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Charles asks…

I need help with gift ideas?

My father was diagnosed with cancer and it has traveled to his brain causing facial paralysis, dizziness, etc. He now has a feeding tube and walks with a walker (just for stability) but can no longer drive or do the things he use to. He hates being cooped up in side all the time. He has always been a man’s man. Loves the outdoors, golfs, hunts, carpentry and building (he’s helped build houses and he built his tool shed which is more like a miniature house), he worked as an appliance repairman, every time he gets a new electronic he takes it apart to see how it works, he’s horrible with computers, etc. Also, he is nearly 60 years in aged but looks and acts more like 45-50 and he doesn’t drink but does smoke. I hope this all helps. I’m desperate for ideas. Anything that could keep him busy

Dusty answers:

You can just get him smth really original and sentimental that will remind him of you everytime he looks at it: a 100% hand-made painting from your favorite photo together. I’ve discovered this website that turns photos into beautiful hand-made paintings and the prices are really affordable too. Here’s the link: www.paintedsouvenirs.com ..Good luck on finding the right gift!

Paul asks…

I want drive a 1 1/4″ screw into two 3/4″ plywood manually?

I want drive a 1 1/4″ screw into two 3/4″ plywood(total 1 1/2″) to fasten manually using a screwdriver. Is it possible to do this(say about 10 screws) by hand without a power tool? Or am i gonna look stupid.

I have never done any such project involving carpentry. Help needed. I feel up to the job and strong enough. But want to make sure before i buy the material. Please suggest if a using the right screw(drywall?).
Thanks

Dusty answers:

By drilling a clearance hole (just big enough for the screw to fit through) through the first piece of plywood, then place it on top of the Second piece of plywood. Insert the screws and twist them in. This way you’ll only be screwing into one piece of ply. Screwing through the top sheet is counter productive as only the bottom sheet is doing the holding. It will also give you a tighter fir, because the screw will be pulling the two together. So Man-up and start screwing those screws.

Mandy asks…

Which is the best to get into nowadays?

Making a career or of these and salary, which pays the highest and is the best in demand to get into?

•Agriculture/agricultural sciences
•Air transportation services
•Animal training
•Aquaculture operations and production management
•Architectural drafting
•Auto/automotive body repair
•Building/property maintenance and management
•Business machine repair
•Cabinet making and millworking
Carpentry
•Civil/structural drafting
•Clothing, apparel, and textile work and management
•Commercial garment and apparel services
•Commercial photography
•Communication systems installation and repair
•Computer installation and repair
•Conservation and renewable natural resources
•Construction trades
•Crop production operations and management
•Custodial services
•Dietician assistance
•Diving (Professional)
•Drafting
•Dry cleaning and laundering (Commercial)
•Electrician
•Fire protection
•Fishing technology/commercial fishing
•Food catering
•Forestry
•Graphic and printing equipment operation
•Greenhouse operations and management
•Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration
•Home furnishings and equipment installation and consultation
•Horticulture services operations and management
•Industrial design
•Industrial machinery maintenance and repair
•Instrument calibration and repair
•Landscaping operations and management
•Locksmithing and safe repair
•Machinist/machine technology
•Major appliance installation and repair
•Marine maintenance and ship repair
•Masonry and tile setting
•Mechanical drafting
•Nursery operations and management
•Ornamental horticulture operations and management
•Painting and wall covering
•Plumbing and pipe fitting
•Precision metal working
•Sheet metal working
•Shoe, boot, and leather repair
•Small engine mechanical and repair services
•Stationary energy sources installation and operation
•Tool and die making/technology
•Transportation and materials moving
•Vehicle and equipment operation
•Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanical and repair services
•Watch, clock, and jewelry repair
•Water transportation services
•Welding
•Window treatment making and installation
•Woodworking

Dusty answers:

Show, boot, and leather repair is very good
and also agriculture
locksmithing is fabulous as well

Of course, this is the fantasy sports section, so I may have no idea what I’m talking about

Try this sections next time

http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/index;_ylt=AkwGX0TM.j1BvtAcU2nz7h3W5nNG;_ylv=3?sid=396545359

or any of these:

http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/index;_ylt=AkqUO3kBDv_8He.i0wE6wOqrxQt.;_ylv=3?sid=396545013&link=list

Joseph asks…

Out of all of these which is the best to get into???????????

Making a career or of these and salary, which pays the highest and is the best in demand to get into?

•Agriculture/agricultural sciences
•Air transportation services
•Animal training
•Aquaculture operations and production management
•Architectural drafting
•Auto/automotive body repair
•Building/property maintenance and management
•Business machine repair
•Cabinet making and millworking
Carpentry
•Civil/structural drafting
•Clothing, apparel, and textile work and management
•Commercial garment and apparel services
•Commercial photography
•Communication systems installation and repair
•Computer installation and repair
•Conservation and renewable natural resources
•Construction trades
•Crop production operations and management
•Custodial services
•Dietician assistance
•Diving (Professional)
•Drafting
•Dry cleaning and laundering (Commercial)
•Electrician
•Fire protection
•Fishing technology/commercial fishing
•Food catering
•Forestry
•Graphic and printing equipment operation
•Greenhouse operations and management
•Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration
•Home furnishings and equipment installation and consultation
•Horticulture services operations and management
•Industrial design
•Industrial machinery maintenance and repair
•Instrument calibration and repair
•Landscaping operations and management
•Locksmithing and safe repair
•Machinist/machine technology
•Major appliance installation and repair
•Marine maintenance and ship repair
•Masonry and tile setting
•Mechanical drafting
•Nursery operations and management
•Ornamental horticulture operations and management
•Painting and wall covering
•Plumbing and pipe fitting
•Precision metal working
•Sheet metal working
•Shoe, boot, and leather repair
•Small engine mechanical and repair services
•Stationary energy sources installation and operation
•Tool and die making/technology
•Transportation and materials moving
•Vehicle and equipment operation
•Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanical and repair services
•Watch, clock, and jewelry repair
•Water transportation services
•Welding
•Window treatment making and installation
•Woodworking

Dusty answers:

The one that provides you with the best sense of satisfaction. Only you can decide what life choice you make and working at a job you hate is no way to go through life.

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Sharon asks…

Which of these jobs would you prefer if you had the choice? And why?

Ok im starting tech school in the summer, and there arent too many things to choose from. I want to start a career in something that i like and also pays good. But i cant decide.If you can please tell me wich job you would prefer and weigh the pros and cons for me please. This is very important to me. The careers im going to choose from are
1. Graphic engineering
2.Welder
3. Web designer
4.major in business
5.criminal justice
6.machine tool
7.construction management
8.carpentry
These are not in any specific order.
These are just some of my choices out of the careers my school has to offer.Please help me with the pros and cons.

Dusty answers:

1 and 3 are probably the safest choices. The internet and graphical media aren’t leaving any time soon, so demand for those will always exist.

2, 6 and 8 are all respectable trades. Trade work is another thing that the world will always need, and it can pay very well if you advance through the levels and have the skills to do well.

So, I think if you’re looking for non-trade jobs, 1 and 3 are the best. If you’d rather do trade work, then carpentry and welding are always fine choices.

Charles asks…

What type of tool did Jesus have?

How old was he when Joseph gave him his first Tooling session and showed him how to knock up his first Pine dresser?

Why did Jesus bother learning Carpentry when he could have just magicked furniture?

What Jeez think of IKEA crap if he could see it?

Dusty answers:

Get your head out of your sphincter then talk

George asks…

Are there any ladies out there that enjoy wood….?

working? I like to do a little carpentry work on the weekends but I never see any women enjoying it. Its very relaxing.

I like gaining more experience with my tool.

Society & Culture > Holidays > Valentine’s Day

Dusty answers:

I’ve been thinking about starting to work with wood, i like working with newspaper and make things out of paper mache’. I make flowers, and some characters for halloween. I would love to try working wood, and now that i know it can be relaxing i will try it, thanks.

Daniel asks…

How can I get my husband to take me seriously?

A few years back when I was married to my ex husband, our house burnt down and we had to rebuild from nothing. My ex showed me how to use every tool known to mankind, and taught me a lot, from running electrical, to plumbing, to carpentry skills, and I think for a woman I’m pretty handy with a saw. Now I’m married to this guy that I love immensely, but he doesn’t think I’m capable of doing anything around the house. We are in the process of remodeling the bathroom, and he had to strip it down to the floor joists because the floor was rotted out. I want to jump in there and help, because I live for home improvement and I have some really good ideas, but everytime I try to help he says, just be quiet and go sit down, or go in the kitchen and look pretty. I HATE THAT. If he would just listen to me I know what I’m talking about, meanwhile he stands around with his brother (who’s helping him) and discuss for hours how to do something, then end up doing exactly what I would have told him to do in the first place if he had just listened to me. I hate being treated like the pretty little woman who can’t do anything but cook and clean and look pretty. He says it’s not that he thinks I’m not capable, he doesn’t want me to get hurt. How do I convince him that I’ve done more carpentry work than he ever has, and have even done roofing with the guys and I won’t get hurt?
How am I being controlling-this is OUR project, not just his. It’s my house too.

Dusty answers:

Compromise is the key to a successful marriage. I make suggestions and my husband implements them if they are sensible to him. He is a carpenter and I am the designer. We are a match made in heaven. You should do the decorating but first draw the plans that you want to implement, hand them to him and then discuss the practicalities and the applications that should be done so you are both in agreement on how to proceed. It is a joint project and you should have some say in the process.

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Donna asks…

Whats up with this girl? serious answers please.?

Well just the other day at my vocational school in carpentry shop this girl just comes out of no where, and tries to make me look like a pervert. She is this type of girl that tries to show off here body. I am the type of person that is dedicated to my work and i dont really do anything to provoke anything to offend anyone. My outlook is that everyone should be treated equal regardless your gender. For example when I was pointing out the location of tools for my friend she comes out of no where and says stop staring at me. And there will be times when she will tolerate me and will come out of no where and talk to me on rare occasions. But when she is done with some projects she mostly hangs with juniors. Well i mostly do push ups and stay healthy, and even though im fit; is it some attraction to some degree or “playful teasing”.

Dusty answers:

It’s psychotic. She can’t tell the difference between what she fantasises about and reality

Susan asks…

I have never built anything in my life, but now I need to build a tiny porch-like structure. Where do I start?

I have brick steps a few feet from the front door, but the porch that existed between the steps and the door is now gone. The door is only 2 or 3 feet off the ground. Eventually there will be a new porch to replace that empty space, but it won’t be built for another several months to a year. For now though, I want to build some kind of platform so that people can walk through the front door, however, I know nothing of carpentry. Still, I want to do it myself. I want it to be safe. Where do I begin? I haven’t been able to find instructions for something like this. Naturally, with no experience, training, or supervision I won’t want to use a saw, but don’t mind getting my hands dirty and using some tools. I should mention I’m a 22-year-old female college student so I don’t posses great physical strength or much funds.

Dusty answers:

You said you only need something to bridge the gap between the door and the brick steps. That should be simple. If you wanted this little area roofed, that could be complicated for a beginner.

If it were me, I would attach a 2×6 to the house just under the door, as wide as the top of the steps, wider if you need it wider to find solid mounting points. You attach it with lag bolts, one every foot or so, with the narrow side up. That will function as a ledger board. You will need a drill to drill some pilot holes, and you will need a wrench to drive the lag bolts in to hold the ledger board onto the house. You need to find solid wood on the house to screw the lag bolts into and there should be some just below the door, to at least 10 inches down from it. Then you can get a piece of thick plywood and attach that to the piece of 2×6 with some ordinary wood screws. The drill can do that with a screwdriver bit in it. The other end of the plywood can rest on the steps. I’d recommend plywood 3/4 inch thick or more. You can have the plywood cut to size at the store and probably the ledger board lumber as well. That thickness will be perfectly safe to walk on unless someone weighs 400 lbs.

That’s probably the simplest way to do it if the door sill is about level with the top of the brick steps. There is another relatively simple way, using joist hangers to attach pieces of 2×4 or 2×6 to the ledger board and then putting plywood or decking on top of them and you can find pictures of that by looking up how decks are attached to houses. Depending on how the door sill is in relation the the brick steps, that might work better. Try http://www.decks.com/article25.aspx

Michael asks…

has anybody used the arbortech carvers?

I would like to start wood carving and I am interested in electric tools to help me roughing shapes out. I am used to metal work, so I have angle grinders and have been looking if there are grinding disks for wood. What I can find are the arbortech kit:

http://woodworker.com/industrial-pro-kit-mssu-952-669.asp

anybody has experience with it? Is it worth the investment?

I have access to tree trunks (a friend helps out in a tree removal business), so I thought I might have some fun. I know I have to store them for a while, but I am not trying to do finish carpentry.

Dusty answers:

The carvers are really good at roughing out shapes but are very aggressive the one i use did snatch on the work very easily but with a bit of practice it was a great tool to use

Daniel asks…

What to get a new bf for Xmas?

We’ve only been together a couple of months now and I have absolutely NO IDEA what he wants for Xmas. I asked him, but he could not come up with anything (although he’s been talking about a gift that he’s going to be getting for me, something that he “knows I will appreciate”).

Anyhow, a bit more about him: he likes big toys – e.g., motorbikes, sleds, expensive tools, etc. – and he really has nothing of sentimental value around his place (he says he never keeps anything because it clutters the place up). He works as a welder, he likes doing carpentry, and he has no family anymore (except for an estranged father that he hasn’t seen in ten years). He doesn’t have any pets right now (his dog was hit by a car a few months back and he still can’t stand the thought of getting another animal), and I don’t really know any of his friends well enough to ask them what he would like (although it sounds to me like they’re stressing over what to get him as well). He doesn’t like sweets, he never watches a movie twice, he doesn’t wear jewelry, and he’s been out on his own for many years now (so there’s nothing he needs for around the house).

What the heck can I get him?
I effing hate Xmas. Seriously.
And thanks for the laugh, Izzy :)

Dusty answers:

Depends on your budget really. I’m sure you’ll be able to find him something, you just need some help with coming up with a list of ideas.

Try using an online “Gift generator”. Although you may not find anything right away, you will atleast have a ton of ideas to work form.

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Mark asks…

What can I get my new bf for Xmas?

We’ve only been together a couple of months now and I have absolutely NO IDEA what he wants for Xmas. I asked him, but he could not come up with anything (although he’s been talking about a gift that he’s going to be getting for me, something that he “knows I will appreciate”).

Anyhow, a bit more about him: he likes big toys – e.g., motorbikes, sleds, expensive tools, etc. – and he really has nothing of sentimental value around his place (he says he never keeps anything because it clutters the place up). He works as a welder, he likes doing carpentry, and he has no family anymore (except for an estranged father that he hasn’t seen in ten years). He doesn’t have any pets right now (his dog was hit by a car a few months back and he still can’t stand the thought of getting another animal), and I don’t really know any of his friends well enough to ask them what he would like (although it sounds to me like they’re stressing over what to get him as well). He doesn’t like sweets, he never watches a movie twice, he doesn’t wear jewelry, and he’s been out on his own for many years now (so there’s nothing he needs for around the house).

What the heck can I get him?

Dusty answers:

Here are my suggestions:
1) A gift card for a tool store so he can buy new tools.
2) A new tool box or tool belt.
3) Homemade coupons for massages from you, a home cooked dinner from you, etc.
4) Nice smelling men’s bath shower gels.
5) A t-shirt.

Sharon asks…

How to make an indent in wood?

I’m making a bed as my room is too small for a double and two people in a single to making me lose sleep !

I already have a design, measurements a wood source and i have borrowed some tools.

But I am completely stuck about how I am going to make an indent in the wood, the reason I need the indent is because I plan to have removable legs so the extension can slide on top of the other without any protrusions. The only simple way I thought I would make this so, would be detachable legs, with an indent in the frame to allow a fixture for the legs. The indent needs to be about 1 cm – 2 cm and square to allow for the shape of the legs.

I have read books on carpentry but none have shown me how I could do this, any help is appreciated !

Many thanks

Lewis

Dusty answers:

Go to the library and get the book called Collins Complete Wood Workers Manual by Albert Jackson and David Day ISBN 0-00-414005-2. This book will give you all the design and wood working information that you will require.Go do it Lewis

Lisa asks…

Is my tutor being a hard ass to me?

I’m doing a Carpentry course at my college and my tutor has been giving me some grief….well I think. Today I completed a wooden frame for a assessment and finished an hour before the dead line…there was a small bit of damage which I had done to it using power tools and a I asked the day before it this was ok and he replied with “yeah that is fine don’t worry about it” so I carried on with the frame and spent 3 hours today making it look nice by using a plainer and sanding it down…when he walked past and picked the frame up and said “I’m not accepting that” so I offered to do it again and he said I didn’t have time and would be failing the Unit and assessment. I was also a hour late today for the first time in six months….when I walked in to the workshop….he took me to one side and said if you are late next week I will flip a coin and if it lands on heads then I’m gonna kick you off the course…I took this as a joke,even though he wasn’t laughing or smiling…..as I was leaving the workshop he said to me “don’t forget our little arrangement” he was referring to kicking me off the course if I was late again as stated. It’s worth mentioning that I have 100% attendance and have never been in trouble in the classroom for miss behaving….he was also telling us how another boy in his other set has 55% attendance and this boy is still in his class!!?? how should I approach this? he is also ex British Royal Marines and is a real hard ass who runs his class with military precision..he looks like he has killed a few people in his life. I thank you in advance. How shall I deal with this?

Dusty answers:

Maybe he thinks you have potential and is testing you. I would bust my a$$

Mary asks…

I’m planing to….?

i’m planning to build a small 15′ chined hull wooden run-about does anyone have any advice on how to compose the keel….. should i go with a laminated keel or a single solid member …. i plan to use the boat on both fresh and salt water in the puget sound area i also intend to do some small time crab fishing in the puget sound area also are there any special tools i need besides the carpenters basics (circular saw, reciprocating saw, power drill, clamps, table saw)? i have experiance in carpentry and boating but not boat building

Dusty answers:

Http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=boatbuilding+forums
Boatbuilding requires a person that likes to have his/her spirit crushed.
Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it!
I’m no great teacher/explainer, but you should find some people who are more than happy to walk you through the process on one of these forums.
Go with the laminated keel.
Also, get a low angle adjustable mouth block plane (1 1/2″ wide, they can do more than a 2″ wide one can), a mallet, chisels, definitely need some scrapers (burnished = sharp) and probably a rabbit plane (among other things).
Most important! Know how to sharpen (razor sharp!), and always keep your tools SHARP!
This in itself will save you tons of grief.

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Maria asks…

Hire a space and a leather sewing machine. Brisbane?

I’m wanting to kickstart my leather handbag/wallet making business. I have an old sturdy sewing machine at home but it just isn’t quite strong enough to sew the varying thicknesses of leather that I want to join. I’ve broken many needles and thread and its just not worth the hassle. So, I’d like to take my leather to a place and hire an industrial leather sewing machine and the space (I assume it would need to be after hours which is ok). I’m in Brisbane inner north. Apparently there is a place that does a similar thing for people wanting to do woodwork/carpentry. They go to and industrial shed and hire a work bench and associated power tools for the day or half day etc. Can anyone advise if there is such a place for sewers. thanks

Dusty answers:

Ask the “place” that has the woodworkers.

Susan asks…

How do I make a long lasting artificial oak/maple tree for my daughters room?

Hi, I’m interested my making an artificial tree to fix into the corner of my daughters room to stretch from roots on the floor to branches that stem out at the top and go into/follow the ceiling. I’m trying to find a method that will allow me to build it in a realistic/whimsical manner (think Mr. Sanders tree off of winnie the pooh). I have no idea what materials to use, or whether it should be hollow with a surface or built with a core of something like Styrofoam. I’d like to build it so it’s part of the house and so it will last a long time. besides the initial structure I’m interested in how to apply a realistic bark texture, I’ve heard of silicon flexible mats you can use to apply texture for things like ceramics but don’t know where to find them or what types of materials they could work with besides ceramics. I have a good background in carpentry and I’m an art teacher with lots of studio background; also I have a large arsenal of power tools so don’t be afraid to offer solutions that involve table saws, routers, cement mixers, etc. Any information you can offer, or links you know of that could help me with this would be really appreciated,thanks for your help.

Dusty answers:

It occurred to me that what you want to do is similar to a theatre prop, so maybe these two, or similar sites, could be helpful. I found these two doing a search for “prop making”:

http://www.ehow.com/prop-making/

http://www.studiocreations.com/howto/

Sharon asks…

anyone ever built an overhead garage door?

I purchased a home last year. it was built in 1956…The garage door is in fine shape, but sticks too often to say its a non-issue. I do have minimal carpentry experiece in that I can run base or crown, fab and trim a window sill, and construct a wall or tear one down and replace it with a beam. My problem is I cannot find a how to on constructing a garage door. I want to know if this is something I can tackle? Because, the alternitive of a new steel door would not mesh with the look of the old house as you can imagine. Any sound advise helps. I need to know evrything from the most basic to potential problems to necessary tools please advise…

Dusty answers:

Mark it to see where it is sticking, sand or cut off the obstuction. Use line chalk on the rails. You may have a rail that moved out of position or lost some of its fasteners causing a bind periodically. Does weather have anything to do with your problem?

Mark asks…

Need to find employment in Springfield Missouri?

Hi my family and are moving to Missouri at the end of October.
This is not up for debate, we have to move because of a sever medical allergy that my wife has. She is allergic to fire ants which are everywhere here in Texas. She got bit at the first of September and I watched her almost die in my arms.
Anyway Missouri does not have these fire ants. This is the only thing she is allergic to.
Anyway I need to find me a job, otherwise I will be forced to come back to Texas and leave the family in Missouri. I do not want to do this.
Anyway here is my resume, if you know of any manufacturing, machine shop in the area that is looking for someone please let me know. I am also open to ideas.
Here is my work history.

EFCO Machine and Welding Shop

Manual machine shop lead man.
Job description
As lead man of over the manual machine shop I work one on one with engineers from companies that we provide services to. I have direct contact with other customers that have parts in need of repair.
In every case I discuss the best way to repair or to build what the customer needs.

I design fixtures for the CNC production department. This is done by keeping two important things in mind, quality and cycle time.
I conceive an idea; draw up prints for the parts that will be needed to make the fixture. I draw the prints using AutoCAD.

I delegate work to employee’s if the employee’s are busy I will machine the parts myself.
I perform the task needed using Drill presses, manual lathes, break presses, welding, CNC equipment, hydraulic press, AutoCAD, manual mill, and other hand tools.

1997-2001 Henley Healthcare ( no longer in business)
Job title Fabrication department supervisor
Supervised 18 employees. From a forecast I planned work for employees. Also served as quality control for the department. When I took the department over the quality of the parts and the rejects went down by 25%. I improved proscess to increase effeciency and quality. Machinery in department include manual mills, manual lathe, break presses, tubing bender, punch press, and welding. Set up maintenance schedules for all machinery in the plant to comply with ISO 9000 certification and made sure the schedules were carried out.
Performed maintenance through the plant to include mechanical repair, electrical troubleshooting, plumbing, saws, painting, drywall and other. I maintained employee records for vacation, sick time and submitted weekly employee hours.
I did all the purchasing of supplies for the department. I interviewed new employees and was also responsible for termination of employee’s if needed.

1996-1997 Manor Care Health Services Job title Maintance Director
Performed maintenance for the nursing home facility to include, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, drywall, painting, and mechanical repair. Inspected the facility to make sure state standards were being met. Co-person on safety committee. In charge of purchasing supplies and new equipment for facility.
When state inspection was done the maintenance through the facility had zero faults.

1994-1995Texas Hydraulics Job title CNC machinist
Ran production on CNC lathe’s using morsiki lathe’s SL25, 35, 40 and 60
Used calipers, tweezer gauges, bore gauges, micrometers to insure the parts were within tolerances.

1989-1994Scott & White Hospital
Job title Shift lead man
Performed maintenance as needed through out the hospital. Equipment to include, dietary equipment, laundry equipment, pneumatic tube system, fire alarm system and other equipment though the hospital.
Troubleshoot electrical problems, plumbing, on the fire and rescue team.
Attended to any and all maintenance problems in the hospital.

Dusty answers:

I was just looking at some jobs in Missouri. Go to Yahoo’s home page and click on HotJobs. There were a few that may suit you. Good luck.

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Mary asks…

How does someone make an egress window from an existing window in a basement?

My husband, his dad, and my dad have quite a bit of carpentry, construction, and concrete knowledge and skills. We need to make an egress out of an existing window in our basement in order to make another bedroom down there. We also have access to a lot of tools because my father-in-law is assistant manager at a local True Value store and they have lots of large tools that they rent out. We want to do this ourselves. We have to remove the existing window and make the opening bigger to put in a larger window. We would need to dig out some the land beside the house to have access to the window. I did check with codes in our area and found out the window opening would need to be 4ft x 4ft to be legal and up to code. Our basement walls are made of hollow concrete block from when the house was built in 1930. How would we go about doing this and what tools and other materials would we need?
I haven’t discussed this with my husband or fathers yet. I have just been doing some research on this to figure out if we can do it ourselves to save money or if we are going to hire someone to do it for us.
My husband, dad, and father-in-law are still capable of doing manual labor

Dusty answers:

They probably know what is involved. U have to cut out the foundation with a saw that mounts to the wall to cut a straight line. Then u have to place a frame in the opening. You also have to dig out enough dirt to allow access. U will need either a preformed outside well or make one yourself from cement block. I was talking to a contractor the other day about this kind of project and he estimated a 3 to 4 thousand dollar job to have it done.

Sandy asks…

Funny or not?

A lady places an ad in her local supermarket looking for a handyman.
The next day, a bloke knocks on the door.
G’day Lady, I’m here about the job.”
“Can you paint,” she asks?
“No, I have bad sinuses and the fumes make me sick.”
“Well, could you clean my spouts out then,” she asks?
“No, sorry, I have vertigo, can’t stand heights.”
“OK, what about mowing then?”
“No, can’t mow, I get hayfever.”
“What about carpentry, can you do that?”
“No, I’m afraid not, I have bad arthritis in my wrists, can’t use tools at all without great pain.”
“Seems to me,” says the Lady, “You don’t have much going for you, so why do you think you’re handy?”
“I live around the corner…..”

Dusty answers:

What? I think that’s a crappy joke!! “Haha!! So Witty!! Handy! Around the corner!! Indeed!!” It SUCKS!! Sorry, but it does!

Donald asks…

Do they ever show electrical wiring projects on DIY shows on TV?

I’ve seen a lot of shows lately on the DIY channel and HGTV, and even on local PBS where they show in detail a carpentry project (installing a door, or finish carpentry). They describe in detail (about a 20-minute segment) all the steps they’re doing, the tools and materials they’re using, etc. But I’ve never seen that with an electrical project, other than a 2-minute segment where they replace an existing switch or outlet or hang a ceiling fan. I’ve never seen a 20-minute segment that details a new circuit actually being installed, including installing boxes, running wires, and making connections (including the ones in the main service panel).

Dusty answers:

They don’t bother covering it in too much depth because there are a lot of electrical codes to contend with depending on where you live. There are basics that are true in most cases such as the gauge of wire or number of outlets on a circuit but different localities have different requirements. Even licensed electricians run up against issues from town to town. Every electrical inspector has his own preferences.

I like doing electrical work but I spent a few years working as a helper in construction. What I like about electrical work is that it is cleaner and more straight forward than other types of work. But you really need to know what you are doing and have the proper tools.

Below are a slew of How To videos.

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Richard asks…

how to start a business?

I want to start my own carpentry business, where do I start? I know I will need all my own tools and transport, but how do I all the legal side of things like insurance, tax, do I need permission to start a buisness?
I have a good job working for someone and I’m terrorfied of taking this next step.
my boss is not too friendly so advice from him is not going to happen.
how do I even get work
sorry there are just too many questions to get my head round.
help
thanks brutus, Im living in Ireland so advise on uk or Irish business would be great

Dusty answers:

Http://www.score.org and http://www.sba.gov are 2 great places to start your informationi search.

Being terrified and having “just too many questions” are great signs that say you care about this enough to want to do things right.

Yes, thinking about starting your own business CAN be the most terrifying process. It’s scary because we are breaking free of our comfort zone. Like it of not, our jobs have always been our safety net.

I went through that phase over 5 years ago when the company I worked for went bust and they were laying off staff. My wife and I decided that even though it would be tough, we just HAD to take control of our own destiny. So we decided to start our own home based food delivery business.

In many ways, we were in the same boat as you are right now. We had ZERO knowledge about running a business. We only knew my wife was a fantastic cook – just like you may have minimal knowledge right now, but you know that you have the ONE critical skill you need – carpentry.

Anyway, here’s a couple of things you can do to help you learn the ropes as you prepare for the big move :

- If it’s possible in any way, take note of how your boss does things. There are lots of ways you can do this : be friendly with his customers and have a casual chat, learn from the sales and marketing staff, accounting staff etc.

- Find out where he is getting his supplies from. Very often, this just means you keep and eye out for the delivery truck or van, and take note of the address and contact number. Then check them out.

- Start to ask your friends and family if they have carpentry jobs that you can do. Work at these jobs over the weekends or in the evenings.

- As you learn to handle accounts (jobs) on your own, strat thinking of upgrading your equipment and workshop. You can do this slowly. Other than preparing you for taking on bigger jobs, this also helps assure you mentally that you are capable of running things ON YOUR OWN.

I leave you with a valuable lesson I’ve learnt from a lady who sells noodles near where I live. She says she has only ONE skill in this world – making noodles – and she does it well. She’s done it for almost thirty years and managed to put her 4 kids through college. For as long as I can remember, she’s been sellling noodles. She may have started out living in a shack, but she now owns 3 homes and 2 cars. Her secret : Just because you have only one skill, use it well, hone it, and live frugally. Many people can do well to learn from her.

So my friend, if you have only one skill in this world and you use it well, you have as much chance of being a huge success as the next guy.

I wish you all the best.

Andrew

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Chris asks…

Truck that was bought for me is in my name/Title & Registration but the person that bought the truck wont give

Its been 8 days without my truck & I need to know what I should do today? I want to get my truck back by tomm?
I recently did 60 days in jail for #### & Let the customer know I was going away at the time & she said don’t worry cause they didn’t have the money anyway to do any work cause they were broke? They bought me a truck on March 10th 2008 cause my ex took mine to Nevada w/my tools & furniture while I was in jail for a week the first time for unpaid tickets she got & never paid. We agreed that I would do work for them to pay off the credit cahttp://truckcontractrd they used to buy my truck which is in my name (Title & Registration) Nothing on or in has their name on it! Never did they say how long to take to pay it off or if i am not working on their house they get to keep truck? Well when I went to jail I told my friend to let them know if they wanted to use truck while I was in jail they could? So they came to get truck,keys & my friend gave them the title also cause she did’nt know better?Again all of that is in my name. Now I have been out for a week & these people who I once considered the nicest people I had ever met have turned midevil & said they are keeping truck till they are ready to do work in two or more weeks cause they feel I will not pay them back for some reason? I have never gave them any inclination or thoughts in their minds to think this way & cant understand it? Now we wrote up a contract that Does’nt say anywhere in it that they can keep it if they don’t have work for me nor does it say how long i have to pay it back? They are trying to now say That they had work for me while I was in jail & screwed them over which is a bold face lie cause they have no materials & have told me since I got out that the windows wont be in for 2 more weeks & that is the only & next faze to do!! They try saying that they were going to ad on in back but again another lie cause they never went to city hall to look into getting permits that are needed before any addition work can be done. Now they tell me they are waiting for an app. w/a attorney to make a new contract & in it I have to agree to pay 500.00 up front & make payments before they will give me keys & tell me where my truck is? I already worked off about 300.00 & now have missed 7 days of work which if charged my normal rate of 40.00per hour would be $40 x 56 hours= $2,240 in lost wages instead I am sitting around my friends I am staying with doing nothing & going nowhere cause I have no vehicle which also has my tools in the tool box in back which I cant get cause they wont let me? Can I sue them for lost wages & call police & have them arrested for theft of my truck & tools?? The contract we both signed reads as follows;;; I Jane doe(them) on march 10,2008 purchased Dave a Dodge truck as advanced payment for carpentry work in the same amount to be done on my home by (ME). In the event that something happens to (ME) ,or work equaling this amount plus 10% interest ($1,732.32 + $173.23 =$1,905.55) is not recouped. ownership of the vehicle should be immediately transferred to the purchaser,(THEM) If partial work is completed not equaling the full amount of the vehicle plus 10% interest (1,905.55) the purchaser will pay (ME) cash for the performed work minus the 10% interest,& ownership of the vehicle will be transfer to the purchaser,(THEM)//// No where in the contract does it say how long I have to pay off? They get to keep it (TRUCK)if they don’t have work for me, & they had no work while I was away,bought any or ordered any materials to do work nor do they have any materials laying around waiting for me to do work? We both signed the bottom of contract that reads *I (ME) am in agreement with this contract & will consider it legally binding & comply with it’s terms. (Now I know I am not stupid & if I am correct they are breaking contract & I should be able to sue them for lost wages? Breech of contract

Dusty answers:

Frankly, I don’t have the time to try to wade though what you’re asking, but on skimming it, I’d advise you walk away from this deal and cut your losses.

Charles asks…

Why does my dad keep hasseling me?

I’m doing a 4 month course at TAFE for carpentry. My dad neither payed for the course or any of my textbooks/tools, but everytime I have a day off he says things like “That isn’t good” and “Do I need to buy you a new alarm clock?”. It’s none of his business how I’m doing in my course, I’m 19 and he didn’t pay for any of it, everytime I have a day off he asks me “How was Tech?” which annoys me because if I ask him “How was work?” he just mumbles and groans.

How do I get him to just leave me alone?

Dusty answers:

He’s your Dad. I’m sure he wants to see you do well. As a parent, you are a reflection of him (like it or not). It seems that he lacks communication skills and can’t get what he wants to say (bad or gd) off his chest. Just ignore it and do you, but be respectful…. He is your dad and you are still living his roof (at 19) he can ask you to leave if and when you decide to show your a**.

David asks…

Pow (Problem Of The Week)?

Sau is helping his brother Jasondo carpentry and general repir and repair jobs. Jason gave Saul some money for supplies. Saul bought some tools for $20.80, and then spent one half of what was left for wood. He spent one thing of what was left after that on paint and another third on buckets and brushes, and he returned with $13.20.
How much money did Jason give Saul?

Can u please show yur work like how u did it plz!!!!!!
thnx!!!!xD
I AM SOOOO SRRY!!!!I DID IT WRONG SOOO DONT READ THAT ONE READ THIS!OK!!

Sau is helping his brother Jason do carpentry and general repair and repair jobs. Jason gave Saul some money for supplies. Saul bought some tools for $20.80, and then spent one half of what was left for wood. He spent one third of what was left after that on paint and another third on buckets and brushes, and he returned with $13.20.

Dusty answers:

You really just have to think of the money he has left after he spent the first $20.80.

Think of the part he had left as a pie chart. He spent half of what was left on wood. Shade out half of the pie chart.

He spent one third of the rest on paint. Shade a third of the previously unshaded part of the chart – which is really a sixth.

He spent another third on buckets/brushes. Shade another part which is really a sixth.

Do you see that he only has one-sixth left unshaded? And that’s the amount he came back with = 13.20.

So $13.20 is one-sixth of what he had left after he bought the tools.
$13.20 times 6 = what he had left after he bought the tools.
$13.20 x 6 = $79.20

Then add on the $20.80 he spent on tools.
$79.20 + $20.80 = $100.00

That’s how much he had in the first place.

Sandra asks…

Boyfriends Birthday?

Well my boyfriends birthday is coming up on May 11. We have been living together for 2 years, and I always find it hard to find something thats of interest for him that he doesn’t already have. He’s into carpentry but he has every tool going, he has so many clothes I dont no what to do with them, he’s not into video games or anything like that. I want to buy him something really nice and make it a special birthday but am not to sure what to get him.. any ideas??

Dusty answers:

Maybe you should by him a watch… And take him out for a dinner and a movie…
Are make him a candle light dinner at home and have you for his dessert..
Or you could just make him something..
Some times the best gifts can be hand made and that is all up to you..
But what ever you do GOOD LUCK!

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Ken asks…

Was Noah a better carpenter than Jesus?

we no evidence whatsoever in the Bible to suggest Jesus was very good at His original trade (carpentry), but Noah is said to have built (and engineered!) the largest wooden ship of all time, ingeniusly figuring out how to defy the laws of physics in the process. And he built it with even more primitive tools than Jesus had, centuries later!

Dusty answers:

And large enough to store a pair of every single animal in the World!

Unbelievable!

Linda asks…

why can’t i find a job?

i can weld,do body work,pretty much anything bumper to bumper on a car,plumbing small electrical,carpentry.im not one to go work in a factory,or as i call it the soap opera,your local fast food joint etc.i even do some landscaping.but a lot of jobs out there require 2yrs exp,proven,lets say in carpentry,i can do it but dont have the paper work to prove it.all the local auto dealers are jerks treat you like your 5 .plus the fact that the 2 jobs i had provided tools so i really dont have any for the jobs that say ,must have own tools.nor the money to buy them.im a small company type of person,but nobody’s hiring .i am going to try on line schooling for hvac,wich ive always been interested in.but right now i need a job .i live in eastern ct.i think the problem might be the economy or just the area.the reason im not working now is my last job got slow.help please.
P.S. ive done all the on-line job search sights,no luck.

Dusty answers:

Oh I certainly know where you’re coming from. My fiance has the same trouble – he’s got all the expertise but poor work history not to mention no college degree.. Yet.
It could very well be the area you live in doesn’t have much job opportunity. It’s the same way here.. If you don’t have a degree, you’re pretty much stuck flipping burgers or some other dead end job. I’m actually lucky to have found the job I’m at now. Excellent.
I would say, don’t give up. I know things are tough right now, and it’s hard to see the forest for the trees, but good things are always worth waiting for. You should check a lot of these online sites like http://monster.com or http://careerbuilder.com or http://newlondon.craigslist.org/ and the like. Put a resume up. Even if you have to move areas, if you find a job that will pay you enough, I would say it would be worth it to move.

Good luck to you and hang in there.

Donna asks…

Which skil saw is a better buy?

I’m looking at getting a skil saw for my father, since his is so old and is starting to die out. The two that sears carries are here: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00928381000P?vName=Tools&cName=Portable+Power+Tools&sName=Circular+Saws

and here: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00927628000P?vName=Tools&cName=Portable+Power+Tools&sName=Circular+Saws

Why is there such a large price difference? My mother told me that a skil saw is generally about $50. If the $180 dollar one is THAT much better, then I’d rather get him that one. However, if they are both good purchases, I’d probably go with the $50 dollar one, since I already bought him a PS3 for father’s day as well. Carpentry is his hobby, so I want to make sure I get him a good saw–but he doesn’t need anything crazy.

Opinions?
FunNsmiles:
Thank you so much! I didn’t even think about cordless! (I’m good with tools, but know nothing about them.)

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/s_10153_12605_Tools_Portable+Power+Tools_Circular+Saws#viewItems=20&pageNum=1&sortOption=ORIGINAL_SORT_ORDER&&filter=Power+Type|Cordless^Price|3.99-170&lastFilter=Price

I’ve narrowed my choices down to anything under $200, since I’m on a tight budget. You mentioned that because it’s a hobby, a less expensive tool would be adequate. I’m considering the “Craftsman Professional 20 volt Lithium-Ion Circular Saw with Laser Trac and LED Work Light” now because it seems to have a lot of useful features, and it’s from a company my father trusts.
Oops, here is the link: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00928102000P?vName=Tools&cName=Portable+Power+Tools&sName=Circular+Saws

Dusty answers:

I LOVE this question! Ok! Yes the Craftsman is the best way to go. And the Laser has to be the best thing to happen to a hand held saw since electricity. He will really appreciate it when making a cut. It is much safer. A big plus is you can add to his collection and they all can use the same battery and charger. One thing they do not show is the case it comes in . Very nice !

“Consumers have ranked the Craftsman brand second (surpassed only by Waterford crystal) in terms of quality. [1] In 2007, Craftsman was named “America’s Most Trusted Brand” and brand with “Highest Expectations”.

Mary asks…

Its been 8 days without my truck & I need to know what I should do today? I want to get my truck back by tomm?

I recently did 60 days in jail for #### & Let the customer know I was going away at the time & she said don’t worry cause they didn’t have the money anyway to do any work cause they were broke? They bought me a truck on March 10th 2008 cause my ex took mine to Nevada w/my tools & furniture while I was in jail for a week the first time for unpaid tickets she got & never paid. We agreed that I would do work for them to pay off the credit cahttp://truckcontractrd they used to buy my truck which is in my name (Title & Registration) Nothing on or in has their name on it! Never did they say how long to take to pay it off or if i am not working on their house they get to keep truck? Well when I went to jail I told my friend to let them know if they wanted to use truck while I was in jail they could? So they came to get truck,keys & my friend gave them the title also cause she did’nt know better?Again all of that is in my name. Now I have been out for a week & these people who I once considered the nicest people I had ever met have turned midevil & said they are keeping truck till they are ready to do work in two or more weeks cause they feel I will not pay them back for some reason? I have never gave them any inclination or thoughts in their minds to think this way & cant understand it? Now we wrote up a contract that Does’nt say anywhere in it that they can keep it if they don’t have work for me nor does it say how long i have to pay it back? They are trying to now say That they had work for me while I was in jail & screwed them over which is a bold face lie cause they have no materials & have told me since I got out that the windows wont be in for 2 more weeks & that is the only & next faze to do!! They try saying that they were going to ad on in back but again another lie cause they never went to city hall to look into getting permits that are needed before any addition work can be done. Now they tell me they are waiting for an app. w/a attorney to make a new contract & in it I have to agree to pay 500.00 up front & make payments before they will give me keys & tell me where my truck is? I already worked off about 300.00 & now have missed 7 days of work which if charged my normal rate of 40.00per hour would be $40 x 56 hours= $2,240 in lost wages instead I am sitting around my friends I am staying with doing nothing & going nowhere cause I have no vehicle which also has my tools in the tool box in back which I cant get cause they wont let me? Can I sue them for lost wages & call police & have them arrested for theft of my truck & tools?? The contract we both signed reads as follows;;; I Jane doe(them) on march 10,2008 purchased Dave a Dodge truck as advanced payment for carpentry work in the same amount to be done on my home by (ME). In the event that something happens to (ME) ,or work equaling this amount plus 10% interest ($1,732.32 + $173.23 =$1,905.55) is not recouped. ownership of the vehicle should be immediately transferred to the purchaser,(THEM) If partial work is completed not equaling the full amount of the vehicle plus 10% interest (1,905.55) the purchaser will pay (ME) cash for the performed work minus the 10% interest,& ownership of the vehicle will be transfer to the purchaser,(THEM)//// No where in the contract does it say how long I have to pay off? They get to keep it (TRUCK)if they don’t have work for me, & they had no work while I was away,bought any or ordered any materials to do work nor do they have any materials laying around waiting for me to do work? We both signed the bottom of contract that reads *I (ME) am in agreement with this contract & will consider it legally binding & comply with it’s terms. (Now I know I am not stupid & if I am correct they are breaking contract & I should be able to sue them for lost wages? Breech of contract & maybe have them put in jail for theft? This has made me depressed,sad,sick to my stomach & feeling hopeless cause I have no one to help me out. Thank you for anything anyone can do for me,Dave

Dusty answers:

Right, you can call the police and charge them with conversion if nothing else. In order for them to take the truck for non-performance they have to go to court and get a judgment to enforce the contract. You are right too in that they have not performed their part of the agreement making the contract non-enforceable anyway. The title is in your name and they have no legal right to the vehicle. They can only take a lien, which it does not sound as if they did, when the contract was writen, or go to court to try and enforce the contract. Otherwise they have broken the law and the police should find your truck and return it. Even if they have the title it must be signed by you for them to change it. If they have then it is forgery and grand theft auto. You also have the argument that the contract is void anyway by their failure to perfom and impossibility. They cannot make a new contract unless you agree to it. Don’t. Also because they have not taken legal action it means they have agreed to wait for you too, they did not put time is of the essence in the contract so any agrument about time to perform is void. By the way, any good atty will tell them that a new contract will not void the old one and if they are that tight they will not pay for an atty to write one, or go to court and try to enforce this one

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Ruth asks…

Notched Axe & Hatchet Heads?

At the hardware store I noticed that many axes “labeled” for carpentry and framing have triangular cuts or notches in the underside of their heads, as opposed to larger camper and fire axes looking normal and lacking any cuts.

Whats the reason for this? It doesn’t appear to be a difference in size, but if its a feature in some specialty tools, what does it do?

Dusty answers:

Not possitive on exact ‘notch’ but:
On farm, we always added a ‘wedged’ angled piece into hole with new handle. When this wedged was pounded into hole with new handle, it prevented axle head to ‘slip’ off during use. However, we pounded the wedge into the top of axle head’s hole.

Nancy asks…

Need help on building stuff?

I went to high school at a vocational school and took carpentry and now I want to start using my skills and start to build different things out of wood so that I can try and sell them to make some money. Now I have only a skill saw and a power dill and hammer that is it so if anyone knows what I can build with only these tools that is simple and quick and that I can sell for some fast money please let me know.

Dusty answers:

Well, for starters, your tool inventory might just have to be expanded a little. What I mean is this…You will find that you’ll tend to be a lot more creative if you had such tools as a table saw, chop/miter saw, a router w/some bits, air nail gun or guns & an air compressor…I know this sounds like a vast mountain of machinery, but trust me, you’ll be amazed how much more you’ll end up broadening your horizons & your skilll level with these items.
I, myself, happen to be what is called an Architectural Mill-worker”. What this is is a fine finish carpenter and/or master woodworker by trade. Believe it or not, I started my career in my high school wood shop, in the tenth grade. By the time I was a senior, I had generated the school wood shop into pretty much my place of business. What I mean is that a lot of the other students in all the 6 periods of class each day just kind of hung out. The teacher was lucky to get even a simple cutting board out of them.
Well, that all soon changed… I incorporated the help from about 80% of each periods’ students paying them for their efforts, along the while the teacher was grading them as well…What , in the beginning, was soon to be a dropped elective from the school board, turned out to be an amazing & unforgettable experience for me.
After graduating, I continued on volunteering my time & extra materials to this same wood shop for the next twenty four years until its demise a couple of years ago. This was very devastating for me…but I did have to look on the bright side. I helped keep a “God-Given” passion of mine alive for a very long period of time with endless memories along side it.
The moral of me explaining all of this to you, & I hope you do take this to heart, is that if you set your mind in the right direction, you’ll discover an endless supply of talent & a demand for your services…With whatever you end up doing in your life, always remember one thing…You have to this better than anyone else…Don’t worry…this is very possible because I can see that you’re eager & heading in the right direction….
Now, a simple, inexpensive, but lucrative project to build would be the thing that I had mentioned earlier, a cutting board. I don’t know if you have any cabinet makers in your town, but if you do, pay them a visit & ask them if they have any scrap “Hardwood” lumber strips available…Chances are, they will…You then, in turn, glue up these strips creating many different colors/ species & sizes of these cutting boards….A very important sales pitch would be that most everyone these days ,upon having their kitchens remodeled, tend to have granite counter tops installed…mainly for their exquisite natural beauty…However, something that is highly not recommended is for one to cut their edibles on this granite. You see, what this will do is possibly cause expensive repairs & possible surface re-polishing of their granite tops. To top it off, their cutlery will definitely be in need of a regular sharpening more frequently than if they were to be cutting onto a natural hardwood surface…The cutting board….It’s just a thought
Well, I hope that I was able to help your promising future in some way….Also, keep in mind that if you do decide to manufacture these cutting boards that when one is completed, you will have to drench it in vegetable oil…This not only makes it look more like a masterpiecee but it also protects the wood, making it less likely to absorb any possible bacterias that inhibit the foods cut on them…
I tell you what I’m going to do for you…I’m going to sort through my tool collection to see & separate some of the tools that are in abundance. If you are willing to accept what I find, you’re more than welcome to have them…Let me see what I can come up with & we’ll go from there…Please take all of what I just presented to you for what it’s worth & most importantly, always pursue your dreams…Learn from your mistakes & become the master woodworker that you’re destined to be…You’ll do just fine….Take care & try to learn something new everyday of your life…..Respectfully, Steve Hughes…
P.S.- If you are interested in the possible tools I have to offer “For Free” then you can contact me @ chabbycat34@yahoo.com

Robert asks…

Teen business idea help?!?!?

hi! im thinking of starting a business over the summer. Im extremely good with tools and have alot of experience with carpentry. Im 16 and was thinking maybe like a yard service/ fixing things/building w/e. More smaller jobs. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated! thanks! :)

Dusty answers:

It’s not a bad idea…why work for someone else, making them like $200 a day while you only get paid $50, right??

I mean, the economy is tough right now, and there’s lots of things to think about like insurance and stuff like that…

But at 16, I would just do it under-the-table. Just take a few small jobs from local people that don’t really run the risk of you destroying their home or anything like that. Think about advertising on Craigslist, saying you’re a handyman who’s looking for some small jobs.

The economy is bad so it might be tough, but if you do a good job and don’t charge too much, word should get around, ya know?

Good luck, and good thinking!

Mark asks…

Jesus was a liberal. So why do Conservatives use Christianity to promote their political beliefs?

Jeusus didn’t settle down and get a job. Carpentry is not a walk around without tools kind of job. You ever hear about Jesus making furniture or doing cabinets? No, you do not.

He didn’t get married.

He told the power structure (Herod) to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

He told the military industrial complex ( Pontius Pilate) to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

He told the Religious (Pharisees) leaders to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

He told the Bankers (Money Changer)s to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

The power structure sent the Secret Police to kill Jesus cousin, because they thought he was subversive.

His main woman he hung out with was a prostitute.

He hung out with working class people.

He basically said God loved the poor and all rich people where going to Hell.

REPEAT: He said the rich people WERE GOING TO HELL. “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven.”

Jesus FIRST MIRACLE WAS TO MAKE BOOZE FOR GUESTS SO THEY COULD GET DRUNK AND EVERYONE SAID HE MADE GREAT BOOZE.

REPEAT: JESUS FIRST MIRACLE WAS TO MAKE BOOZE SO EVERYONE COULD GET DRUNK.

JESUS DID GAY THINGS:

“New American Standard Bible (©1995)
Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?”

JESUS WAS A LIBERAL. DEAL WITH IT.

Dusty answers:

I’m a Conservative and not a Christian. Conservatism is a political ideology, not a religious one. Besides I highly doubt Jesus would take any political position.

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Your Questions About Carpentry Tools



William asks…

Christians and anyone interested: If Jesus was a miracle worker…?

Why if he spent 30 years as a “normal” man, did he not bring any great new ideas or tools of the trade to carpentry… He is supposed to be the son of god, yet in his chosen profession he failed to excel?
I see alot of you saying.. “thats not what he was sent for.. came for..” blah blah.. no matter what a person does in life it is not worth doing unless you do the best job you can do… from the son of the lord I would expect no less the the best possible work, inlucluding but not limited to being a carpenter! You might not want to think about your “savior” as lacking but if it were me, I would have exceled at everything only providing a strong foundation that I was indeed the son of god and not just some conartist.

Dusty answers:

I don’t think alot of people understand the question.

When I went to bible school, they made a big deal about how he had a normal average Joe job…yet his skill level is never addressed. If his job as a carpenter was so insignificant, why mention it? Is it just to humanize him? He can be the son of god as well as just a man? I would like to think that if they want to go to the trouble to mention he had a day job, that he created something tangible to leave a mark of his existence. It’s kind of pointless trivial information now that I think about it.

David asks…

Do I really have OCD?

Somebody suggested this week that I have mild OCD. It was in college, I study in carpentry and when I get my tools ready on the bench I always line them up and put them in the same place. And my mate sharing the same bench said have you got OCD or something?
And then I thought about it back home then, and I think I have. Lots of things, like, the things on my desk have to be symetrical, such as the speakers have to be in line with eachother. ALL doors have to be shut behind me. The stuff on the coffee table has to be neat, and dont get me started on the tool set in my car.

Would you say this is OCD or am I just organised?
Serious answers only please.
Alice – I dont necessarily flip out, but if someone came along in college and moved my tools around (which they often do to take the mick) I will just tut and say “oh dont do that” and stop what im doing to sort them all out.
D – It doesn’t really bother me. I was just interested to know if it was OCD.
SadieSkelter – I think I agree with you when you say it’s a like thing rather than a need thing. Although, I hate it when people come along and mess it up.

Dusty answers:

Could be ODC mate, i think i may have a mild form of it as well (i cant eat a packet of crisps without folding the empty packet into a triangle and silly stuff like that)

“Lots of things, like, the things on my desk have to be symetrical, such as the speakers have to be in line with eachother. ALL doors have to be shut behind me. The stuff on the coffee table has to be neat, and dont get me started on the tool set in my car.”
:- try not doing these things and if you find it diffulcult or unbearable not to then you may have OCD.

If it bothers you that you might have OCD then go to a doctor and get it diagnosed, or if your like me and you couldnt really care then just accept that its something that makes you unique and carry on with your life.

Hope this helps mate.

Thomas asks…

Word problems. Please help!?

Mariah has two offers for a summer job. She can work in a sandwich shop for $8.40 an hour, or she can do carpentry work for $16 an hour, In order to do the carpentry work, she must spend $950 for tools. For how many hours must Mariah work in order for carpentry to be more profitable than the sandwich shop?
The answer is more than 125 hr I just have no idea how to get that.
I really appreciate any help I can get.

Dusty answers:

Ok, so the difference between her two jobs is 16-8.40 = $7.60 an hour.

Therefore, if she’s got to make up $950 dollars, do 950/7.6 to find the number of hours needed. This equals 125.

So if she works 125 hours, she’ll have made up the cost of the tools. Any more than 125 means that she’s making a profit.

Laura asks…

I need help making a Butcher Block…?

Now let me first say I live in Brooklyn and have little to no access to any serious tools but that does not mean I can’t do carpentry. I just have no room. But, I can get a proper piece of hard wood to use.
My question is this; if I have the lumber yard pre-cut the piece of wood to the dimensions I need, could I just sand and treat with mineral oil?
Oh, one more caveat, all I want is a temporary solution that wont kill me or ruin my knives and food.

Dusty answers:

Don’t use mineral oil… Use olive oil or lemon oil.

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