Wichita, KS

Recent comments

Re: UPDATE: The Foundations of Better Woodworking by Jeff Miller

No matter how much I think I know, there's always room for more knowledge. I love my hobby!

Re: CPSC Drafting New Tablesaw Regulations

Unfortunately, you can't fix stupid. That's where this all began.

Re: Inexpensive furniture woods

I like to find trees needing to be cut or already cut locally. I've milled a couple of cedar logs down to 1" - 2" thick x 5ft x 8-11" wide with a chainsaw for eventual use in cedar chests and boxes. As time permits, I'll mill a couple of cypress trees on our property after I get them on the ground.

I also look for free solid wood furniture locally on craigslist or freecycle. This has yielded some nice lumber, most notable some hard maple after deconstructing a few older endtables a friend gave me a few years ago.

I've also toyed with retrieving free old pianos I've noticed in the freebie world, selling off the scrap metal internals, and deconstructing cases for furniture building. Some would say blaspheme, but if they're past the point of making usable for a reasonable price, I think it's better to bring them to a new life than burning them or chucking them in the dump - after confirming that they're not gems in the dustpile, as it were. Now - where to put them-that's the next kink in the plan to work out.

Jim in Wichita, KS

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