The woodshop building experience

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Blog entry by CapnRon posted 06-07-2007 04:13 AM 1000 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’ve been a jock for a little less than a month and I find myself iching to check online and see what’s new. So here goes, before I start with my workbench blog, I’d like to give a little background on my wood experiences. As a 31 year old, I find myself a “young buck” in this discipline. I have always been a jack of all trades type, and there has been very little that I’ve tried. Growing up my father had a small shop in our basement where he would work very little, he was an electrical engineer and he used to say it to me “if you can draw it you can build it” The only project I recall him building was a set of full length book cases. I began to construct small projects in middle school shop: foot stool, serving tray, coat rack (the ones still around). When I got into high school I got into photography and layed the woodworking to rest for a while. I always dreamed of having a shop when I could but wasnt really focused on it. Went to college on a football scholarship and studied biology and chemistry with a focus in forensic science, worked in restaurants after I got done with football and finished school. 5 years ago we bought our first house (fixer upper) and I needed a garage. The city had a limit on the size of secondary structure I could build and I built the biggest I could. I had inherited my fathers tools a protable table saw, drill press and radial arm saw. My first projects were a new entertainment center, and a set of craftsman style end tables. I learned alot, or more importantly realized that I needed to hone my skills and upgrade some tools. So I got a new table saw and router. With the garage 75% completed I moved into my new shop. The next year I spent running an extension cord down to the shop to power the tools and spent most of the time refinishing the house and building small projects. This past fall I finally got electrical in the shop. I install 100 amp panel to power all of my dreams (80 gal compressor, Dust collection, saw, lighing, etc) Now I’ve got a space to work but its not completly set up so in the next year my goal is to complelty finish the space. My first major project is my workbench, I’ve been using the table saw and the radial arm saw as benches but its time to do things right!

-- ~Capn Ron, workin wood is a way of life...

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#1 posted 06-07-2007 04:31 AM

Welcome. this site is lots of fun and informative. Sounds like you’ve been bitten by the ww bug like the rest of us. Good luck with your new shop.

You never said what you wound up doing with you Bio degree.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#2 posted 06-07-2007 04:53 AM

Wow…our paths are similar…I loved middle school wood shop…I even had the serving tray and footstool (daughter uses it ever night at the coffee table!). I ttok one more class in high school but then started taking photo classes…

Two years ago my wife and I bought our 1st house…and last summer I told my wife that instead of buying furniture that we should spend the money on tools and I would build us everytrhing…hahahahhaaa…

Well…slowly learning the tools and 48 hours left in the school year has left me ITCHING for the shop 24/7 or at least 9 to 5….

Welcome…I joined LJ a couple of months ago…and despite my limited experience and lack of speed on producing projects I find myself checking LJ everynight for ideas and great advice…the “spirit” on this sight is great…

Its nice to have a place where all are welcome…seems like that is very rare in this world…peace!

Enjoy learning…cant wait to hear about your progress…I feel like I am in the same area—-but you are leaps ahead with the building of a shop, entertainment center etc…



-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 06-07-2007 05:01 AM

Sounds like you have a year full of fun ahead of you. What kind of bench are you planning to build. English style? Other?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 06-07-2007 05:08 AM

Great background info! We could all learn a bit from the detail in this post!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 06-07-2007 08:17 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks!


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#6 posted 06-07-2007 11:06 AM

1 month and addicted already—I think the same can be said about everyone here.

I enjoyed reading your “history” and I am also curious about what you did with your Degree.

With all your plans I can see that we are going to be kept busy reading up on your new projects and shop evolutiont.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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