Popular Woodworking 2000-10 № 117, страница 23

Popular Woodworking 2000-10 № 117, страница 23

The host of PBS' the Woodwright's Shop builds a foot-powered lathe and jigsaw.

By using recycled lumber he helps the environment, adds some 'new' equipment to his shop and impresses his daughter.

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Et all began when I went to pick up my daughter Rachell at the end of her freshman year at college. We had just finished loading her belongings when I spotted a pile of pine 4 x 4s and such in a nearby dumpster.

"What's all that wood?" I asked her.

"They're-old-lofts-from-people's-dorm-rooms,-Dad,-they're-trash-now-in-the-dumpster-please-let's-go!" she said, sinking a little in her seat. Her friends and classmates were all around, and I suddenly realized that this was a perfect opportunity to demonstrate my concern for the environment.

Wouldn't she be proud!

"Let's go take a look. They even have a bunch of carriage bolts with them! I could make a treadle lathe from all this!"

"It's-trash-in-a-dumpster,-Dad,-let's-go-now. Please!" she said, pulling a sweatshirt over her face and sinking even lower. I guess the sun was bothering her.

"Come on! Let's show everyone how we don't let wood go to waste!" I said as I climbed up into the dumpster and began pulling old pizza boxes off the timbers. What a treasure! And best of all,

by Roy Underhill

Roy Underhill is the host of the television series, "The Woodwright's Shop," now celebrating his twentieth year of subversive woodworking on public TV. He is the author of five books on traditional woodworking, and for ten years he was master housewright at Colonial Williamsburg. He travels extensively, teaching and studying the technology of the pre-industrial era.

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