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.
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