Author: Andreas (Community Admin)

I’m a teacher and hobby woodworker from southern Germany.
Work safely on the table saw

Work safely on the table saw

IMPORTANT: Read our introduction to this blog series first. It contains some important limitations of what we can do here.


The table saw is probably one of the most used powert tools in the hobbyist wood shop. So today we want to give you some materials that you can use to learn about how to work safely on your table saw.

We’d like to encourage you to peruse and learn this information so you stay healthy!
Sicher arbeiten an der Tischkreissäge

Sicher arbeiten an der Tischkreissäge

WICHTIG: Für alle Beiträge in dieser Blogserie gilt, was wir in diesem Post zur Einleitung geschrieben haben.


Die Tischkreissäge ist wohl eine der am häufigsten benutzten Maschinen in der Hobbywerkstatt. Daher wollen wir Euch heute einige Materialien zum sicheren Arbeiten an der TKS an die Hand geben.

Wir möchten Euch ermuntern, Euch diese Informationen anzueignen, damit Eure  Gesundheit erhalten bleibt!

Sicher arbeiten – Work safely! Some important points to keep in mind

Sicher arbeiten – Work safely! Some important points to keep in mind

English

ChecklistWhen working with tools and especially power tools, safety is extremely important. An accident in the shop can turn a healthy, productive woodworker into a helpless patient who can possibly no longer provide for themselves or their family. Therefore we’d like to talk about safety in the hobbyist wood shop.

But there’s a problem. We’re all not professionals in this field and we don’t have the knowledge and the training to teach confidently about how you should use your particular tools and machines. To do that, we’d have to see your shop, we’d need to have special training and lots of experience on top. But still we want to talk about safety because it’s important.

So in this series of posts we’re going to point you to various topics that are safety relevant and we’re going to give you links to materials made by professionals so you can learn about the topic. Often it’s enough to be aware of a possible danger to reduce or prevent it. We want to sharpen your awareness and by giving you links make it easy for you to learn what you need to know so you can stay healthy and out of harms way.

Of course, we the community admins, cannot guarantee that in our videos and posts all safety measures are correct. We’re not professionals, after all. But if we all keep learning and point out mistakes to each other in a friendly, respectful way, that’s going to make everyone safer.

Deutsch

ChecklistSicherheit ist beim Arbeiten mit Werkzeugen und vor allem bei elektrischen Maschinen enorm wichtig. Ein Unfall in der Werkstatt kann innerhalb von Sekunden einen gesunden, produktiven Menschen in einen hilflosen, arbeitsunfähigen Patienten verwandeln. Daher wollen wir über das Thema Sicherheit in der Werkstatt sprechen.

Unser Problem dabei: Wir sind alle keine Profis und haben nicht die Fachkenntnisse, um Euch zu sagen, worauf Ihr in Eurer Werkstatt mit Euren Werkzeugen achten müsst. Dazu müsste man vor Ort sein, eine spezielle Ausbildung haben und außerdem viel Erfahrung. Trotzdem wollen wir das Thema Sicherheit nicht einfach sein lassen, denn es ist zu wichtig.

Daher werden wir in dieser Beitragsserie immer mal wieder auf einzelne Themen hinweisen und Euch Links zu Materialien geben, die von Profis erstellt wurden, so dass Ihr Euch in das Thema einarbeiten könnt. Meist hilft es schon, dass man sich einer Gefahr überhaupt bewusst ist, um sie zu reduzieren oder zu vermeiden. Dieses Bewusstsein wollen wir schärfen und es Euch durch Links zu Materialien möglichst leicht machen, die Dinge zu lernen, die Euch vielleicht helfen können, gesund und unversehrt zu bleiben.

Und natürlich können auch wir, die Community Admins, nicht garantieren, dass wir in unseren Videos und Beiträgen immer alles richtig machen. Wie gesagt: Wir sind keine Profis. Wenn wir aber alle beständig dazulernen und uns gegenseitig höflich und respektvoll auf Schwachpunkte hinweisen, bringt uns das alle weiter.

Holzwurm Tom’s LED Build Challenge – #holzwurmtomchallenge2017

Holzwurm Tom’s LED Build Challenge – #holzwurmtomchallenge2017

Our fellow community admin Thomas (HolzwurmTom) hosted a build challenge again this year (#holzwurmtomchallenge2017). The task was to build a lamp with LEDs.

All the projects are in and many of the people who built something are members of our community. So go over to his blog post where he collected all the videos and watch the creative and original lamps that were built in the course of this challenge. The variety and creative woodworking on display here is amazing!

You can also vote for your favourite project of the challenge. To do that, go to the home page of this blog and find the voting tool on the right. Voting will be open until midnight on 17.06.2017.

Holzwurm Tom’s LED Challenge

 

Winner of the Project of the month: May 2017

Winner of the Project of the month: May 2017

It was a close call between the three candidates for the Project of the Month May 2017. But in the end, Günter from AoK made the race with his small jewellery box.

Background story by AoK

Here’s his background story of the project – first in German, further down in English.

Schmuckkästchen von AoK

Dieses kleine Schmuckkästchen habe ich für die Challenge Tree 2017 vom Dominic Bender [also an EWC member] gebaut. Er veranstaltet diese Challenge jedes Jahr und für mich hat sie fast schon Kultstatus.

Ich habe die Box aus einem Stück Birkenast gebaut. Birke eignet sich hervorragende für solche arbeiten, weil das Holz eine schöne Maserung und die Rinde eine tolle Farbe hat.

Ich mag es besonders etwas mit der Bandsäge zu bauen, weil ich dann keinen großen Bauplan brauche und einfach loslege. Alles ergibt sich dann irgendwie von selbst. Ich kann viel improvisieren und freihand aufzeichnen und ausschneiden. Dann werden die Teile zusammengeleimt und noch ein paar Eyecatcher angeschraubt und das war’s dann auch schon.

Die Bandsäge ist mein absolutes Lieblingswerkzeug, einigermaßen genau und unkompliziert.
Ich hoffe das die Box Euch genauso gut gefällt wie mir. Wie ich das Teil gebaut habe sieht man ganz genau in meinem Video.

Vielen dank für das Intresse. Ich freu mich schon auf die anderen Projekte die hier vorgestellt werden und wünsche dem EWC alles gute für die Zukunft.

Liebe Grüße
Günter (AoK)

English version of AoK’s story

I built this small jewellery box for Dominic Bender’s  [also an EWC member] “Challenge Tree”. He does this challenge every year and for it already has cult status.

I made the box out of a birch branch. Birch is excellent for such projects because the wood has a nice grain and the bark has a beautiful colour.

I especially like to build projects with my bandsaw because I don’t need much planning, I just start into the project and see what happens. I improvise a lot and sketch saw lines freehand to cut out. Then I glue the parts up, add some eye candy here and there and that’s that.

The bandsaw is by far my favourite tool: quite accurate and simple to use. I hope you like the box as much as I do. The video show quite well how I made it.

Many thanks for your interest. I’m looking forward to the other projects that will be featured in this series and I wish all EWC members all the best!

Best wishes,
Yours, AoK

Have a look on Günter’s Page in the Members Area 

Rob Appelman featured on the Makers International podcast

Rob Appelman featured on the Makers International podcast

Our community member Rob Appelman from the Netherlands was the featured guest on the Makers International podcast (Soundcloud, iTunes) recently.

Check out this episode in which Rob talks about his background, where he gets his inspiration and a lot of other interesting bits and pieces: Rob Appelman – EP #129 Makers International

Congratulations Rob for being featured on the podcast and for an interesting and entertaining interview.


With this post we’re starting a new category “EWC in the wild” which points you to any community members who get featured elsewhere on the web or who meet up in person somewhere. If you come across community members being featured in some form somewhere online, let uns know: Just send an email so we can post it here and get our members the attention they deserve!


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Livestream with Community Updates on 03.06.2017 (16:00 h CET)

Livestream with Community Updates on 03.06.2017 (16:00 h CET)

Next Saturday, 03.06.2017 at 16:00 h (CET) there will be an Instagram livestream with some updates on the developments that happened during the first couple of days since the launch of the European Woodworking Community. You can ask questions about the community, give us feedback or just hang out with other community members or people interested in our community.

Community admin Frank will do the livestream partly in German and partly in English on the Community IG account. So spread the word!

The livestream was actually an idea of two community members/IG followers: Michael D. and Bruno Berlinke. We’re happy to pick up this idea and will try do do this regularly.

So stay tuned and tune in at 4 pm next Saturday, 03.06.2017. 

Some updates, a newsletter and a word about language

Some updates, a newsletter and a word about language

The first couple of days have seen our community take off quickly. Three days after we launched, we’re at over sixty members from various European countries: Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Britain, Spain, Finland, Germany and others. This is exactly what we had in mind when we developed the idea of the European Woodworking Community. So thanks to all our new members – you’re all very welcome!

Newsletter

As we’re planning the first steps to develop the community, we set up a newsletter for you to keep up with the posts that will be published in this blog. You can sign up for the newsletter in the sidebar on the right.  

What language to use?

We are an international community so English would be the natural language to use in our blog and Instagram posts. But all the founders and many other members are Germans. Most of us can read and understand English without any problems. But writing texts in English is a different story and not  all of us feel comfortable enough with English to do that.

We translated all the important texts on the main site so that they are available in both German and English. But translating is a lot of work and not everyone is fluent enough in both languages to do it. If we find the time, we try to provide texts in both languages, but this community – just as woodworking – is our hobby. So time is always limited.

Therefore, some posts will only be available in German while others (like this one) will be only in English. If you speak both languages well and would like to volunteer translating texts, we’d love to hear from you! Just send us an email!

We hope you understand this situation. If you don’t understand the language of a post, you might use translation software. This is not ideal, of course, but it should give you a general idea of what a text is about.

That’s it for the first update. Have a good week and happy woodworking!

The European Woodworking Community launches

The European Woodworking Community launches

EWC logoToday’s the day. The secret is no longer a secret!

After long and extensive preparation by the founders it comes into the open:

The European Woodworking Community is live and online.

It’s a community for all woodworking enthusiasts who share their work in some form or other on the web. It’s about exchanging ideas and questions, sharing in our common hobby and strengthening the spirit of community that exists among web-based woodworkers from all over Europe.

Come on in and become part of the community!

Membership is free.

EWC Community Admins