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Robert asks…

Anyone know of a free website where you can make your own custom ringtones?

Im looking for a GOOD FREE website (with no BS) where i can load a portion of a real song into it and make my own ringtones. I need to increase the volume of my ringtones very loud because i run loud woodworking tools all day and i cant hear the phone ring. Ive payed for ringtones from Verizon in the past but they are useless because they arent loud enough. Ive tried doing this in Windows Movie Maker and some times it works. I import a song, cut it to length fade in fade out increase volume save it and send it to from email to my phone. However i keep having to send and resend the tones i make there because some times i get them too loud and they are distorted. It takes forever to get it exactly right. Now WMM is acting up on my computer and the tone sounds like crap no matter what volume it is. Anyone know of a site like this? Or if i can do it an easier way? I have Windows XP. Serious answers only please.

Denny answers:

Myventones

THIS IS THE BEST SITE WITHOUT A DOUBT

step 1 upload a music file
step 2 select what part of the file you want as a ringtone
step 3 they text it straight inside a text message

totally FREE

William asks…

Unemployed father driving me nuts!?

I was wondering if anyone could tell me a polite way to tell my father his behaviour is bothering me – or perhaps I am out of line and should continue to keep my mouth shut as I have.

He has been off since the summer – he injured his left pinky – and his unemployment insurance has just run out. I am staying at home with my preschooler due to daycare problems, and I am doing all of the housework – I mean ALL. He does not even put his dirty dishes in the dishwasher.

My mother works hard and makes enough to support them both, but she often expresses her misery over having to be the sole breadwinner, especially with holiday season coming up. I thought my dad would have whipped into shape by now, but he seems really indifferent about getting back to work. When his old work calls, he doesn’t even answer the phone to take the shifts they are offering him.

He spends his days, almost all day, out in the garage with his woodworking tools. He drinks most of the day which is my biggest concern – he starts as early as 11 am and goes all day.

Should I tell him I am concerned, or stay out of it? He is driving me insane.

Denny answers:

Your dad has gotten use to not working and really content with your mom paying the bills talk to your mom about it instead of your dad

Carol asks…

Why do 8 black guys keep trying to break into my building?

tonight was the 6th or 7th attempt, sunday morning they broke into the empty commercial unit next to mine, ripped the security door off the hinges and kicked in the inner door. tonight they brought a 20 foot ladder and got on my roof, pulled open the skylight in my kitchen and ruined the screen trying to rip it out. luckily the noise woke me and they left when i turned the lights on and yelled at them. they were gone by the time cops got here again.

They seem to be getting more and more aggressive, police say the bad guys probably think im growing pot(which im not), they robbed a large grow across the street from me 6 months ago right before they started trying to get in here.

Theres nothing of value in here besides some woodworking tools and a computer, but they’re convinced its worth robbing, what can i do besides move? I dont particularly want to buy a gun and i dont think i can take on 8 armed men in a shoot out anyway, especially with shitty california 10 round magazines.
bruce why are you posting irrelevant bullshit on my qeustion? stop trolling nerd
@tommy my neighbor already has them on film trying to get into his building, got pictures of their license plate aswell and turned it over to the police. they said there wasnt much they could do.
if i blast these retards their friends are gunna come lookin for me, they seem somewhat organized i guess its my only option though, do you think ill get a response from them if i post in the “missed connections” section of craigslist?
@shine i am that hillbilly you saw on tv yesterday.

Denny answers:

Hmm, 6th or 7th attempt by 8 armed men I would had packed my car with whatever I could and moved to the next county or two by the 2nd attempt. As far as recommendations goes I would take a trip for two weeks and let everyone know it and have the cops stay at your place while on vacation in the hope they do get them or those 8 guys get it out of there system. But first I would run it by the cops and see what they say and then make arrangements for whatever you don’t want to take a walk on you either by the cops or the other ones.

Lizzie asks…

San Diego knife law question…?

So, I do woodwork on boats for a living and I want a freakishly stout work knife that can be a pry bar, chop through screws… that kind of stuff. I have to do a lot of picking, poking, cutting and prying when I go to look at potential jobs. Leathermans are okay, but break too easily.
I’ve done tons of research and this is what would be an excellent knife for doing the stuff that I wouldn’t dare do to my woodworking tools – http://www.thekershawstore.com/Zero_Tolerance_0301_Ranger_Green_Folder_Knife_p/zt0301.htm
(look up the tests on youtube… quite an impressive blade)
I grew up in the sticks where everybody had a knife, most had guns, you didn’t have to lock the doors and people were polite.
San Diego is a different scenario entirely and I’m wondering if this knife would just be asking for a police beating.
I’m a utilitarian kind of guy and want a workhorse knife that won’t break like my other ones have. I tend to just carry one knife for EDC and work stuff just so I’m more proficient with it when I need it.
I like routine with my blades, not a fan of one for work and one for strolling.
So, I get home from work, shower, change clothes, clip on my Kershaw 0301 and take my dog for a walk through the park.
Is this illegal with this kind of knife?
Yes, I’ve tried to look it up but I’m not the best internet sleuth. I’m not too sure how to interpret what I’ve found (not much) about the local knife ordinances.

Denny answers:

That knife looks fine.as long as the blade doesn’t past the length of your hand when you hold it across your palm.

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Mark asks…

Woodworking tools: hand plane?

I’m looking to get into woodworking and was trying to gather the necessary tools. I’m interested in small projects like boxes, etc. and would like to use hand tools mainly. I’m a little confused about hand planes just because of the sheer variety. Being on a limited budget, I’d like to know if there is one type of hand plane that would be adequate and versatile enough to work on most small projects. Thank you

Denny answers:

Welcome to the world of woodworking. I started this as a hobby several years ago, and have found for most things when starting off I needed two planes: a mid-length smoothing plane and a small block plane. The block plane is useful for taking sharp edges off of the wood, and can be used with one hand. It’s also handy for make small plane cuts across the end grain.

The combination I have ended up using the most is a Stanley Bailey 1-12-004 smoothing plane and a Stanley 1-12-220 block plane. I’ve given you links below for these, just using one of several online suppliers in the UK. It’s one I haven’t used and I have no connection with them, it’s just to illustrate the planes.

I also have a little Stanley RB5 block plane: it’s nowhere near as sturdy as a proper block plane, but it is useful if you need to go right in to a corner on something, as the blade can be set right along one edge.

Laura asks…

Woodworkers, what was your latest creation, which tools did you use, and which power tools do you own?

Also do you have access to a woodworking shop or area, which tools do you use, how long have you been into woodworking and why do you enjoy it?

Denny answers:

I made a pair of cedar swing seats. My garage and back yard are my “woodworking shops”.

I used the Ryobi cordless circular saw, trimmer router, finish sander, and impact driver; B&D table saw; Hitachi miter saw; bench drill press, and Braun coffee maker.

I love working with materials: metals, plastics, and wood. What I love about wood is its “personality”. Each species has its own look and mechanical properties. But then, so do metals and plastics. Metalworking was my first love.

Lisa asks…

Tools to add to my shop?

i want to add a few more tools to my shop, i have a scrollsaw, tablesaw, miter saw, planer (the hand electric kind), dremel, circular saw, bench grinder, jigsaw, router table, compressor, a couple cordless drills, corded drill, and a few nail guns, i wanna start woodworking some more these are my commonly used tools and i try to work with what i have to make things. anything i should add? i only want a couple more.

Denny answers:

Sounds like you’re off to a great start – I am kind of envious.

You should get a drill press, at the very least a bench top size, and start investing in all sizes of forstner bits, there are things you just can’t do with a hand-held drill. A biscuit jointer will be handy. A pocket-screw jig will be useful, too. I would get a spindle sander if possible, and a hand-held belt sander at the very least. Also a random-orbital sander or palm sander.

Something that no one else thinks about is a good quality, high capacity shop vac. Best if it can attach to your table saw; you would not believe how much BAD dust particle board creates when run through a tablesaw, especially with a coat of melamine on it.

Be sure to stock up on hand tools, like chisels, clamps, squares, straight-edges, etc.

Have fun!

Steven asks…

What are some small, easy woodworking projects for someone in Middle School?

Ok so what would be an easy, small project for someone in a woodworking class. I’ve made a couple of small projects like cutting boards and footstools. Some other students in that class have made stuff like boxes and things to hang jackets (I don’t know what that’s called). Well anyways I want to do some thing different and interesting. We are only allowed to use saws and well other stuff like hammers and straight edges (Hand tools). So i can’t cut out holes or designs in the boards. I want something easy and has to be 18″ or less. Could someone help me with some ideas.
Thank you! :)

Denny answers:

Try asking your parents or other family what you can make that they can use like shelves, magazine racks, mail holder, etc. Something useful is always best. Game boards such as checkers, chess, or even chinese checkers are also good beginner items.
You can also try a internet search for “easy woodworking projects”. You’ll find a lot of ideas to get you started.

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Robert asks…

Can someone give me an idea for a project?

I have 2 “1 x 4 x 5′s” and 1 “1 x 4 x 3″ and other various pieces of scrap wood. I’m just learning woodworking and I’m trying to get started without spending a lot. I have a circular saw, a jig saw, drill, hammer and other tools. Thanks for the help.

Denny answers:

You might start by making a simple tote box to carry your tools in. Use the wood to make a rectagular frame and carrying handle.

Http://z.about.com/d/woodworking/1/0/P/2/-/-/ClassicWoodenToolbox.jpg

Carol asks…

San Diego knife law question…?

So, I do woodwork on boats for a living and I want a freakishly stout work knife that can be a pry bar, chop through screws… that kind of stuff. I have to do a lot of picking, poking, cutting and prying when I go to look at potential jobs. Leathermans are okay, but break too easily.
I’ve done tons of research and this is what would be an excellent knife for doing the stuff that I wouldn’t dare do to my woodworking tools – http://www.thekershawstore.com/Zero_Tolerance_0301_Ranger_Green_Folder_Knife_p/zt0301.htm
(look up the tests on youtube… quite an impressive blade)
I grew up in the sticks where everybody had a knife, most had guns, you didn’t have to lock the doors and people were polite.
San Diego is a different scenario entirely and I’m wondering if this knife would just be asking for a police beating.
I’m a utilitarian kind of guy and want a workhorse knife that won’t break like my other ones have. I tend to just carry one knife for EDC and work stuff just so I’m more proficient with it when I need it.
I like routine with my blades, not a fan of one for work and one for strolling.
So, I get home from work, shower, change clothes, clip on my Kershaw 0301 and take my dog for a walk through the park.
Is this illegal with this kind of knife?
Yes, I’ve tried to look it up but I’m not the best internet sleuth. I’m not too sure how to interpret what I’ve found (not much) about the local knife ordinances.

Denny answers:

Simple…… Carry a picture of the knives you would like to carry…… Or draw one……..walk into the nearest police headquarters and talk to the desk sergeant or several police officers…. Record their name and badge numbers …..and keep a brief diary of the event in a notebook…. Then follow whatever they suggest…

Police have to enforce the law…. So they must be familiar with the law….talking to several officers will preclude ONE being a dud….recording it will prove you were trying to comply with the law….if you are ever taken to court it will prove to the judge you are a law abiding citizen who was trying to obey the laws

They say “ignorance of the law is no excuse”….. But when you go out of your way to find out the law and obey it…..no reasonable judge will ever punish you

There are many places that will make a knife specifically designed by you to do the kind of work you want done….. Jim Bowie made his own knife why not you

Donald asks…

In a spot of hot water over Home Surgury practice. Advice?

Here’s the situation…I practice Home Surgury on low income seniors and people with no health insurance. I do this out of my garage mainly, although will make house visits. My operating instruments are basic woodworking tools, X-acto knives and a Makita cordless drill. I’ve had pretty good luck… simple procedures like appendectomies, tooth extractions, simple amputations and goiter removals…and would like to branch into knee replacements and gastric bypasses after reading up on a few techniques . Business is good, with only a handful of complications and complaints. While performing a routine gallbladder snip and stitch, I believe the battery from my cordless drill became disengaged and slipped into my patient. I can’t find it anywhere (luckily they come with two batteries). I haven’t said anything to the patient, but now he complains of pain and swelling, the swelling is in the exact shape of the battery. Should I risk a lawsuit, not really being a doctor? Or keep quiet?

Denny answers:

LMAO!

Surely you noticed that once the battery fell off, you no longer had power for your drill.

Plus, even a ham-handed garage surgeon knows that you don’t drill a gallbladder! That operation clearly calls for the X-acto, twist ties, and some super glue.

You’re not spending enough time on the computer researching technique, darling.

But seriously, the battery would cause death within a day or so, not pain & swelling. So your battery is somewhere on the garage floor, not inside the patient. To prevent this in the future, switch to laproscopic surgery – you just need some flexible tubing and a webcam and you’re set.

Linda asks…

noises giving my goosebumps?

Some noises give me horrible goosebumps and make my whole body feel weird. The noises are usually things scratching together like a saw grating metal or someone rubbing their hand or nails across those holographic things with the grooves. I can’t stand it. I recently had a demo in class with a lot of metal and woodworking tools/machinery which made my nerves tingle. Is there any way I can control it? I want to work with those materials in the future but just thinking about the noise chills my nerves a little.

Denny answers:

Sometimes certain noises will make people cringe, like nails on a chalkboard. For me, it’s the sound of styrafoam rubbing together. Ahh! Lol. Sometimes it can give you goosebumps, or make your chest hurt. Desensitation might work for you. If you are calm and slowly exposed to the noises, sometimes you will gain a sort of resistance to them. If that does not work for you, you can try to block out the sound by imagining something else. This is a problem that is common and often takes time to get over. I’m sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. I’m not sure there really is a solution, but getting used to or avoiding the noise.

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Paul asks…

I just cleaned out my garage.?

I am a woodworker so I have a lot of woodworking tools along with screws/nails/paint tools/electrical parts.
I’m looking for ideas on how to organize all of it.
Any suggestions.

Denny answers:

Try this

Somehow, I grabbed the wrong picture when I posted. Here’s another picture.

There are a few books out there that will provide ideas for organization. Also try Workbench magazine, good ideas there.

Mark asks…

Question about the Pinewood Derby?

My son just joined Cub Scouts a few months ago. Neither of us have ever heard of the Pinewood Derby until the den gave us a car kit. I have no clue what to do with this thing. I’m a single mom, I don’t have any woodworking tools. What exactly needs to be done with this thing? I don’t want my son to miss out, but heck, I’m not a man and I don’t have any tools. What do you guys suggest a single woman does to help her kid out with something like this??

Denny answers:

Do you have a brother, dad, friend, who can help your son and have some male bonding time here? If not, here you go, Mom, you both learn a few new things.

First of all, the Pinewood is supposed to be a learning, bonding experience for the Scout. It should be more about learning how to use the tools, shape the car, paint it, put the wheels on so it runs straight, and where to put the weights so it runs fast. It’s NOT about whose adult builds the prettiest, fastest car while the child looks on. It’s supposed to be a teaching, sharing experience.

Second, it’s supposed to be fun. It’s not about *My kid’s car won, but I built it* (trust me, you’ll know which boys’ fathers built the cars and which ones were joint efforts), so if there’s a little sawdust around the edges, or messy paint, that’s part of the experience.

Third, you both get to learn how to use a coping saw, some sandpaper, glue, and paint. So you make a mess, nobody cares.

Those car kits are just pine blocks, they can be cut fairly easily with a coping saw (that’s the one that looks like a question mark sort of), and the hardware store can give you pointers on what kind of sandpaper you’ll need (usually a medium and a fine grit). And inexpensive acrylic paint from the department store and a cheap foam brush work very well. The hardware store can give you some pointers on assembling the wheels and putting them on the car too.

Honey, you don’t need to be a man to help your son build his car and learn that losing is just as ok as winning as long as you Do Your Best. If you get really stuck, go to your Cubscout Master for advice and assistance, it’s what he’s there for. Or if you have a Home Depot nearby, they often have clinics to help kids in your son’s situation–no dad or one who hasn’t got a clue, or has no tools–call them and ask.

Oh, yeah, how do I know this stuff? Well, I’m the mother of two Eagle Scouts, who went through the entire Scout Trail, and my grandson is now a Second Class Scout on his way to Eagle. Yes, I had the advantage of having my husband around to help, but none of my boys’ cars were things of beauty, but they had a good time building them. No boy becomes an Eagle without the help of the community behind him, and if you participate as an adult he’s that much more likely to go forward and stay in the program. BTW, my *boys* are now 37 and 32 and both are still active in the Scouting movement as adults. The oldest has stayed on as a Troop Committeeman for his son’s former Cub Pack, and the younger one is the local troops’ Troop Committee Chairman and is the adult leader for the Explorer Post.

Hang in, Mom, you’ll have a ball, there’s nothing like camping with 4,000 boys in the rain in several inches of water for the weekend. Been there, done that, loved it.

Michael asks…

Want to get started making furniture?

I’m 16 and I’m fairly skilled at woodworking at my high school. For christmas I’m thinking of asking for a few tools to get me started in building some furniture, and possibly making a part time business out of it if I can make good enough products. What do you think the BARE ESSENTIALS are for me to get started doing this? Thanks!

Denny answers:

A good table saw is essential and if you can find one with a router table attachment on one of the extensions you can incorporate two tools into one. If not, get a good router/shaper and a table so you can run profiles. Get a good hand held sander, I would suggest a random orbital type because they do not leave any sanding lines regardless of grain direction. Finally, you really cannot do anything serious without a joiner because your table saw will not provide a clean enough cut right from the saw. The nice thing about most of this equipment is that, if you keep your eyes open, you can find it used in the paper and at garage sales. I have been collecting equipment for many years and have accumulated what I need to create some decent furniture. I find absolutely nothing more relaxing than to spend an evening in my shop working on a project and I have never tired of that wonderful smell of fresh cut Oak or Cherry. Every once in awhile I will visit a friend or relative who has a piece of furniture I built several years back and it’s like seeing an old friend. When I think that this furniture will be around, (bearing my signature), long after I am gone from this earth it makes me feel pretty warm inside. I hope you’ll find the same pleasure over time and learn to know and love wood as I do. Best of luck to you.

Donna asks…

12. The _____________ is the top feature of a column. (2 points)!!!!! Art history b final exam! helpp<3?

12. The _____________ is the top feature of a column. (2 points)Capital
Base
Entablature
Frieze

13. _________________ columns can be recognized by their double rams’ horn–shaped capitals. (2 points)Doric
Ionic
Corinthian
Geometric

14. The _______________ is a classic example of a Greek temple, with a simple rectangular building on a three-step platform.
(2 points)Collosseum
Temple of Hera
Parthenon
Erechtheum

15. Myron’s Discobolus was originally created in: (2 points)marble
limestone
bronze
plaster

16. Which of the following is NOT considered a Hellenistic sculpture?
(2 points)Aphrodite of Milos
The Winged Victory of Samthrace
The Laocoon
Discobolus

17. Which of the following was the 2nd style of Greek vase painting to evolve?
(2 points)Red-figure
Geometric
Black figure
Orientalizing

18. Which of the following is NOT a structure built on the Acropolis?
(2 points)Erechtheum
Propylaea
Pericles
Temple of Athena Nike

19. Early Roman art was strongly influenced by the _____________ civilization, which ruled Rome. (2 points)Greek
Madedonian
Etruscan
Minoan

20. Romans first learned of wall paintings, also called ____________, from the Etruscans. (2 points)Tempura
Mosaics
Frescoes
Sgraggito

21. How have experts gained knowledge about Roman woodwork?
(2 points)From ancient Roman woodworking manuals
From the abundant pieces of woodwork that still exist
From copies made in the Italian Renaissance
From ancient Roman woodworking tools

22. Beginning in the third century B.C.E., sculpture in Rome was: (2 points)Taken from conquered Greek city-states
Acquired through trade with the distant countries
Idealistic work created by Roman sculptors
Etruscan in origin

23. Where can you find some of the only surviving examples of Roman wall painting? (2 points)Tarquinia
Herculaneum
Palestrina
Athens

24. What civilization had the greatest influence on Roman sculpture? (2 points)Egyptian
Persian
Greek
Phoenician

25. Highlighted in one of your lessons, the _______________ of Todi statue in the Vatican Museum depicts a figure holding a _____________. (2 points)Venus/mirror
senator/book
emperor/laurel
mars/cup

26. With early private portraiture, funeral alters and tomb structures were graced with portrait

_______________ of the deceased.

(2 points)paintings
reliefs
intaglios
busts

27. The Romans’ ingenious use of ________________ was instrumental in the construction of the great cathedrals of Europe 1,000 years later.
(2 points)the arch and key stoning
concrete
entablatures
columns

28. Placed at the highest point of an arch, the _____ locks the stones of the arch into place. (2 points)capital
vault
keystone
flagstone

29. What is the difference between a Greek Doric column and a Roman Doric column? (2 points)The Roman Doric column has a base.
The Roman Doric column has a capital.
The Greek Doric column was more elaborately decorated.
There is no difference between the two styles.

Denny answers:

12. The _____________ is the top feature of a column.
Capital

13. _________________ columns can be recognized by their double rams’ horn–shaped capitals.
Ionic

14. The _______________ is a classic example of a Greek temple, with a simple rectangular building on a three-step platform.
Parthenon

15. Myron’s Discobolus was originally created in:
bronze

16. Which of the following is NOT considered a Hellenistic sculpture?
Aphrodite of Milos
The Winged Victory of Samthrace
The Laocoon
Discobolus

(not sure – I think that they all ARE Hellenistic sculptures)

17. Which of the following was the 2nd style of Greek vase painting to evolve?
Orientalizing

18. Which of the following is NOT a structure built on the Acropolis?
Pericles

19. Early Roman art was strongly influenced by the _____________ civilization, which ruled Rome.
Etruscan

20. Romans first learned of wall paintings, also called ____________, from the Etruscans.
Frescoes

21. How have experts gained knowledge about Roman woodwork?
From ancient Roman woodworking tools

22. Beginning in the third century B.C.E., sculpture in Rome was:
Taken from conquered Greek city-states

23. Where can you find some of the only surviving examples of Roman wall painting?
Tarquinia

24. What civilization had the greatest influence on Roman sculpture?
Greek

25. Highlighted in one of your lessons, the _______________ of Todi statue in the Vatican Museum depicts a figure holding a _____________.
Mars/cup

26. With early private portraiture, funeral alters and tomb structures were graced with portrait
_______________ of the deceased.
Reliefs

27. The Romans’ ingenious use of ________________ was instrumental in the construction of the great cathedrals of Europe 1,000 years later.
Concrete

28. Placed at the highest point of an arch, the _____ locks the stones of the arch into place.
Keystone

29. What is the difference between a Greek Doric column and a Roman Doric column?
The Roman Doric column has a base.

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William asks…

Wiring to a work shop?

What size wire do I need for service to a workshop. I will need to go through attic and under ground. Total about 130 ft.. I will need to run a 30 amp Rv traveltrailer and small woodworking tools; table,mitre saw,small a/c, light,etc. Thank you

Denny answers:

For a basic workshop, I usually recommend a 60 amp sub panel. #6 copper or #4 aluminum is usually adequate (if you use TW or UF conductors you would need to increase the wire size by one standard size). While the size would be more than adequate for your current anticipated use, you would have plenty of reserve for possible expansion in the future without worrying about overloading the system.

Mary asks…

i have an 18v delta battery woodworking pack: drill,circular saw,brad nailer,jig saw. I can’t find parts .?

can’t find batteries or a replacement charger for these tools. is there any compatible battery that can be substituted?

Denny answers:

Here’s the Delta/Porter Cable web site: http://www.deltaportercable.com/

Mandy asks…

woodworking help…?

I really want to get into woodworking/carving, especially carving cool pieces of wood with a dremmel tool. Space is limited in the garage and stuff. any tips on getting started?

Denny answers:

Take a 2×2 board 8 feet long, draw on it to look like chain links. Remove everything that isn’t part of the chain. Whittle the links apart as you go. When you get done you will have a very unique wooden chain. I have seen them sell for a lot. When you get done post again and I will give you instructions on the next step. Be patient this is very time consuming

Betty asks…

how do i convince my dad to turn his shed into a workshop?

hey, I am a 12 year old boy who loves woodworking and i have heaps of tools, i have been wanting to save up for my own shed but they are too damn expensive… and we already have a shed but it is full of crap that half of it we don’t even need anymore, if he said yes i would clean it for him and stuff, even if i only got half of the shed it would still be enough. how do i convince him, he is a tough cookie to crack too… thanks

Denny answers:

Well, for starters, I know exactly where you’re at. You see, I started my woodworking at 11 years old to now being a master woodworker by trade. In my beginning, I to had a very stubborn father who liked to do things only his way or no way. We had this back room in the house that always seemed to be cluttered with stuff that no one ever used. You know, junk…The problem that I was facing is my father really never knew at the time how much interest and actually how creative I could be with the various woodworking projects that most would suspect a grown-up to have done. Like you, I was convinced that my dad wasn’t going to really cooperate with me by granting me the privilege of transforming this “junk” room, into a useful, learning environment. So this is what I did. I first cleaned the room in its entirety, paying close attention to what was actually garbage & what was not…I simply tossed all the garbage on trash day & as far as the remaining, “junk”, I built some storage cabinets out of some scrap lumber & stored this remaining clutter nice & neatly inside. I was able to attain 75% of the room for a efficient, workshop environment. I was still skeptical on my father’s reaction prior to the unveiling of my efforts. Would you believe that not only was he overwhelmed, in a good way, but he financed the remainder of $ to help build the necessary workbench & remaining storage cabinets to make this shop complete. I’m not saying that this is the solution, but it could be part of the recipe… By what you have already mentioned about your interests in a hobby shop, you’re on the right track…However, your choice of words seems to be a little distasteful for your age. I only mention this because when I was your age, if I were to ever say any kind of four letter word, I would have gotten punished in a physical way, which was severely wrong at the time & I highly disapprove. Please take this advice for what it ‘s worth, because the best thing about it is….It’s Free!!!
Take care & I wish you the very best in your bright future….Oh, & one last thing, No matter what, “Always measure twice & cut once”…You’ll see……………………………………………………………………………………………….

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Ken asks…

One or 1.5 Car Garage Woodworking Work shop for Car and Shop?

I have a 1.5 Car concrete block garage. I want to make it into a woodworking shop and also have the option of putting my car inside if need be.
Can you give me any tips on how i would achieve this? I know that i will need to put lockable wheels on almost all my machine tools.
Are there any machine tools that offer a good compromise between size and performance? The table saw would probably be the biggest factor, should i get a contractor table saw?
Please recommend certain models.
Machine Tools I’m looking to get:
Table saw
Miter saw
Jointer
Planer
Dust Collector
Band saw
Drill press
Work bench

Are there any tools that can perform 2 or more functions so that i don’t have to buy more tools? Thanks

Denny answers:

The drill press is about the only tool that you might get by with a reduced size model. For the others get the best you can afford. For the table saw, you might want to read this write up from Wood Magazine.

Http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-tools/reviews/saws/mid-priced-tablesaws/

There is also a video from The New Yankee Workshop on a garage workshop that you might benefit from. It is available at the site below.

Mandy asks…

what supplies do i need to make a woodworking station for my husband?

i want to set up a woodworking station for my husband in our garage as a christmas gift to him next year. we donat have alot of money i was tinking i could find some of the basic tools on craigslist and stuff. But i’m not sure what all to get. i’m thinking a table saw, an electric sander, he already has a drill and idk if he’d have the patience or need for a lathe(sp?) hes not the most artistic man, thats more me. but i kno he likes building things.

so any suggestions on starting a begginner table setting
tools supplies

Denny answers:

The basics for a beginner are:

Sturdy table. Used, stained and scarred would be fine.
Dresser drawer cabinet. Used, stained and scarred is not important.
Table saw.
Jig saw.
Hammer.
Screw driver set.
Orbital sander.
Battery powered screw driver.
Cordless drill with metal bits and wood bits.

The next step up:
Scroll saw.
Drill press (Table top or floor stand)

Leave out the lathe for now. That’s in the third step category. That’s very expensive because of the hand tool collection that is used with the lathe.

I suggest you not bother with supplies. He will have to do a lot of shopping regardless of what you buy. Shopping for wood and screws will be fun for him and you can’t do it without knowing what the first project is.

Mayan

Sandra asks…

what do i need to get started with woodworking?

Alright, well i have been woodworking for 3 years in high school, now i’m looking to continue this as a hobby and maybe later own starting my own business. For right now what kind of tools should i get to get started.
I already have a lot(dad does a lot of home renovation)
Hammers
Drills
squares
table saw
miter saw
jig saw
portable sanders
radial arm saw
router
etc.
but what else would i need, i know i would need a jointer and plainer-what kind? i know grizzly is good but can be pricey.. but what else help me out tell me what i need and what brand would be good

Denny answers:

Head over to: http://www.harborfreight.com/ and have a look around. Inexpensive tools of all kinds and they ARE guaranteed. I’ve been a Licensed Residential Builder for 20 years, and I can tell you you’ll get a lot of satisfaction from your woodworking hobby. There’s lots of tools to need and want, but few of them are really necessary. Plan your shop with tools that will do “double duty” for you, and expand as money allows. A good 10″ compound miter saw is a necessity. SOme saw horses, an 18v cordless drill and a tblesaw. Why BOTH a table saw and a Radial arm? Start with a table saw and learn to make the jigs you need to take advantage of all the uses it can do. I’ve used a drill press for a lathe, as well as using it for a drill. That’s what I mean by “double duty”. Plan what you’ll NEED to complete a project, an start with that. As you grow in the hobby, add to your collection of tools. Good Luck, and enjoy your new hobby!

Mary asks…

What do i need to get started with woodworking?

Alright, well i have been woodworking for 3 years in high school, now i’m looking to continue this as a hobby and maybe later own starting my own business. For right now what kind of tools should i get to get started.
I already have a lot(dad does a lot of home renovation)
Hammers
Drills
squares
table saw
miter saw
jig saw
portable sanders
radial arm saw
router
etc.
but what else would i need, i know i would need a jointer and plainer-what kind? i know grizzly is good but can be pricey.. but what else help me out tell me what i need and what brand would be good

Denny answers:

You left out wood!

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Carol asks…

Dose any body know of a company called Stot Corp in the USA?

They sell woodworking tools.
I ordered a tool via internet last October, and paid with M/Card, The web site promised a money back gauratee if not satisfied.. The tool never arrived.. They had no trouble taking my mony but apparently can’t send orders O/Seas. I live in Thailand.
Early in Dec I received an Email to say my money would be returned.
I have sent them Emails but they dont go through.. I have sent a letter via snail mail, no answer ,and have contacted their feed back site but am still waiting for my money..

Denny answers:

Check them out with at www.bbb.com (Better Business Bureau) NEVER do business online without checking out the company.

Ruth asks…

Gift idea for man involving woodworking & creativity?

The hubby developed a new interest in woodworking recently when helping out another with some projects. We do not have woodworking materials at our place and we live in an apartment so no garage etc. to work in. It would have to be a small enough project that it could be done in the apartment and he is very creative/artistic so if it involved some sort of design aesthetics after etc. would also be nice. Don’t say bird house lol. I would need to get him materials and tools. We don’t have tools minus the normal hammer, screwdrivers that every house has. So not something that is going to require tons of money on tools because we really can’t be having some circular saw up in an apartment anyways :-) I just want to get him a woodworking project that he would enjoy. This is one of my ideas for his birthday or fathers day coming up, so not much time till then. Any ideas please share and if you could, include the materials/tools I would need to get as I know nothing about woodworking.

Thanks!

Denny answers:

Portable work bench that clamps projects, chisels, jig saw, mitre saw, electric sander, assorted screws or nails, project books can be good. Any of these he should like. Nothing more satisfying than creating things.

Mark asks…

New to woodworking- any tips?

I want to make a menorah for my friend before december. I have a shed full of tools (my grandfather was a woodworker as a hobby). Does anyone have any tips, plans, etc. that I should know or have before I begin this project? I have searched the web for some plans for menorahs, but I cannot find them. It is meant to be more of a decorative item and will have to have some sort of metal inserts, being wood, but I just want to be able to create it and send it to my friend.
Thanks everyone.

Denny answers:

My tip is to make sure all your safty stuff and first aid kits are up to date before you start.

The horror of my year 8 woodwork class and the idiot guys in the class are still in my mind….. Powersander to some guys face is not pretty.

Sharon asks…

woodworking: a gift?

So, I had originally decided to start my boyfriend on a nice toolset. Now, i’ve delved a bit deeper only to discover that what he is actually interested in is woodworking. He wants to be able to build, and put fancy details on, things like tables, chairs, shelves… the like. We both live in apartments until we’re married, and neither of us have a garage or anything, so my set for him needs to start small. What is a great first tool or several tools that every woodworker should have? What will prove to be the most useful, and what should I avoid? I’ve already got a gift for him for Christmas this year, but our anniversary is coming up, as is valentines day, as is his birthday… so many ideas would be great! Please tell me specifically what to look for, how much it should cost, what the best/worst brand is, and where i can go to get it (i’m in michigan… we have home depot, lowes… and…i think thats it). thanks guys!

Denny answers:

If he really has no tools I would suggest a cordless drill as the first. You want one that comes with two batteries so you can be charging one while you use the other. This is more of a handyman tool, not just for woodworking but it’s probably the tool any woodworker will use all the time. I like the Dewalt 18Volt drills. The DeWalt DC759KA is probably available at your local HD or Lowes. It comes with 2 batteries and a charger. Additional accessories would be a set of drill bits and an assortment of screwdriver bits.

Makita and Milwaukee are also good brands. Stay away from the Black & Decker and Skil, they are`the cheap consumer lines and they won’t last. If you buy cheap tools you will regret it.

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Linda asks…

What’s the best brand in table saws for a good price?

My guy would like to do some woodworking projects and he mentioned that he needed a table saw to start. I know nothing about tools so I was hoping someone out there could help. Did I mention I’m on a budget?

Denny answers:

Your question is sort of like asking, “I need to get a car. I’m on a budget.”

What are you going to do with it? Are you willing to put up with a lesser featured or lesser quality, or used model, for less money? Are you going to use it to cut some bookcases and then have it sit for a year, or are you going to use it daily?

There are various categories of saws: (at least in USA)
- Portables such as those used by contractors and hauled around to sites
- Contractor : bigger and beefier, but still somewhat portable, though not easily
- Hybrid – features of above and below types
- Cabinet – heavy duty, meant for continuous duty
- Professional – typically very high end large machines that would weigh several thousand pounds.

Try browsing some of the woodworking magazines for reviews and some ideas. Most of them have a year-end issue highlighting tools.

Personally, Sears would be my last choice.

Sharon asks…

Starting woodworking as a hobby?

Hi,

I recently made a simple gated fence for my backyard vegetable garden. It gave me a small feel of woodworking, and it was something I immediately took to.

I wanted to start off some woodworking from scratch. Simple things like tables, chairs and cabinets to start with.

How would I go about doing this? What would be the bare essential tools that I would need for a garage woodworking hobby shop? Where does one buy ‘better’ wood – cherry, maple, rose etc.

Is home depot a good go-to place for this, or are there better places.

thanks

Denny answers:

Dear Brian Wong

Its very good idea for hobby of woodworking, I think you should try to Pen turning also, its very easy and good for hobby, just search in web video pen turning, you just want a very small lathe for pen turning, you can earn much more money for pen turning,

Please visit my website for Wooden Blanks for pen
http://www.mahadevwood.com

Lisa asks…

Woodworking help…?

I really want to get into woodworking/carving, especially carving cool pieces of wood with a dremmel tool. Space is limited in the garage and stuff. any tips on getting started?

Denny answers:

All you need is a good table, a vice, a decent set of wood chisles…and if you want to cheat, a dremmel. Also its nice to have a hammer.

Tip 1:Wood carving is something that isn’t extremely hard to start playing around with. But before you start cutting away, get a sketch book. What ever idea you have, just jot it down. You may see something you didn’t see before, or you may developer better ideas. And don’t stick to the one drawing, take the general idea and rework it into another sketch. No artist gets it right the first time, i’ve seen some pretty bad sketches by Di Vinci, Raphael, Michelangilo, and many others. What made them good was thier ability to learn from thier mistakes. And to more mistakes you make the more you can learn. So don’t worry if you sketches don’t look like a piece of art, they are just meant to be an intermediary between you mind and your eye.

Tip 2:when you are working with the wood, place it in a vice, but this is the tricky part, you must do it in a way that doesn’t create marks in the wood. There are rubber accessories you can by to put on the teeth of a vice to help with this problem, but it is still possible to make dents if you tighten it down too hard.

Tip 3: don’t rush! Make a cut then step back and take a look, see if you did it right, as you get better you do this less and less but you still do it. The only thing that separates the greats from the not so greats are the size, not the amount, of the mistakes.

James asks…

How can i become a furniture maker?

How is it that i go about becoming a furniture maker or a cabinet maker? is it necessary to have a college qualification or can i start out by buying tools and a workshop and setting up my own business with no qualifications and a bit of experience from doing some woodworking as a pretty serious hobby in my spare time. I feel as if i could make most pieces of furniture right now that i would need to but is college going to do any good for me?

Denny answers:

I apprenticed starting in my early teens until I graduated. I then went on, after graduating high school, to work in the trades. I also spent some time working in a medium sized shop where I learned a lot about how to do production type work in a shop. This has served me very well as the shop I apprenticed in in my teens was a custom shop in which 50% of the work we did was antique restoration and repair with very little emphasis on production work.

I did not take college classes for furniture/ cabinet making but I did take business classes which you will also find to be very valuable. My shop started as a by product of my contracting business and has grown to become where I spend the majority of my time now. I have invested a lot of money into the shop and my reputation was developed from products I designed and fabricated for clients and other contractors. We produce a wide variety of projects from highly customized items to production type items. The difference between doing it as a hobby and making a living doing it are substantial. You will need to understand design, systems, production, fixed overhead, project overhead, taxes, profit, business related law, licensing, as well as the mechanics of how to build pieces.

My recommendation is to spend at least two years apprenticing in a shop while getting at least an associates degree in business administration. When you do start your apprenticeship soak up everything you can and forget what you think you know. I know many hobby woodworkers who can build some beautiful pieces. I don’t know many who could jump from doing it as a hobby to supporting themselves while doing it. Learn the systems a successful shop has put in effect and when you are ready you can modify them to suit your needs. Make sure you understand the basics of running a business as well. Failure to understand and comprehend the numbers is what leads to the majority of business failures.

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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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