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Blog entry by monkeyman83 posted 09-04-2016 12:31 PM 599 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My last blog entry, I discussed some of the stuff that I have been working on lately. I further discussed the idea of making a table and chairs. The feedback I received from the LJ community has motivated me to challenge myself and my little garage shop. I live in Connecticut and have discovered a very unfortunate fact. The wood I need to build a set of table and chairs is really expensive. I have even looked into rough sawn lumber and it, too, is pretty expensive. However, this has not stopped my motivation. I still want to challenge myself. I just need to find ways to do so while not emptying my wallet. I am considering making the table and chairs from pine that can be purchased cheaply from the hardware store. I’m not sure yet though. I’m not a big fan of staining, but if I am going to use pine and I don’t want it to look like pine, then I am going to have to stain it.
Other stuff that I have been working on is my turning. My last project was a segmented vase made from cherry and maple. I had a lot of fun doing this an will be doing more soon. Since I am cheap, though, I don’t want to buy any software to help design the turnings that I do. I sit down with some graphing paper and colored pencils. Hopefully, I can post a project here in the next few months that is unlike anything else out there. I guess I will have to wait and see.

-- It may not be pretty...but it's functional.

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#1 posted 09-04-2016 05:44 PM

And if you stain the pine what you’ll wind up with will look like stained pine.

Keep up the search for good sources of good lumber for your major projects.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 09-04-2016 05:51 PM

I hate pine.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 09-06-2016 04:37 PM

Pine has it’s place but table and chairs ain’t it.

Scour the materials section of Craigslist regularly. I’d be willing to bet that there’s someone somewhere nearby who sells lumber. A couple of years ago, I didn’t think I’d ever be able to find any decent wood at a decent price without driving 150+ miles. Since then, I’ve made 3 reliable contacts with people who sell KD lumber and met several other guys who have green or air dried lumber from time-to-time. Contact with each of them originated from Craigslist.

Also, talk to local furniture makers or cabinet shops or hang around a Woodcraft or similar store and talk to employees and customers. Someone will know where you can find some good hardwood.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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