Most resolutions are plans for the first two weeks of January. Then not so much———- it’s just human nature.
I’m 52 , which I know some guys here will say he’s a mere pup. My problem is in that in 52 years I haven’t built much. I have been sitting on the bench. All my life I loved wood(as I’m sure all of you do.). I was a foul up in woodshop as a kid—-hence my handle on this wonderful site. I have been the biggest woodworking voyeur on the planet. Wood shows, shaker village, mystic wooden boat weekend—-loved it all but it was watching and watching only.
If the notes here can be believed I’ve been here 6 years. The two silver maples I had banded up are dry now.
Couple of my friends had stints installed this year. One, a brilliant RPI trained Chemist, patent holder, one of my Marines from Desert Storm that I thought of as my sons—- or at least a kid brother had a stint put in a month ago.
I’m not fearing death, “when I get where I’m going…...” (dolly Parton and some guy sing it.) But I hear Andy and Red conversing about “get busy living…....
I’m grateful that I can lurk and learn here. From watching Wally’s Workshop as a young kid to Norm, St. Roy, the Schwarz, Patrick Edwards and now the many many others it maybe the greatest time in the history of mankind to look and learn how to work this blessed material.
I’m realizing that I’m tired of watching from the stands.
It is time to get in the game.
Three goals by June 1
1. Transform an old 18”x33”x 66” shipping crate into my tool box- it won’t be pretty, it won’t be nice but it will do two things: #1 It will be the one place to be able to find all my tools—-right now it is a night mare. #2 it will have an al gore light bulb in it to get the heat up in the box and separate from my basement and put an end to rust or at least curtail it greatly from the rate is now.
2. I purchased Karson’s Tormek a while back, and I have various other sharpening tools. Veritas Mark 2 is a great piece of gear and a gatco knife system. I think I can sharpen everything I own except drill bits. I will make a dedicated sharpening station (on wheels) that is always ready. Using a dull tool is like trying to make love wearing an oak barrel.
3. I’ve never owned a workbench. I got a free workbench from a warehouse, I beat the dumpster on that one. It needs a couple of vises(which I have). It will be a rickety thing but it will help me get in the game and build a Lang 21st century bench. Just even to complain about my workbench sucking will be a wonderful thing.
I’m going to keep track of what it costs me to do this, the perverse thing is that it shouldn’t cost me anymore than $50 bucks to do all this because I have been prepping…..some might say hoarding, ahem for this forever and when I say forever I mean for like 38 years. Nothing can hold me back from this except the stuff between my ears.
From my $5 wood lathe to my $80 bandsaw that is a piece of junk and I regret the sight of it. I don’t need another thing to get in the game. There are so many people doing so much more with less that it is a sin. Heck the Turkish marketplace guy turning stuff with a belt and using the space between his toes as a tool rest makes me feel like an idiot. If you have not seen it——it is an eye opener.
I’d like to have a couple of local Cub Scout dens over for some bird house clinics and to be able to hear a #4 Stanley or craftsman, of handyman, or millers falls sing as it takes a shaving but lets stick with those three for now.
I put this up here because it kind of a confession, kind of a proclamation , kind of a public statement that I need to do this thing for me. The kids are gone on to promising things, wife will be happy I’m not yelling about politics.
It’s time to get out of the dugout.
If you made it this far thanks for listening.
-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"