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I think that your thoughts on attaching the top with buttons is about right but I have never used turn buttons on an outdoor project so my opinion is not based on very much. That is a beautiful table top by the way. It would be a shame to let it get rained on. — Jim
Hi GfB, I can certainly identify with what you are saying about time to finish a project. The most important thing is that you take enough time to do quality work. Speed will come when you become more familiar with working with your hands. This reminds me of tying fishing flies. When I start a new pattern it takes a couple of minutes to complete a pattern but after a while I can tie 50 – 60 in an hour. I think the same thing applies to woodworking projects. Most of my time on a new project is thinking what I will do next and how I will do it, not in the actual measuring, sawing, planing etc. Like most things speed will come naturally as you progress your skills. Like I said previously, quality of work is your first goal. –Jim
Hi Seth, For a rip saw you will probably want something between 5 and 7 teeth per inch. A 10 tpi saw will cut very slowly compared to a 5 tpi. If you are a beginner at sharpening or re toothing you might want to practice on your old saws instead or before selling them. If you get it right you will want to keep them. I have been woodworking for more than 60 years and have not ever used a new saw of my own. I have dozens of older saws and they cut with the best of them once they are sharpened properly. It takes a little practice though. Most of my flea market saws are way out of whack but they can be saved. I’m always amazed when I occasionally find one that has been sharpened properly and priced at one or two dollars. If the handles are in bad shape it’s a rather simple project to make a new one. In any case, enjoy your your saws. –Jim
David, I think that your bookends turned out great. They appear to be a very good skill building project and it is very useful to have bookends. It seems that some people think that they are too modern for books but I love them and have many. I have always believed that you can tell a lot about a person by the books on his book shelf. Read a lot and buy quite a few of them. I worked hard to instill a love for books in my own children and it took to some extent. I enjoy looking at their bookcases and reading the titles. –Jim
I made a portable woodworking bench for traveling to trade fairs. I used the plan from Roy Underhill’s book, The Woodwright’s Apprentice. I made it six feet long but it could be any length. I made the legs slightly thicker than the plan. It has worked out very well and everyone that has used it is impressed. Instead of just a hook I made a leg vise for the left front. You can add a bottom shelf and stack tool boxes on it for weight and stability. I didn’t include the tool well as they don’t work out for me. Roy has other plans in the book that you may want to build also. I have made several of the other items in the book but be advised that his plans are sometimes short on details. I don’t have an issue with it but a beginner might have a problem figuring things out. If you want to go that route I can send you a picture of my bench and extras. –Jim
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I’m fairly sure that you will like it here as Paul is a great teacher and has a great crew helping out.
I’m a lot like you as my father and most of my uncles were carpenters. I started woodworking at about the age of seven. I got away from it but have been back at it for some years and really enjoy it.