Official Woodworking Thread

Good Ol' Boy

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I was a general carpenter professionally for many years as well as a hobby woodworker.

Now I work at a "lumber mill" which is really just a glorified woodworking shop. We do make dimensioned wood and custom moldings, along with doors and windows but its so much more than that. Needless to say I love my job.

Anyhow this thread is about the hobby of WW'ing and to show off anything folks on here might have done.

I'll start it off. I'm a turner by heart but have done other things.
 

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Good Ol' Boy

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Selena

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The clock stand (middle of the last row) is beautiful work. My husband enjoys woodworking to the degree I usually have to stack the firewood because he will invariably find that half of them have "interesting grain" and they disappear into the shop to season.
 

doubleh

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I also work in metal and made the bolt handle, knob, trigger guard, muzzle devise, and the buttplate. I also made the hog saddle type clamp on the tripod.
 

theotherwaldo

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I've never been any good at fine woodwork. I'd probably split a 4X8 if I tried to drive in a thumb tack.
No, I prefer to weld, machine, do wheel-thrown or hand-built pottery, concrete work or most other plastic- or fluid-based crafts.
I can do basic construction - if you don't look to closely at the details... .
 

Good Ol' Boy

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The clock stand (middle of the last row) is beautiful work. My husband enjoys woodworking to the degree I usually have to stack the firewood because he will invariably find that half of them have "interesting grain" and they disappear into the shop to season.


Lol I'm the same way except I stack our firewood not my wife, so I get to go through it.

The very first picture I posted was a piece of spalted Red Oak that was in the firewood pile.

Here's a recent piece I turned of Aromatic Ceder from a tree cut on our property. It had been drying for 2yrs and I have a bunch more logs ready to turn.
 

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Selena

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Lol I'm the same way except I stack our firewood not my wife, so I get to go through it.

The very first picture I posted was a piece of spalted Red Oak that was in the firewood pile.

Here's a recent piece I turned of Aromatic Ceder from a tree cut on our property. It had been drying for 2yrs and I have a bunch more logs ready to turn.
Since about 60 to 70 percent of our winter heat comes from wood I tend to be protective of the supply. Since there is 23 acres of woodlot on this place, he can cut his own and leave the house fuel alone!
 

LiveLife

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this thread is about the hobby of WW'ing and to show off anything folks on here might have done.
Wife breeds chickens and she gave me the following criteria for her primary chicken house (I am getting ready to build her a second chicken house that incorporates current separate 4'x8' chick house):
  • Predator proof - No chicken wire as raccoons can reach through the opening and kill chickens. Use 1/2" square wire fabric instead.
  • Excellent ventilation (One entire side of chicken house should be wire fabric)
  • Waterproof everything to prevent mold/mildew/fungus, etc. - We used Behr waterproof solid deck stain (Around $40/5 gal for "Ooops" bin at Home Depot or $191 retail) and painted all bare wood surfaces. I also used laminated plywood with polymer sheeting on both sides with sheet vinyl for the floor.
  • 3 separate cages/pens with automatic doors to keep different breeds from mixing (Automatic doors open to separate wire/netting fenced yards)
  • Plenty of perching space - Allow 12" per chicken. Each cage/pen has four 8' 2x4s (2 on top and 2 on bottom with sheet vinyl covered poop tray) and two 5' 2x4s with 2x4s laid down FLAT for maximum comfort for chickens as they grow bigger (Chickens are not light flight birds
    ;)
    ).
  • "Cozy" egg lay boxes - Not too big, not too small. I used 12"x14" - 14"x14" dimensions and sheet vinyl lined for easy clean up.
  • Hanging feeders to keep feed clean.
Here's 24'x8' framing with 4' overhang (for rain) raised 14" to provide shade/rain shelter for chickens. Three 8'x8' cages/pens lead to three separate wire/mesh fenced yards to keep different breeds in their own yards.

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All dimensional lumber painted with Behr waterproof solid deck stain and laminted plywood with polymer sheeting on both sides were used.

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Primed exterior siding ready for same Behr waterproof solid deck stain to withstand 80"-100" annual rainfall we get in our area.

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One of three automatic doors installed

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Egg lay boxes for each of three cages/pens under roof overhang to stay dry. Roof of egg lay box hinged for easy egg collection.

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Inside view of egg lay boxes and automatic door opening.

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Waterproof inside and out with sheet vinyl for easy clean up

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Hanging feeders for clean feeding

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LiveLife

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And our mini pigs Petunia and Waldo taking daily nap by the chicken house.

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And here's the finished chicken house with Lexan rain/wind deflectors and external perches ... Yes, a chicken house. 😁😁😁

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str8_forward

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Wife breeds chickens and she gave me the following criteria for her primary chicken house (I am getting ready to build her a second chicken house that incorporates current separate 4'x8' chick house):
  • Predator proof - No chicken wire as raccoons can reach through the opening and kill chickens. Use 1/2" square wire fabric instead.
  • Excellent ventilation (One entire side of chicken house should be wire fabric)
  • Waterproof everything to prevent mold/mildew/fungus, etc. - We used Behr waterproof solid deck stain (Around $40/5 gal for "Ooops" bin at Home Depot or $191 retail) and painted all bare wood surfaces. I also used laminated plywood with polymer sheeting on both sides with sheet vinyl for the floor.
  • 3 separate cages/pens with automatic doors to keep different breeds from mixing (Automatic doors open to separate wire/netting fenced yards)
  • Plenty of perching space - Allow 12" per chicken. Each cage/pen has four 8' 2x4s (2 on top and 2 on bottom with sheet vinyl covered poop tray) and two 5' 2x4s with 2x4s laid down FLAT for maximum comfort for chickens as they grow bigger (Chickens are not light flight birds
    ;)
    ).
  • "Cozy" egg lay boxes - Not too big, not too small. I used 12"x14" - 14"x14" dimensions and sheet vinyl lined for easy clean up.
  • Hanging feeders to keep feed clean.
Here's 24'x8' framing with 4' overhang (for rain) raised 14" to provide shade/rain shelter for chickens. Three 8'x8' cages/pens lead to three separate wire/mesh fenced yards to keep different breeds in their own yards.

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All dimensional lumber painted with Behr waterproof solid deck stain and laminted plywood with polymer sheeting on both sides were used.

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Primed exterior siding ready for same Behr waterproof solid deck stain to withstand 80"-100" annual rainfall we get in our area.

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One of three automatic doors installed

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Egg lay boxes for each of three cages/pens under roof overhang to stay dry. Roof of egg lay box hinged for easy egg collection.

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Inside view of egg lay boxes and automatic door opening.

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Waterproof inside and out with sheet vinyl for easy clean up

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Hanging feeders for clean feeding

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looking great and done with a lot of thinking
 

LiveLife

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Those chickens better be laying some extraordinary eggs, or at least be really friendly.
The chickens are breeder stock wife got as chicks from Greenfire Farms that import chickens directly from Germany (Only one I believe) priced around $45-$100 per chick. Yes, per chick. And yes, chicks are raised with our 4 dogs and 2 domesticated feral brother cats and they are friendly and good egg layers.

Wife went through several hundred chickens bred from perhaps 15 different breeds from select breeders in preparation to be NPIP certified but Covid happened and now we are thinking about focusing on breeding silver lab puppies for our retirement "hobby".

This is puppy #4 I just picked up from AL (Puppy #1 came from PA and #2 and #3 came from TX for genetic "diversity"). We are keeping the females on our property and males are kept at wife's brother's property and they visit often. Picture shows puppy #4 playing "puppy Jedi mind trick" on wife's niece who sleeps with both males pups.

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str8_forward

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The chickens are breeder stock wife got as chicks from Greenfire Farms that import chickens directly from Germany (Only one I believe) priced around $45-$100 per chick. Yes, per chick. And yes, chicks are raised with our 4 dogs and 2 domesticated feral brother cats and they are friendly and good egg layers.

Wife went through several hundred chickens bred from perhaps 15 different breeds from select breeders in preparation to be NPIP certified but Covid happened and now we are thinking about focusing on breeding silver lab puppies for our retirement "hobby".

This is puppy #4 I just picked up from AL (Puppy #1 came from PA and #2 and #3 came from TX for genetic "diversity"). We are keeping the females on our property and males are kept at wife's brother's property and they visit often. Picture shows puppy #4 playing "puppy Jedi mind trick" on wife's niece who sleeps with both males pups.

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are the chicken from East or West Germany? ;)
 

Good Ol' Boy

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To be fair to the thread thats more carpentry/construction than woodworking, BUT.....

That's probably the most awsome coupe I've seen.

Nice job and congrats on all the breakfast/baking.
 

LiveLife

Member
To be fair to the thread thats more carpentry/construction than woodworking, BUT.....

That's probably the most awsome coupe I've seen.

Nice job and congrats on all the breakfast/baking.
As to woodworking, my mother studied wood carving with a local artist when I grew up around Pasadena, CA. I took wood shop in Jr. High but never got into wood carving and although thought about wood turning, never got around to it even though I bought a Shop Smith with many "dream projects" I planned on doing.

I come from several generation custom home builder and grandparents owned a cabinet shop that supplied all the windows, etc. for the construction projects. I grew up on construction sites and spent evenings with uncles at the cabinet shop (located on grandparent's property) with them showing me finer virtues of hand tools and importance of keeping cutting edges sharp (Much of their wood working involved hand tools at the insistence of my grandfather).

They were masters at joinery and although I did not pursue family tradition of building/carpentry, I grew up watching and living the life of "This Old House" in the 80s as my electrician stepfather liked to buy and rehab fixer uppers as rentals. I spent my younger years watching The New Yankee Workshop and The Woodwright's Workshop programs and dreamed of working with wood after college.

After college and working as professionals, my sister and I wanted to pay homage to our custom home builder roots and enrolled in 2 year residential building trades program at local college where students built a house onsite doing everything from digging for foundation walls/driveway to electrical/plumbing to finish carpentry. (College also had a cabinet shop with face framing machine to supply cabinets/doors for the program). I also enrolled in the Solar House program where the professor built over 37 passive solar houses in the county that maintained average 60s-80s inside temperature when outside temperatures ran 40s to 100s due to deep thermal mass pit circulation adjacent to the house.

After the program, I pursued rehabbing fixer uppers as hobby and had 2 houses and a triplex when I met my wife of 28 years during my 20s. I thought about taking cabinetry class to study joinery as I enjoyed studying shaker furniture and mission style furniture but family happened and we shifted our hobby focus to riding quads and dune buggies with family camping at Sierra Nevada mountains, Mojave/Red Rock deserts and Oceano sand dunes.

I still enjoy working with wood and over the decades, built several rolling castered benches for garage and reloading for myself and friends/neighbors/coworkers. I know, I know ... instead of joinery, it was Liquid Nail, 3" screws and 10d nails ... BUT I did use kiln dried dimensional 2x4s and 11 layer hardwood faced plywood for no-flex bench top. 😬

So as to the 24'x8' chicken house and 4'x8' chick house I built for wife, my uncles would shake their heads and tell me, "Really? You CAN do better than that!" and they would be horrified if I suggested I fire up the mig welder and do metal stud fabricated building with metal roof. (Wife asked for 180' welded fence around our last house from powder coated galvanized panels set in concrete, which she got) 😲

More back to wood working ... Before I met my wife, I spent my free time working with a missionary group building churches and houses based out of Estero Beach, Mexico where I sponsored the cost of several trips covering all meals and tools for our group of 8-10 volunteers and we usually ended up leaving all of our tools bought new for the trip as donations so church members could continue different work projects. One year, young children at the church tugged at my heart and I decided to build them a playground made from redwood timber for Christmas. All summer, I proceeded to layout and built the playground that sprawled the entire driveway and into the front yard. After each piece was numbered, they were disassembled for reassembly at the church in Mexico. Although there was no joinery involved, rather galvanized bolts and fasteners, when the children smiled and played on the redwood playground, I think my uncles would have approved. The large playground was viewable on Google Earth until the church moved.
 
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