Hard to believe it’s been a year since I joined LJs and taken up the hobby of woodworking. I spent most of the year learning new techniques, rearranging my workshop, and purchasing new tools. My wife laughs at me every time I rearrange the shop, but I think I am settling down on a layout. At least my changes are getting fewer and further between. My original plan was to take up one corner of my basement… a year later …I now have taken over about 75% of my basement.
A year ago I was thinking of relying mostly on hand tools… I’ve modified my thinking a little. I still love working with hand tools but I have added a new bandsaw, dust collection, planer, and thinking of adding a spindle sander and maybe a jointer (I still edge joint with a hand plane). I’ve also added various hand tools to my arsenal and with help from my sons built a lumber rack.
My shinny conference room table a.k.a workbench from a year ago isn’t so shinny anymore.
I found I really like making bandsaw boxes. I also like making tables. I continue to work on my hand cut dovetails but they remain a real challenge for me. I can make them functional but not as pretty as I would like. LJs has really help me to make the decisions that has made the “learning experiences” more enjoyable. It’s been a really fun year! Thank you all!
-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction