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On with the show

O.K.

Now that we got the welcome stuff out-of-the-way let’s get to the first project.

So like a lot of woodworkers I have taken to making some Christmas presents and since I have six nephews, all around the same age they tend to get similar gifts.  So the year before last they got puzzle boxes courtesy of a book/DVD combo Puzzle Boxes by Jeff Vollmer which they loved.  I highly recommend it.  This year I wanted to make something they would love just as much and would also scratch a woodworking itch, remember I am an addict and love just about all things woodworking.

Soooo…

 Yep, you guessed it, wooden gear clocks! Six of them.  Now that think about it I may have been pushing the limits of common sense, but, you have to admit they are very cool.

Of course I had planned on starting these about mid summer and working through the fall taking my time and just enjoying the process. 

Ya right, are you kidding!  Well, wouldn’t you know with one thing or another I didn’t actually get started until Thanksgiving week. I know, I know, a little over four weeks to complete six clocks that I know nothing about, have I mentioned I procrastinate.

Anyway, to make things even more interesting I (in a moment of brilliance) decided that not only was I making wooden gear clocks, but I was going to make my own plywood from which to cut the gears.

So now is the time that I should probably mention that I have very few power tools.  A band saw, scroll saw, drill press, and the cheapest table saw that Sears has ever made, I avoid using it if at all possible and it tends to be folded up and put under a work bench.  Notice, no power jointer, no planer, and definitely no drum sander. 

In the next post I will walk through my plywood process and all that entails.

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Welcome to my blog.

I know, I know.  another woodworking blog.  Well, why not?

My intentions are to document some of my projects, and problems, and maybe impart a few tips for all those other woodworkers out there. 

A little  about myself.  I have been a woodworking hobbyist since 2008 and an avid online woodworking reader/watcher.  Yes I’m that guy reading and watching without comment, here is where I feel a little more comfortable expressing my views and commenting on various woodworking topics.  I will freely admit that I have a problem.  I love woodworking, all kinds of woodworking, you name it and I have an interest.  I seem to wander from topic and project to topic and project.  I do try to occasionally stop and build something, only to discover that I have found a new subject of interest.

It all started when my wife and I went shopping for a china hutch for our dining room.  After several weeks and many stores, including a couple of custom order shops, we decided that we couldn’t find one that we liked that was anywhere near our price range.  Enter stage right…  Norm to the rescue.  While watching the “New Yankee Workshop” one Saturday afternoon I looked at my wife with confidence thinking that I’m a pretty handy guy and said “You know I think I can build what we want for what we have to spend…” and so the adventure began.

With a lot of positive reinforcement from Norm and Roy via the TV, and a set of plans from the new Yankee website, I started to construct a hutch.  It took me most of a year of sporadic nights and weekends with a whole lot of swearing but I did it.

Hutch for wife

Along the way I found some pretty good company.  Marc, The Wood Whisperer; Shannon, The Renaissance Woodworker; Bob, at the Logan Cabinet Shoppe ; Matt’s Basement Workshop; and many others.  All with the same interest in woodworking and the desire, some might say passion, to create, to build something with our own hands.

 
As I stated at the beginning I plan to document some of my more interesting projects with the hope of providing a little entertainment for those like me who are addicted to learning about how others go about this great adventure.