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A few days ago A1Jim sent out a shout looking for LJs in the Portland Area to help with a project for my Daughter, a teacher in Portland, OR, that I was attempting to start from Wisconsin. I will be in Portland for only eight days between the holidays. I heard from all kinds of folks with offers of space, tools, accent woods, recommendations for woodmongers, transportation, and socializing. I was amazed by the response. Generosity, genuine interest, a willingness to help Jessica be successful in this effort all really made me open my eyes to the great people on this forum. Thanks to all.

Now the Update: We have chosen a plan; Prairie Spindle Bed from Furniture Plans.com in the Queen Size. We will do it in QSWO. I have called several recommended lumber sources and will be sending a materials list to those that thought they could work with me. Hardware will be ordered through usual retailers. Will probably try a dye stain/oil/poly finish to resemble the traditional fumed oak look.

Jessica told her class (first graders) about the project and has several parents interested in helping out with an outfit of hand and power tools on loan. Now I need to come up with that list. We will hit the ground running-on arrival day I'll get the wood. Set up with an LJ to use table saw, jointer and planer to get the stock to size. Probably will move the project to garage close to home or the basement for convenience once stock is sized. Orgainze the tool donations and begin Practicing the M and T joints (only 90 some to do). By the second or third day should have a good start on the ends and side boards. Looks like the power tools needed at home will be table saw, drill press with forstner bits, or hollow chisel mortiser. May look for a LJ with a drum sander-- just because I like hours and hours of hand sanding-not. Even a 6" random orbital tests my patience with this many pieces. I then will declare partial victory and take a short road trip. I'll be fishing for invites (have some already) from some of the Oregon LJs to visit on the road trip. (We may also have to find a place to fish, crab or dig clams).

I have started to organize a storyboard for a blog on the whole adventure. Might even get some progress pics posted during the build. I look forward to your reactions to the project, possible recommendations and interests. Special thanks to Jim, Coastie, Drewskie, Oregon Burls, Laddisaw and Abbott. May the sawdust be with you. spj
 

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If you can't find any LJ members with a shop drum you could try a cabinet shop, they would most likely have a wide belt sander. You would have to pay for the shop time but it would be well worth it. Cabinet shops don't make money spending time using a random orbital sander so you know they have machines that do a nice job.
 

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steve , the best to you in this adventure ,
i was born in Hillsboro ( suburb of Portland ) ,
and my daughter lives there ,
but i'm way to far to help out .

it does sound like you got it worked out though ,
and lots of close in LJ'ers to help .

way to go guy's !

have a great time in the build ,
and during your holiday visit .

and oh yea ,

lots of pics. for us ?
 

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I sent a PM to David in relationship to this post. I have not seen him active on the site for a while. He is a Portland based Lj. Hopefully he will check in.
 
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