Rock and Stump drawing

Rock And Stump pdf as requested.

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Cut List 2 details

Cut List 2 project details are now posted.

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Test Review

Review materials have been posted for test 1 here.

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Wizard of OZ

not the best quality video, but if you skip to around 2:47, and look closely to the left side of the “window wall”,  you will see the fabric covered flat rippling

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Jig Project

The details of the Jig Project have been posted, and you can find that information here: Jig Project.

Remember to choose a jig to work on for Tuesday’s class. For some inspiration, check out this set of jigs for making adirondack chairs at the Twisted Knot Wood Shop.


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New Discussion Board Topics

Check the discussion board in the course profile to get a better look at some of the power tools discussed in class. This might answer some of the questions that some of you had.

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Tool Notes

Measuring tools

Tape measure (25′ for shop, 100′ or more for load-ins)

Usually made of steel

Also usually has some kind of lock on it

You can also get fiber glass 100 feet or higher tape


Folding rules

Mostly use in prop shops

Can be more accurate than a tape measure

Its 6′ long


Framing square

Use for flats and platform to check the squareness of a frame


Speed square

We mostly use the inches side more then the angle side, can also to be use to check the squareness


Combination square

Can do 90 and 45 degree antes

It can also be used to off set a line

Usually has a level

Also comes with a metal scribe


Dry wall square

Its four feet long, because dry wall usually come in a size of 4’x8′


Siding T bevel

Use to measure angles


Travel points

One will hold a pencil, or steel scribe and the other one has a metal rode that would be placed at a center point to draw a perfect circle


Stair gauges

Used to set the measurements of the thread and run of stairs and then allows you to draw out stairs at the same size.


Metal scribe

Metal handle with a harden steel insert to make marks on metal


chalk line

Use to mark lines

“Never mix colors as different colors have different purposes”



Western saws cut on the push eastern saws cut on the pull


Wall board saw

Cuts on the push cut

Use for cutting dry wall

Does not make clean cuts.


Push saw

Ripping blade cuts with the grain

Has small teeth


Cross cut blade cuts against grain with bigger teeth


Pull saw

Cuts on the pull stroke


Back saw

The back saw has a stiffen back that supports the saw blade

They have different backs for this saw


Hack saw

Cuts steel

Replaceable blade

Lots of small teeth


Copping saw

For pine wood cutting


Bow saw

Use for cutting trees

Has huge teeth


Mat knife/ box cutter

Old style blade does not retracts

New style is retractable

Always use a sharp blade, sharp blades require less effort when cutting


Brake away knife

Comes with a long blade that can be broken up to renew the blade


Tin cutters

Use to cut thin metals

Hard to use



Use only for wood

Use only when sharp as it is harder to use when not sharp

Shouldn’t be hit with hammer


Cold chisel

Use for cutting metal

Can be hit with hammer


Bolt cutters

Cuts bolts, locks, and chains


Cutting and sharping tools


Sure form

Has different sizes and shape

Use to reshape or form wood or foam


Rasp/ file

Rasp is for wood and has teeth

File is for metal, only has lines


Mallet/ hammer

Hammer has steel head

Mallet made of anything other then steel


Claw hammer

Back is use for removing nails


Framing hammer

Back is use for plying


Ball peen hammer

Use for hitting steel tools


Machinist hammer

Use for hitting steel marking tools


Slugs hammer

Use for demolition

Sometimes used for load-in (but use as little as possible)


Rubber mallet

Good for closing paint cans


Dead blow hammer

Heavier than mallet because it has sand in it to keep it from bouncing


Corner shaper

Use to change the shape of the corners on natural boards



Fine wood working tool

Use in our industry to cut down a door to make it fit


Demolition tools


Crow bars

Use for heavy duty prying


Flat bar

Use for finer work

Use more often in our industry


Nail puller

Use to remove nails


Small flat bar

Use for removing nails and other things


Molding puller

Has a very thin blade that removes molding safely


Cat bar

Use for removing nails


T 50 stapler

One of the worse tools that you have to have


Hot glue gun

Use for crafty props projects




C clamps

Come in different sizes

Can apply lots of pressure, could damage scenery


Pipe clamp

Best choice to clamp long things


Quick grip clamp

It is called this because you can use it with one hand

Doesn’t apply much pressure


Spring clamp

Clamping power is decided by the spring size

Usually is used to hold down cloth


Wood clamp

Leaves no marks

Use to clamp wood

Could apply high amounts of pressure

Angle of the clamp could change




C wrench

Adjustable to any size

We use 10″ or 8″ wide mouth

Does not replace box wrench or any other nonadjustable wrench


Open ended box wrench


Combination wrench


Ratcheting combination wrench


Ratchet handle

You can get 1/4 1/2 3/4 drives

The bigger the drive the more torque it has


Ratchet adapter

Use to change the drive size of the ratchet wrench


Hex key

Come in inch and millimeter


Pipe wrench

Use to do pipe work




Phillips and flats head both come in different sizes and different length


Nut drivers

Use on hex head bolts


Yankee screw driver

Push down and it turns, used to reduce work load on user




Channel locks

Can change the size of open to adjust the size of the bolt


Slip joint

Like the channel locks but is more limited




Needle nose


Angle needle nose

Use on jewelry or prop work


End nippers

Used to remove staples and nails


Locking pliers

Liker a pair of pliers but it can locked

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H brickman & sons hardware store


For this assignment, I visited this hardware store called H brickman & sons in east village. The store is located on 1st ave, in between 3rd and 4th street. There were quiet number of hardware stores and lumber yard, but by the time I got there, this was the only store that was still open, so I decided to walk in and find out how it is. The store was as big as, or a little bigger than our shop in v-building and is divided into two section with wall. One side is for hardware and painting, and the other is for houseware. Everything is well organized, stacked, and displayed.


The store had 3 aisle, divided 2 section, front and back. Each section is divided into 3aisle by different categories. The front section keeps painting, hand tools, and power tools with accessories fall into each categories. In the back, there were materials related to door, such as door lock, handle, and few selections of lumber. As you can see, the store has quiet a selection for every categories. What drew my attention the most was powertool section. It had, almost every powertools that I’ve seen in our school shop, but with different manufactures, not to mention all types of blade and accessories for tools. Most of the powertools were from Dewalt, and few from the company I never seen before. There weren’t any makitas, or milwaukees.

By the time I walked into the store, it was super busy. There weren’t any staffs stading in the aisle to ask question. All the staffs I saw were standing in the counter, taking customers, so I couldn’t have chance ask any question.

Overall, I think the store is quiet reliable, in matter of purchasing hardwares. I wouldn’t recommend this store for lumbers, because the selection was really small. Only 1x or 2x lumbers were displayed. Also, I would suggest to pick visit hour wisely, if you want to get help and take times and considerations to make decision, because this store is quiet busy with not many staffs working.


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M&D Shapiro Hardware




So this little place is called M & D Shipiro True Value Hardware. Its located on 63 Bleecker St, New York, Ny. This hardware store is located two blocks away from my job which is a perfect spot to pick up any last minute items. Now the store has more paint and adhesives then anything else. As soon as you walk in the guy at the register greets you and one other employee in the aisle greets and asks’s you if your in need of help. Being that it was a more of a paint and adhesives store they did have a small area for power tools, so i decided to test the knowledge of both workers. I started by saying i’m building a small equipment storage rack, and that what kind of cir-saw they recommended and why? The man behind the register quickly responded with the answer “I’t all depends on the job” which was the answer I wanted it hear, then he went to further details about speed, cordless vs. corded, and basically how often is the tools being used. I found his answers were helpful and correct. Over all finding items in he store was simple paint area in the right of the store, adhesives to the back lift, paint accessories in the middle, front the store had other items. Getting to the store is very easy, get off at the Broadway Lafayette station toward the back of the train on Bleecker St exist on the 6, D, B, F, M train’s and it’s right in the corner. Being that the store was in the East Village prices were kind of high, no buyer’s club. What makes this store stand out to me is the location itself, there are few local hardware store in this area. Really close to the train, SoHo, Work are the things I believe make this place stand out, just wish they had more tools and power tools.




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dumbo hardware


For this hardware store project I went to dumbo hardware located in Downtown Brooklyn at the crossing of Front st. And Adams st. Dumbo hardware didn’t have any wood it did have hardware like Lag bolt among other things. The staff was really helpful when I asked someone who work there if they had plywood, lumber, or pipes he said no but he then told me a list of nearby places where I could get these thing from, the staff was knowledgeable but not in our field. It was extremely easy to find everything in this store because everything was neat, well organized, and the store itself was pretty small. As far as I can see the tools they had was mostly woodworking tools. The store is really easy to find, if you ever need tools I recommend checking this store out.


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