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General Discussion / Re: something to ponder
« on: April 22, 2012, 01:40:38 am »
Great Looking Joint. I will have to take a look at Roy's Mallet, Great Post !!!

Projects / Re: Walnut, Maple and Cherry Cutting Board
« on: April 20, 2012, 04:07:59 pm »
Thanks Tim, the plugs hold the handle and the tail spline in place.. And add a nice decorative touch.

Projects / Re: angular clamping made easy
« on: April 16, 2012, 07:24:40 pm »
Very interesting Denny.. Nice Job...

Projects / Re: Fun Project and chest for daughters walk in
« on: April 08, 2012, 12:06:16 pm »
Looks Good Denny, Love the Vase.. The chest looks like it is coming along nicely!!

Oh for the love of Wood!!! / Re: Oh Cedar My Cedar!
« on: April 07, 2012, 11:35:46 am »
Thank you! I will have to post my most recent haul soon, my Pecan Tree ...

Projects / Re: The Desk Top Easel
« on: April 05, 2012, 12:18:07 pm »
Thank you Denny! There is a complete 2 part video build of this easel on youtube. I am glad you liked it.

« on: April 05, 2012, 12:29:47 am »
Excellent.. You know I happen to know a popular woodworker with a beautiful chess board with no chess pieces..lol he could learn from you a thing or two :O)

« on: April 04, 2012, 10:08:04 pm »
Nicely done? on a Lathe correct? great Job!! and Welcome to ShopTalk, I am happy you are able to join us. If you have any questions please dont hesitate to ask...

Hey Thanks for the tip!! Excellent.. Keep em Coming!! :O)

Walsh, what a great reply.. Family has a way of inspiring up and helping to point us in the right directions from time to time.. I am very much like you when it comes to my surroundings. It is no longer just a casual shopping trip for me anymore, now as I look at something, I really look at it, examine it.. and also say..."Hey I could do that"  there are so many things out there some may not even be made of wood, that I think....hmmm how would I do that out of wood..and then it gets the gears turning in my head...LOL..

Michael the great thing about this craft is inspiration is all around us, and you can take that inspiration and create unique projects from it... you make some awesome mugs.. I can tell the hard work and time you put into the detail and designs..

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.

Projects / Re: Finished Wine Glass set and Box
« on: February 12, 2012, 04:05:42 pm »
Outstanding Job Michael. IM sure you Daughter loves it... I tell you those are a great looking set of glasses!!!  :)

Projects / Re: The Desk Top Easel
« on: February 12, 2012, 04:03:12 pm »
Thank you Craig, I appreciate that. And again, Thank you for being a member of Shop Talk, I hope you enjoy your experience here. and if you have any issues with the forum, please let me know. you can email me at Laney@asimpledesignofocala.com

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