The Real Reason I Love Woodworking

Woodworking is a job that requires imagination, passion, skill and patience. All to create something that I can then admire and be supremely proud of. This shelf and this vase? I made these! That office table you’re sitting on, I made that! This is why I love woodworking.

I would imagine something in my mind, then with skill and patience, I can shape it to reality. It takes real passion, if I do say so myself, to be able to complete some of the biggest projects I’ve completed over the years. I’d decide to build something impressive, say. Just thinking of the tremendous work and time I’d need to invest in said projects can be daunting. But then, I start outlining the work and quantifying everything that needs to be done piece by piece. I put it all to paper because hey, I like planning meticulously. And then I start to build. It’s a fever in my blood. I’d work for hours or days on end. Every free time I get, I spend with only my project in my mind‒and in my hands. Then, finally, I can say the magic words. Voila, look what I made!

It’s difficult for me to describe the feeling of satisfaction in seeing the appreciation in my wife’s eyes when I presented her with her beautiful coffee table. Nor knowing that my children sleep in the beds I made or play with the toys I created. The tables, beds and toys that were all slabs of lumber before I got my hands on them.

Aside from being the guy who gives useful and unique presents for Christmas to friends and family, woodworking is a source of income too. There’s not a lot of capital required. I just need good wood, the proper tools, skillful hands and ample time. Not a bad start to turning out a good profit, eh? Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy other hobbies as well. But I don’t believe football, fishing or my coin collection (as hobbies) have given me half as much extra income as my woodworking has.

It really is a fantastic hobby. Yes, I know that I have just waxed lyrical about my love of wood craftsmanship so I’ll stop myself there. But for anyone who wants to give it a try it, do it! I’d advise taking up a woodshop class in a local technical school. Or start even smaller by utilizing the power of the internet. Either way, always remember, safety first.

 

Keep Your Fingers: Wood CNC Router Safety Tips

Yeah, yeah, I know, there is a ton of safety advice for every little piece of woodworking equipment. But here’s some for a tool you don’t hear too often about: the wood CNC router. A brilliant device of the modern era that is definitely much safer than much of the traditional equipment, yet still needs some common sense to use. If you don’t one, read some CNC router reviews on a site like Woodworkify.

There are general safety tips that one should follow when handling woodwork equipment; use machines that you have been properly trained to use safely, read the owner’s manual carefully and lastly, understand instructions before use. Ask questions if you are unsure of operating a machine or tool.

There are other safety precautions to be adhered to when using certain machinery. In focus here is a wood CNC router. It is a computer controlled cutting machine used for cutting hard materials, for instance, wood. When operating the machine, it is important to consider the following safety rules:

  • Wear safety glasses and hearing protection when operating the machinery. It not only helps protect against the noise but also protects against any shrapnel.
  • Never undertake any maintenance or clean up when the power is on to avoid the risk of accidental shock. Always put off the lockout power before attempting any maintenance or clean up.
  • Never reach into the working envelope of the machine while in operation. It is advisable to maintain a 6-inch distance between the running machine and any body part as a safety measure.
  • Check wood for defects before cutting or feeding the wood in the envelope such as cracks or foreign objects. Hard objects may clog the machine leading to malfunction, and careful inspection is necessary.
  • Do not leave the machine running unattended. Although machines run under no supervision, it is important to leave the machine to a person in case any defects develop.
  • After using the machine, clean the room and clear it of all debris. Note that the sawdust on the floor and other fragments can cause accidents. Leave the CNC room clean and the way it was before you began your project.
  • If you notice a malfunction, press the pause button on your computer screen or completely shut it down using the emergency power button. If you are unsure of what to do, inform the CNC technicians or the supervisor.
  • Make sure that all the work pieces are secured and firmly in place (well clamped) to avoid shifting during the routing process.
  • Do not operate electric routers in moist, wet or damp environments to reduce the risk of electric shock.
  • It is also very important to maintain your router’s equipment. Replace worn out parts and occasionally check the router. Proper maintenance is essential for the smooth operation of any of you woodworking

BBC Noah’s Ark: The Real Story

An excellent documentary by BBC on what the Noah’s Ark really was (probably). You can watch it here on Youtube:

I find it quite fascinating how they managed to approach the subject without it being too silly or sensationalist while also respecting the well-known legend.

Giving Birth to Babies with Bipedalism

Here’s an interesting fact: the heads of babies when they are born are 102% the size of the human pelvis. It’s the squeezing of the head that allows women to give birth to such giant brained little ones. One of the reasons we have such huge heads has to do with bipedalism – the ability to walk on two legs. This has allowed us to free up our hands that we could now use for making tools and such, rapidly accelerating brain development in early humans.