Monday, August 17, 2015

Basic woodworking is fun and generates a sense of accomplishment and achievement; Having owned a cabinet shop for ten years, I enjoy both building furniture and gifts, making useful items for friends and around the house.

In addition to great resources on the internet, acquire a "reading library" of woodworking books.  My favorite read is the John L. Feirer "Cabinetmaking and Millwork"  (Here is the Link at Amazon: Cabinetmaking and Millwork: John L Feirer: 9780684132778: Books ).
While the Feirer book may seem dated to some, the basic principles are the same, and you will get a piece of usable information every time you skim it.
Beyond educating yourself, you will need a basic toolbox, patience, a good tape measure, pencils, and a working plan of what you want to build.  
Most items can be built out of basic 3/4" pine and plywood for cases, 1/2" plywood for drawers, and 1/4" plywood for backs of cabinets and boxes. I like Pine as it is affordable, readily available, easy to cut and sand, and takes a painted finish well.   Stick to these materials to start, while you learn the basics.
In addition to basic hand tools, I suggest getting a cordless screw-gun/drill, skilsaw, palm sander, power miter saw (10"), sawhorses, and a small table saw.  (This list is just basic, buy things as you need them - and don't forget glue, clamps, screws, etc. etc.).
While there are many joining systems for wood, basic furniture can be glued, nailed, and screwed together.  I have biscuit fasteners, Krieg drills, air powered nail-guns, and more in my work shop. this depends on whether you will be "blind fastening" (no exposed fasteners) or using exposed fasteners (nails, screws) and filling or covering the holes. 
Woodworking is a challenge, as you are the mechanic, building functional pieces using your methods and tools.  Don't worry if you have some pieces that are "less than perfect" - as your skills improve, you will be able to build some really good pieces.
Take your time, "Measure twice - cut once", and enjoy building your own cabinets and furniture!

The attached pictures are an oak desk for my 8 year old grandson, University of Tennessee six pack carrier,  Tulane and VT Cornhole Boards, and a great Tiki Bar on wheels with Umbrella!

NOTE: This post originally appeared on QUORA: - Alan

Thursday, August 6, 2015

10 Things About Donald Trump You May Not Know

  1. Trump attended Military school (NY Military Academy)
  2. Trump has five children
  3. Trump Graduated Wharton in 1968 with a degree in Economics
  4. On an appearance on Conan O'Brien's late night show, The Donald admitted he had never used an ATM
  5. Trumps first major real estate deal was in 1974
  6. In 1996, Trump became the executive producer of the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA Pageants
  7. Trump does not drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes
  8. Trump has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2007) for "The Apprentice"
  9. Trump was the leader of the "Birther" movement that questioned whether President Obama was really born in the USA.  
  10. His First Book was "The Art of the Deal", published in 1987
Here is where you can get the scoop on Donald Trump:

                   WHO IS THIS GUY?     (click on this link)

Disclaimer:  I am not endorsing or dismissing Mr. Trump and his presence as Republican front runner for the Presidential Nomination.  This is just an informational piece, presented as both informative and educational.  Please send me any corrections, advice, and comment. - Alan