Ever wondered how to figure out how much material you need to buy for a project? A board foot estimate is a start, but consider laying out your parts on cutting diagrams as well for greater estimating accuracy. Here’s what to keep in mind.
In late December, I had an opportunity to head to the Windy City to do a two-day project demonstration at Craftsman Experience. In case you are unfamiliar with it, Craftsman Experience is a fairly new venture for Sears. It’s a hand’s-on studio space in the heart of downtown Chicago for all sorts of DIY experiential learning (mechanics, woodworking, lawn and garden, garage projects, etc.). Guests like myself and Rob Johnstone are asked to come in, and the project construction is performed during a live-feed video broadcast over the internet. Then, after a healthy dose of editing to trim down the time and those inevitable flub-ups, the video segments are posted to YouTube.
Maybe you didn’t get a chance to catch my appearances during the pre-holiday frenzy, but they are viewable now by clicking below. Even though we’re past the holidays at this point, it sure couldn’t hurt to build the Safety Sign I demonstrated in one segment, or watch me build Luminarias in the other and put that on your project list for the 2011 holidays. My wife likes the Luminarias I made for her so much that she’s threatening to leave them up and burning all year. So, I guess that’s a true testimonial for you.
Anyway, hope you enjoy the video coverage! Rob and I will be headed back to Craftsman Experience in the coming months for future appearances, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted about those live-broadcast dates.
Are you ready for some holiday entertainment? Well, you are in luck! On November 12th and 13th I was in Chicago to do a couple of demonstrations at the Craftsman’s Experiential space. I was asked to demonstrate some examples of woodturning – which I was more than pleased to do. One fun aspect of the event was that both sessions were streamed live on the Internet … with people asking questions in real time. (I even answered some of them!) Another fun detail is that those live feeds were then converted into Internet quality video … and you can see them here and now. (Okay, or you could view them later, but why wait?)
The folks at Craftsman were great to work with and the resulting video is not bad as well.
So take a look and let us know what you think of it.
Last weekend, I visited the woodworking school of our contributing editor, George Vondriska. He was hosting an interesting event to help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In World War I, they called it “shell shock”; in World War II, the vets came home with “battle fatigue.” Whatever name it goes by, the veterans who live with it call it awful.
As a Navy hospital corpsman in 1974, I saw otherwise healthy men and women returning from Vietnam who were clearly suffering from the trauma they had experienced. Sadly, it was not nearly as well understood then as it is now. According to several reliable sources, nearly 20 percent of the military personnel who have and will serve in Afghanistan and Iraq (and that number stands at about 300,000 people right now …) will develop the symptoms of PTSD. Untreated, it can lead to all sorts of problems, in the vet’s family life as well as professional life.
So what was this interesting event that I visited? (I even helped out just a little bit.) It’s called Build a Vet a Guitar (in conjunction with Guitars For Vets) … but the best idea is to click on the video below and let George tell you about it.
LiLi Jackson takes a look around the Furniture Society Conference that took place June 16-19, 2010 in Cambridge, Massachussetts. She even ran across Ray Magliozzi from Car Talk, who just happens to also be a woodworker.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Due to the enormous amount of interest in this project, we have made the Ultimate Miter Saw Stand (including the plans for the entire project and the optional Scrap Bins, as well as the Cutting List) available as a Downloadable Plan in our online store. Click here to purchase and receive the plan immediately!