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Get Woodworking Week

Woodworkers Discuss Get Woodworking Week: Woodchat Transcript February 8, 2012

Get Woodworking Week

Get Woodworking Week

On February 8th Woodworker’s got together to discuss Get Woodworking Week started by Tom Iovino over at Tom’s Workbench.

Woodchat Transcript February 8, 2012 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

@uppercutwood: Tonight at 6pm P/9pm E #woodchat features @TomsWorkbench the subject is Get Woodworking Week bit.ly/x3EuU3

@TomsWorkbench: Gosh, it’s half an hour to Woodchat, and I don’t know what to wear… #woodchat

@theboisshop: Getting in some sketching before #woodchat. Getting the juices flowing by listening to The National

@IggyMonkey: Oh, great, you are letting that Mook @tomsworkbench run the show tonite? He’ll never be the same again… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @IggyMonkey Who let the hairball in here tonight? #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: Hey Guys! Hows everyone? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @BoatworksToday I was doing well until @iggymonkey showed up.. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @TomsWorkbench Why has “shock the monkey” crept into my mind… http://t.co/ID2lmAR6 #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: feeling a little guilty I wasn’t able to do much with this weeks theme. Gotta turn on curious george for my daughter #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @WoodworkGuy Hey, ain’t nobody gonna shock this monkey, my friend… #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @BoatworksToday What the heck is this? Pick on the Monkey day? #woodchat

@jmk89: We’re ready to roll here in Sydney. My Get woodworking project is a leg vice – 1/2 done so I’m happy #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @IggyMonkey Suck it up, bub. You invite this on yourself… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @jmk89 Awesome! I can’t wait to see it. #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: no, serious!! keep daughter occupied so i can chat 🙂 her Fav movie #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @BoatworksToday Not that I’m upset. George has parlayed his curiosity into one heck of a career… #woodchat

@jmk89: @TomsWorkbench @IggyMonkey That’s what comes from having cyclones named after you.:) #woodchat

@jmk89: @TomsWorkbench Very functional – and using old hardware bought off fleaBay #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @jmk89 I try, man. I try… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @jmk89 What? You found a big lead screw for the vise? #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: I’m here a bit early. How is everyone? #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: about the only think I did “in the woodshop” this week was a quick video on wood cupping (hidden message there 🙂 #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: Great @DJOfurnituremkr and you? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @BoatworksToday There’s a lot to be learned from stuff like that. #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @DJOfurnituremkr Everyone seems to be doing OK…. You? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: 5 minutes to launch #woodchat #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr How’s it going Dale? #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: I will probably miss most of #woodchat tonight, but a big thanks to @TomsWorkbench for organizing #getwoodworking

@DJOfurnituremkr: @WoodworkGuy Very good, spending a lot of time in the studio lately. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr that’s awesome, lucky man #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @DyamiPlotke Don’t suck up to Tom, OK? #woodchat

@jmk89: @TomsWorkbench Yep 1 1/4″ Acme thread and about 18″ long, with handle and threaded nut, garter and the works. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood Very good, helped @woodshaver with an install today. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: I’ll be participating in #woodchat in four minutes from my workshop! All are welcome!

@ChrisHasFlair: I’ll be participating in #woodchat in four minutes from my workshop! All are welcome!

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood I’m just a-Twitter… How are we going to handle the format, Matt? #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: should have the video out by Fri.. taking a different angle on the approach #woodchat

@Tumblewood: IS IT TRUE?? THE Tom Iovino is coming HERE!??! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: IS IT TRUE?? THE Tom Iovino is coming HERE!??! #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @Tumblewood yeah Vic and he brought his monkey too… #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @Tumblewood That big Jerk? No way, Vic. It’s me, baby! #woodchat

@Torch02: @Tumblewood The I-O-Vino himself! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @TomsWorkbench #woodchat Why don’t we discuss what we’ve done so far for GWW, and other ideas of things we could do.

@ramblinrdesigns: Hello all. #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @WoodworkGuy Oooop Oooop Oooop #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @TomsWorkbench #woodchat we could also discuss how bloggers, anytime of the year, could use a gww tag for specifc targeted posts

@TheRealNeal: Just checking in. How’s it going guys? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Hey oh! Looks like we’re getting a good crowd. Tom, how about first starting with the idea behind GWW #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @ramblinrdesigns hey Beth! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood Excellent.. let me know when you shoot the starter’s pistol #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Alrighty folks… welcome to Get Woodworking Week #getwoodworking #woodchat

@lucaspeters: Hi all. I’m in and out. Putting the little one to bed. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Hello humans and Iggy. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: I’ve been working on small items for Etsy and for shows: http://t.co/PPb1NLPi #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Everyone having a good time this week so far? #woodchat

@Tumblewood: The two best things I’ve seen this week came from #GetWoodworking!! #woodchat

@thewoodninja: Evening dudes #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @benjamenjohnson Ooooop! #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: So what’s the topic tonight? #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: doing great Tom #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @WoodCanuck and @UppercutWood, were the most entertaining!! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: What is Get Woodworking Week? It’s a week dedicated to attracting new woodworkers to participate in woodworking! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: The topic tonight is Get Woodworking Week. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Been a busy week in the shop…which is a good thing. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: A bunch of us were gathered in the Beale Street cafe… pretty drunk… talking about how to save woodworking #woodchat

@JimAAshley: Hi folks, I’ll be in and out next few minutes. #woodchat

@sharpendwood: Same RT @DyamiPlotke I will probably miss most of #woodchat tonight, but a big thanks to @TomsWorkbench for organizing #getwoodworking

@TheRealNeal: @TomsWorkbench Definitely Tom. I’ll have my own #GetWoodworking post up in the next day or so. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @JimAAshley Hey Jim! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Matt’s piece with his daughter Hayden was adorable and showed how to introduce even little kids to woodworking #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: is this the first annual GWW? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Everyone at #WIA seemed to be focusing on what was wrong with woodworking, but we thought why not punch it up? #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Alright! I’ll be making a Br’all – a simple shop project everyone should have. I’m aiming to have it up on my blog tonight. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Ian’s piece was pure genius! I laughed my ass off at lunch today! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @TomsWorkbench I had already left, right? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: We could post things that could attract new folks to the craft. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @BoatworksToday You betcha.. the first ever. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood No, you were super lit and on the other side of the table #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @TomsWorkbench Save woodworking? Is it in danger? It seems like there’s been a Renaissance as of late #woodchat

@NewtonWoodwork: And I thought the GWW message was directed at me 😉 #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: So, over the past few months, I’ve put out an appeal to other bloggers to see if they would participate #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @TomsWorkbench #superlit I love it #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @ChrisHasFlair Br’all? I’m intrigued #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @benjamenjohnson Yes, indeed… the online woodworking movement is VERY MUCH alive and well… #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: I think it’s more about trying to show others how much fun and rewarding woodworking is #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @Tumblewood Link to Ian’s piece please #woodchat

@BillGriggs: Good evening everyone. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: That’s the idea! RT @Tumblewood: @ChrisHasFlair Brall? Im intrigued #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: So, everyone was up for it, and I liked the model that @woodwhisperer used for woodworking safety week #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @TomsWorkbench More vids like Matt;s it goes a long way. Those with kids should give it a try! (another year for me) though #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @TomsWorkbench Does #getwoodworking have a following? I’ve not heard of it. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @BillGriggs Evening Bill #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @WoodworkGuy That’s the idea.. it’s not a stodgy craft done only by old farts in their basements… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench And we want it to thrive. Create beautiful pieces. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @ramblinrdesigns First time we’ve ever done this… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Ian’s blogpost @woodcanuck http://t.co/IOWTkDdO #woodchat

@asliceofwood: Hello everyone! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: No, old farts in their stand alone Pasco shops #woodchat

@kring_l: #getwoodworking is a great concept it got my son into my shop doing something for more then 5 minutes #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood Encourage others to find how much fun things could be. Build new stuff to provide more inspiration #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @WoodworkGuy Hi Jeff. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: RT @uppercutwood: Ians blogpost @woodcanuck http://t.co/XThweYwR My favorite post for #GWW #woodchat

@uppercutwood: My #getwoodworking post was my most popular post by far, biggest daily traffic I’ve ever had. #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: Now @TomsWorkbench thinks he runs the show… Talk about someone with a Napoleon complex… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench it’s a move against a disposable society #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: I might not be woodworking, but I had my daughter in my shop working on her science fair experiment this week #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: The #getwoodworking posts have been awesome… I had no idea how funny everyone could be. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: Indeed Vic! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @Tumblewood Thanks! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood Oh yes… some really sweet stuff is being built… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: For me it’s also about creating memories with my daughter, and helping people getting past inertia and getting in the shop #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Some posts have been about tools, others about finishing, some about wood choices… it’s been a good variety of posts… #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @theboisshop – do you have a crush on @uppercutwood? A man-crush perhaps? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood Exactly… creating memories, projects, the works… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I liked @logancabinets’s video and posts as well #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: @TomsWorkbench But NONE about the oh-so-useful Br’all! My own original design! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @theboisshop were you hoping my web cam was on while I powdered my bum? #woodchat

@asliceofwood: @TomsWorkbench almost all have been on a beginners level too, makes it easier to attract newbies #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @ChrisHasFlair Sweet! We need more Br-all! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: To the point: G+, lumberjocks, et al are great, but the project might be intimidating for newbies. Is there a good forum? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ChrisHasFlair sounds klingon #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Man, I can’t stand the 5-second delay on Tweetchat. #woodchat #impatient

@uppercutwood: I would suggest to all bloggers to have a post tag “getwoodworking” or category. Any post during the year that works, tag it. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @asliceofwood Exactly… not too newbie and basic, but intriguing… #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: @uppercutwood Is there a way to watch your videos without adobe flash? #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: I would suggest to all bloggers to have a post tag “getwoodworking” or category. Any post during the year that works, tag it. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: (That was an RT from @uppercutwood) #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood Now, here’s a great point… Hashtag chat rules #woodchat

@HighRockWW: Hey #woodchat

@thewoodninja: @ChrisHasFlair Great idea #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Everyone know what a hashtag is? # #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @benjamenjohnson I think Marc forum has kind and welcoming people. I don’t like some of the other ones. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: it would be cool if any new woodworker could search “woodworking blog getwoodworking” and find all related posts across blogs #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood Good idea, Matt! #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @TomsWorkbench still learning what all this is… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood The Wood Talk Online forum is really friendly… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @HighRockWW Hey Chris. How’s the wife’s ankle? #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @TomsWorkbench @tumblewood it’s the best! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @TomsWorkbench +1 I say use WTO forums, I’m sure there is (or could soon be) a beginner’s forum #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @BoatworksToday Hey, we all learn something new every day! #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: I like marc’s site. recently got involved with another which IMO has a LOT of politics floating around.. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood There is also the MWA forum there as well… #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood But how do they figure out the getwoodworking part if they not part of the community #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: So, there are a bunch of articles waiting for tomorrow… and I’m looking forward to what else comes in this week. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: And, I’m thinking that we need to repeat #getwoodworking week next year… #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Absolutely.RT @TomsWorkbench: And, I’m thinking that we need to repeat #getwoodworking week next year… #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @uppercutwood I like that idea. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @TomsWorkbench yes indeed. Great response so far #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @benjamenjohnson Ahh, Ben, that’s part of your homework for #getwoodworking week… #woodchat

@thewoodninja: @TomsWorkbench Definitely #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: How about a “finish your woodworking projects week”? @TomsWorkbench #getwoodworking #woodchat

@theboisshop: I think every day should be #getwoodworking day #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Part of #getwoodworking is to invite others to participate… Teach others about the craft, get friends involved in forums… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Marc and his family are really awesome people. I think his success is a direct result of that fact. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @ChrisHasFlair I like that idea… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson well, hopefully they found out about this because one of us told them what to look for and where to go #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @theboisshop Yeah brother #occupywoodshop #woodchat

@Tumblewood: RT @theboisshop: I think every day should be #getwoodworking day
@TomsWorkbench: @theboisshop Rob, I’m thinking it should be. Our blog posts should encourage others to try it out… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood It hasn’t hurt his appeal… #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @ChrisHasFlair RT How about a “finish your woodworking projects week”? Ahh, yes, that’s a whole ‘nother problem #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @TomsWorkbench yes #getwoodworking is an annual event i like it. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @ChrisHasFlair Not this week. Not enough time. But, I think next week #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: Maybe try and organize 1 day a month to get others involved? rather than once a year? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood Definitely. The number of posts on other blogs has been encouraging! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench Maybe have an aggregate that pulls GetWoodworking tagged post? #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @BoatworksToday good idea! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @BoatworksToday Why not? Let’s make it something we do on the first of the month… or something easy to remember… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood If I could figure out how to do that… oh, I’d be a social media wiz! #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: Possibly have each “involved” blogger organize a differnet theme/topic for each month? just thinking out loud… #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: I think I know what Tom will be doing on Sunday.. He’s going to drink a lot of banana daiquiris… #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: I helpe a lot of newbies @Woodcraft. I can spread the hashtag info around if you think it would help generate followers. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench Marc knows how. He’s doing it for the Guild builds. He links to mine posts about the Roubo build #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I also think we need woodchat, #getwoodworking and #occupywoodshop combo tshirts #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Maybe a day of the week like follow friday or caturday. Woodworking wednesday #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @BoatworksToday I like it… it’s just that so many people seem to wait on Marc to organize events… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ramblinrdesigns I think step 1 is tell those newbies about woodchat #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @ramblinrdesigns oops “help” #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Marc has thrown his support behind #getwoodworking.. he’s receptive to all decent ideas… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: I’m pretty much solitary…so, I don’t have anyone to really inspire. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @ramblinrdesigns Do it! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood A great point, Matt. Get them involved… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood Bullshit, Vic. Your work is inspirational on your blog! #woodchat

@kring_l: how about first saturday of each month easier to get someone to stop by the shop if not at the day jobs #woodchat #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Isn’t your blog a means of communication? RT @Tumblewood: I’m pretty much solitary…so, I don’t have anyone to really inspire. #woodchat

@Black_SheepWW: How is everyone? #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: I am going to be getting much more involved with the woodworking aspect of organizing stuff #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Another idea would be some sort of chatroom, woodworkers could hang out and answer questions. A lot of software projects use one #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: but just getting a new woodworking site up and running. A lot’s going to changeover the next few months #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @Tumblewood not good…still can’t walk on it. Hopefully soon though. Haven’t been around taking care of her and the girls #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @BoatworksToday Why not? All it takes is an idea to get started… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @ChrisHasFlair Oh, yea. I have extended family. They like seeing what I’m doing. Mostly I blog to know where I’ve come from #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: RT @ChrisHasFlair: (That was an RT from @uppercutwood) #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Anybody remember Jamon S.’s design blog that was around a few years ago? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: The magazines have a lot of pull. Anyone have any connections to get the hashtag communities mentioned there? #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @kring_l Saturday in the Shop! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: RT @TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood There is also the MWA forum there as well… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson I offer up this chatroom for that purpose: http://t.co/pLdjyBxs #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: @Tumblewood Yeah, I sometimes read my old posts and learn stuff! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @HighRockWW Sprains are a bitch #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson But remember, twitter with #woodchat is essentially a large chatroom #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: RT @theboisshop: I think every day should be #getwoodworking day #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Link no worky. RT @uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson I offer up this chatroom for that purpose: http://t.co/JK0MiYYR #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @ramblinrdesigns I’m tied in with Wood Magazine, and they have been pumping up #getwoodworking #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @ChrisHasFlair I’m not familiar #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: And then there is google+. I’ll drop a reference to my woodworking circle. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ChrisHasFlair http://t.co/pLdjyBxs #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: Starting next week my sign in name is going to be @fromthewoodshop (my new woodworking channel) #woodchat

@HighRockWW: “@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson But remember, twitter with #woodchat is essentially a large chatroom #woodchat” and very effective!

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood Link no worky. #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: Anyone ever use http://t.co/NDIiankq? #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: @Tumblewood @Torch02 and @SMeekWoodworks will remember. It was a small group of woodworkers helping each other with design. #woodchat

@BillGriggs: RT @MansFineFurn: RT @theboisshop: I think every day should be #getwoodworking day #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @ramblinrdesigns Look, we can certainly work to get folks involved… let’s get out there and inspire folks… #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: sorry for all the retweets, joined late and RT’d all the good point I saw while reading through to catchup #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @ramblinrdesigns I’ve been waiting for some tech G+ is working on to become public. We could do cool things on G+. Shop tours,etc #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I don’t think we need to worry about the technical details, when our barrier is that we aren’t talking to enough humans 🙂 #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: @uppercutwood This is what I see: http://t.co/58OVedx4 #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Where to from #getwoodworking week? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @InGrainWoodwork I use Lumberjocks for most of my community queries. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Invite people into your shop, tell them about the online resources you have. that will keep them busy for two years. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @Tumblewood It would be nice to get hangouts on air for woodchat #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ChrisHasFlair oh maybe it’s private, please hold #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: I’ll get something up on the boatworkstoday site, and when @fromthewoodshop comes online it’ll be there too #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: I’m thinking we need to keep the momentum going… Find a scout troop and help them out… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: RT @uppercutwood: Invite people into your shop, tell them about the online resources you have. that will keep them busy. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @TomsWorkbench that’s my next blog post Tom! #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: Check out steves new video #woodchat http://t.co/VUlubkHM

@uppercutwood: Ok, now try http://t.co/pLdjyBxs #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @BoatworksToday Following! #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: I saw that on G+ but haven’t had time to view yet. RT @Wood_Jedi: Check out steves new video #woodchat http://t.co/hbeHHo6K

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood You gonna have it done before Saturday? #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @benjamenjohnson It’s supposedly being developed. #woodchat

@JimAAshley: I’m back finally, catching up on the tweets! #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: That works. RT @uppercutwood: Ok, now try http://t.co/JK0MiYYR #woodchat”

@HighRockWW: “@TomsWorkbench: I’m thinking we need to keep the momentum going… Find a scout troop and help them out… #woodchat” I like that idea!

@uppercutwood: @TomsWorkbench Yes sir. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Remember to send me any links to #getwoodworking blog posts you write.. I want to pimp you guys out! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Remember to send me any links to #getwoodworking blog posts you write.. I want to pimp you guys out! #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @Wood_Jedi That was awesome, what you guys did for Steve! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench I keep one in my basement. oh..wait..you mean..yea.. nevermind #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @TomsWorkbench I agree. I had 12 college students help in the workshop last week. Teach woodworking when you can. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @HighRockWW Go talk to a school about woodworking… whatever… #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @Tumblewood You are a sick man, Vic. That’s why I love you… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @lucaspeters @wood_jedi if I had known I would pitched in! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @Tumblewood Check out what Fraiser Cain does with it, they hook up telescopes and have a sky watch party. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @lucaspeters Tell the folks at Wood how much we appreciate the #getwoodworking support they have thrown our way! #woodchat

@BillGriggs: RT @TomsWorkbench: RT Invite people into your shop, tell them about the online resources you have. that will keep them busy. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @BillGriggs Perfect, Bill. That’s the way! #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: Maybe something VERY simple for a day care? They’re always looking for new fun projects for the kids.. #woodchat

@Wood_Jedi: @lucaspeters Thank you! It was a joint effort and steve @MereMortalsWW is very deserving!!! #woodchat

@jmk89: Volunteer at a local kindergarten, church or other organization to donate a piece of woodworking that they need? #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Honestly,my work is SO heavy with contract and lawyer folk,I am acutely aware of the risks of having ANYONE young in the shop #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: The Pinewood Derby is coming up for the Cub and Boy scouts… maybe volunteering to help would be fun… #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @ChrisHasFlair My numbers are up… I’m finding new folks who haven’t been to my site.. and they are following links out… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @ChrisHasFlair I found a energy twitter colleague follows my blog…weird..cool..weird #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood Good point, Vic… But, there’s nothing wrong with going to a school to talk to the kids #woodchat

@lucaspeters: Hmm, my 5-yr-old just got his first toolbox full of tools for Christmas. I should post a pic of his kit sometime. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @ChrisHasFlair I’ve had a bunch of activity on my blog and 2 subcribers #woodchat

@Furnitology: @ChrisHasFlair Are they being read by our target audience? –thats a really good question #woodchat

@BillGriggs: Woodworkers and machinist are crossovers. Especially with CNC Routers and laser cutters. #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @ChrisHasFlair I know I’ve had more hits today than any day in the past. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @TomsWorkbench ditto me too. My wife posted a link on her blog. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench Yea, you made category for my referrals #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @Tumblewood wasn’t think having them in the shop, more getting involved with puzzles that are already done and need decorating? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: Maybe you could do a demo at a local library… #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: That’s amazing! RT @JimAAshley: @ChrisHasFlair I know I’ve had more hits today than any day in the past. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @lucaspeters yes please! my daughter was sporting her Ace Hardware tool apron #woodchat

@bmorewoodwork: #GetWoodworking Week @ #woodchat

@jmk89: If you have kids, make projects for them to take to school for News or Show’n’ Tell #woodchat

@uppercutwood: My 4 1/2 year old has her own, REAL hammer. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @JimAAshley Two thumbs up! #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @uppercutwood That’s great Matt! #woodchat

@InGrainWoodwork: @lucaspeters I just finished building an all wooden hand plane for my oldest son. If I could figure out how to post a picture… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Yea.The problem is I don’t like most peoples kids. It seems like WWers themselves, the kids of WWers are pleasant, fun and behaved #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @jmk89 A great point, Jeremy. My son built a rocking horse during Marc’s build.. he was proud as could be about the project #woodchat

@lucaspeters: The kids projects from Lowes are safe for little ones. You can choose skill level. And they’re good for short attention spans. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood Vic – Last year, I spoke to nearly 300 kids in one day about woodworking.. only a handful had issues… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench with Handtools, but don’t want to house a traveling bench. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: RT @Furnitology: @ChrisHasFlair Are they being read by our target audience? –thats a really good question #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @lucaspeters are those the red toolbox kits? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood Nah, Vic, check out the videos of my talks.. no workbench there.. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Actually, in the future I may want a traveling bench to have for showings..maybe. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @lucaspeters I’ve seen them and the “red(something)” projects for older kids #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @MansFineFurn my shop class was all about power tools. How about showing handtool skills? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @MansFineFurn We may have to do some analytics about this week.. not sure how we would track that… #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench I take you back to me not really wanting to talk to other people’s kids..;o) #woodchat

@jmk89: Donate ww books to local library or school library #woodchat

@JimAAshley: Highland Woodworking also has those Wood Man kits. Got one for my son for Christmas, and was good fun building it with him #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood Something to think about #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: What about the other end of the spectrum? Many of our Woodcraft customers are retired and looking for stuff to do. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @lucaspeters Yeah, I second those kits. Predrilled nail holes are great! Much less frustration for the little ones. #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @uppercutwood Some are. Some are branded Lowes. They also hold little workshops on the weekend where you can go in and build em #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I would like to find real woodworking curriculum for kids. Real teaching materials. #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @jmk89 Now, that’s a great idea. How many of us have dozens of old magazines we won’t ever touch again. Why not donate those? #woodchat

@jmk89: Our school PTA has a stall for Mothers day – make 50 little boxes for the kids to buy to give their Mom #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @TomsWorkbench it’s probably doable with someone with knowledge of google analytics (you signed up?) New visitors is one category #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @uppercutwood They are out there, Matt. Just search online… #woodchat

@Furnitology: @Tumblewood Vic, @justindipalma dis just that, a smaller traveling bench for his craft shows, I’ll tell him to take a picture #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @uppercutwood You might try to get your hands on the boy scout woodworking badge manual. #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @ramblinrdesigns Many woodworkers are Senior Citizens but there are also many young woodworkers #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @MansFineFurn I’m signed up.. .I’ll have to parse out the details for this week.. #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @lucaspeters my 4yi daughter has her Bob the Builder tool box in my shop and comes out to work with me! 🙂 #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @lucaspeters that’s a great idea #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Furnitology Neil, I’d love to see that design. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: there may be a #modernwoodworkers opportunity for free kids clinics (hand tools?) #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood Create it! I know you’re capable!~ #woodchat

@bmorewoodwork: #GetWoodworking Week > #SharkWeek #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: And this, my friends, is the magic of #getwoodworking week! #woodchat

@LaMacchiaDesign: #woodchat Hello all! Missed the last few woodchats. Wanted to get a quick hello in. Wednesday nights continue to be tough for me to make.

@Furnitology: Maybe I missed it but I saw very little geared towards kids…guide me where to look #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: I’m a little OCD; let me give this big idea concept some thought 🙂 #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology Excellent, thank Neil! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Tumblewood that’s the plan, brohamwich! #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @TomsWorkbench Way to go, David Copperfield… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @LaMacchiaDesign glad to see you! #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @TomsWorkbench shhhh you are making to much noise sir…. This IS a library! 🙂 #woodchat

@Furnitology: @TomsWorkbench I’ll make sure in the next 2 weeks he gets a photo out, proportions are different #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Furnitology i don’t think it was geared to kids as viewers, but geared towards parents to get their kids off the couch #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @LaMacchiaDesign Hey Joseph!! Sup!?! #woodchat

@jmk89: @TomsWorkbench @uppercutwood Try here: http://t.co/K2aI6mPe #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: and I have a 2yr old; good guinea pig; I mean tester 🙂 #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood I love you man! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Furnitology Sweet. Looking forward to it! Thanks, Neil. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: bloggers block for a good GWW topic from MFF. Anything missing from the large body of content already written that I could tackle? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: RT @jmk89: @TomsWorkbench @uppercutwood Try here: http://t.co/h7b1UNmx – great link! #woodchat

@Furnitology: Is there a way of knowing what social media worked best in finding the new woodworker #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Is this sappy pine too nice to use for a shop project? #getwoodworking #woodchat http://t.co/IFZr7gIq

@3DWoodworking: RT @TomsWorkbench: RT @jmk89: @TomsWorkbench @uppercutwood Try here: http://t.co/h7b1UNmx – great link! #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @BoatworksToday start them out with a toy tool box, they can relate to that and have fun. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology Can you or can you get someone to take extensive shots at #WoodExpo ? I’d really love to see what is happening there #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn walk through home depot and put together a basic set of tools. show people how cheap/easy to get started. #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @HighRockWW good idea. maybe a little wood hammer next? why not a set of tools made of wood? (no sharp points 🙂 #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn even take them to the wood section, show them the radiata, maple, etc. show them what crap to avoid. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @Furnitology Good question…hmm #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Furnitology Neil – word of mouth may help to attract some of the real newbies… and you and the folks at #woodexpo can help! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn take them to the finishing aisle, and show them danish oil, wipe on poly, show them what to avoid #woodchat

@BillGriggs: @3DWoodworking That is an interesting book. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @Tumblewood @Furnitology I’ll be blogging it Vic, I’m sure @theboisshop will too, and others #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: I think it would be cool as hell to have to wood tool box full of nice wood tools!! (made of wood!) #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: I was surprised at how many finishing articles have been written… Great topic for #getwoodworking week. #woodchat

@bmorewoodwork: Anyone have a woodshop co-op? #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: @TomsWorkbench Is anybody compiling a list of all the articles? #getwoodworking #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @Furnitology Part of the google analytics includes ref. sources, filtered correctly you can see “new visitors by referral source” #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @bmorewoodwork No, but there are a few in the area.. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @uppercutwood That’s a great idea. Have a sheet of entry level prices. Because, come guys…this cost even low balling it #woodchat

@jmk89: @FlairWoodworks looks fine, unless SWMBO wants it for something else #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @HighRockWW @BoatworksToday or build them one yourself, I’m posting the one I made for my daughter tomorrow #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @ChrisHasFlair I am on my site.. Be sure to send me the links to all of your #getwoodworking week posts #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: @jmk89 I only have to answer to myself. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @TomsWorkbench yeah finishing and even one on SEO,etc. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: Maybe someone can see “How Cheap Can You Get Into Woodworking? #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @BoatworksToday exactly! I start a few nails for my daughter and let her try and drive them in or let her paint a board #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @uppercutwood that’s not a bad idea, if HD will let me film. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Yeah, but let’s not start halucinating now! RT @Tumblewood: Maybe someone can see “How Cheap Can You Get Into Woodworking? #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @benjamenjohnson tweet to let me know when it’s up! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood An excellent challenge, Vic! 🙂 Wanna take it? #woodchat

@jmk89: What if you set up at the big box (just next to the local Rotary Club’s BBQ and did some joinery there? #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench You got all I had for the week..sorry dude #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Furnitology A great variety of articles for sure… #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @benjamenjohnson nice, I will have to check it out! #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: @jmk89 Maybe you could join two regular hot dogs into a foot-long? #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @Tumblewood Shoot, Vic. You seemed to have so much momentum with that first article, I thought you’d have more! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn I bet they will, or at least take pictures. #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: there’s enough people here, that are passionate; I think a big idea could have some teeth! Glad I came across this! #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: RT @ChrisHasFlair: @jmk89 Maybe you could join two regular hot dogs into a foot-long? – intriguing… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Tell them what you’re doing, and I bet they’ll support it. If not, go to an Ace Hardware or Woodcraft. #woodchat

@Tumblewood: @TomsWorkbench Sorry..I’m focused on creating some pieces this year. I’m not signing up for any extra stuff. #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: So what did I miss tonight? #Woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: @IggyMonkey And use a plow plane to cut a groove for onions? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @uppercutwood given that I’m there 12 times per week, I think they’ll accommodate #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @ChrisHasFlair dovetail, half-lap, or finger joint? #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @BoatworksToday Big ideas often start small.. now, let’s see how far down the rabbit hole this leads us… #woodchat

@jmk89: @ChrisHasFlair Using mustard flavored hide glue! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: seven minutes to go, who wants to design the tshirt? #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Geez, I’m making myself hungry! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn take your pile of receipts #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @Tumblewood You talking to me? I thought @iggymonkey had issues with you? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @IggyMonkey and then cut them apart on a Sawstop. Er, maybe not. The consequences are too pricey. #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Dovetail. I don’t think the others would be strong enough.RT @benjamenjohnson: @ChrisHasFlair dovetail, half-lap, or finger joint? #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Ewwww! RT @jmk89: @ChrisHasFlair Using mustard flavored hide glue! #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @ChrisHasFlair You had me at onions… #woodchat

@jmk89: It is lunchtime where I am (Sydney Australia) 🙂 #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @ramblinrdesigns Stupid hot dog sensing technology #woodchat

@Tumblewood: I love watching @ChrisHasFlair do “impromptu” design. That was a blast and a good experience! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @jmk89 It’s bedtime here in Tampa… #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @jmk89 It’s tomorrow where you are! #woodchat

@Furnitology: Will there be a follow-up to get woodworking?? #woodchat

@HighRockWW: Alright #woodchat I have to get back to the wifey! Good night all.

@kring_l: but the glue itself is so tasty #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @MansFineFurn Shameless plug, but it might be a good starting point. Wood’s “Basic-built” toolkit: http://t.co/3nc9nbRk #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Gotta bail, kids are giving my wife too much trouble. Thanks for #getwoodworking @TomsWorkbench #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: is it odd that I drink more beer during these chats than any other day of the week? ;> Ha Ha! #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: OK, folks. Look for a new post on my site tomorrow.. let’s finish the week on a strong note. #woodchat

@jmk89: @IggyMonkey What would happen if you used a banana instead of a hotdog on a SawStop? #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Category: http://t.co/nKg0VfNx @Tumblewood: I love watching Chris do “impromptu” design. That was a blast and a good experience! #woodchat

@Tumblewood: I have another hour in the shop…cya! Great hour! #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: @lucaspeters Plug away, Lucas! #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: @HighRockWW night! Wish her well! #woodchat

@thewoodninja: Very good one tonight guys. Thx again @Tomsworkbench for taking the lead on this. You may have inspired the next Krenov this week! #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: So, in summation…Talk it up and spread the word, wherever your connections are and #getwoodworking could go viral! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @lucaspeters If I do that post, I’ll reference it, as long as you don’t mind if I disagree on a couple points! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @lucaspeters no shame at all, thanks for your support. #woodchat

@BillGriggs: Good night. #woodchat

@IggyMonkey: Peace out, homies! This was fun picking on Tom… #woodchat

@JimAAshley: @HighRockWW take it easy! #woodchat

@jmk89: Back to work for me, guys. See you next week #woodchat

@TomsWorkbench: @thewoodninja I can only hope! #woodchat

@kring_l: night all #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: Goodnight, guys. I’ll be around making my Br’all. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Goodnight all, the transcript will be up within 48 hours. #woodchat

@JimAAshley: Great #woodchat tonight. G’night everyone!

@lucaspeters: @MansFineFurn Not at all. Go right ahead. (post and/or disagree) #woodchat

@bmorewoodwork: Good #Woodchat Now back to work #GetWoodworking

@BoatworksToday: there’s still 2 min left by my clock !! Did I say I was a little OCD? #woodchat

@thewoodninja: @TomsWorkbench Hopefully he/she will remember YOU! #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @TomsWorkbench @benjamenjohnson Huh? I thought online woodworking was dead. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ChrisHasFlair got a link so I can stalk you #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @MansFineFurn Those are the tools we limit ourselves to for the basic-built projects in our magazine. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Everyone is going to #occupywoodshop! #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: You and the other 100+… RT @uppercutwood: @ChrisHasFlair got a link so I can stalk you #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @MansFineFurn …basically, tools & materials you can easily find at the home center. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @lucaspeters I would only disagree in that when I started, I started with one of those, and accumulated them as needed over time #woodchat

@Furnitology: Thanks #woodchat and Thanks “get woodworking” @TomsWorkbench #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: oh, great.. @occupywoodshop! my wife’s going to be pissed.. Ha Ha!! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: By the way, i think that is 13 straight woodchats since the reboot! #woodchat

@bmorewoodwork: Time to #occupywoodshop #woodchat

@ChrisHasFlair: RT @bmorewoodwork: Time to #occupywoodshop #woodchat

@lucaspeters: Later folks. I literally have to get back in the shop and get woodworking for a few more minutes. Got a glue-up to check. #woodchat

@Furnitology: @uppercutwood 13 straight..not easy!!!!! Frosty would be proud :^) #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @lucaspeters man that sounds great #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: peace out.. Switching channels #occupywoodshop #woodchat

@BoatworksToday: good night all who are still here! #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: g’nite everyone! #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: @benjamenjohnson woodtalkonline.com is the woodworking forum, open to all skill levels. #woodchat

@WatkinsWoodWork: Hmmm missed #woodchat but for good reason as I was sharpening a few chisels that I’ve overlooked for too long. http://t.co/TWQGvSu8

@benjamenjohnson: @WatkinsWoodWork What brand honing guide is that, I really need to upgrade from my cheap $15 one. #woodchat

@woodcanuck: @Tumblewood @uppercutwood #GWW #woodchat thanks guys, you’re too kind, but Bad Axe saws and plaid shirts (XL) can be mailed to…. 🙂

Get Woodworking Week

Get Woodworking Cub Scouts

Get Woodworking Week

Get Woodworking Week

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to build some Arrow of Light awards for a local Cub Scout troop. These are simple cherry boards with a routed edge detail that the Scouts will hang on their wall in their home. The plaque will have an arrow mounted on it, and the arrow will be painted with colored bands, each representing an achievement reached by that particular Scout. This award is used in the ceremony that transitions the Scouts from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, and there were 14 of them.

The Easy Stuff

I selected Cherry for this project and picked up some great pieces at Compton Lumber in Seattle. After  selecting face sides of the lumber to hide any defects or sapwood I rough cut the pieces to length and let them accilimate. After a few days I milled  the lumber to final dimensions and routed the edge and endgrain with a Freud Quadra cut bit on my router table. I was sure to route the end-grain first with a backing block, and then route the edge. This left a nice smooth cut with very little tearout.

Keyholes with a Plunge Router

To make these awards easy to hang on the wall I used a keyhole bit. With this bit you plunge into the piece creating room for the head of a nail, then move the bit along the upside of the back of the piece creating a recess for the nail and a slit for the shaft. There are cutters on the wide disc on the bottom of the bit and along the shaft of the bit. You’ll see how this works in the picture below.

I created a fixture to hold the boards securely and also guide the router in a straight line up the back of the piece with stops at the top and bottom. I used opposing wedges to hold the board against a fence, which worked better than any wacky creative clamping and was very low profile. There were 14 awards, and the jig helped me cook through all 28 keyholes quickly.

Arrow of Light Keyhole Router Bit

Arrow of Light Keyhole Router Bit

Arrow of Light Keyhole Jig

Arrow of Light Keyhole Jig

Arrow of Light Completed Keyhole

Arrow of Light Completed Keyhole

CNCs and Lasers – Oh My!

After completing the keyholes, it was time to add the Arrow of Light design. This was the most challenging part of the project because in the past the awards were laser engraved, and I don’t own a laser engraver. I contacted trophy shops in the area but there laser engravers were too small for a 34-inch long board, or they were going to charge outrageous prices.

A fellow online woodworker, Ralph Bagnall, offered to help by creating router templates for me. Ralph does some CNC work so I sent him the design. We had some conversations via phone and he quickly sent me some router templates. Ralph is a helpful, positive, and encouraging worker. You really should connect with him through his website or on Twitter @Consultingwood.

After trying the router templates, I decided to continue to look for laser engravers. It’s not that Ralph’s CNC skills weren’t awesome, it’s that the design just wasn’t suited for routing. Lots of corners on the design that the router just can’t get sharp enough.

Hackers, Makers, and Robots

Luckily I found Metrix Create:Space in Seattle. CreateSpace is one of those Hacker and Maker Spaces that has lots of gadgets and gear: 3D printers, laser engravers, CNC machines, robots, soldering stations, all kinds of cool stuff. Their prices are reasonable and they have friendly and helpful staff. I had 14 of these awards to laser engrave and it took about 10 minutes per award with help from the staff. I had to draw the design in Inkscape which is a free program, and it was very easy to use.

The laser engraver works like a giant inkjet printer, except for three main differences:

  1. The laser engraver is much bigger
  2. The wood stays still (with an inkjet the paper moves)
  3. It’s shooting a laser not ink

Here’s a video of the laser engraving an award. The smoke in this video is real, it smelled like a wonderful campfire in the workshop even with capable ventilation.

Even Machines Make Mistakes

Very rarely the laser would lose track of its position and the laser would engrave the wood in the wrong position. But it would do it perfectly and continue on, not knowing that it was messing up the award. When this happened I planed the surface new and let the laser take another shot.

Here’s what that looks like, compared to a correctly engraved award right out of the laser. The sap in the wood heats up and rises to the surface and the surface is left tacky. I cleaned that up with mineral spirits and then handplaned the surfaces crisp and clean.

Arrow of Light Laser Mixup

Arrow of Light Laser Mixup

Arrow of Light Laser Complete

Arrow of Light Laser Complete

Now Here’s the Fun Part

At this stage, the awards are ready for sanding and finish. Remember, there are fourteen of them. And they are for Cub Scouts matriculating into Boy Scouts. A day was scheduled at the Pack Leader’s garage, and I packed a road kit. I would deliver the awards and teach the Scouts to sand and oil their own awards. I chose Danish oil for the finish because it’s near impossible to get wrong. I brought my plane, my planing stop, sandpaper of various grits, rags, and Watco Danish Oil. I also brought the appropriate safety equipment including gloves and a bag to take all oily rags home.

After a brief tutoring session the boys were busy at work sanding along the grain, sanding the end grain to higher grits, and checking each other’s work. There were some boys who weren’t interested but for the most part the Scouts were really interested.

Arrow of Light Finish in Progress 1

Arrow of Light Finish in Progress 1

Arrow of Light Finish in Progress 2

Arrow of Light Finish in Progress 2

The Pay Off

It was a fun experience to share woodworking with some Scouts, and it was especially rewarding to see the kids who were genuinely interested in the work we did that day. It was fun to see these kids share this time with their Dads. Maybe I’ve started something in these kids and someday they’ll say “Hey Dad, can we do some woodworking this weekend?”

Arrow of Light Finish Complete 1

Arrow of Light Finish Complete 1

Arrow of Light Finish Complete 2

Arrow of Light Finish Complete 2

Get Woodworking Week

Video Post #10: Get Woodworking Week With Red Toolbox Kits

Get Woodworking Week

Get Woodworking Week

Tom Iovino, over at Tom’s Workbench rallied the online woodworking community to create Get Woodworking Week. Uniformly we are all onboard – we love bringing others into the craft. It’s why we blog, and why we #woodchat. Tom’s been noodling on this idea since Woodworking in America 2011, and started driving the effort back in October. I’m sure it’ll be an annual event, and I can’t wait to contribute every year.

Fond Memories

Some of my fondest memories woodworking weren’t what you’d call woodworking, I guess. As a kid, a garage full of tools is a wonderland, I spent lots of time in the garage building all kinds of things. I never really thought about the safety risks I was taking everyday, I just enjoyed building. I especially enjoyed the times when my Grandfather would join me in the garage and spend time with me teaching me skills. Not only was he a great teacher, but I really enjoyed the one-on-one time with a great man.

I want my kids to have similar memories, so I often have a visitor in the shop, my almost five year-old daughter Hayden. We sweep, handsaw, and she works on her little block of scrap walnut. She even has a toolbox full of real tools and a canvas apron from Ace Hardware.

Red Toolbox Bug Barn Kit

Today we built a Kit I bought at Woodcraft in Seattle. The store was remodeled in the last year or so, and is huge and well stocked. The owners are awesome, and let me do some filming in their classroom recently when Darrell Peart presented. I had Darrell’s permission too, and that video series will be posted as soon as I can get to the editing.

The Kit was a Bug Barn from Red Toolbox. The Kit was $16 and came with everything needed except for the glue. The instructions were clear enough for Hayden to understand, the build was quick enough to keep her attention, and the piece went together well. All the pieces were pre-cut and pre-drilled, and fairly smooth on the surfaces. Clear plastic panels were pre-cut to size and drilled with vent holes. Assembly only required a screwdriver and a bit of glue. My only negative feedback with the kit is that the screws were low quality, with one being entirely unusable. Beginners should open the kit while they’re still in Woodcraft, and pick up any supplies they need. The Kit was unfortunately built in China.

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Kids are easy to find: nieces, nephews, grandkids — and you can even make your own! Go find one, and build a kit with them, or send them a kit. You don’t need to buy a kit – you could make your own. Birdhouses, bug barns, small toolboxes, cookbook holders, pine derby cars, toys, etc. Amazon has a lot of books with plans to make wood toys. Pick a plan and mill the parts. Gather the hardware and even the tools and assemble your own kit. Work through the kit with the kid you found, or send them the kit along with a letter and instructions. Offer your support, time, and encouragement, and get pictures of the final build.

Hayden’s Bug Barn