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19-01-2008, 15:37   #61
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Hi all,

I am a qualified carpenter. I did site work 1st and 2nd fix for 7 years, some joinery experience, then took time out to reproduce!!. (I bet you havent met many pregnant carpenters!!)
During my time at home playing mother, I built my own workshop and over the years have filled it with machinery, power tools and hand tools. All of my family have helped through gifts at birthdays and christmas. I didnt go back to the sites and spent a few years laying wooden floors.
Now I do woodturning, woodcarving and discovered the pleasures of sculpting bog oak.
I teach locally on a part-time basis, mainly general carpentry skills, and the odd small project. It is a very rewarding job.
I am intersted in swapping stories and techniques and I am a book junkie in any area of woodwork.
I dont pretend to know everything about anything, I find that I am discovering every day.
That's me in a nutshell
(turnertina refers to female woodturner, not my actual name!)
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19-01-2008, 16:29   #62
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welcome to the woodwork fourm. Your the first female on here as far as I am aware. I have never worked with a female carpenter (thought I wouldn't mind)!!!
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19-01-2008, 17:08   #63
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Hi turnertina, and welcome,

Carver, woodturner and chippy...oh and not to forget mum, I,m impressed.
Offaly as well, where abouts do you get your bog oak. I get some of mine from woodfield bog in Clara.

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Hey Kadman do you have to pay to take bog oak from the bog? Just wondering as I'm thinking about making fireplace from some..
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20-01-2008, 18:20   #65
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Thanks for the welcome guys.
I get my bog oak from where-ever I can. I am lucky enough to have contacts in Kildare, Offaly and Tipperary. The advantage I have, is that a little flutter of the eyelashes goes a long way!!
When I am given wood I usually make something small for the giver as a thank you, I tell them that they possess a piece that will someday be worth a fortune when I get "discovered".
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21-01-2008, 11:10   #66
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I cant imagine that me fluttering my eyelashes will get me anything more than funny looks, or maybe hit with a lump of bog oak

There is plenty of it around, but I find it very hard to get a decent hard jet black piece though, but I do have a few small pieces that are decent enough. Bog yew and deal are not too bad for carving, but its very hard to beat bog oak.

Galway dude, I imagine it would be tricky enough to get pieces large enough for a fireplace, but I'll ask around.

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21-01-2008, 13:30   #67
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Welcome turnertina, I'm a bit of a book junkie myself, can you recommend any good woodwork titles you've read? I'm in the middle of a book by James Krenov myself and I've another book on order by Garrett Hack.

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25-01-2008, 17:29   #68
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Hi Carpainter,
I have started a new thread about books, just trying to keep the threads relevant to their title!
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HI I work in the Forestry business in Australia, I manage the Brisbane side of the operation, Sales, Design, a bit of machine work ( resawing and thicknessing) I also have a multirip and a Kiln here on site, but most of the proper stuff is at the mill over the border, I get down there once or twice a month to do a bit of loggin.

ye can keep yer Lathes and spokeshaves etc, my favourite woodworkin tools are chainsaws and skidders.
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03-09-2008, 23:34   #70
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Hi all, I'm John I'm 44, I'm a professional cabinet maker who installs, restores and repairs old sash windows, properly unlike some of my competitors.

This work to me is not a hobby it is my life (ie when my wife and son let it be)

In my time I've made kitchens, beds, wardrobes, bookcases, stairs, chairs etc etc......and etc

I've worked on sites putting in studding and 2nd fix.

I've also done a lot of restoration work to furniture, doors, shutters and suchlike.

There has never been a job I couldn't do, my motto is...there's always a way

I also have an extensive knowledge of paint stripping as I worked in a paint stripping company on and off for 10 years.
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08-10-2008, 13:42   #71
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hello all you woodworkers, i am a recently returned to college student after about 8 years in the building game. i started out labouring for my father the plasterer (the things he does to wood almost makes me cry). anyway ive been doing pretty everything you can on a site carpentry, brick laying, roofing, plastering some plumbing and electrics etc. but i mostly do the carpentryend of things and prefer it too. ive done a lot of 1st fixing 2nd fixing, and in the last year or so trying more joinery work, and in my free time furniture and things. love to work with wood cutting, planing, gluing pieces up the only thing i cant really hack is the painting/staining end. i kinda regret not getting a trade when i could have, but i think i ahve a fairly decent knowledge of carpentry, but i imagine ill be here alot to ask advice too, so thats me in a rambling sort of way. thanks
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11-10-2008, 18:28   #72
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Hi all,Rossco here.I'm a hobby woodworker,tiler by trade but much prefer working with wood.Built a workshop in the garden and still trying to fill it with tools
My biggest tool is a shopsmith 510 with bandsaw attatchment. I've numerous routers,table disc and belt sander,scrollsaw,bobbin sander,loads of cordless stuff.I'd say the router would be my favorite power tool.A couple of my dad's chisels would be fav hand tool.

Looking for a good thickneser planer now if anyone could recommend one.....
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21-10-2008, 22:50   #73
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well im pretty knewto this forum aswell. ive always loved woodwork. my father is a carpenter and joiner so i grew up in his workshop helping out wherever i could. made a little cabinet for my junior cert woodwork exam and know im going into the 3rd year of my caroentry apprenticeship.
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10-12-2008, 10:47   #74
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Hello, Looks like this is the place to introduce myself.
My name is Alan, I'm from and live in North Dublin. I've always had an interest in woodwork but until recently had no space to exercise that interest. About a year ago myself and my girlfriend bought a house and by god there was a garage. We had a big driveway so decided not to put the cars in the garage and now it's my workshop.
I built a bench ( and added a leg vice ( ala Chris Schwarz ) and then got a table saw (McQuillans), drill press ( aldi ) router table ( aldi ) and I am about to buy a fox 8" jointer planar thicknesser. I get my hardwoods from brooks up in balbriggan

I enjoy using hand tools, I get most of mine from and will prefer to use them where I can, squaring and thicknessing 6"x1"x8' red oak by hand though is an eye opener to the amount of work that was invested in the days before power tools. But I will usually try the hand tool method before resorting to power tools. I just find it quieter, nicer, safer, cleaner and gives me a better feeling over all. I am not a hand tool nazi though. I think there is a place for power and hand tools in any shop and the right tool for the job is more my direction rather than just hand tools or nothing. I use sketchup alot for planning projects and i reckon that I would be wasting a whole lot more wood if I didn't have that little gem.

There is no one thing that I enjoy making, I have only been at this for a year and as it is a weekend hobby there are only so many hours in the week that I can dedicate to it. So I have been just going through some simple projects, small boxes, sofa ends, book case, coffee table, workshop furniture. I have been noticing recently though that I have been more and more anxious for my worday to end so that i can get home to the workshop

I read alot online, blogs and articles and I'm enjoying this forum. There is not alot of info about woodwork in ireland and specifically about sourcing tools and materials. I am sure it is all here in the country, There is a lot of forresttry that I am sure we could get our hands on but most of the providers seem to be focused on the building trade and usually stock nothing more exciting than MDF/Plywood or 2x4's Where does all that irish oak etc... go?

Thanks for the forum and all the help with the questions I have already posted and I look forward to getting to know all of you better and if there is ever anything you think I could help you with then don't hesitate to send me a message.

Take care.

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13-05-2009, 21:45   #75
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My names David, from Co. Monaghan.

I'm a woodwork teacher in a youth training centre.

In the past I've built a wooden hovercraft and a speedboat.
I'm also into radio controlled model planes, I'm currently repairing a kadet senior.
I also have a classic car that I use as a daily driver and I maintain and service it myself...its a 72 VW karmann ghia.
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