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25-03-2005, 22:18   #31
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Hi Darren, welcome aboard .

Dont be put of by your work conditions, unfortunately too many apprentices are treated in the same fashion as you. Deadlines and targets, sometimes do not allow an employer to devote the time he should to his younger apprentice craftsmen, sign of the times I'm afraid.

Any way, if you want to learn about woodwork, there are all sorts of woodworkers here that will be only to willing to help you. This forum was started by people who have fondness for working with wood, and if you want to learn , stick around.

Any thing you need to know, start a new thread , and you'll get your answer.

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Stapeler here to introduce myself..Glad I stumbled across this board, everybody has lots of ideas and experiences. I'm in the electronics business but would much prefer to be in the timber business. I have a workshop which is my hideout and I keep buying toys to fill it up, Biscuit joiners, sanders etc. I enjoy making furniture of all sorts. Started using oak recently which gives good results. Lots of experience laying floors, building cabinets etc. Im also well equipped for metal work and I like to combine timber & metal for different projects. If I can be of any help to anybody with my advice please ask...
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06-04-2005, 10:32   #33
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Me, I make living as a software engineer in Cork. I fell into an IT college course after school "to do something" and it served me well for the past 15 years. But at this point I am waiting for the "supposed to be coming redundancy" as my gateway to a career change into woodworking from my workshop at home. One way or another I am in my last 5 years of software, or should I say politics here, we seem to do less work and more politics with every passing year and if I never see a desk and PC again I would not be too dissapointed !!

In the mean time my workshop is fairly well setup at the end of my house, just a larger lathe required, well wished for more than required !

I like working on hardwoods, and making custom built furniture, but I have being side lined re-building my home for the past 2 years and only getting to the furniture making section of that now, so it is getting more interesting. Kitchen is next on the list which will be of traditional farm house design since I am in the countryside, and solid wood in the main, though my wife is talking about painting the face of it and leaving the insides wood, so we will see, I am not fussed really for some reason.

I am on the look out for a lathe upgrade from my Nova 3000, which is an excellent lathe indeed and never have had a complaint with it, but I want larger capacity so I am not sure where to go for this, I have being researching it and so far the following is the status

Poolwood is probably the best value for a big lathe but not exactally whet I am looking for.
Stubby 750 with an extended bed the most suitable for my needs, excellent large bowl turner with good between centeres setup also.
VB36 the most amazing, but not sure with the between centeres setup of that one.

Also the VB36 and Stubby are so expensive I don't know about yet another loan !!! I will see with more research, but I am tired of these constant 5 grand loans to furnish the workshop becasue one loan would be just about complete and I take out another one for something else !!!

Workshop consists for a Felder combinatin machine, Felder band saw, felder dust extractor, a router, jigsaw, SCMS, ROS, biscuit joiner, dovetail jig, compressor and spray gun and a Nova 3000. That is about it except for a few hand tools, chisels, planes, scrapers etc.

It is funny that my favourite machine the Nova 3000 lathe is the only machine I want to change.... on capacity grounds only, it is a wonderful lathe I think and my brother is always begging to buy it from me. If I find an ideal machine to upgrade to I may do so, if not I will stay put with it as I am not caught on capacity that much but it would be nice to have more.

Oh I do have a 6 year old daughter that has her own workbench and glues up everything in sight, and a dog that takes and chews everything else !

That is about it from the rebel county.
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06-04-2005, 10:58   #34
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It is funny that my favourite machine the Nova 3000 lathe is the only machine I want to change.... on capacity grounds only, it is a wonderful lathe I think and my brother is always begging to buy it from me. If I find an ideal machine to upgrade to I may do so, if not I will stay put with it as I am not caught on capacity that much but it would be nice to have more.
I have the Nova 3000 as well ... what capacity is it that you're running up against, between centres or diameter? If it's between centres, you can just get a bed extension, if it's diameter, then you must be turning some pretty big stuff to be limited by the 29" limit using the swivel head and the outrigger.

Have you seen the video they send you if you're interested in the VB36? I have, and it's awesome ... soft porn for woodturners

BTW, I'm ex-IT myself too ... seems to be a trend
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06-04-2005, 11:30   #35
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Okay you got me, capacity was probably the wrong word... more (as my wife says) as the boys get bigger the toys get bigger and more expensive. The bigger machines make turning the large pieces a pleasure. I do a lot of large lamps which I can do on the Nova, but I know they would be much more comfortable to do on the big lathes.

Also firing up and working on one of these babies is like sitting in a fancy new car and saying I don't need this but it would be amazing.... but there is a big difference in the price of a fancy new car (30,000) and a fancy new VB36 though, it will be about 10,000 euro I think by the time it is in the workshop, hich is too much really. Also I will do as much between centers as bowel work and this is mainly designed as a bowel turning machine.

I have seen the VB36 video and actually got to use one at a local wood turners one Saturday afternoon 6 months ago. They are amazing, though I still question the tail stock setup on the round support bar. The guy I was at did not use the tail stock much at all, so all he was able to say that so far it has being fine for his minimal use.

I also used the Stubby on my travels to Australia a few years ago and that was mighty also. It used to be cheaper than the VB36, though I can't find a price/dealer for them at the moment.

I have not had a car loan or change of car in 7 year solely to fund the machines in have in the workshop..... just maybe one more greedy purchase before the car falls apart and I am there... maybe

A spanking new Nissan Micra or a spanking new VB36, it is a no contest to me but I am married and we should take a holiday this year, so maybe no upgrade till I have the cash, or 2/3rds of it.

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06-04-2005, 12:21   #36
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Also I will do as much between centers as bowel work and this is mainly designed as a bowel turning machine.
Sounds painful
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09-04-2005, 16:03   #37
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Lathe upgrade

Hi ,
I had an Axminster M900 which was a perfect starter lathe but capacity and speed control where the biggest reasons why I moved to a Poolewood Euro2000. Its an absolute pleasure turning on it. When roughing out fresh timber - the motor just powers along with shavings you could make pens out of !!!! .

Desklife - hope you find the tool that will suit you.

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31-05-2005, 23:51   #38
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Hi lads,

Novice woodworker, havent got a clue what ye are all talkin about half the time but good craic to read some of the threads all the same. Oh ye and abit of a thick s**t when it come to viewin the boards only discovered today all the other threads i.e. the ones posted more than 1 month ago ah well.

My aims, to build some nice furniture and stuff, what I will achieve probably have ye laughin yer heads off at the hash I make of things and then come runnin for answers.

Whey hey the chisel!!!
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05-06-2005, 11:31   #39
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Greetings from the Land of the Hun.

I am located in the the south of Germany.

I am a sw. engineer (27yrs. experience - mostly here).

I use w-working as a balance to a stressy job (deadlines!!).

I work with hand tools (afraid of the machines, and besides which they are too noisey!), although I do have a TS and a router table (BASIS system from FESTOOL).

I work almost exclusively with solid wood (no man-made boards), and I use only natural glues and finishes. I like to carve (relaxing pastime when sitting outdoors)... I carve spoons, mostly because I am not artistic enough to do anything else (I am an engineer!). I collect wood roots and branch joints and dry them out for carving.

All my projects are 'show' projects; you see the wood, you see the joints, you see the marks of the hand tools, you see the finish, and you even see the mistakes!

I love using exotic woods; these I bring home with me when I travel abroad. I have some beautiful andaman padauk (Pterocarpus dalbergoides). Some lists have this as NOT protected... and some do... I follow the rules where ALL the lists categorise a wood as protected. I am lucky that my colleagues in Australia put wood packing (at my request!) for the equipment they send back to my employer for repair.

I am building a table and frame for a large bronze gong (Thailand) out of the andaman padauk. Other current projects include a barrel-top blanket chest in pear, and a table in the shaker style in american cherry.

I am interested in using bog oak from Ireland; I have carved a few things from bog oak, but the quality is mostly too poor for any reasonable results.

I go to 'school' occasionally here:

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27-06-2005, 12:42   #40
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Hi all,
just joined the group. I'm an enthusiastic amatuer - did a few night classes, made a couple of unstable tables, improved a bit, started a home workshop, improved a bit more, built a large deck, radiator covers, discovered a Router (great tool), can actually use it now etc...

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Howdy Gang,
Fingalian here.Amateur/Hobbyist/second unpaid job in woodworking,did woodworking up to the 'Inter'in school years ago, had a really good teacher.Mostly self taught since then,through reading books / mags and building stuff. Have an old house which we are slowly renovating/extending so most my woodworking is geared towards that at the moment.I make stuff like free standing wardrobes, beds, chairs,lockers, gates,mantlepieces,doors...whatever needs to be done and whatever I think I can save a buck on by making/doing myself.We have champagne taste on a beer budget.Hopefully in about two years or so I can switch back to more 'artistic' stuff, I've a hankering to make a rocking chair like one of those really graceful ones made by George Nakashima and maybe a display cabinet a la James Krenov, I like their philosophy towards wood as well as their design skills and methods of work.Have to build a better workshop first ;-)
I have a decent bandsaw, router table, pillar drill and a bunch of drills, planers, jigsaws,Skilsaw, loads of handtools and my trusty workmate(what a great invention) and tons of clamps. Could do with a decent bench, planer/thicknesser, morticer, maybe a tablesaw and a good extraction system.
I find woodworking quite relaxing though it can be frustrating when THINGS GO WRONG. You see something and think 'hey I could make that or improve it', spend some time mulling it over, roughing it out in your head ,putting it on paper and then selecting the timber , marking it out , cutting it, making the the joints , dry assembling and then hey presto its done. I hate glueing up though!Glued up something last night, sweating like a carthorse, went out for a smoke came back in and 'ah jaysus its glued in the wrong way round! f**k and doubleF**k"
Felt like burning it afterwards, depths of Gloom.
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04-11-2005, 21:38   #42
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hi everyone ,i am john from cranbrook ontario can.i have 25 yrs experience in new home construction.everything but the brick work.i also built a lot of decks and fences.i am now semi retired due to a bad car i spend most of my time building extreme birdhouses.probably the worlds largest .
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04-11-2005, 22:12   #43
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Hi Cranbrook 2,

Welcome to the forum. Your bird houses are extreme indeed, they look great.

I was impressed with the one that looks like a log cabin construction, seems to be very large, must be some big birds in Canada. What size approximately would that birdhouse be.

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Threw in the odd post here, so I might as well introduce myself proper and come out of the shadows .

Ehh, well I guess Im nutty about all things wood related, I'm only 22, but have been interested in wood and making things for as long as I can remember. I think its something you born with, sure anyone can do it, but to really love it it has to be in the blood, right?

I guess my favourite area of woorworking would have to be carving, the feel of a razor sharp chisel slicing through the wood, the smell, ah, you cant beat it. Its something that a book cant really teach you, its a matter of trial and error and as the saying goes:

"A good woodcarver doesnt make mistakes....Only adjustments"

I live by that one, lol.

I have a fairly decent shed, well stocked and increasing, size is a bit of a problem, so for the time being its only smaller bits and pieces that I'm making. At the end you'll see a picture of my last project, its carved from red oak and its my pride and joy, anyone recognise what it is or where its from??

Anyhoo, thats me, good place here, hope to learn a bit here and maybe help someothers in need of help or advice.

Until then........


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Nice one Croppy

How tall is that???

Can we get a Gallery Sticky here perhaps?
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