-20-2010 02:09 PM

A rack of Timber.
Now that’s what dreams are made of.
I’m hoping Santa brings me some nice pieces :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 12-20-2010 03:28 PM

Sorry about your switch. That sucks. Good luck with that.
Nice maple. Yum.
I need to take pics of my keys too. I always misplace them.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 12-21-2010 07:17 AM

The maple is looking good. Eagerly anticipating the finale.

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#10 posted 12-22-2010 03:42 AM

looking good bro. Organization is a big thing for me. I actually stop in the middle of my projects put all my tools away clean the whole shop and start again. Pretty Wiered but can’t stand it when I get so much wood and tools out I can’t find what I’m looking for.

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