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I'm sure I'm not the only reader who is astounded by the pristine, seemingly unused shops that frequently appear in this department. Here are a couple of pictures of my shop, showing the carnage after turning two salad bowls and sixteen serving bowls as wedding gifts. Piled in front of my bandsaw are left-over scraps from sawing the logs. Under the saw is sawdust. Stacked not-so-neatly behind the saw are short pieces of wood that are too beautiful to burn. The old filing cabinet in the back is full of machine manuals, paper, patterns and other shop essentials. I found the blue tackle boxes that are stacked next to the saw at the town dump. They're now loaded with square drive screws.
I took the lathe photo after removing most of the mid-calf pile of shavings created during the bowl-turning. As any turner knows, you need lots of sandpaper—check out the yellow Klingspor bargain boxes that surround the micro-wave oven. I use the oven to drv some of my green turnings. The old hospital light (I'm an ER physician by day) provides great illumination for bowl turning.
My outfeed table consists of two soapstone chemistry lab tables that I rescued from the old high school. Dead flat and impervious to mallet blows, they also make excellent assemblv tables.
Visitors always ask whv rnv shop is so untidv. The answer is simple: My six-month backlog of proj- us who don't clean our shops daily— ects and orders doesn't leave a lot of time for clean- a taste of glory. Those clean shops scare me! ing. So please give ordinary woodworkers—those of Roger Lafleur
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Send us photos of your shop, a layout drawing and a description of what makes your shop interesting. Tell us what you make in it and what makes your shop important to you. If "My Shop" features yourshop, you'll receive $100.
E-mail your entry to [email protected] with digital photos attached. Or mail your description with prints or digital photos on a disc to My Shop, American Woodworker, 1285 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 180, Eagan, MN 55121. Please include your phone number. Submissions cannot be returned and become our property on acceptance and payment. We may edit submissions and use them in all print and electronic media.
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A Call for Entries!
Here is your chance to share your best work with fellow woodworkers across the country and around the world.
As woodworkers, we love to build things, but we also love to share our work and the ideas behind them. American Woodworker Magazine is debuting a new department called "Woodworker's Showcase." We're looking for projects that range from practical, everyday pieces to one-of-a-kind artistic masterpieces.
Here's how to submit your work! We ask that the piece you submit be made primarily of wood by your own two hands. Only high quality photos will be selected for publication so make sure you put some time and effort into your photograph. Check out our web page (www.americanwoodworker.com/phototips) for tips on taking good photographs. Digital photographs are preferred but slides and color negatives are also acceptable. If you want your slides or negatives back, you must include a stan addressed envelope with your submission.
Send your pictures along with a description of the piece that includes the wood(s), joins finish that you used. It seems like every piece has a story behind it - please feel free to yours. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Send us your most memorable "What was I thinking?" blunders. You'll receive $25 for each one we print. E-mail to [email protected] or send to AW Oops!, American Woodworker, 1285 Corporate Center Drive, Suitel80, Eagan, MN 55121. Submissions can't be returned and become our property upon acceptance and payment We may edit submissions and use them in all print and electronic media.
I inherited a walnut secretary that was made by my great-grandfather over 100 years ago. A drop-front desk with a bookcase on top, it had numerous coats of finish. The most recent, a very heavy coat of white paint, was probably applied over fifty years ago. I used paint remover to get down to the wood, followed by hours of sanding by hand.
While sanding the inside, -my sandpaper caught on something sharp. The space was difficult to look into, so without thinking, I felt inside—and caught my finger on the sharp end of a protruding nail. Not wanting to get caught again, I tried to grind down the nail point with a hand-held grinder.
I ran my finger over the area once again, to make sure the nail was gone—and got pierced by a red-hot sliver of metal. At least this time the wound was sterilized!
To keep airborne dust from getting into the house, I bought a dust collector for my basement workshop. I wanted to start with a clean slate, so I decided to rid the shop of a decade's worth of dust that had collected on the ductwork, pipes, lights, shelves, and so forth.
I opened the basement doors and turned on the whole house fan, which is located in the hallway ceiling on the second floor. Then I used my shop vacuum as a blower to dislodge the dust. It worked like a charm. The clouds of dust that billowed off everything I pointed the wand at were efficiently drawn up the stairs.
Unfortunately, most of the dust never left the house. Instead, it took up residence on every furnishing, from tables to tea cups. I am now on upstairs cleanup duty until further notice. No good deed goes unpunished.
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