With more then a half-century behind me, I’m rather comfortable in saying that I’ve seen a lot of stupid things in my life. Having been host to the greater number of them, I count myself both lucky and rather stupid at times. Take yest...
|View BillyJ's:||home||workshop||projects (9)||blog (15)||reviews (0)||forum topics (8)||buddies (27)||favorites (51)||activity log|
622 posts in 1840 days
Location: Howell, MI
As with most, my first experience with woodworking was in middle-school woodshop class. It took me a complete semester to turn one chess piece (the Rook) that stood about 6". My rough carpentry was much better, as I spent the summer helping build a cabin from the ground up.
It wasn’t until I was married that I began honing my quasi-woodworking/ carpentry skills. With hammer, Skill Saw, and screwdrivers in hand, no wood was safe from me. My real journey from the dark-side came after my first visit to the hospital for my heart about 10 years ago. It’s amazing how something so simple as an irregular heart rhythm can provide focus in one’s life. Rather than waiting until I retire, I decided to Carpe diem.
The first thing I found out was that my wife was very eager to volunteer my time making everything for everyone (free of charge, of course). If her job required a tool that I did not have, I told her that I “needed” it to complete the job. I live by the motto: It is better to have a tool and not need it, than to need a tool and not have it. It was then that I started amassing a wonderful set of tools. Now that I have almost any tool to do any job, I now tell her that my “pay” for doing those jobs is to buy a tool that I “think” I might need in the future. That serves two purposes – either I don’t have to do the job, or I get things I might want one day!
-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.
Latest Activity | view all »
|commented on||Incidental Fermat Projects #3: Old and Weird||636 days ago|
|commented on||Floating platform bed with LED lights and carving||687 days ago|
|commented on||My very first project age 12||727 days ago|
|commented on||turned out of OSB||729 days ago|
|commented on||My New Lumber Stash||740 days ago|
|commented on||My little girls wedding||754 days ago|
|commented on||Dust collection||754 days ago|
|commented on||Cherry and Black Walnut Picture Frames||756 days ago|
|commented on||Red Cedar and Maple Hollow Form||756 days ago|
|commented on||Better late than never||756 days ago|
|commented on||Kitchen Cabinets||760 days ago|
|replied on||HAPPY JULY MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU||791 days ago|
|replied on||Free wood in West Michigan||792 days ago|
|commented on||A Pencil for Dad and a candle holder for my Step Mom||804 days ago|
|commented on||Fire Place Surround||809 days ago|
Latest Projects | view all 9 »
Latest Blog Entries | view all 15 »
As a qualifying opening statement, please read this post as my views, observations, and beliefs. They do not necessarily reflect “industry standards” or your experiences with dust collection, Clear Vue dust collectors, or any science related to du...
Please, no applause. Really. Ok, just a little. On December 31, 2011, at 8:45 PM, I fired up my Clear Vue dust collector. Granted, it worked. But the rather loud noise caused me to shut it down within seconds. After several successive attemp...
Please, please, hold the applause. I just couldn’t take another winter without heat, and I have a kitchen remodel coming up that will require me working in the cold, so I finally installed my shop heater. Yep, it took a long time, but it fin...
All good things must come to an end, and that includes the AWFS Fair. I’ve been very fortunate on many different levels. First, being able to talk with very knowledgable people in the field has opened my eyes to different techniques. Second,...