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VIUs Carpentry students are building homes in the community, getting invaluable hands-on experience outside the classroom. In the first year program, the students take a house from barren lot to lock up stage. Accompanying classroom time in the program is time in the community, working in all areas of home construction, so that students have the experience they need to work in the industry. For more information, check out the program’s web page at: www.viu.ca

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Donna asks…

What are some easy ancient/historical instruments to make?

I have no experience with building things, woodworking, etc, but would like to make some sort of old-style instrument such as a lute, bamboo flute, or a sort of drum. What is something that would be easy enough for someone to make with no experience and no advanced woodmaking tools?

Denny answers:

Hopefully you can find something in one of these links

http://www.harpanddragon.com/bodhrans.htm

http://www.harpanddragon.com/Spoonsbones.htm

With this they used to work the bark off twigs and make them into the whistles

http://www.harpanddragon.com/pennywhistles.htm

http://www.harpanddragon.com/harps.htm

Chris asks…

What can I build and sell doing woodwork?

I have a circular saw, reciprocating saw, jigsaw, power drill, and soon a router, what can I make that will sale well and where can I sell it? I live in a small town with two somewhat bigger cities nearby. I am new to woodworking but I make quality stuff. I plan on making chests, bookcases, and maybe even computer desks. Give me ideas of things to make with these tools.

Denny answers:

File cabinets, computer keyboard shelf, bed headboard, simple diningroom tables with extenders, bedroom chest of drawers (with four drawers), bunk beds, patio chairs, picnic tables, swings, etc. Realize though that China is making them cheaper than here so you’d have to be approaching a certain marketing area to be able to make sales. Maybe for some things you make you could use used wood. Be sure to decide what you want to make, get your patterns together (dimensions), and then don’t make many of the items unless you have orders for them. And, do your five-year business plan before you start (sba.gov). There is a place called Wood-You that sells all kinds of wood item (unpainted and unstained) and you can get some ideas there as well as wood projects online. You could work like at Sears of Home Depot (maybe making) and installing kitchen cabinets, doors, garage doors, etc.

John asks…

What are some easy ancient/historical instruments to make?

I have no experience with building things, woodworking, etc, but would like to make some sort of old-style instrument such as a lute, bamboo flute, or a sort of drum. What is something that would be easy enough for someone to make with no experience and no advanced woodmaking tools?

Denny answers:

The bamboo flute produces the most beautifully mellow sound and is easy to make.

Betty asks…

What are some easy ancient/historical instruments to make?

I have no experience with building things, woodworking, etc, but would like to make some sort of old-style instrument such as a lute, bamboo flute, or a sort of drum. What is something that would be easy enough for someone to make with no experience and no advanced woodmaking tools?

Denny answers:

Yah of course there are tons of things u can make……drums are super easy….here are some links for tutorials on making your own instruments with very few supplies and zero advanced woodmaking skills or tools

http://www.ehow.com/how_4559272_make-own-drum.html

http://www.mudcat.org/kids/drums.cfm

http://familycrafts.about.com/od/musicalcrafts/Musical_Craft_Projects.htm

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Sandra asks…

Am I charging too little for handyman and rehab work?

A local entrepreneur says he has 80 + hours of work for me doing handyman work, property maintenance, repairs, labor, moving furniture, etc around some of his properties. He wants to pay me $15 an hour. Due to a fluke in a conversation we had before we started, he thinks I have agreed to $15 an hour. When I freelance, I usually charge minimum $85 to show up which covers about 3 hours, and $25 an hour for every hour after that. He wants to hold me to $15 because I didn’t speak up before the work started. I feel like I shot myself in the foot here. But if I press the point, I am worried I am going to lose 80 hours of guaranteed work this month. I think $15 is too cheap, and I am devaluing my work and the work of other contractors.

Issues to consider in pricing myself.

15 years experience
knowledgeable in multiple trades, incl drywall, carpentry, cabinetry, mechanical repairs, light electrical, light plumbing, etc, etc.
Own all my own tools
I rent space in a workshop so I have a place to do complicated repairs, and build furniture & cabinets
use my own vehicle to get to jobs
I have to pay my own health insurance and use my cell phone for work
I live in Chicago, one of the most expensive cities in the country.

I know I’m lucky to even get work these days, but that doesn’t mean I have to work at slave wages, does it? Walmart employees don’t even need a GED and they make $10 to start. I think $15 is too little. Even my illegal buddies demand $200 a day. For an 8 hour day that’s $25 an hour.

Thoughts guys?

Dusty answers:

If you have more work than you can handle up your price ,if you don’t have enough drop it.
T

Thomas asks…

Small marketable concrete or woodwork projects?

I’m a 2nd year Carpentry apprentice and I just underwent surgery and am unable to work for the next couple months. I’m going stir crazy sitting at home recovering, and money is getting a little tighter than I’d like. I have basic portable power tools and hand tools and access to most any materials to work with. I have experience in framing, renos, roofing etc, so skills aren’t a problem. I also have done structural, decorative and architectural concrete projects. I would like some ideas for some small scale projects that are marketable and could sell for a little extra cash here and there. My ideas would be a concrete bird bath or small wood shelving units, but any ideas are welcome please and thank you!

Dusty answers:

Birdhouses are fairly simple and the materials are cheap. I’ve sold some that I’ve made for anywhere between $10-$50 depending on the size and complexity. Also I’ve heard of people making doll houses and selling them for a really good profit because they don’t take much money for the materials. Doll houses are also more engaging as you have to draw up the floor plans and measure more.

Lizzie asks…

Besides using a chisel and a hammer, what other method could I use to carve out a word on a wooden surface?

The whole aim of the above task is to do it myself, and not to use any third party companies.

I have to make a wooden plaque, with the companies name carved into it. I just wanted to know whether there was a quicker method of doing it YOURSELF using any hand & / or power tools, if so:

What tools would you use ?
How would you go about it ?.

I would like to hear from any DIY / Trade’s people, into wood working or carpentry, all suggestions are appreciated, Thank you for your time.

Dusty answers:

It really depends on how you want it to look. I’ve carved with knives, chisels and xacto knives, but if you want to do the job quickly and neatly, Dremel sells this attachment for their dremel tool that turns it into a mini-router. Decide on what size you want your letters, type it in and print it out using whatever word processor you want (Microsoft word, wordperfect, etc) and in whatever font you wish in the size you wish. Use spray on stencil glue (craft store) and paint the back. This will allow you to stick the paper onto the surface where you want the letters carved. Then use the dremel tool mini router to cut out the letters. Go slowly and let the dremel tool mini router cut right through the paper into the wood, lifting the bit out where necessary. If the bit you use is the same size as the line size on the font you use it’s a lot easier. Then peel off the paper and ‘voila, you have your sign, letters all even and neat, carved in the shape you want to an even depth..

I’ve done this many times for little special signs for people at work, for little signs for our guest rooms to keep the doors closed ‘keep door closed, cat free room’, etc, etc. The little dremel mini-router setup also has bits you can use to finish off the edges of the sign for a more finished effect.

Use a little minwax sealer stain and you’re done.

Good luck

Robert asks…

What is the best skill to travel and get work abroad with?

I’m looking to get a skill that I can use to work abroad with. I don’t want to do the TEFL course or teach English, as I don’t want to be stuck in a classroom. I also don’t want to be stuck in front of a computer. I had thought of carpentry, however it occurred to me that I would need to carry around my own tools which would be a bit of a problem.

Ideally I would like to have a practical/physical skill which can be used in most countries, and one that would ideally see me working outdoors too?

Any suggestions from people with experience would be grately appreciated.

Many thanks,
Martin

Dusty answers:

Construction is identified as high-demand occupation in foreign countrys,
Carpenters and crane operators are construction related professions listed

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