Welcome to the January 2011 - issue #43 - of the LumberJocks eMag Click here to view the LJ eMag archives From the Editor It's the new year and 20


Welcome to the January 2011 - issue #43 - of the LumberJocks eMag
Click here to view the LJ eMag archives


From the Editor


It's the new year and 2011 is proving to be very exciting times for LumberJocks.com.

So much has happened already this year: as most of you know we are now under the umbrella of Escalate Media (see below for more details); the new membership has opened up again and many of our new members have already posted some extraordinary pieces of woodworking; the first steps are being put in place for a site monitoring system (you can now flag inappropriate postings); our Winter Awards already have over thirty entries; and you, our members, are busily showcasing your work and supporting others through critiques, tutorials, and solutions to questions. Phew! And it's only the middle of January.

Yes, indeed, this is going to be an exciting year and I can't wait to see what all you share with us here at LumberJocks.com.

~ Debbie
(as always, feedback on the eMag is appreciated!)

Quick Glance: Past eMag Contents

What's New at LumberJocks?


LumberJocks.com Joins Escalate Media

What better way to start off the new year than with really big news. Martin and I are very excited about joining Escalate Media and the opportunities this offers to make LumberJocks.com an even greater community.
Read the announcement details here...

Reflections on The Past

It was suggested by Jim that it would be interesting to hear from our members who have been here from basically the beginning of our community, getting their take on how things have grown since they first joined. Thanks, Jim, for the idea. The Stories


LumberJocks' Winter Awards 2011

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Just a couple more weeks to enter and then it is time to vote!

"The Art of Joinery" – dovetails, mitres, and even the good old butt joint can turn a practical project into a piece of art. For this Winter Awards, show us your artistic joinery creations, whether they are in a piece of furniture, a sculpture or – whatever your imagination can design. As always we want to hear about your creation and how it came to life.

All of the Awards rules are located here. Get your entry ready to showcase - and don't forget the deadline TIME is 3 PM Central DT on January 31st.

LumberJocks' Classes


The "Ancient-Style Wooden Bucket" Class

Have you ever thought about making a wooden bucket or perhaps trying your hand at building something like they did in years gone by?

Well here's your chance. Our very own Stefang is facilitating a class on building an "ancient style wooden bucket".

For more information on the bucket, the process, and the class itself, see stefang's blog, here. and the class begins here.

Classes Vs. Tutorials: what is the difference between a class and a tutorial? With our LumberJocks classes, project "how-to's" are divided into sessions, with "students" completing each step before the next session is presented. The teacher and students work together building similar projects and sharing their experiences and question/answers.

Focus on: Bandsaw Boxes


Bandsaw Box With a Secret Compartment

I have to begin by admitting that I haven't (yet) taken the plunge into the potentially addictive activity of building a bandsaw box.

I have read Donna Menke's wonderful book on how to build a bandsaw box (from simple to complex) and I have read the blogs posted here at LumberJocks.com and it definitely looks like it is something fairly easy to do.


Fire wood - to beauty

The many projects posted here range from what appears very simple - a block of wood with a drawer to ones that are very intricate and include secrets compartments.

Perhaps the trickiest part of making the box is cutting into the wood in such a way that the entry cut becomes invisible. Tips include using a small blade, cutting along a grain line and keeping the glue-up as clean and precise as possible.

As for the design of the box in general, pretty much anything goes: from abstract shapes to "cameras"; from single drawers to multiple; using a single block of wood to laminating different woods together; from "just a box" to boxes with stands or part of a larger piece of work... the possibilities are endless.

Have you made a bandsaw box before? Intrigued? Perhaps today is the day to give it a try. We would love to see your "first" and hear about the process, of course!


A "Camera Box"

For inspiration and information on building a bandsaw box, check out these links:

Projects: bandsaw box

Blogs: bandsaw box

Forum Topics: bandsaw box

Searches: bandsaw box


The Talk of the LumberJocks Shop


One of our "Hot Projects"

(For the "most discussed' projects this past month, click on the "Hot Projects" link on the Projects Page's toolbar) and don't forget to check the "silent projects" that are waiting for some feedback.)

And speaking of "waiting for feedback", there are forum topics that are unanswered, as well.

The following are some other projects posted by our fellow LumberJocks.


Planning Grid

Tutorial Highlight: Cutting Boards

Our LumberJocks are frequently posting "how to" tutorials on building projects or performing some woodworking task.

Check out this tutorial: cutting boards by dewoodwood


Bandsaw Box by Tony Ward

LumberJocks' Share: Bandsaw Boxes

Quick links to everything tagged as "bandsaw box", at LumberJocks.com

Playing it Safe: On the Bandsaw

Check out these tips to "play safe" on and around the bandsaw!

Interview with a LumberJock

In case you missed it in our December issue of the "CreativeHands Newsletter" I had the opportunity to interview:
* kolwdwrkr
* Janice
* Jroot

Where In The World Is MsDebbieP?


GregN: Shop Guide

Today, we are off to chat with GregN.

Greg took on the unbelievable task of visiting EVERY LumberJock workshop posted on our site. Yes - every one. You can read about his travels here.

I asked Greg if he could summarize what he saw as the key elements of any work space and he shared this with me:

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Greg's Shop

My Top 10 Shop Essentials
~by by Greg Nehls (nails)

1. Lighting
Overhead lighting is a must to provide adequate lighting in the shop. The most common and economical lighting is Florescent lighting.
While there are many types of lighting this seems to be the most popular in overhead lighting.
Task Lighting was also of interest as there are many types that are utilized from Florescent, incandescent to LED lighting.

2. Storage
Lumber storage seems to be the biggest of storage needs due to the amount of space required to store lumber. There are many ways to store lumber from overhead racks to cut off bins and lumber carts to hold sheet goods and dimensional lumber, to storing under work benches or having a small lumber shed.
Next was Tool storage. Walls covered in peg board or slat board are a common way to store tools. As well as wall cabinets to store tools and miscellaneous materials needed. Another popular way is rolling tool cabinets.

3. Work Flow
It is essential to have a smooth work flow to go from machine to machine to the assembly area. This can be difficult in small shops. Having a smooth work flow makes working a pleasure and allows you to concentrate more on your work.

4. Dust Collection
A must for any shop, from Shop Vacs, Dust Collectors to Cyclone Collectors. I won’t go into metal vs. pvc ducting but the means by which dust is collected. Collecting dust at its source is important by which ever method chosen. The most simplest and common in a majority of small shops is going from machine to machine. With larger dust collection systems running the proper size mains and trunks to various machines makes the difference in how the system will work efficiently to collect dust in the shop. The use of Air Scrubbers is just as important in removing fine dust floating in the air, and the use of Downdraft Tables is important in controlling fine dust.

5. Climate Control
I find Climate control not only important in ones personal comfort, but essential in controlling humidity. This aids in preventing tools from rusting and for acclimating lumber to a relative humidity level. Some forms of heating may require adding humidity. Here again cooling works much the same way. In dry areas you may need a water cooler to aid in cooling and for adding moisture in the air. The use of a Humidity Gauge comes in handy for regulating humidity.

6. Finishing Area
This is an area that most small shops lack. Having a dust free environment is important. One of the ways small shops do this is to have a makeshift finishing area using pvc and plastic sheeting for a temporary finishing area, allowing the plastic sheeting to be rolled up when not in use and down when needed. Some have even gone as far as making a small room for finishing in. Regardless of the area, it should have adequate ventilation for removing fumes. An explosion proof fan should be used in this area to avoid accidents.

7. Electrical
Having adequate electrical supply is essential to supply your power needs and prevent electrical overloads and fires. Here 120 volt and 240 volt is essential even in a small shop with at least one 240 volt outlet. Preferably a shop should have its own Breaker Box to control different circuits and prevent overloading household circuits.

8. Assembly
An adequate Assembly area to build projects is another essential area of the workshop. Having a clear area to assemble projects and to clamp glue ups at. This may be your workbench or assembly table. This area is also use for storing clamps and glue and other items needed for assembling projects. This area should also compliment your work flow space.

9. Structural Elements
Tall ceilings, wide doors, windows and wood floors make a shop comfortable to work in. Anti Fatigue mats on cement floors is also essential in the shop.

10. Safety and Personal Area
The Safety area should contain within easy reach the Fire Extinguisher, First Aid Kit, Emergency Phone Numbers and Phone as well as any other safety items. This area can be combined with the Personal Area which contains Reading Material, Radio and any other personal comfort items one may chose to have in the shop.

A big thank-you to Greg for taking the time to compile this summary for us!

You can take your own tour - here is a link to all of our workshops.

From the LumberJocks Store


Valentine's Day is a month away ... what better way to say "I care" than giving that special someone a LumberJock shirt.. or hat.. or apron...

Well, maybe there are better ways but it is still a great present and what about sporting a LumberJock shirt while you do give a gift?


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