As some of you know, I started my woodworking journey last summer in August. While I’ve always had a desire, and even bought my first tool back in 1995, I didn’t actually take my first real steps till then. It’s very interesting how things happen. As a crafter by nature, I’ve always had an outlet for my need to create things. But it wasn’t till a sweet dear friend of mine introduced me to Pinterest that I took the plunge. (I’ll have to thank her for that someday… perhaps with a project that I’ll build)
Last summer when I started this journey I had nothing more than a hammer, crowbar and a jigsaw that my husband was reluctant to let me use. I acquired a stack of pallets and that was my workbench. I’d say that I started off my first month doing nothing more than finding pallets, dragging them home and disassembling them. I had no money to put toward wood so free wood was my only option.
Soon I started acquiring more tools. My fist… a used Black & Decker miter saw. I was so excited! I remember bringing it home and just grinning from ear to ear wanting to show EVERYONE my new toy. Now… I’ve went from my pallet bench to a one car garage with more tools than I dreamed I’d have in less than a year.
Now I still have my same miter saw, but I’ve added a table saw, band saw, router & router table (actually three routers, w/two tables), an old scroll saw, ROS sander, air compressor w/three nail guns and… the “love of my life”... my new planer. I do have two hand planes and one chisel… but I don’t really use them. I feel pretty blessed to have the set up I have. I’ve really been enjoying it.
If you look back at the projects I’ve done so far… you’ll see that I started out making a few frames, then some boxes. I made a workbench and then I’ve played around with making a few jigs. Recently I made a handful of doll beds. Making these doll beds and having my own space has really ramped up my desire to do more. I have all these plans and ideas in my head to make furniture. For example… I want to make my own queen size bed, and along with it, two nightstands, a dresser and a chest of drawers.
So I have to ask myself… Can I really do it? Do I have the skills to make some nice pieces of furniture? I’ve decided that I CAN do it! And that I WILL do it. Now… where do I start?
Well, today I’m going to start by asking my fellow LJers to join me in this journey. I wanted to start a blog series to take you along with me as I begin to “Step Up My Skills”. I’ve never done a blog like this so I hope I don’t bore you to death. Before I jump head first into building a bedroom set… I’ve got a smaller project that I’m going to make that will stretch the basic skills that I’ve learned since last summer. I hope you will join me and find out what my project will be in Part 2 of Time to Step Up My Skills. :)
It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Southern Indiana (for now, lol)... So I’m off to the shop to see what kind of trouble I can cause out there. Hope you guys have a great day!