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Michael asks…

What the hell do I buy my boyfriend for Xmas?

I was planning on getting him this:

http://www.hayneedle.com/outdoor/outdoor-decor/weather-stations_weemsandplathtrysailweathercenter.cfm?srccode=cii_23393768&cpncode=24-117663237-2&source=channel_intelligence_amazon

But decided that its a stupid gift, right? I mean, he doesn’t have a boat and you can just look at the weather on TV, right? I figured it’d be something nice to put on the wall since he just bought a house and doesn’t have any decor, but idk anymore…

HELP!

(He’s into cars, woodworking, and most mechanical things) (He already owns every known woodworking tool)

Denny answers:

Your right you should buy him something for the house
when I want to buy a gift for a friend for there house or office I go to Ikea, Ikea always inspires me
they have cute plants (I think)
good luck

Sharon asks…

Ugly baseboards help!?

My Metal baseboard enclosures are dented rusted and ugly. I could remove them sand them pound out the dents and repaint them but that is alot more work and expenense than you may realize. I have seen just the metal enclosures a lowes but I can not bring myself to spend the money. Just the enclosure for a 6 foot section for example cost about $60. The enclosure with the piping and fins cost only about $10 of $15 bucks more. Are there any other cheaper replacements out there? I thought about building them out of wood ( I probally have every woodworking tool known to man available to me) but I know the wood will expand & contract & eventally warp and look bad also. any suggestions???

Denny answers:

I don’t know about the cost but have you considered a friend or contacting someone in the plumbing and heating business that may have access to a maching they use to bend sheet metal to make ductwork? Might be able to rent the machine too. May or may not be cheaper…

Steven asks…

What does a Laminate Trimmer do?

Can someone explain what it does? I’m new to woodworking and wondering if I need to buy this tool.

And how does it compare to a router?

Denny answers:

Have a look at this link it will show you
http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-use-a-laminate-trimmer/index.html

Donna asks…

boyfriend christmas ideas?

Ok, it’s really hard to get the perfect gift for my boyfriend cause he likes so much. I want to get him alot of things that are on the cheaper side instead of one big thing that’s expensive. He is a firefighter and loves stuff like that which i already got one thing for him in that category. He like tools and woodworking building things. He doesn’t have a fovaorite football team or anything, but what are some ideas of things i can get him and it doesn’t have to be tools or firefighting things just give me some ideas. Person with the best present ideas will win best answer. Thanks everyone!
also i want to get him something he will actually use or look at alot not something that going to sit on a shelf and collect dust.

Denny answers:

It’s smart to start now and you don’t have to feel rushed. You can get him gifts that costs money and gifts such as a book you of tickets that you create such as ( 1 back rub) (1 ticket to shout) 1 ticket to choose the movie you both will go to) those are examples.

I think original gifts always get reactions that you want to catch on camera. Take him on a little getaway, rent a hotel room and have that in a box showing a romantic getaway for two.

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Steven asks…

I need to build a workbench?

I’m an amateur woodsmith and my next project is to build a decent workbench. I don’t have a lot of tools or money for materials but want a solid bench. Does anyone know where I can find plans for a bench of this nature. I’ve surfed the diy sites and woodworking sites and all i find are extremely complicated plans. Thanks.

Denny answers:

There are some easy plans on these sites:

http://www.workbenchdesign.net/

http://www.freeww.com/workbenches.html

http://www.handymanusa.com/articles/workbench.html

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home_journal/woodworking/1273396.html

Good luck…

Lizzie asks…

Is this too much? I have a new BF of a month or so and we are exchanging Christmas gifts. I got him a gift?

card to Lowes (he loves woodworking), offered to take him to a local museum that has a woodworking tool exhibit, told him I’d pay for a woodworking seminar at a local shop, got him Jet Li’s “Fearless” DVD and made his family cookies. Uh, now I’m thinking that’s overkill. He hasn’t even given me my gift yet. Was it too much? Guys, what would you think if you were him?

Denny answers:

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Carol asks…

I am looking for some free information blueprints etc.. to make log furniture (chairs,bed, tables)?

I also would like information on finding bargains on tenon makers or other tools necessary. I am new to woodworking but just inherited some tools and have always been interested any help would be appreciated.

Denny answers:

Try this site:

http://www.smithindustries.com/How-To.html

This company offers a book and video on building log furniture:
http://www.lhgic.com/

Lisa asks…

what should i get for family members! info down below!!!!!:))))))))?

dad-he loves woodworking and tools and gardening

Mom- Jewelry,little decorations and cute little things

16 yr old bro- loves video games scary movies and things like that

14 yr old sister- loves designer everything clothes jewelry anything like that

7 year old twin little brothers- love video games and cool legos and stuff like that

also are there any cute things i should ask for for myself………..(up to 50 for each one) (one big one $500)

and for my bros and sis up to $30 or less would b better

Denny answers:

Dad- Your dad would love a new, advanced Swiss Army Knife ($60.95)

http://www.wengerna.com/evogrip-18-16814

Mom- These earrings are so chic and adorable, your mom won’t be able to help loving them ($38.00)

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=19638196&parentid=BAYNOTE

16 yr old bro- He’d loved this funny scary t-shirt ($19.95)

http://www.snorgtees.com/friday-the-12th

14 yr old sister- To meet your sister’s need to wear designer garb from head to toe without breaking the bank, get her these Juicy Couture undies ($18.00)

http://www1.bloomingdales.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=503465&CategoryID=2910

7 year old twin little brothers- These lego walkie talkies will be a hit with your brothers! They’ll be forced to share them which ensures that you don’t have to get them each an individual present. Therefore, you avoid a situation in which they might be fighting over the other’s gift ($28.00)
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=80&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=16742348&parentid=SHOP_GIFTSBYTYPE8&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,&navCount=288&navAction=jump&color=&pushId=SHOP_GIFTSBYTYPE8&popId=SHOP_GIFTSBYTYPEGATEWAY&prepushId=&selectedProductSize=

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Donald asks…

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

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

Denny answers:

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

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

Steven asks…

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

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

It should be able to weigh something

25cm x 25cm x 100cm or less

2kg or less

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

Denny answers:

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

Ruth asks…

How do I discourage a weird guy?

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

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

Denny answers:

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

Mark asks…

what are your basic tools for building furniture?

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

Denny answers:

Safety Goggles – protect your eyes

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

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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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