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Blog entry by Captainawesome posted 195 days ago 598 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone,

I’ve been a member for a while now, but haven’t been very active. I have been a member of another woodworking forum for a couple of years, but have not enjoyed my time over there as of late. I guess the site owners are trying to capitalize on their new found popularity and have been littering the site with invasive ads. I’m hoping that woodworking forums are like clamps in that you can never have enough!!

My name is Sean and I am from Charleston, SC. I am younger than most people this into woodworking so you may have to bare with me at times.

My background in the craft:
I worked as a superintendent for a couple of home builders/remodelers right out of college where I studied Historic Preservation. I always had a passion for creating things, and construction seemed like an obvious choice. I slowly built up a stock of basic construction tools, but nothing fancy. When the building industry fell apart, I was left with no job and bad taste in my mouth towards construction. Fast forward a few years, I took a steady paying job running a manufacturing plant (actually for one of our customers we did a remodel job for) and rediscovered my love for working in the shop. This time around, I found a whole other side to what I thought was woodworking. Before, I considered woods like poplar and oak from the big box stores as “high quality materials” and my craftsmen contractor’s saw as a “precision machine.” While those woods are nice and the saw cut just fine, I had no idea what I was missing out on.

Why I do it:
While building a small corner hutch for our dining room, I discovered sites like LJ’s and Woodworkingtalk. I was immediately sucked into the vortex and haven’t looked back. My main reasoning behind diving further into woodworking was my wife and I having our first child, a baby boy who turned 2 back in October. I want to make sure I can teach my son some useful skills that don’t involve a computer, ipad, cell phone, or whatever else they will have as he grows up. The ability to create something with your hands is a wonderful feeling with the end result being an actual 3D object that you can admire in real life or hold in your hands. All I want is to learn as much as possible, and pass on any/all of my “wisdom” onto the next generation.

The last two years:
After finishing the hutch, I realized I needed a better and more accurate table saw which lead to the purchase of a Ridgid R4512. It was clear that in order for the saw to perform at it’s best, the wood needed to be as straight as possible which lead to a small 6” jointer I found on craigslist. Add in a deal of a lifetime for a Delta 14” bandsaw, PSI 1hp dust collector, and Delta 12” benchtop planer (all for $250) and I was well on my way to becoming a woodworker. With several generous gifts from family members and pinching pennies, I have a fairly well equipped shop on a small scale.

Today:
I don’t think that I have earned the title of a “woodworker” just yet, and I don’t know if I ever will, but that is what keeps driving me to learn more. I advance every year, month, and day with the projects I produce. I hope to continue that trend for as long as I am able.

Thank you for welcoming me to the site, and I hope to contribute just as much if not more than what I gain while I’m here.

-- My Nickname is meant to be taken sarcastically... Sean, South Carolina



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 195 days ago

That deserves a whole new Welcome to LJs(or welcome back)
It’s great to have someone with your motivation become more active in our LJ community.Enjoy!

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BubingaBill

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#2 posted 195 days ago

Hey Captain,
Welcome back. I too have a small “new” shop and have been making boxes for only 2 years. Being a woodworker in my honest opinion does not require a certain skill level. Just the willingness to try, the ability to create, and the patience of a glacier!
Having a nice pile of wood never hurts too!

I joined LJs last year and the people here are incredible! I have learned so much and they have inspired me to design things I didn’t know was possible. One day I hope to have enough wood to actually build all the things in my head!
I’m looking forward to seeing your projects (past and future)!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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Captainawesome

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#3 posted 195 days ago

Bill, one of my future posts will show what I’m doing to try and stay ahead of the “lack of materials” problem we all seem to have. I’ll give you a hint, it involves my in-laws farmland, a couple of chainsaws, a resaw jig for my bandsaw, and a LOT of sawdust… I should have a few useable pieces of lumber in about 2-3 years

-- My Nickname is meant to be taken sarcastically... Sean, South Carolina

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jfk4032

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#4 posted 195 days ago

Accumulating tools is a lifetime endeavor, even when you run out of space. You’ll find that you must have that new tool that you can’t remember where you put it several years ago when you bought it…happens to the best of us. Welcome to LJ and jump into the wealth of knowledge and friends you can find in this community.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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greg48

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#5 posted 195 days ago

Woodworker is not a title, it’s an endeavor and your well on your way.

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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