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Woodshop Tour

I will take a tour of my workshop or woodshop where i do my woodworking and turning. A video to show that you dont need a massive space to start woodworking and you can fit a lot of woodworking and woodturning tools into a small space if you use some space saving tricks or inginuity. May give you a few ideas on how to best use your space to create the most efficent workshop or woodshop in this woodshop / workshop I show my tablesaw mitresaw router table workbench thicknesser or thickness planer jointer dust extractor power tools jigsaw beltsander computer drill press bandsaw etc. which are in my woodshop / workshop. Use the workshop space as well as you can and create the most effiecent and dust free workshop / woodshop possible! Wood work shop turning turner woodturning shed funny project projects alex harris teenwoodworker
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The New Twisted Knot Woodshop

The finish room walls and floor are painted and returned to a temporary tool storage area. The walls in the main room are painted, the floor is vacuumed and ready to be stained and all the lights are turned on. Moving in day is all set for the weekend of the 12th of September and all my friends will be there to help with the effort.

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How to Build a Woodworking Bench – Learn about benches and vices for your woodshop in this free home video with Jon Olson and build your first woodworking bench at home. Learn more. Enhance your skills by downloading 16000 Unique Woodworking Plans and designs in this link
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Your Questions About Woodworking Tools

Joseph asks…

WoodWorking Project Ideas for a Highschooler?

Hello, I just got out of Middle School where I took 1 trimester (1/3 of a school year) of WoodShop, where I learned basicially the basics and the tools for woodworking and made a simple box. Now that I have started HighSchool, I have an ENTIRE woodshop, amazing tools and saws, any powertool that comes to mind, a brilliant and knowligable and handy teacher, all at my disposel.

One thing is missing…

I need an idea…

Any ideas for a starter WoodWorker? I am willing to do a bunch of shorter projects or 1 really elaborate one. I got the next 4 years xD

Denny answers:

I made a candle stand (on a lathe) and a large cabinet in woodshop*, after I had finished the basic projects that everyone had to complete. I found both patterns in my teacher’s notebooks. My teacher had a lot of notebooks filled with various projects, which he had sorted by difficulty. So you might ask your teacher. He’ll probably have a lot of ideas for students.

Or go down to your library, and see if they have Woodworking magazine. If they have back issues, then you can browse a lot of patterns, and copy those that appeal to you. There are several magazines that have plans and projects for woodworkers, you just have to check to see how difficult the project is. You want something that will challenge you, and one that will allow you to learn new skills, but you don’t want something that’s so difficult that it will frustrate you.

I loved woodworking.

*I was one of the first girls to take woodshop in my high school, incidentally. And I was the first girl to get an A in that class, too!

Sandy asks…

Does any know of a reputable source In the Milwaukee area that can appraise old woodworking machines.?

I have an old Walker Turner 6″ Jointer that I need to part with. I have been in the cabinet making biz for 27 years but I cannot find any info on this particular tool. It is belt driven and is powered by a Craftsman 3/4 horse electric motor.

Denny answers:

I don’t know of an appraiser, but I did a bit of looking online and it looks like other similar ones sell for about $200-$300

Charles asks…

What’s a good first woodworking project for a complete beginner?

I did not have exposure to tools growing up (family was not into handy stuff at all), and went to an all girl’s school where they did not give shop. I just signed up for a woodwoking class for fun at night and am feeling like I’ll be the only one there who has no experience. So I want to learn a bit about woodworking and the tools involved before going, so I don’t feel like a complete idiot there.

Do you recommend any beginner books/projects that could help me familiarize myself with woodworking?

What are some good first project ideas?

Denny answers:

Skateboard Rack, Jewelry Box, Nesting Trays, Baseball Cap Rack, CD Holder, CD Rack. All these are pretty easy. Somewhat simple. Have fun. A few of the sites do have info on the type of tools that woodworkers use on certain projects. You can also do a search on videos that involve woodworkings, there has to be a few out. Enjoy.

Nancy asks…

any one there from Harrods Creek Kentucky?

I would be pleased if you could speak to the people at Stot Corp. Richard Stottmann, in particular and ask him to send my monie back for the woodworking tool he didnt deliver.
You can Email me.

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Your Questions About Woodworking Tools

Laura asks…

Where can I find good quality hardwoods in Pittsburgh PA for woodworking purposes.?

besides rockler, also are there any places where they will plane and maybe joint pieces that i buy, I do not have either of those tools.

Dusty answers:

Try this…


I hope this was helpful for you. Good Luck!

Mark asks…

Where to get 1.5″ metal shims and metal working tools?

So, I’m trying to make an electromagnet with a steel shim-like material as a core. Essentially, I want the core to look sort of like this:

with the wire wound around the middle, in the notches between the two ends.

However, I need the shim to be around 1.5″ -2″ wide, and I can’t find steel shim stock at that width. Are there any places online that could help me out? Also, what tools would I need to cut the notches in the shim stock? I have some metal files, but filing gets a little tedious, and I’d be willing to put out some money for some good metal/woodworking tools. Thanks

Dusty answers:

Mcmaster Carr, or grainger industrial supply are good sources for shims.

There are several ways to cut the steel depending on the thickness.

For a quick easy setup I would suggest a jig saw with a metal cutting blade (see your favorite hardware store) and about 1/8″ thick steel.

If you want to go ccheaper you can use 20 Gage steel and some tin snips to cut it, but it’ll be allot more work.

Use several of the shims layered, and separated with a thin coat of lacquer.

Hope this helps

Charles asks…

What is an interesting tool to research?

To get extra credit in my woodshop class, i have to write a two page paper on the history and evolution of any woodworking tool. Suggestions?

Dusty answers:

For good research observation , experimentation and data collection and data interpretation.

Thomas asks…

What would be an interesting tool to write about?

To get extra credit in my woodshop class, i have to write a two page paper on the history and evolution of any woodworking tool. Suggestions?

Dusty answers:

The history of drills, hand drills, ancient tools used for boring holes in wood to the modern day screw drive. The different tips, auger type

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Lizzie asks…

Where can I get some good quality woodworking tools at really good deals to try to start a small business.?

I worked funiture shop in the custom department. i since had to quit that job but I waould like to keep going with it. I don’t have a lot of money to work with so I need to find really good deals on good tools.

Dusty answers:

With a lot of carpenters not working, a lot of tools have been taken to pawn shops. In my area they are selling for 40 to 50 cents on the dollar. There are so many that some pawn shops are not taking in any now, they are overstocked. If you know tools try there and don’t forget bargain, bargain and bargain again.

Michael asks…

Is there a place where I can go to use woodworking tools?

So like, a gym but for carpenters?

I’m interested in making my own guitar but idon’t have the tools/nor can I afford them.

Any help would be appreciated. I live in Torotono, Ontario, if its important. I’m not looking for specific locations but what a place like this would be called, how much it costs, etc etc. If you do know a specific place though thats also awesome!



Dusty answers:

I never heard of a “community woodshop”, though schools, colleges and universities usually have a woodshop which can be used by students in the art departments. But they will only give you access if you are enrolled to take classes – which cost money. Though if you are already at a school/university check out if your institution has anything like that. Maybe they let you use the tools – often they look for shop monitors to do work study which in turn gets you experience and access, but you have to invest a good chunk of time.

Susan asks…

What tools are essential for woodworking?

I have drills, a miter saw, and circular saw; that’s it for my power tools. Aside from those tools, I have hammers, screw drivers, pliers, etc.

I have noticed that I am becoming very interested in woodworking and have done a few projects, but I want to continue to advance and perhaps someday be a furniture builder in my free time.

Which tools or power tools are absolutely essential to do your average woodworking project? Also, how can I learn more about these things? Is it just me, or is this the best past time ever?

Dusty answers:

It’s not just you, it is a great hobby ;-)

Essential tools are few, though it depends on what you’re wanting to do. Carving requires different tools than making bird houses. The style of furniture you like will also dictate to a degree what tools are needed. Stickley furniture can be made with (hand tools) a couple of good saws, a few planes, a drill with a few bits and a mortise chisel. Chippendale will require many more tools, including the above and several different size and style chisels, planes, steam bending apparatus and bending forms among a few others I’ve forgotten.
Power tools would be a similar situation with the more complicated pieces using more tools and bits or accessories for those tools.

You have the beginnings of a good tool set. The most important tool is safety glasses or goggles with power tools, then the table saw. It is one of the most versatile tools one can own for making straight cuts from ripping to crosscuts on to making some moldings like coves, chamfers, even making circular pieces. Beyond that I would add tools as needed depending on your choice of hand or power tool. There a usually several ways to accomplish a particular task so decide which is the safest most enjoyable for you and get the appropriate tools for the job.

I have a table saw, miter saw, drill press, jig saw, scroll saw, and a few drills and sanders but I prefer hand tools. I have about 200 planes (different profiles, sizes, etc…) chisels including gouges, straight, skewed, and V. Both rip and crosscut hand saws, miter saws, coping saws, bow and frame saws. Axes, hatchets, straight and curved adze’s. Brace and bits including screw driver bits, spoon, auger, gimlet, spoke pointer, and tenon cutters. Among many others that do not come to mind right away ;-)

Betty asks…

Where can I find a source for wood veneers, stamped tin ceilings, artistic columns, and woodworking tools?

I had a catalog a few years ago very thick and detailed that had all of this, but do not remember the name of the supplier.

Dusty answers:


I use them often!

Request a catalog to be shipped to you.

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A day in my summer woodshop for kids class

My summer class was set up in a double garage. The workbenches were inside but with the door open we were able to use the outside area in front of the garage, all in al a nice space. Although the class is woodworking, I always have a table of puzzles (mechanical, electrical, wood) my marble roll and builder boards. I bring these extra things so kids can have something to do before everyone arrives, if they finish their projects early, or if they just want or need a break. The class is two hours and there are 10 kids. It goes like this:

Kids will usually drift in over a 10 or 15 minute period. If a child comes early and has a project to finish or knows exactly what she wants to build she can go to work (except on the first day). Otherwise we wait till everyone arrives mainly because it irritates me to repeat beginning directions over and over. They have to be repeated enough as it is.

I have a “project of the day” set out on a table and kids can check it out. After everyone arrives we all sit down and I usually start with a short lesson. I think of woodworking as a series of very short lessons so I’ll take any opportunity to repeat something I’ve seen people having difficulties with. I might say, “I noticed some kids were having trouble with using the drill press so I just wanted to go over again how to use it.” Or, “I want to show you how to cut a larger piece of wood that won’t fit in the vice………” Or “today I’d like to show you a tool we haven’t used yet, the clamp (or rip saw or spiral screwdriver etc.). Whatever little demo I choose, usually just short sections from the tool use section in this book, I make it short and too the point and directly related to a problem someone encountered.

After the demo I show the project of the day. A teacher can handle only so many projects. The way I keep a lid (or try to) on the number of different projects being built (while still offering kids a choice) is to have a “project of the day”. It works like this: today the project of the day is boxes (whatever). If you’d like to build a box come over here and I’ll show you how to get started. If you don’t want to build the project of the day and know what you want to build and know how to start, go ahead and start. If you need help getting started on a different project I’ll be with you in a minute. Meanwhile try to get the wood ready or try and figure the first step yourself.

Usually out of 10 kids 6 or 7 will want to build the POD. One or two kids will be happy on their own, without much supervision. After I’ve started the project of the day one or two kids will want a little help getting started so I’ll do that. Maybe one child will want to build something unrealistic (a working robot, a giant toy box) or too advanced for their skills so I’ll try to talk them into something more realistic. After everyone is started I go around and help whoever needs help. The problems children have for any given project are predictable. If everything goes well for the teacher, which it will after a little practice, projects will move along smoothly.

Every once in a while, especially during the first year or two of teaching, things will become hectic. Kids will need more help than you are able to give. Frustration, both yours and the kids will mount. This is almost always a result of trying to help build too many different projects, or projects which are too difficult. It’s easy to fall down this path before you realize its happening. After a while, when being stretched, I learned to say something like, “This project requires quite a bit of help. I got five different projects going now and I’m having trouble helping everyone. Could we save it for tomorrow? Maybe you could choose something you can do by yourself or without quite so much help.”

The first year I taught was rather hectic mostly because (I think) about half of the projects I’d thought up were too difficult. For begining students I still have to remind myself: simplify, simplify, simplify. The following years the class was still busy, often very busy, but deinitely under control. Every year kids dream up new things to build, and new ways to build, them eliciting in me the old, “why didn’t I think of that,” response. Sometimes I’m rewarded with the chance to just sit and watch everyone working on their own. All in all, woodworking with kids has been the most fun, interesting and meaningful woodworking I’ve done.

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