Your 2018 Woodworking Goals

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What are your woodworking goals for 2018?

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Whitacrebespoke ...

I have several, to stop the deterioration of the large stenner resaw I brought and get it restored and working (that’s part of a much larger plan though).

I also want to finish restoring the 5 head planer moulder that I brought at the same time. As this will allow me to do production runs of mouldings and speed up the rough processing of stock. I love taking rough boards and turning them into smooth square sharp cornered stock. It is however a laborious process.

I’d also like to get my turning and carving workshop sorted out in my shipping container as I am missing my lathe as I find nice to unwind and make shavings on the lathe or by carving. If I get a product from it at the end then that’s a bonus. Loud music sharp tools and forget the workings of the world is excellent for ones mental state.

To clear the current backlog of work would be an excellent accomplishment too.

After that I’m easy on what gets done, I have plans afoot to build a Saw mill, I have lots of log to get milled over next few months, I’d like to purchase a Norris plane and a Preston metal plane (this is something that’s been on the list for 18years since I started this journey), find time to rid our house of the curse that is plastic front and rear doors. I have two other things I’d like to do in life that is to master the art of coopering and wheel wrighting. Both crafts I know the theory of but have never attempted.

I suspect though I will achieve what I have for a good number of years I will struggle to keep up with the amount of work I have on, just about keep my head above water and spend my time trying to catch up as opposed to doing what I would like too.

Tom Tieffenbacher/aka DocSavage45 ...

In June I will be stopping my professional work and dedicating my time to my avocation of woodworking. have many visions of creations and I have talked more than acted on them. I had a confrontational conversation with a friend who became a full time artist once he retired and has had several shows. He called me “Delusional!” and said “It takes working at it everyday!” I saw a wonderful interview of a renown cabinet maker who said many insightful things about the journey from ideas to the finished project. Came to realize I have to accept Murphy as part of my education and design team. LOL!

So for 2018 as one of the kids I worked for said "No talk! Just Play! Just have to do it!

AnthonyG ...

I’d like to once and for all get my shop clean. Clean of cutoffs, clean of things that don’t belong in the shop (things my family are too lazy to put away when they’re finished using them). I guess it’s the price I pay for taking over the garage and making it my shop……

Projects? On top of the orders I get, I’d like to finally make that pie safe for my wife. She’s been very patient with regard to this project.

Other than that ….. Just stay healthy, happy, and safe.

Whitacrebespoke ...

AnthonyG I wish you luck with the first challenge, I’ve got a commercial shop and I can never manage it. I get shot of the dust shavings and off cuts, then some one returns something they borrowed (my farther inlaw brought my little welder back 6 months ago and it’s still just inside the door!)

I love a clean shop but my best work emerges from the shavings and detritus.

When you do achieve it can you write a book so the rest of us know how to get there too.

MsDebbieP ...

I remember on the past site, a woodworker showed his shop that was pristine white – the floors, the workspaces, the equipment. You could have eaten off any space in his shop. It was jaw-dropping amazing. No idea how he managed it; well, he cleaned up – dah, after every time, before leaving – and I mean “cleaned”

Manitario ...

I don’t have any specific goals for this year, a few projects in the queue but nothing really pressing. Have gradually replaced a lot of the house furniture with stuff I’ve built so it’s kind of a strange woodworking season where I don’t have anything pressing to finish.

I try to keep my shop clean but usually only manage a thorough clean after each project is finished. I try and keep most of the shavings and dust vacuumed up as I go along though.

Jack ...

I like, Anthony, would love to get the shop cleaned up and keep it that way. I have a commercial dust collector hooked up for the table saw, the planer and band saw, all of which are in a separate room with a window with a large fan to the outside. I have a large air cleaner on wheels, 3 Large shop vacs dedicated to router table, belt sander and one for random orbit sander. I still get a nice coat of dust over the entire shop. A big goal in 2018 is to find out where the heck it is coming from.

Whitacrebespoke ...

Jack, you will not get 100% extraction. Machines like mitre saws, router tables, moulders table saws release dust at the start and end of the cut even with the best extraction.

What in the U.K. would be classed as an L-class extractor captures 99% of the dust it sucks in and an M-class only releases 0.1% of what it removes. But most tools will still release to atmosphere hand held saws, and hand held routers being the worst offenders.

Dust is a fact of life in any shop running power tools and is the reason we should all be wearing masks or better still powered respirators.

Jack ...

Thank you Adam, I consider myself a novice at best and have a lot to learn. I do take things like scooping tools, mitre saw and other heavy offenders outside. I marvel at your skills, craftsmanship and the large dementions of your work. Would like to see some pics of your shop sometime.

Whitacrebespoke ...

One day when I’ve cleared the surfaces Jack, bigger the shop more junk you end up with I’m sure. Thankyou for your compliments. Time and experience have been kind to me in the skills department. I still make plenty of mistakes and let the side down occasionally.