Woodworking Or Building Stuff.....anyone?

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well I think I would enjoy the woodwork, but have only done a little. have you seen the utube videos on springpole wood lathes . its the way our ancesters did it before electricity. you might like it. make your own spindle for chairs and legs for chair and tables, also shave horse to use draw knife to rough out wood for lathe.

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Posted a few pics of a simple bookcase in pic section, and that's close to my limits as a beginner.  Did our dining table a couple years ago and it was a long process, yet very relaxing.  Wondering if any others do carpentry in their spare time.  I do all mine by hand, with no power tools.  The hand sanding is very mentally soothing.  I have an active mind and it seems to relax me, just focusing on the wood and potential coco splinters...haha.  Anyone else?

Well. I like to do CONSTRUCTIONS, when I need something, BUT only at a good FUNCTION level, I don't bother about LOOK, and I realy DISLIKE sanding.   Back in school I even switched to sewing, because there I didn't need to do any sanding  :mocking:

 

In Sweden I have done of SAVE MONEY reason (e g big part of house extension) but in Phils I suppouse I will NEVER do any carpenting, because it cost so litle let a Filipino doing it.  But perhaps I will do some of FRUSTRATION  :lol:  to get it CORECT if the hired Filipino make to much errors...

 

(Concerning relaxing/avtivating myself, I like OTHER things much better e g canoeing or play table tennis or some "thinking activity".)

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I enjoy woodworking, did a lot with Dad and grand.  Love using the planes and sanding blocks, I have a hard time assembling though as most hammers are right handed and I am not.

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most hammers are right handed

 

:bash:  Left handed hammers???? being a southpaw myself, I have always raged about right handed tools but have never heard of left handed hammers?????????? :hystery:  Hope your pulling our chain lolololololol.....

 

But straying a bit, I cook for fun, and I brought all my left handed spatulas etc with me, left handed stuff hard to find here. :th_unfair:

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I started woodworking when I was in junior high... We had a great wood shop in the school. I didn't really get back into it until my ex talked me into opening the Arts and Crafts store... We had our own woodshop for doing cutouts for the craft painters and eventually progressed to furniture and cabinetry... Even had one Christmas when we contracted to build products for one international chain known for their fine wood furniture (local site only) as they were having distribution issues... And, yes, I intend to get back into it again as soon as I have the free space!

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Scott  Right-handed hammers leave the nails on your left hand blue :as-if:  

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Unfortunately I didn't bring my woodworking hand tools with me when I left the US (big mistake) I thought surely they would have them here ..... WRONG .... some yes but the real neat ones no .... finally found a straight spoke shave after years of looking and never have found ones with a concave, or convex soles .... simple things like GOOD wood bits or wooden planes in sizes other than block ...... trim or finishing seem to be non-existent .... haven't found a draw-knife yet or corner chisels for making mortise and tenon joints ...... when we lived in Cebu I found  it much more conducive to find woodworking tools although not of the caliber of those back in the US but still usable but with constant sharpening ..... here in Bacolod I'm not so lucky but very thankful I made quite a few purchases before we moved here from Cebu ....

 

Good news is that lumber is cheaper here if you don't mind buying quarter sawed stuff and finishing it yourself .... oh yea ..... forget about the sizes of wood you are used to .... sizes here are NOT what you would expect .... length is usually OK but width and thickness is very much different .... so if you plan or design a table top of 4ft by 6ft .... using 2x6's you 4ft will be likely 3ft 6in. ..... length will be OK .... I used 2in thickness because your actual thickness will more than likely be 1 1/2 to 1 1/4 .... still haven't figured out how they measure it ....

 

And my biggest disappointment in wood is not being able to to find dowel rods in various dia. or lengths .... hell .... I'd settle for dowel rods of ANY dis. ..... and also wooden wedges are no where to be found .... now I know you can make these two items but the time involved and the lack of proper hand tools makes this little job almost impossible .... (I have resorted to using some bamboo for dowel rods in the past .....  :mocking: )

 

Oh well enough as I could go on for hours at the risk of boring you to death .... :tiphat:  :hystery:  :hystery:

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