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Workshop by thatlabguy posted 01-12-2011 10:11 PM 1695 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Don’t know if I posted this or not but, my woodworking began last summer as I was clearing Juniper off our 40 acres for fire prevention and to add to the water table. Two of my 10 grandkids were staying with us over spring break and the first thing we made were a couple of slingshots. Mind you, I have never had any interest woodworking or anything mechanical. If you had asked any of my family last year that I would be making lamps and other types of furniture they would have rolled on the floor in hysterical laughter!
Well, for whatever reason here I am making lamps, coffee tables, fireplace mantels and other items from some of the most difficult pieces of wood ever!
I have always loved a challenge and believe me, drilling a hole through a twisted piece of Juniper is a challenge! My workshop consists of my wheelbarrow with two large slabs of Juniper laid across it. This is where I do my sanding and initial shaping of the wood. I then have to move indoors to one of our spare rooms that has been converted to my topical finish room as it is the most dust free space I have. Then, I move to our dining room table (much to the chagrin of my wife, bless her heart) where I complete the wiring or screwing to the base whether it be a coat rack or lamp.
My biggest challenge is finding the combination of sawdust to glue so I can “hide” the drill holes on my lamp posts. I look forard to learning from all of you as I run into problems I can’t solve,

Thatlabguy,

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 02:31 AM

We all have to start someplace with our woodworking passions but your wife must be a very supportive and understanding woman. I get yelled when my wife finds sawdust on the floor of my shop because I am “tracking sawdust in the house”. I can only imagine what her reply would be if I asked to used one of our vacant bedrooms as part of my shop. And forget about using the dining room table. After 34 years I know her well enough to not even mention that as a possibility. :)

As far as the glue goes have you thought about using plug cutters to cut out some juniper plugs to help hide the holes?

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

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 07:05 AM

Nice looking lamps, I have never worked with juniper before, but would like to, good to see other woodworker from Oregon on LJ’s , Steve

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 07:08 AM

i wasn’t able to get to your web site, juniperworksnaturally.com, is it up and running?

-- Steve in Oregon,

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thatlabguy

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 07:06 PM

My website isn’t up yet. I had signed up for a free trial with Intuit, cancelled before the end of the free trial but, they are holding my domain name hostage so, I have to change to a .net or .org. Free trials for websites are not what they are cracked up to be!

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#5 posted 04-15-2011 04:44 AM

it is easier to see my finished projects by viewing them on facebook>juniper works naturally. I recently finished a Juniper Fireplace Mantel that the client actually wanted me to stain dark which I did. It came out very nice…at least I think it did. You can view it via facebook>Juniper Works Naturally

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