Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Eastern Kentucky
Wow, thanks for so many answers so quickly.
As it is, my shop is in my basement that has direct outside access. Since I don't have dust collection and the basement also has living space in it as well, not to mention my shop is not very well sealed off from other parts of the house, then I do all my cutting, routing, milling outside and then bring the parts back inside for assembly and finishing. I don't think being outside for as short a period as it takes to cut them is enough to have outside conditions affect the wood a whole lot but I didn't know, and I know that once the parts are milled that I'm probably done for the day most times. Assembly would come later. It takes a fair amount of time to set up tools needed and then clean up everything once finished so I'm doing well to get the parts shaped for next time. I'd hate to spend all that time working on them and come back the following weekend to find they don't fit or are too loose to fit right.
Up until now I've been able to make parts and assemble immediately but my projects have been limited to small shelves, or other similar things. I'd like to try something larger like a bookcase but I know to do that right it will take more time than a single afternoon. I will want to dado the sides to hold the shelves. I suppose some of this might depend on the type of wood I use. Prior to now I've made everything from pine and poplar. I've been buying it from Lowe's in the millworker section so it's planed smooth and needs very little sanding. It's fairly expensive so I don't want to waste it from foolish mistakes. I'd love to know another source for wood to work with besides just Lowe's.