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Woodworkers Discuss their Woodshops: Woodchat Transcript February 15, 2012

On February 15 Woodchat got together to share their woodshops and discuss shop tips.

Woodchat Transcript February 15, 2012 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern

@Torch02: In case you have yet to be followed by it, there is a @WIAConference account, now up & running #woodchat

@Seanw78: @WIAConference: WIA = The Ultimate Woodworking Weekend” all the cool kids are going. You should too. #woodchat

@2Sand: RT @Torch02: In case you have yet to be followed by it, there is a @WIAConference account, now up & running #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: RT @Torch02: In case you have yet to be followed by it, there is a @WIAConference account, now up & running #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Hey #woodchat share your shop on the G+ page for tonight and we’ll talk shop tonight at 6pm P/9pm E

@DJOfurnituremkr: What is tonight’s topic? #woodchat

@1snugthejoiner: RT @Torch02: In case you have yet to be followed by it, there is a @WIAConference account, now up & running #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood How do you share something so it shows up on the G+ woodchat Page? #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood I assume you mean share in the comments of tonight’s woodchat post that doesn’t exist? #woodchat

@Torch02: Not sure if I’ll make #woodchat tonight, but here is my garage layout plan (not all tools have been acquired)

@DyamiPlotke: RT @uppercutwood: Hey #woodchat share your shop on the G+ page for tonight and we’ll talk shop tonight at 6pm P/9pm E

@DyamiPlotke: @uppercutwood I shared videos & pictures of my shop on G+ yesterday with the #woodchat hashtag.

@DyamiPlotke: @DJOfurnituremkr shops on #woodchat tonight.

@DyamiPlotke: RT @Torch02: Not sure if I’ll make #woodchat tonight, but here is my garage layout plan (not all tools have been acquired)

@WatkinsWoodWork: May not be making #woodchat That makes me a sad panda…

@FlairWoodworks: #Woodchat in 15 minutes. Right now, I’m watching @RenaissanceWW live at

@ChrisHasFlair: @Torch02 @SMeekWoodworks @Tumblewood I talked to Nigel Whitton in November about resurrecting #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Hi Everyone! #woodchat

@DyamiPlotke: RT @WatkinsWoodWork May not be making #woodchat That makes me a sad panda… <- I may be a sad panda too. 🙁

@ChrisHasFlair: I’ll be a couple minutes late #woodchat

@lucaspeters: Howdy wood chat! What’s the topic? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Hi. Going to have to jump back and forth between tweetchat and Shannon’s Renaissance Woodworker live demo tonight. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @lucaspeters Shop layout or something like that…everybody is supposed to share their shop #woodchat

@thewoodninja: Evening fellas #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: Hey Guys… how’s everyone? #woodchat

@thewoodninja: @FromTheWoodshop Hey Andy #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: I can share my old shop: #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Where’s everybody else? #woodchat

@lucaspeters: Hmm. I have a sketchup file of it somewhere. Don’t think it’s quite up-to-date. I’ll dig around. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @DJOfurnituremkr Wow, that’s a lot of space. I love the flooring! #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: kinda sounded like it was going to be a light crowd tonight… Just got home myself. head burried in sawdust, shop is a disaster #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Finally here, how is everyone! #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @benjamenjohnson It was 3,000 sf with hard maple floors. It was in an old mill. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: The topic tonight is shop talk: share your current shop and dream shop, and get feedback, discuss frustrations, discuss benefits #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: unfortunately didn’t have time to put a sketch together of the shop 🙁 #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: Hey Matt #woodchat

@uppercutwood: People have been posting their shops to the Woodchat G+ page at #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr How do I get that shop at my place 🙂 #woodchat

@thewoodninja: @benjamenjohnson I have a feeling a lot of guys are watching Shannon’s broadcast. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Is that right now? I thought that was over by now. Should we move #woodchat to not collide with HTS? #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood It was a great place, only $750 a month. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @thewoodninja is there a link? #woodchat

@e5jharris: ya people are droping off from Shannon thou #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: I thought I saw his broadcast started same time as this… #woodchat

@thewoodninja: @benjamenjohnson #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson if you are in the Hand Tool School, you have the link #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Questions: how many square feet are you currently working in? Is your shop dedicated or shared space? #woodchat

@thewoodninja: @e5jharris Wow. Yeah. Less than half of what I saw 10 minutes ago. We are probably good to go @uppercutwood #woodchat

@e5jharris: dont need to be in the school to watch just cant chat. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @thewoodninja @uppercutwood OK I’m there now #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: I went from shop to studio. My current studio influenced the type of work I do now. Current studio is just under 200sf. #woodchat

@thewoodninja: @uppercutwood 375 sq. ft. of dedicated space #woodchat

@lucaspeters: OK. Here’s the rough shop layout as I originally envisioned it. 1 stall of 2 car garage. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood Questions: 18’x17′, dedicated basement addition. #woodchat

@Seanw78: @uppercutwood one corner of the basement, approx. 13×13 7ft. ceiling. It’s cozy! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr under 200 sf wow! are you happy/productive in that space? #woodchat

@e5jharris: mine is 120sf barn roofed shed #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Seanw78 Wow, you better stop growing! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: I know it’s off topic but what is Shannon making? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @uppercutwood In and around 1000 sq. ft. #woodchat

@thewoodninja: Everything in my shop is on wheels except for my tablesaw and outfeed table/workbench #woodchat

@woodcanuck: Dedicated workshop, stolen from my 1950’s 2 car garage…about 200sq ft. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ramblinrdesigns very nice! #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @uppercutwood You bet! I’m more hand tool based now though so it works fantastic for me. Also, I don’t use sheet goods. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodcanuck Hey Ian good to see you. I loved your #getwoodworking post #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: My apologies for not taking photos. Been too busy to get it cleaned up enough for show. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: My shop is used for boat work 6 months of the year, other 6 months it’s a wood shop. Tools have dedicated locations though. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: I guess I should go downstairs and measure up my shop space. It’s small, I know that. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @dyamiplotke posted pictures and video of his shop upgrades, insulation was a major concern, how do you heat/cool your shops? #woodchat

@thewoodninja: My goal this year is to add another 225 sq ft for assembly & finishing #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FromTheWoodshop shops with dedicated locations for tools tend to be larger, how big is your shop? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @uppercutwood Fans in summer and an electric wall heater in winter. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @SMeekWoodworks I met @hocktools last weekend, great guy! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @SMeekWoodworks I’ll be building his block plane soon #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Anybody see Eric’s Efficient shop on the wood whisperer this week: #woodchat

@uppercutwood: How many of you have tried to optimize the flow in your shop? #woodchat

@woodcanuck: @uppercutwood: thx, glad I got a chance to be here again, been a long time. #woodchat #getwoodworking wk was great, I had fun.

@ramblinrdesigns: Plus walls and ceiling are insulated. #woodchat

@thewoodninja: Couple of posts I did a while back of my shop. Pics need to be updated though. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @uppercutwood Sweet. Haven’t got to meet him yet, just talked to him. Have fun with the block plane! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson yes that’s part of why we’re discussing shops. I liked that shop. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: shop space is little over 1600 sf.. overall building is just over 2200.. but has office, util, storage, etc…. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Here is a photo of the studio my wife took when first started setting up after painting: #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @SMeekWoodworks much cheaper (about 1/3 the cost) of buying a nice metal block plane. I used the demo plane it was sweet. #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @uppercutwood Just installed this electric heater in the fall: I’ve been very happy with it. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @uppercutwood Main recent redo was to place the table saw, band saw and jointer in an “L” to lessen vac travel length. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @lucaspeters my current shop is heated with a gas stove, but it takes up floor space. Next shop I want those heaters. #woodchat

@woodcanuck: @uppercutwood: evolving as a woodworker over the last few years is making me optimize and reoptimize my space. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @ramblinrdesigns Oops, sorry, “U” shape. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: Here’s some construction pics, unfortunately don’t have any interior / finished pics.. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @uppercutwood I LOVE my wood block planes. I’m missing the one that @RenaissanceWW has right now for review. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Torch02 and I shared drawings of our dream shops with the Woodchat G+ page #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodcanuck I’ve found that the perfect shop layout doesn’t exist, perfect shops are flexible and adapt with the worker and work #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: I also have a separate finishing area with a ceiling vent fan which comes in handy. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FromTheWoodshop do you mind sharing approximate costs per sf to build that shop? #woodchat

@thewoodninja: @uppercutwood My dad used to say that if I found the perfect shop I should leave it alone because I would just screw it up #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: I downgraded my shape space when I moved to Asheville. Was in 4k sq ft, now it’s probably around 200 sq ft. MUCH happier now. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ramblinrdesigns very nice shop setup Beth! #woodchat

@ravinheart: @ramblinrdesigns I have the finishing area like that started .. working on the vent fan #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @lucaspeters how tell her it is shop necessity! 🙂 #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @SMeekWoodworks the George Carlin effect? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Listed some tools that don’t get much use on craigslist today to clear up some shelf space. #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @lucaspeters it is a similar layout to what I have but bench in the middle. I have also take over both sides. 🙂 #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: @lucaspeters @uppercutwood Nice! Two radiant heaters (120V, 1600W) have been enough to heat my shop in the California “winter”. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @SMeekWoodworks Same here, most people over estimate what they really need. It all depends on your work. Look at Krenov’s space. #woodchat

@woodcanuck: @uppercutwood: I agree, depends what I’m working on…stuff on wheels helps, but my flow changes throughout a project. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @uppercutwood Sure, but cost per SF is going to be very inflated due to the height of the building (20′ side walls).. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @uppercutwood My brain quit around 7pm tonight. you lost me there. #woodchat

@ravinheart: @BobbyHagstrom basement workshops are great in wisconsin heat in the winter and air in the summer #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @SMeekWoodworks I can tell you that a bigger shop is not always better. Bigger means more clutter… #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodcanuck and flow changes per project: if you build the same thing over and over, your shop could be static. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @DJOfurnituremkr The only thing wrong with my current space is low ceiling height and lack of windows. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @SMeekWoodworks George Carlin had a skit about getting more space just means getting more crap, so then you need more space #woodchat

@DozersWorkshop: @uppercutwood my garage is about 360 sq ft and is definitely shared #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Recently added a second workbench. Love the extra workspace, especially since I tend to work on multiple projects at once. #woodchat

@SMeekWoodworks: @uppercutwood Ahhh, yeah, that is the truth. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: Cost for the building, utilities, land, etc rolled in was around $60 / SF… #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @HighRockWW Clutter is a constant, unfortunately. Been working on being more organised. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @HighRockWW Agreed. There are books about that philosophy for houses. “Creating the Not So Big House” #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @lucaspeters aahhh good plan! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ramblinrdesigns I like having my bench away from the way so I can work from both sides or with a partner #woodchat

@JosephZirkelbac: @uppercutwood #woodchat

@I am getting ready to plan out my basement shop. What do I use to reduce noise transmission to the rest of the house”

@uppercutwood: @FromTheWoodshop 60 per sf is pretty good, where (city, state) is the shop located? how much did you do yourself? #woodchat

@scottweston: I bought my new house this past summer because of the second double car garage in the backyard specifically for shop use. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @JosephZirkelbac double drywall on floating ceiling @dyamiplotke would know I bet #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: @JosephZirkelbac Use hand tools 😉 #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: I came up with a layout that fits my most common workflow but put everything on locking casters to allow changes 4 project/growth. #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @uppercutwood A Pattern Language also talks about space and our feelings of comfort. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @scottweston my wife wants to move, and she knows I’d be wanting a shop, so I am in design/costing mode #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @BobbyHagstrom that’s a smart move! #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @uppercutwood I did all interior electrical, heat, framing, etc.. Only bought a finished shell. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: I have a detached 2 car garage with a boat on one side. All of my stuff is on locking casters to clear way for my truck. #woodchat

@scottweston: @JosephZirkelbac yes to double drywall and using green glue to dampen sound transmission #woodchat

@uppercutwood: In my corporate life, I am amazed about how much the space can influence the team #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @ramblinrdesigns it can be tough. I clean in my shop as much as I do actual woodworking #woodchat

@DozersWorkshop: @HighRockWW @uppercutwood I suggest a new book Feng Shui My Shop #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @uppercutwood Northern Wisconsin (Herbster). Right on Lake Superior.. #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @DozersWorkshop @uppercutwood thanks I will check it out #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I wish I could get a TV show to “pimp my shop” 🙂 #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: The garage is well insulated & has a gas-fired furnace . ive 1 bench mounted 2 the wall w/ tools mounted on pegs above it. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FromTheWoodshop Sounds great. If I could keep my costs to 60 per sf, I’d need $50k – anyone want to by a slightly used kidney? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: My biggest issue is dust collection. I have several collection systems but none work as well as I would like. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: @uppercutwood I had to come up w/ a “primary” layout because dustcollection & electrical had to be designed, and it works great. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: RT @uppercutwood: I wish I could get a TV show to “pimp my shop” 🙂 #woodchat

@DozersWorkshop: @HighRockWW @uppercutwood sorry I rephrase… I suggest writing a new book… Maybe I found my meal ticket #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @BobbyHagstrom Yeah there is a primary flow of materials that needs to be accomodated: rough cut, mill, etc. #woodchat

@HighRockWW: @DozersWorkshop @uppercutwood haha! There you go…time to get writing! #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @BobbyHagstrom I’d be happy with a show to come and clean it up. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: One thing I do need to get under control is dust collection. Unfortunately blew my wad on the building… #woodchat

@woodcanuck: @uppercutwood: lol, until you find out it’s Roy and he takes all you power tools away, leaves you with a piece of flint. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: @ramblinrdesigns Is it a central type system? #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I think that this chat will lead to some basic principles for shop design, along with some of the books I’ve been reading. #woodchat

@weilworks26: Sorry #woodchat I’ll post pics to G+ tomorrow. I’m just not able to tonight

@FromTheWoodshop: @ramblinrdesigns hear that!! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodcanuck Or Dick Proennecke would leave you with nothing, you start from scratch #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @weilworks26 we look forward to it #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: I’ve found that leaving “sacred” open area space (no machines or storage there) for staging projects helps a lot. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Do you segment your shops into machine room, bench/hand tool area, finishing area? #woodchat

@scottweston: My pool table shares the double garage with my shop. However i mounted it on heavy duty casters to push it out of the way. #woodchat”

@woodcanuck: Do you need dedicated finishing space? I would love to, but don’t find it practical. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: RT @HighRockWW: @uppercutwood here in Atl a small electric heater is all I need but the summers can be rough. I just use a fan. #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Found a photo of when I added the tool wall: #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @BobbyHagstrom Central Delta plus two separate stand alone units for the miter saw and router table. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: @uppercutwood I have a bench/ assembly table area, opposite side of milling area. Would like a separate outbuilding for finishing. #woodchat

@scottweston: I place a sheet of MDF over the pool table to use as an assembly platform #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @woodcanuck I want a dedicated spray room. proper ventilation segmented away from the rest of the shop. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Then off the back of the shop is the “garden tool area” which would contain the cycle and air compressor if I needed one #woodchat

@scottweston: @woodcanuck I hang a plastic booth from the ceiling when I start my finishing. PVC piping and plastic sheets. Keeps dust down #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @uppercutwood I feel your pain! except the shop area is essentially a spray booth. Sucks in the Winter though…. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: @ramblinrdesigns I have a Jet DC-1100 central, ducted to each machine and it catches 80% + of dust. Want to add an air cleaner. #woodchat

@kring_l: sorry im late trying to catch up. and probably not much to add i just make the best of my basement #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I also want a sink and area for coffee maker, PC, paperwork, books, etc. kind of an office area #woodchat

@Black_SheepWW: Does anyone store their lumber if not in the shop? #Woodchat

@uppercutwood: Here’s what I’ve learned from y’all tonight: shops come in many sizes and all can be useful depending on the work & the woodworker #woodchat

@scottweston: @BobbyHagstrom I went cheap on the air cleaner with a 20″ box fan and mrv 13 furnace filters. #woodchat

@woodcanuck: @uppercutwood: put my DC and compressor outside the shop, makes it quieter and less dusty. #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: @uppercutwood you make due with the space you have – and make the most of it. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: @uppercutwood That’s something I’ve wanted for a long time. I have a high “attic” area that I’m turning into a loft space. #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Me too. RT @woodcanuck: @uppercutwood: put my DC and compressor outside the shop, makes it quieter and less dusty. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: My wife is now sending me pictures of shops she’s found on the internet, I guess that’s a great step! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: RT @HighRockWW: @ramblinrdesigns it can be tough. I clean in my shop as much as I do actual woodworking Yep. that sound right. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: Putting the DC outside sucks a lot of air from the shop; during the winter that can send heated air outside. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @uppercutwood lifes better with team work 🙂 #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Me too. RT @woodcanuck: @uppercutwood: put my DC and compressor outside the shop, makes it quieter and less dusty. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: My wife is now sending me pictures of shops she’s found on the internet, I guess that’s a great step! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: RT @HighRockWW: @ramblinrdesigns it can be tough. I clean in my shop as much as I do actual woodworking Yep. that sound right. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: Putting the DC outside sucks a lot of air from the shop; during the winter that can send heated air outside. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @uppercutwood lifes better with team work 🙂 #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I hope to get to see @Tumblewood ‘s shop this summer #woodchat

@Black_SheepWW: I’ve moved my shop around many times and went back to the original layout. My shop is in a small area in the basement. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I’d also love to see @ToddinMontana ‘s shop #woodchat

@kring_l: used an old airhandler for air cleaner ran ducts to return air away from stairs to upstairs to keep the dust down from livingspace #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @BobbyHagstrom That’s the issue I run into half of the year! Although this year has been mild… #woodchat

@HighRockWW: Time for me to crash…good night #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Best move I made when designing the shop was putting in 9 foot ceilings. #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @msmegankathleen Topic is shops! Tell us about your shop layout, megan! #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: Just remember it’s not the tools or shop that makes a great piece of furniture it’s the woodworker. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @HighRockWW Later! #woodchat

@FlairWoodworks: Mine are freakin’ 8′-1″ RT @ramblinrdesigns: Best move I made when designing the shop was putting in 9 foot ceilings. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ramblinrdesigns thanks for that tip. are you happy with your lighting? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: And insulating everything. Mistake I made was not putting in a sink when I had the chance. Have to go into the house for that. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: By taking some things out of my workflow paths (gardening tools, rarely used tools), I preserve valuable space for common things. #woodchat

@ToddInMontana: @uppercutwood Does everybody know you drive by my place every year to go fishing in Montana? #woodchat

@Black_SheepWW: @DJOfurnituremkr I feel a smaller shop helps make you more organized. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @lucaspeters @msmegankathleen yeah let’s hear it! #woodchat

@DozersWorkshop: @uppercutwood sorry keep forgetting to hash tag #woodchat

@DJOfurnituremkr: See you all next week. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ToddInMontana yeah but they are jerks and not willing to stop #woodchat

@uppercutwood: RT @DozersWorkshop: @uppercutwood just make sure it is in a vented cabinet… W/ filters in vents to keep dust out #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @DJOfurnituremkr night! #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @scottweston I have two box fans and filters… seems cheaper than a dedicated system and I can blow off the fans and use them. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DozersWorkshop just use it does it automatically #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @DJOfurnituremkr thanks for sharing your photos tonight Dale #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: I have six 4′ ceiling mount lights in the main room and track lighting in the finish area. They cover the workspace pretty well. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @Black_SheepWW we call that a forcing function #woodchat

@ToddInMontana: @uppercutwood Thanks for the chuckles:) #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @SMeekWoodworks Same with me, I promise a shop tour video soon #woodchat

@uppercutwood: I really enjoy woodchat every week, thanks to everyone who showed up and contributed. #occupywoodshop this weekend! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ToddInMontana I think I need to either stay an extra day, or travel a day earlier #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Plus dedicated lighting at the lathe and drill press. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn that would be awesome. I’d love to see it. #woodchat

@ToddInMontana: @uppercutwood That was what I figured – I hope that is what you do next time #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ramblinrdesigns reminds me, I want a adjustable desk lamp for my workbench. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: What is this #occupywoodshop? is it another chat room, or code for getting your a$$ in the shop?? #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Other helpful area is a compost pile to dump all the sawdust and shavings in. #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: @ramblinrdesigns Yes! I finally put an architectural desk lamp at the drill press and I totally love it. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @FromTheWoodshop code for getting your butt in the shop and being productive. Not code for camping in a city park. #woodchat

@ToddInMontana: @uppercutwood @theboisshop I just got in from meeting with client so I think I pretty much missed it too #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: One thing I haven’t seen discussed. what is mobile in your shop and what is stationary #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @theboisshop Hey Rob! thanks for your feedback on my shop design. Want to buy a slightly used kidney? #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @uppercutwood: Or Dick Proennecke would leave you with nothing, you start from scratch #woodchat He Rules; my dream!

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson everything in my shop is mobile except my bench and my miter saw/stock breakdown area. #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: For example my drill press and chop saw and other benchtop tools are pretty stationary and my table saw is mobile #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @benjamenjohnson Just made a giant mobile flip-top stand to hold most of my benchtop tools. It rolls out of the way under shelves #woodchat

@theboisshop: @uppercutwood Sure, just don’t try to sell me a liver 😉 #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @benjamenjohnson table saw, jointer, planer, spindle sander, mortiser, spray booth, bandsaw, drill press, all mobile. #woodchat

@kring_l: i keep most things in my shop at least semi mobile out of necessity it is a small space #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: @benjamenjohnson about the only thing mobile is the TS (cause that’s on retractable wheels!) and the DC 🙂 #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @benjamenjohnson Jointer is mobile and I move it a little for infeed and outfeed clearance as needed. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @MansFineFurn Dick Proennecke is the man. How many dudes could do that now? Maybe zero? Ditka? #woodchat

@scottweston: @benjamenjohnson mobile = tablesaw, jointer, setup table, lumber rack, bench top power tools, tool boxes fixed = 16′ bench #woodchat”

@uppercutwood: @lucaspeters pictures or it didn’t happen 🙂 #woodchat

@ToddInMontana: @benjamenjohnson I just posted a video with a good &n current look around my shop #woodchat

@uppercutwood: My things are mobile so I can expand when I pull Wifeys car out of the shop. #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @uppercutwood I (literally) dream of doing it, but realistically, I wouldn’t make it. Just not manly enough #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: @benjamenjohnson I think the only thing not mobile in my shop is the assembly table and bench. Even DC has wheels! #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @uppercutwood Hmm. I’ll have to snap one. It’s massive. Holds planer, drum sander, oscillating spindle sander, benchtop jointer. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @ramblinrdesigns I need to build mine, sheet goods on one side, clamps on the other #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: I choose to put benches and counter tops all the way around the shop, most tools stay there, but I’m wondering if fewer… #woodchat

@DozersWorkshop: Everything is mobile right now… If something else isn’t stacked on top… #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: surfaces and more mobile tools would work better. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: My shop started out as an oversized two car garage only it has never seen a car. #woodchat

@FromTheWoodshop: OK, Goodnight everyone! I need to watch Bambi with daughter before bed:-) Have a good rest of the week! #woodchat

@uppercutwood: in my dream shop there are lots of windows. in between the windows there is tool storage. underneath there are few counters. #woodchat

@theboisshop: Wouldn’t it be nice though to have a shop layout where there was no need for mobile bases? #daretodream #woodchat

@uppercutwood: most tools are along the outside walls, with the TS in the middle #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @DJOfurnituremkr where does one buy one of those? #woodchat

@BobbyHagstrom: @MansFineFurn My DC is inside, but you could get an “energy recovery” device that transfer heat between in/out airstreams. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Built this for clamps. Love it. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: @theboisshop if you did that, you’d have a mobile materials cart or assembly table 🙂 #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: @uppercutwood Windows would be nice, but I’m afraid all I would see in my basement shop is snow (except this year) #woodchat

@lucaspeters: Here’s the sketchup. The platform is sort of a torsion box that swivels on a length of 1/2″ black pipe. #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @ramblinrdesigns I saw on your lumberjocks page that you’re from Edmond? I’m an Okie native myself. Most recently from Norman. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Ok well that went fast, we’re officially “done” but woodchat never closes – chat on if you’d like. Transcripts posted soon. #woodchat

@DozersWorkshop: Night all and thanks for woodchat.. Time to write a book on shop flow 😉 #woodchat

@benjamenjohnson: Alright, need to see the kids off to sleep. Goodnight all. #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: @lucaspeters Cool. Are you still in Oklahoma? #woodchat

@WoodworkGuy: Take care everyone. #occupywoodshop #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Dick Proenecke’s simple hand tools for building a cabin #woodchat

@kring_l: night all. i’ll try to be on time next week #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @ramblinrdesigns Iowa now for about 5 years. A lot of family back in OK though. #woodchat

@uppercutwood: Goodnight everyone, you rule! #woodchat

@woodcanuck: @theboisshop: I think I’d like minions in my shop…with ESP, getting me what I need before I know I need it. #kidsonlygosofar #woodchat

@MansFineFurn: @uppercutwood: Dick Proenecke’s simple hand tools for building a cabin #woodchat GO WATCH THIS

@ramblinrdesigns: Sad to hear that. If you ever come through to visit, let me know. We can set up a face to face if you want. #woodchat

@woodcanuck: @uppercutwood: you too Matt. #woodchat #rules

@scottweston: @lucaspeters Where abouts? I am in waterloo/cedar falls area #woodchat

@theboisshop: @woodcanuck Ian, if you figure that out let me know, I want in on the ground floor! #woodchat

@ramblinrdesigns: Nice chat tonight. Moving on. Catch you next week. #woodchat

@lucaspeters: @scottweston Des Moines area. #woodchat

@weilworks26: #woodchat I dont know whats wrong but I cant see any shop plans or images on G+ besides the re-sharing of @@DyamiPlotke ‘s pics

@weilworks26: is there somewhere else I need to look besides the #woodchat home page on G+

@DyamiPlotke: @uppercutwood thanks for the mention. Sorry I missed #woodchat

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

@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… #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: #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 #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 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: #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: #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 #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 #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: #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

@uppercutwood: Ok, now try #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

@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 #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. 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 (look for the best variants at 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… #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: #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: – 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

@3DWoodworking: RT @TomsWorkbench: RT @jmk89: @TomsWorkbench @uppercutwood Try here: – 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: #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: @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 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.

@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