Episode 108: Ill Turning in Boston

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What’s Going On In The Shop

Kyle – Working on the TV Lift Cabinet and turning some tap handles.

Sean – Sick again.

Grant – Moved to Boston.

Main Topic – Woodworking as a lifestyle and getting new work.

What we are watching:

Sean – N/A

Kyle – N/A

Grant – N/A

Guest Question:

Brian McCauley – New channel on YouTube “Workshop Review.”  Check it out on Instagram too.

Listener Questions, Email, Tweets, and Comments:

Kyle Wagers – Hey guys,

I have built pieces in the past based off of drawings that I have seen online and built others with the “winging it as you go” method with only crude sketches that I drew out. Both were ok, but I recently built an end table off of full scale plans that I purchased that were printed on one sheet of paper. It was really nice to have the plans and several times I took direct measurements to make a story stick or used dividers to transfer the measurement to the piece. I also had a really good idea what the scale would be on all the parts which allowed me to tweak things to my liking.

I also recently watched the video series on Fine Woodworking with Matt Wajda (with a cameo from Grant) building the NBSS toolbox. The full scale drawing that he had really seemed like a valuable tool. Something that you could live without but made the job so much easier and more precise.

You guys have talked recently about drafting. I know I can use a CAD on the computer and I have a little bit before. It’s just not something that I feel like I want to invest the effort in learning. I’m not an old guy that hates the computer. I’m in my twenties and use a computer at work every day. The whole reason I got into woodworking was the tactile experience with my hands. The little that I have drawn out by hand has been a pleasure so far.

Can you guys point me in the right direction regarding how I could go about learning to draft plans in the style that Kyle and Grant were taught at NBSS. Possibly books, classes, or any instruction online. I have thought about trying to find a technical drawing class but I’m not sure if that is a whole separate thing altogether. In addition, what tools and setups do you guys use to make your drawings.

Thanks for any insight you may have and I really enjoy the show.

Kyle Wagers from Chicago

P.S. In reference to the crosscut boat/sled conundrum. I usually rock a sled in the winter and sail the boat when the thaw hits.

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Author: Spunjin

I am a woodworker, maker, and DIY enthusiast.

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