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A little help from woodworkers - please.

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  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13669
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      Pizza insert
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    A little help from woodworkers - please.

    About 35 years ago we bought just under two acres of wooded land. My dad and I built a 24' X 36' house on the back of the property as a temporary home until we could build the big house. The intention was that the small house would eventually become a wood shop. That time has arrived.

    We both bought tools, and some we bought together, so I have decent tools to use when the conversion is finished.

    I have purposely stayed away from woodworking sites to keep the flames in check, so what I am asking is for links to any woodworking sites you find helpful or enjoyable. They can be "how to", equipment reviews, tool sites - whatever.

    Thanx in advance.
  • Mr. Bones
    Charter Member
    • Sep 2016
    • 10199
    • Kansas Territory
    • Grills / Smokers

      Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
      Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
      Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
      Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
      Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
      Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
      Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
      Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
      Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

      Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
      Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
      Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

      Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
      Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
      Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
      Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
      Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
      Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
      (Lime Green)
      Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
      Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!

      Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
      Maverick ET-732, (Black)
      Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
      ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
      Blue ThermaPen Mk4
      Orange Thermapen Mk4
      Pink Thermapen Mk4
      ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
      ThermoWorks Smoke
      ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
      4 Pro Series cable extensions
      Smoke Gateway

      2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
      BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
      Warming shelf
      MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale‚Äč
      Backyard Grill marinade injector
      Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
      Bear Paws
      Meat Rakes
      BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)

      Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
      G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
      '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
      60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
      50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
      Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
      Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

      Cutlery, etc.:
      Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
      Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
      Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
      Multiple steels, from all over the planet
      Crock sticks
      Diamond stones, various
      Lansky Sharpening System

      Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
      Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
      Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

    Rockler has some very nice stuff lol!

    Ana White has tons of great plans, indoor, outdoor, furniture, what have ya...

    Lotsa cool ideas at Backyard Spaces , as well...

    Lotsa useful stuff at Wood Magazine


    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 6569
      • Colorado
      • > Weber Genesis EP-330
        > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
        > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
        > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
        > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
        to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
        > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
        > Thermoworks Smoke
        > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
        > Thermoworks Thermapen
        > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
        > Anova sous vide circulator
        > Searzall torch
        > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

      Are you referring to merchant sites (like Rockler) or user forums for woodworking? Heck, there are probably enough of us around the Pit to create a new woodworking channel (it worked for rotisseries ). After, all, where would BBQ be without wood???


      • holehogg
        holehogg commented
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        and a Big Wooden Spoon Channel.

      • RonB
        RonB commented
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        Thanx. I'm interested in just about anything to do with wood workin'. As much as I enjoy wood working, I don't want to open the flood gates to a lot of off topic channels. The friendly people here sure would make a good group though.
    • CaptainMike
      Club Member
      • Nov 2015
      • 2740
      • The Great State of Jefferson
      • 24X40 Lone Star Grillz offset smoker
        Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
        Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
        2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
        20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
        20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
        Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
        36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
        Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

      I generally search for a specific topic, project, or tool I have in mind. I do find this site/forum to be helpful and they're not too prone to flame wars: https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/forum.php. Their mods are very helpful and keep things clean.


      • Dan Deter
        Club Member
        • Jun 2018
        • 540
        • Raleigh, NC
        • Weber Summit S-670
          Thermapen Mk 4

        Wood Magazine also has a lot of shop planning articles for different sized shops and different sized budgets, as well as a lot of 'how to' skill builders. I had a subscription for a few years until they started repeating things that I had seen already too much.


        • EdF
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 3228
          • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
          • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
            Karubeque C-60
            Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
            TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
            Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
            Thermapen Air
            ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
            Thermoworks Hi temp IR
            BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
            Various other stuff

          It's been a few years, and my hands don't cooperate anymore, but WoodCentral used to be a pretty civilized place: http://woodcentral.com/

          For tool GAS, head right over to Leevalley.com and Festool.

          McFeely's for fasteners etc.

          If you're interested in a WoodRat, let me know by PM.


          • EdF
            EdF commented
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            It's really an amazing device if you're doing a bunch of woodworking and like to change up your joining methods (approaching hand work). It has its learning curve. If you're a joker like me who loves to experiment and learn new stuff, it's a great fit.

          • RonB
            RonB commented
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            That's a neat lookin' machine Ed. However, I need to get my feet wet again before I start buying more stuff. Thanx for the offer, and I sure will keep it in mind.

          • EdF
            EdF commented
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            RonB - Wasn't a pitch. At some point, I have to start distributing my garage that is very full of WW equipment. But no rush for now. Besides, my wife and I have to negotiate this item by item since at least half of it is her dowry. She had her own construction company. And she doesn't have my hand tremor.
        • SmokeyGator
          Club Member
          • Jul 2016
          • 834
          • Miami, FL
          • Primo XL
            Cyberq controller
            Sierra Nevada IPA

          This is a very dangerous book.


          • EdF
            EdF commented
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            Oh yeah, I know that one!
        • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
          Club Member
          • Jun 2018
          • 852
          • Eastern NC
          • 2018 MAK 2 Star
            Charbroil Big Easy SRG

          Reddit has a few subs that I check from time to time. I can't measure to save my life, but I can recognize and enjoy creative and quality workmanship. There's tons more, but the below are some I check the most. Do know that some of the reddit communities are better moderated than others, and the less moderated ones can have NSFW stuff from time to time but are usually filtered out by default.





          • Bill P
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 74
            • Wilmington, Delaware
            • Weber 22.5" Silver (since 2000)
              Large BGE with BBQ Guru thermostatic blower (since 2006)
              Hasty-Bake Legacy (July 2014)
              Also owned COS and Weber Smokey Mountain for short time in early 2000's.
              Thermapen instant thermometer.
              William & Sonoma meat probe.
              Taylor digital with remote display, meat probe but use for pit.

            RonB, do you have a lathe? With all that wood you can turn bowls, plates, boxes, and tons of other things. American Association of Woodturners is a good resource. Some of the other sites I used to visit have disappeared. Hope you enjoy your woodworking.


            • RonB
              RonB commented
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              Thanx. I built one of my lathes from scratch and I used to sell turned bowls and pens.
          • aladdin4d
            Club Member
            • Sep 2018
            • 113
            • St Louis
            • GMG Davy Crockett, MHP WNK

            sawmillcreek.org is a lot like The Pit for woodworking


            • EdF
              EdF commented
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              Yep, very good group.
          • Mudkat
            Club Member
            • Feb 2017
            • 2074
            • At a river near me, MD
            • Weber Smokey Mountain 14.5"
              Weber 22" Kettel
              Weber Smokey Joe (2)
              One Grill 45" Rotisserie
              Lodge 5 qt. Dutch Oven
              Lodge 10.5" Double Loop Skillet
              Cast Iron 9" Skillet
              Cast Iron 12" Skillet
              Weber 22 Grill Grates
              Home Built 55 Gallon Ugly Drum Smoker - "MUDS"

            I wwouldn't be much help Ron but I am glad to hear you are putting you plan into action. Sounds like a great way to spend your retirement. Enjoy!


            • MattTheGR8
              Charter Member
              • Dec 2014
              • 190
              • Backwoods Party
                22" WSM
                Napoleon Apollo
                Weber Performer
                Weber Kettle
                Weber Go-Anywhere Charcoal grill (the rectangular one)

                Rock's Stoker
                BBQ Guru DigiQ II

                Thermoworks TW8060 plus a variety of probes
                Thermoworks Combo Thermapen

                Weber rotisserie
                Pizza Grill Stone

              A house-sized shop on the back of the property - wow! That sounds like the kind of setup that would inspire envy in most wood workers. I hardly ever find time to do much work myself, but am a big fan of the Woodsmith magazine and PBS show. http://www.woodsmith.com/


              • RonB
                RonB commented
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                Well, the house is only 24' X 36"...

              • MattTheGR8
                MattTheGR8 commented
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                That's bigger than any shop I'll ever have. Plus, I'm sure it's climate controlled which will help when applying finishes. Those of us who work in a garage, even an attached one, have to worry about temperature extremes.
            • EdF
              Club Member
              • Jul 2016
              • 3228
              • Atlantic Highlands, NJ
              • Uuni Pro (new kid in town)
                Karubeque C-60
                Large BGE since 2002 + plate setter + pizza stone + upper grid + stainless paella pan for drippings (the best!)
                TEC Cherokee FR since 2014 (portable infrared grill - does a mighty sear)
                Polyscience Sous Vide Pro since 2012 (wasn't much else available in those days)
                Thermapen Air
                ThermaQ (or its predecessor)
                Thermoworks Hi temp IR
                BBQ Dragon & Chimney of Insanity
                Various other stuff

              This is the site of my last workshop, after we removed everything to move. It was pretty awesome.

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              • EdF
                EdF commented
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                Imagine a tablesaw built like a Powermatic or an old-style General, an old Foley-Belsaw planer, a WoodRat on that plywood stand to the right, shelf upon shelf of helpers, wonderful hand-planes, a great router table, a table for the Festool circular saw, wood racks on the left. Even a primitive central dust-collection system. A huge stainless table behind the saw.

                It was a good place and a good time, but time moves on.

                Sorry, I felt like I needed to pay my respects.
                Last edited by EdF; January 1, 2019, 06:17 PM.
            • Black99vette
              Club Member
              • Jun 2016
              • 379
              • Aurora, IL

              • Smokers & Grills
                • Weber Original Kettle Premium 26"
                • Weber 22" Performer Deluxe
                • Weber 22"
                • Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5
                • Weber Smokey Joe
                • Char-Broil Promo H2O Smoker
                • Cal Flame P Series P4
                • Coleman Road Trip Grill (Tailgating)

                • No name brand
                • A wireless unit - not sure of the brand

                • Slow 'N Sear
                • Drip 'N Griddle Pan
                • Bar-B-Que PartyQ
                • Weber Rapid-Fire Chimney
                • Smokenator

                • Beer: Sam Adams, Heineken
                • Other: Tequila, Margarita

                • Grilling / Smoking & Cooking
                • Work Working
                • Home Improvement / DIY

                About Me
                Real Name: Wayne
                Location: Aurora, IL

                • Software Engineer Manager - Home Automation, Security / Access Control & Video Systems

              RonB awesome news! Every woodworker (Or makers) dream - shop space!

              There are several very good YouTube channels I follow. Everything from shop layout, safety, reviews, to most any type of project is covered. Also you will see several different methods and opinions. Just choose what fits you and move forward.

              Some of the channels I follow: WoodWorkWeb, Steve Ramsey - Woodworking for Mere Mortals, Jay Bates - Woodworking Videos, The Wood Whisperer, Ron Paulk, I Build It Home,izzy swan, Matthias Wandel, Jon Peters, April Wilkerson, Dan Pattison, Matthew Cremona

              Depending how I drive home form work I can drive by a Rockler store - oh the temptation!

              Good luck! And post some pics if your not busy working on a project


              • RonB
                RonB commented
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                Thanx. It's going to be a while before the shop is ready. The walls are painted, but I have to paint the trim, remove the carpet/linoleum, grind the concrete floor flat and then paint the floor. Then, after giving the floor time to thoroughly dry, I can move the tools in.
                They haven't been used for 25+ years, so there will be some work getting them up to speed. And I may have to replace a tool or two and will probably have some rust to deal with too.
            • Strat50
              Former Member
              • Nov 2014
              • 511
              • Houston, Alaska

              Paul Sellers, and Mr. Chickadee. They use mostly hand tools, and can teach you to use them almost as fast as many power tools, where appropriate. Paul Sellers is a great teacher, Mr. Chickadee is just freakin' inspirational. Don't get me wrong, the above mentioned folks are great; I follow their stuff, but Sellers is the only one that brought about my skill building game. It was worth the few bucks a month for his tutorials. I went from basic frame construction to furniture level skills in a few months. Give me a hand saw, a plane, some chisels, and a hand saw, and I can now build damn near anything.




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