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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Keeping Your Toenails Still While You Pound on Them Is Harder Than It looks

I shed a tear when I watched this. Talking openly of providing work of a rough nature for the local carpenter -- dead as Croesus.

5 comments:

westsoundmodern said...

That was a pleasure to watch. I was employed as a carpenter for a number of years but if I stepped back in time and on to any of those job sites, I'm fairly certain the workers would lock me in the outhouse for the duration to prevent screwing things up or slowing them down.

Sixty Grit said...

Whoa, what a trip down memory lane. I learned carpentry from an old timer (his centenary is next year) and that film is a primer on his style of work - board sheathing, angled wood braces between joists and so on. I really like that clear plywood - probably Douglass fir from the look of it - man, to have a piece that nice these days...

I studied furniture design and have built a lot of furniture. I have made patterns and poured metal. Don't like the sand rooms, however - the dust is terrible. Have done trim carpentry, built house, built concrete forms, and would argue that form building is a very advanced form of carpentry. I used to work with a guy who could visualize how to build a form for stairs, for example, and make it strong enough to resist the forces of wet concrete, and yet, magically, when the forms were stripped, leave a staircase with no forms embedded in it. Guy was a genius.

My days of framing may be over - built an addition on my shop last year and it was very painful work.

So now I make smaller things - today I milled and sawed a baptismal font out of a piece of 6" thick white oak. That's easier than tipping up walls. But it's still not easy. I guess I should start turning my urn while I still have the strength.

OregonGuy said...

That, kids, is known as "balloon" framing. Amazing to watch. I remodeled a Victorian balloon-framed home, and the lumber used was incredible. Clear 24-35 foot fir studs. 2x4's were nominal and dimensional.

Thanks for the vid.
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SippicanCottage said...

Westsound represent!

Sixty Grit is my kinda guy. Terrific Intertunnel handle, too.

Oregon Guy- Thanks for reading and commenting.

Sixty Grit said...

Well, it is said that I am coarse, abrasive, and what the heck, 60, too. But in my line of work, 60 grit is the second step in utilizing abrasives - I start shaping wood with a 50 grit wheel on a right angle grinder. I have been known to use 24 and 36 grit, but hoowee - them there leave some serious scratches. And at 60 I realize that the time I can allot to removing deep scratches is severely limited. Must remove wood efficiently and yet not make the succeeding steps too painful either.

Did I mention the walnut I was working on last week? No? Well, heck, can't tell all the stories at once...