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20-03-2005, 17:16   #1
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Who you are, what area of wood work you are in, what interests you have relative to wood work, and novice or professional,

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Some of you already know me and my background, but for those that dont.

I am a qualified carpenter joiner of 25 years +. Woodturning and carving for about 20 years on and off, cabinet making and advanced architectural joinery, about the same. Got involved in wood work from a very early age , thanks to my dad who was a furniture maker. Cad certified in Autocad, Rcs Timberframe Cad, Strucad and a Member of The Institute of Carpenters , England, So wood is in my blood really, I've been around the block, but I'm still learning. Very interested in collecting old woodworking tools and old woodworking books. So if you need any traditional methods of woodworking, chances are I would have the reference books for it , some dating back 180 years.

Any way , thats me , sorry for rambling on.

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20-03-2005, 17:27   #2
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Hi, I have a very stong interest in Joinery. Wardrobes, tables etc. I have made a lot of nice stuff in my time! My woodwork teacher used to always make an example of my woodwork skills in school! I was the only first year ever allowed to use all the machinery in the woodwork room. The planer / thicknesser, the panel saw everything! I made a tv remote control holder for my Junior Cert and I bend it in the shape of a 'S' Its a very nice project that incorporated electronics and everything!
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20-03-2005, 18:54   #3
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Hi Galwaydude,

Are you working with timber at the moment, or college or something else ?

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20-03-2005, 20:07   #4
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Im in college studying electronics and computer engineering in Athlone IT! Fcukn hate it but im going to stick at it till I get my diploma! I have six years experience in AutoCAD as well. I have spent four of thoses years working in an Architects office drawing plans of houses, garages, site maps, taking levels etc. Il throw up a photo or two in a bit of my favourite pieces of furniture that I have made in the past in school! I remember my Junior Cert woodwork exam. For some reason I thought it was on in the afternoon and a got a phone call from the school at 10 to 10 that morning to tell me to get in quick as the woodwork exam was on! Holy crap I was an hour late for it and still got the 'A' in honours! I was very happy about that!

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I'm a 20 year old 2nd year apprentice carpenter currently looking to be taken back on after taking some time out due to personal commitments.

I like the fine detail work, I like to spend time at my work and make it the best I can. When I am qualified I would like to go out on my own and do specialist work. I would like to work with hand carvings and incorporate that into carpentry, a hand carved stairway rail for example.

I also did the remote control holder for the Junior Cert, unfortunately my school didn't do woodwork past 3rd year so I had to stop it then. I got a B in higher level woodwork for the Junior Cert, I suspect my downfall was the theory as we were not educated well in that. Woodwork was by far, my favoured subject in school. That and Art when I took it up after 3rd year.

I come from a creative family of poets, painters, sculpters, interior designers and allot more. The work that would suit me would be highly creative work. I like to use my imagination, not just cut required sizes by formula (rise run span etc).

I have a dream of having a little workshop somewhere in the South of France working in the shining sun with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice from my home grown orange tree Unfortunately I chose to do German instead of French in school
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Utter novice here, I have done some woodturning classes and was very
happy with the process and what I achieve.
So I am looking to learn more and do more.
So i may as what seems to be a lot of silly questions but convent school
did have woodworking as an option back in the day.
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20-03-2005, 21:00   #7
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Hi Galwaydude,

Well autocad experience is definitely a big plus, if your into furniture / joinery design , gives you an opportunity to develop your constructional details , and get a 3d rendered image of your conceptual design.

Some good timber / cabinet/ stairmaking 3d modelling software packages out there as well, cabinet vision, stairbitz ect.

Hi Cormie,

Well your artistic family abilities seem to be in abundance there, and no doubt if you choose to go into fine detailed carving work, and persevere, you'll follow in their footsteps. Commitment to do well in your craft is the first step, and then plenty of practice to perfect it.

Hi Thaed,

Woodturning , I think, has to be the most addictive form of wood work there is. I guarantee that once you start, you will never give it up. It can be learned by young and old, novice and professional wood workers, and ablebodied, and disabled. Anyone can do it.

Hopefully we,ll al learn something from each other here, after all we're all newbies on this forum.

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My favourite pieces of work to date!

What do you guys think of these? The first one is my Honours construction project! The second one it my Junior Cert project! I love these pieces of furniture!
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20-03-2005, 21:25   #9
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This should probably go in a new thread, but how did you bend the wood to make the S? nice
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20-03-2005, 21:32   #10
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I made a former out of solid lime wood! Took the best part of two months of planing it on the planer thicknesser, cutting the curve on the bandsaw, glueing and screwing each layer together, sanding it and shaping it with a spokeshave! I then made a 2.4m by .15m steam box out of 19mm plywood. I steamed each layer of the 3mm oak veneered plywood for a couple of hours! I had to drill holes in the former so that I could place scrap wood around it to hold the plywood in place while I bent it and the steam dried out of the ply! It was a very difficult job as we didnt have any vacuum formers in school at the time and they still dont! I was so happy with that project! Its the most completed project ever undertaken in the school at the Junior Cert level and man did I deserve the A I got for my exam! I have a very good understanding of the theory of woodwork and an even better understanding of the pratical side of things!
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20-03-2005, 22:41   #11
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I am a hobby woodturner, and am turning now for about 6 years.
Never did any courses, but just bought a lathe and started.

Upgraded to a Poolewood 2hp lathe (beast !!) last year with a new shed (aka studio) - and am very happy just making salad bowls from spalted beech/ash and lamps/platters(20") from Yew- which is my favourite wood.

I plank my own timber with a chain-saw mill with a 3 foot bar -well recommended and have a butchers bandsaw with a 18" depth of cut -another good buy.

Would like to make some furniture eventually but I am only mid-30's so plenty of time for that yet.

thats me so far.

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20-03-2005, 22:42   #12
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Unfortunately I am not too familiar with terms and even wood types. Could you explain what a former and the likes are? Could you show me an example of the type of woods you started with (size/shape etc). And how did you make the steamer??!! Sounds great
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A former is a replica of the shape you want in the end! In my case I wanted each half to have two flat areas and a semi circle. The former had a flat spot top and bottom and a semi circle on one end! Also the former was the same width as the ply I cut and bent! Where are you based? Are from Co. Galway? I started off with scrap skirting board and the likes that my dad used to bring home from work when he would be labouring out on sites! I read a lot of woodwork book, watched a lot of woodworking programes and practiced a lot of different joints! Its very important to be able to do most joints by hand first before you use any machinery! I was making joints at the age of 8! I have very good marking out skills! Always keep your try square on the face side and face edge at all time when marking out timber and you should have no trouble like like lines not meeting up when you go around all four sides of the timber if you didnt to that!
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Cormie have a look at theses two website to get an idea of steambending!

http://www.megspace.com/lifestyles/njmarine/Steam.html

http://www.allwoodwork.com/article/w...nding_wood.htm

[edit] also this one http://www.megspace.com/lifestyles/njmarine/mold.html [/edit]

They appear to be fairly good at a quick glance of them!
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Thanks for that, looks basic enough!

I have way too much on my mind at the moment, I don't feel I can take on any more, I have to sort out poker.ie and then I will hopefully get back in the swing of things regarding the oul wood
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