Harrisonville, MO, US
Making small boxes is a great way to use that special piece of wood that you have been saving. I look forward to reading the new book. Thank you for the opportunity.
I have always enjoyed all books written by Mr. Raffan. This is one more to add to the list.
I have been working with Tagua nuts for over 20 years. I was taught to soak the nuts in water before you work with them. Depending on the size of the nut, you may have to soak it for up to 2 weeks. This makes the nut soft enough to easily cut with a knife, carving chisel or even a coping saw. There was not any need for a tablesaw. After you are done carving them, let them dry. They will get as hard as they were and there has never been any cracking. That being said, they probably do not have the time to let them soak first.
I have been planning/dreaming of my ultimate workbench for 25+ years, waiting until I have a shop that is worthy of such a bench. I am just finishing setting up my new workshop, it is 2,000 sq. ft. on the first floor and this bench would look great center stage. I am looking for a book that will allow me to combine features from multiple workbench designs to make a workbench that will fit all of my needs and be deserving of my new shop. I think that these books are it.
Thank you for all of the wonderful materials over the decades.
I havre had two accidents involving a router. The first was in 1995. I was routing the edge of a countertop. The router encountered a bad piece of grain and the router jumped cutting into my ring finger on my right hand. I remember at the time trying to protect the hand as much as possible that I yank it out of the way. The bit did not cut my finger too badly, but in yanking my hand out of the way, I yanked so hard that I tore ligaments and damaged nerves from my hand all the way up to my neck. 3 years of surgeries and therapy later, I lost 70% use of my right arm. All that it took was a split second.
The second accident happened last year. Again, a split second of lost concentration. This time it was my middle finger on my left hand. The bit did not cut the finger as much as it smashed the finger. The end of the finger was smashed open to the first knuckle. If not for the amazing surgeon, the finger would have been amputated. The surgeon took his time and put in the effort to rebuild my finger. You have to look closely to see any damage. This is the same surgeon that work on my right hand.
I am glad that you are doing well. It is very important that we always pay full attention to what is going on around us. As said before, woodworking is inherently dangerous. We need to treat it as such and be careful.
You can get hypodermic needles and syringes from a farm supply store. They can be disposable or reusable syringes.
I'm not sure what part of the country you are located in, but you should try a farm supply store for your hyperdermic needle needs. We have a number of chains in our area where you can purchase either disposable or reusable syringes and needles. We use them for treating our livestock and pets. I also use them for injecting glues under veneers or into cracks frequently. There is a vast assortment of sizes available. They are inexpensive also, usually less than $1.00 for the disposabble type.
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