I’m not new to online woodworking forums, but only recently joined LumberJocks. I enjoy the sharing of information and techniques on a forum such as this, so I’ll dive in as time allows.
Most of my life I was around various tools, but my real desire to build things from wood dates back to wood shop in the ninth grade. It was a fairly comprehensive course, for a junior high school class but that’s the only year it was offered in our district. After that class, I was more familiar and less afraid of a lot of tools but didn’t do very much woodworking until later in life. Much of what I did along the way was small carpentry projects around home. I guess I never saw myself as talented enough to build real furniture.
After watching Norm for many years, then other occasional woodworking shows, I finally took the plunge and started trying more advanced projects beginning around 1999. Once I began to use better quality woods like cherry and oak, I really got the bug. My wife was, and is, very supportive of my having a shop and the right tools to do the job. As a result, I’ve graduated from building a birdhouse a five-year-old could whack together to having a house full of furniture pieces I’ve designed and built.
Speaking of design, I found it quite fulfilling to see an item we wanted and then draw up my own plans for it. At first, I used pencil and paper but started using Visio because I was using it at work. I attempted using a few 3D design software packages along the way, but always went back to Visio for my comfort level. Then, a couple of years ago, I made myself dive into SketchUp but still hit a mental block until I got a little tutoring. The switch flipped on and I do all of my drawing in SU now.
Well, enough of this for now. More later…..
-- Bill, Thomasville, GA