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Woodworking Tips / Tricks / Use a Painter's Hook for Finishing
« on: May 09, 2012, 01:03:25 pm »
Whenever I am spray finishing a Project, I use a Painter's hook (normally used to hang paint pails from a ladder, etc) To suspend my projects so I can spray all sides at 1 time.. This eliminates having to spray, wait, flip, spray..you get the idea.. I thought I would share this quick tip with you all.

Projects / Mother's Day Projects
« on: May 09, 2012, 12:20:25 am »
Hey Guys and Gals, Mother's Day is right around the corner. Are you planning on making anything for the mothers in your life? My mom loves two things, good food and Gardening.. So I decided to build her a Raised Garden Bed. This garden bed is 12 foot by 6 foot and has a raised fountain feature in the back. It should be a fun project to get into...

Be sure to post your Mother's Day Projects in the Forum. I would love to see them.

Projects / Custom Cajon Drum with Walnut Accents.
« on: May 06, 2012, 09:38:07 pm »
Im just about finished with a cutom Cajon Drum. I have to clearcoat it still, but i thought I would share the images with you. This Cajon is being custom made for one of the music store employees who played a key roll in getting my drums on their showroom floor..

Woodworking Jigs / Is there truly such a thing as too many clamps?
« on: April 25, 2012, 06:56:44 pm »
The other day, I went to Harbor Freight Tools and bought then out of clamps due to the great price on their sale... I bought bar clamps, Wood screw clamps, Aluminum bar clamps... even a straight edge clamp... The main reason for buying them not only because of the price. But its because I don not have enough clamps..

 The Buffet and Hutch project I am currently videoing is proof.. I do not have enough large clamps to do all the glue ups at once..I have to do it in sections.. and when that section is dry, glue up the next.. Which is a real time Killer!!  There is nothing worse then waiting for glue to dry.. ha

So tell me about your shop woes.. Do you ever feel that you just don't have enough clamps? Is there a such thing as too many clamps?

What style clamps do you prefer? The one style i do not have in my shop are pipe clamps.. I have been meaning to get a few to try out.. What are your thoughts on Pipe Clamps??

I go to Harbor Freight for the deals.. I know they are not the best clamps out there.. But the price of one "Named Brand" clamp could feed me for a week.. What makes them so expensive? I mean they only have one function...Hold stuff together.. I mean.. is it really necessary to have to break the bank... I sometimes think these big name brands forget about the "Little guy" The hobby woodworker, the ones that don't make money off their woodworking and do it because they love the craft..   And believe you me, There are alot of hobby woodworkers out there.. I don't think it would put the companies in bankruptcy by lowering their price a bit to allow us, dare I say "Mere Mortals"...hahaha. to be able to have this so desired and needed shop tool. 

General Discussion / Member input and Suggestions.
« on: April 25, 2012, 03:37:52 pm »
Hey everyone, I hope you are all doing well. First off let me say Thank you for joining Shop Talk. As shop talks member base grows So do the discussions. Which is why Im sending out this post.

If you have any suggestions on the forum's Board Categories, let me know. I tried to cover a lot of the major categories that the members could  post in, but if I missed one, let me know.

Also take a minute if you will and give me your feedback on the forum, the good and bad. I want the Forum to be a pleasant experience for it's members So if there is anything that I can do to make that happen, I will.

If you are not already aware. I recently updated the forums attachments gallery space. So be sure to post those pictures...We love seeing them.

Thank you, and I look forward to your input and feedback

Laney Shaughnessy
AKA Wood_Jedi

Woodworking Humor / The reality of being a Shop Owner
« on: April 22, 2012, 01:47:28 am »
A shop owner was being investigated for not paying proper wages to his help. The investigator asks for a list of all the guy’s employees and how much he pays them. The guy says “Well, there’s Earl who’s worked here for 5 years now and he gets $900 a week. And Chuck has been here for 10 months. He makes $500 a week. But there is one guy who works about 18 hours a day. He only clears $10 a week but every now and then he gets a case of beer. What a sap!” “OK,” says the investigator, “I need to see that guy”. The shop owner says “Well that would be me….”

General Discussion / What or Who Inspires you and your woodworking?
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:23:00 am »
Recently I posted a video on Woodworking Inspiration. In this video I name some of my woodworking role models and also talk to a young up and comer in the woodworking world.  I wanted to ask you guys and gals. What or who Inspires you? or your designs and projects? Is it a well known woodworker or maybe a school shop class teacher when you were in school. or how about a family member? Whom ever it may be or what ever it may be, tell me about it. Id love to hear.  Here is a look at my latest video... Woodworking Inspiration.


Woodworking Tips / Tricks / A great way to get Free wood
« on: February 21, 2012, 08:35:43 pm »
Hey guys, Have you ever considered looking to your local tree service companies to get free wood. While the wood is free, getting it milled does have a coast. but compared to the cost of buying the wood from a lumber yard or big box store..There is big savings when with getting your own wood. What I did was contacted some Tree removal service companies. I got to know them and talked to them about their process. Basically asking them, what do you do with the trees you cut down? Some companies take the trees to a mill and the mill pays them for the trees. But supprisingly some companies just dump the trees..That is an opportunity Knocking at your door.

Give them a way to contact you. Tell them if they have any trees (specify what you are looking for) to give you a call and you will take them off their hands. Let me give you an example. I specified to them I was looking for the 3 C's Cedar, Cherry, Cypress as well as Red Oak and White Oak. I also said if they get a hold of any rare trees let me know. By them giving you the trees it saves them the cost of dumping & adding more to their bottom line.. Its a win win situation!
And for those companies that sale their trees to mills..depending on what the mill pays them, you may be able to compete with the price and still save big money.

Let me give you an example.. Not long ago, I got a cedar tree from a company. I took it to my mill and had it milled into 4/4 and 8/8 stock. My mill charged me about $0.35 per bd ft. for that particular tree I got 142 bd ft.. a cost of $50.00 . Not bad considering a 1x8x12 cedar board at one of the big box stores runs about $24.69  That is $3.08 a bd ft.  So lets use my cedar tree as a reference. 142 bd ft. for $50.00 having it milled for me.  or 142 bd ft from the big box store for $438.25  Big difference right??? and Big Savings!! So if you can find a sawyer in your area that has a mill or even a portable saw mill.. you may want to contact him and get to know them.  I got a call the other night from a tree service that has a Pecan tree, I had them deliver to my home.. Here is a look at that delivery. Now tomorrow The tree logs get loaded on my trailer and taken to the mill... I will have a great stock of Pecan for a small fraction of the price if I ordered it from a hardwood dealer.

Woodworking Tips / Tricks / How to Etch Brass
« on: December 20, 2011, 05:00:20 pm »
Recently over on Google + I asked if you would like to see a video tutorial to see the technique for etching the plates to get a negative background like you see in the photo. (brass background, only the logo or lettering is darkened)  My current video tutorial on youtube shows how to etch a brass plate with the logo or lettering being the brass and the background darkened...(shown in the photos) If so, comment on this post, and I will make a video showing the steps to making a brass plate as shown in the picture.

Projects / The Desk Top Easel
« on: December 13, 2011, 12:31:14 am »
My Latest video project received its "finish" and is now ready to be wrapped up and put under the tree.. 3 coats of Tung Oil Finish, the 2 coats of paste wax, rubbed out to a semi or satin finish.

Show us your Shop!! / My lil woodshop...
« on: December 11, 2011, 05:57:01 pm »
Although my shop could use some more space, this is where the magic happens!  ;D

Oh for the love of Wood!!! / Oh Cedar My Cedar!
« on: December 11, 2011, 05:14:33 pm »
I got a call from a man who owns a cedar farm, one of his smaller trees had fallen and he asked if Id like to have it...Well....YEAH!! lol it wasnt to hard of a question to answer.. I took my trailer over to the farm, and a chainsaw.. had to cut the tree into two 12' sections to fit on the trailer...and i thought he said "Small Tree" ...lol...ended up taking the tree to my local mill, and here was the results. The last photo shows the cedar as it was being stickered and stack to dry.

General Discussion / What project are you working on ??
« on: December 11, 2011, 03:45:31 pm »
So what project is on your work bench right now? Currently Im working on a small wall hanging cabinet.

I made a glue syringe out of an air pump needle ( used to pump up footballs, etc) and a spare glue bottle cap I had laying around...I simply epoxied the needle into the glue cap and now i can get glue into the tightest of spaces...

Projects / Walnut, Maple and Cherry Cutting Board
« on: December 10, 2011, 12:16:10 pm »
Not to long ago, I made a new cutting board for the kitchen... Its made from Walnut, Maple & Cherry..and finished with Watco butcher block oil & finish

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