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Location: North California
I got my first tablesaw at 14, I worked hard and bought a new unisaw and a Delta jointer which someone else decided they deserved more than me! For years after that I used a skill saw mounted under a sheet of plywood. I started yup ding stuff when I was a kid, one of my fav projects at nine was hang glider I made out of PVC and sheet plastic. I made one flight off a slope behind my house and crashed into a truck with a lumber rack, it hurt so much I decided I wasn't old enough for flight! At 15 I built a sub from plans in a Pop Mechanics mag, it was awesome! I never got the motors installed but I was able to submerge, great fun until I found girls and cars. I used to build boats including the ski boat my wife and kids enjoyed for years, i also built a couple of smaller hydro boats with 40 hp outboards, those suckers were fast! Now I like making all sorts of stuff, I love working with wood but also love aluminum. I built small foundry out of a propane tank and cast all sorts of things including bike parts, car parts, all sorts of stuff. I just cast a new coupler for my washing machine, a new one costs about $80, mine cost nothing. I also like anodizing aluminum and have a little system that I make a little $ anodizing motorcycle parts and things I make out of aluminum. I am far from an expert at any of my hobbies, I never had anyone to teach me stuff so I had to figure it out by myself. I often wonder what a real woodworker would think of some of the methods I use!
I mostly enjoy making things that look different, challenging things. Once I learned to not let things intimidate me I realized I could make anything I set my mind to, It took a while to realize that all the things I thought were cool were made by people and those people don't have super powers, they're just like me, a person. Don't let any project intimidate you, always try to out do your last project, you'll be surprised what you can do!