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Donald asks…

I have a woodworking project due tomorrow, what can I make?

I have a 75 cm circular wooden rod (2 inch diameter) and a triangle thing with a hole in it. It was supposed to be a guitar stand, but I has swine flu for a couple weeks and my teacher is total dick and expects m to finish at the same time as the other people that werent sick. I’m also missing a lot of wood I need for the project, so can anyone help me think of something to make?
I also have very few tools at home: a file, sandpaper, set square and a saw.
Please help.
Thanks in advance.

Denny answers:

Go ahead and get as much of your guitar stand done as you can. Work extra hard to make up for missing time while sick. Channel your emotions into motivation instead of whining about it here. Get moving, and you’ll have more time to get your project done.

In the real world, deadlines are often still deadlines regardless of whether you’ve been sick. You need to learn how to meet your deadlines. This is a good time to start. Speaking of starting, please do.

Steven asks…

(10pts.) If you are experienced in woodworking, metalworking, machining or more, please answer this question!?

I am trying to build a measuring scale that will fit these requirements:

It should be able to weigh something

25cm x 25cm x 100cm or less

2kg or less

I am still trying to figure out how I am going to build this. I am not experienced in building contraptions like this. I do not have a lot of tools either. What kind of scale should I make (balance,spring, magnetic, electronic) and with what?
I am trying to do an important project alone so I’m just asking for a few helpful hints/ideas.

Denny answers:

Inexperience? Go for simple yet artistic. A balance scale. Anytime you start adding components, you need knowledge and skill about those components, such as magnets and electronics. A balance scale can be easily constructed. There are several styles available and you can find the blue prints in the library or online.

Ruth asks…

How do I discourage a weird guy?

There’s this weird guy in one of my classes who is obviously interested in me (but not to the point of passing notes/love letters or flirting). When I say he’s weird, I mean weird in a creepy way. He was asking me if I’d like to help him with his woodworking hobbies and I tried saying I wasn’t a big outdoors/tools/woodworking type of person, but he didn’t get the hint. He also said one of his “friends” thinks I’m cute.

I feel bad about this because I think he misinterpreted my friendliness for interest. How can I discourage him in a way that won’t make it awkward for us to be in class together?

Denny answers:

Just avoid him as much as possible. It sucks because you seem nice and I’m sure you don’t want to be a b*tch or anything… But the only way to discourage him is to not speak to him as much. Sorry!

Mark asks…

what are your basic tools for building furniture?

if you just wan’t to see if you’ve got what it takes. i have experience with bandsaws, routers, circular, sanders,chisels, planers, etc…..alot of woodworking for other people, but generally construction sites, some door (spanish style antiqued) finishing, and hard wood floor install, finishing and refinishing. also have welding fabrication for myself and others. i love working wood but some how i ended up owning a carpet cleaning biz.go figure! the moneys good but i’m not satisfied. what could i put in my garage for the least money just to find out if i really want to sink the big cash into woodworking. and what are some low cost projects that pull decent profits? thanks!
patricia, i can think of a few applications for duct tape, but this is not the singles forum, thanks anyway.
jim, i’d forgot about that place! thanks!
oilfield. thanks, cabinets are a lucritive biz…and yea, i know that a lot more work goes into stuff then is give’n credit for. thanks bud!

Denny answers:

Safety Goggles – protect your eyes

Particle & Dust Face Mask
- do not breathe in PVC or ABS Plastic dust
Measuring and Marking Tools
Measuring & Marking Tools
Miter Box & Hand Saw
Large Miter Box with Hand Saw
- 4 inch diameter PVC or ABS Pipe actually measures 4-1/2 inches outside diameter.
Soft Face Mallet
Soft Face Mallet
- Your primary assembly tool.
Hand Files
Hand Files & Rasp
- flat & round assortment
Paints and finishing materials to meet your needs.
The following tools are optional depending on the project:
Basic Wood Working – Wood Turning Lathe with a Headstock Chuck
Basic Wood Working – Wood Turning Lathe – with drive end chuck, live center tailstock & basic Wood Turning Tools
The tools listed below will help you work faster and more accurately:
Small Wood Router with Pilot Bearing Roundover Bit
Wood Router
- The 1/4 inch shaft – high speed finish or trim router is best for PVC or ABS plastic – with an assortment of pilot bearing roundover bits
Small Belt Sander
Small Belt Sander
- very handy to have
Palm Sander
Palm Size Sander
- 1/4 sheet size is best
Electric Drill
Electric Drill
- for some projects you will use hole saws
Large Disc Sander
Large Disc Sander
- This can be helpful at times

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