Cooler Progress

I feel like I’m constantly working on projects now.  I’ll admit it.  I’ve been bitten by the woodworking bug.  This week’s project is a ceder cooler stand for my deck.  After 3 days of working, I am almost finished and in need of more lumber.  Looks like a trip to Lowes is in my near future.

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I’ve been diligently working on my cutting board.  By diligently working, I mean mostly slacking off.  I figured out belt sanders are amazing.  Dad used me as an excuse to buy a new one.  Of course, being the good daughter that I am I decided to test it out.  By test it out I mean I broke a belt within the first 20 mins of using it.  So a new belt, and I was off to the races.  Belt sanders can do amazing things, even in the hands of the unskilled.  After sanding I used a router to round the edges of the board.  Well, I messed up the edges and Dad fixed it, but it’s really the same thing when you think about it.  I’m learning here.

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My cell doesn’t take the best photos, but you get the point.  A little fine sanding and a coat of Mineral oil did wonders.

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The mineral oil is food safe.  So, it works well on cutting boards.

One final note on the Mineral Oil:

It will find and enhance any mistake…I mean character enhancement….in your piece.  Maybe I should have done a bit more sanding.

Almost finished…

There Are No Mistakes In Woodworking

The beginings of my end-grain cutting board made from red oak and poplar.

So after a couple of weeks with my new woodworking hobby I’ve learned a few things I thought I’d share.

1.  Sanding before assembly makes things much easier.

2.  “Required” tools are just suggestions.

3.  Just because a tool wasn’t made to do something, doesn’t mean it can’t.

4.  Feet work almost as well as clamps.

5.  There are NO mistakes in woodworking…only character enhancements.

Woodworking Adventures

So my newest hobby is woodworking.  As it has already been pointed out, I tend to jump from one hobby to another.  However, I think this is one that I will find more useful than most.  My intention is to eventually build a house and have some nice things to go in it.  So the first projects that I’m going to tackle will be a cedar swing with my friend Jay and an end-grain cutting board made from Red Oak and Poplar.  So far, both projects are going well and I’ll be posting photos soon of each and documenting my progress.  This is turning out to be an interesting process inside my tiny apartment.