6 years ago, when my interest in woodworking began to peak again, I realized the last time I had done a serious woodworking project was almost 20 years prior. Back then, we had high school woodshop classes with well defined goals and projects and ...
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Location: Columbus, Ohio
Grew up in central Ohio, learned to do some woodworking in junior high shop class, but didn't get back to it until I was in my late 30's. Now I concentrate on hand tool work, with a little bit of machining thrown in for projects that need to get done quickly.
My shop lives in half of my two car garage for now, and allows me to work in most conditions, although one day I hope to have a stand-alone shop building.
Most projects I take on are out of need, some are more for skill building and experimentation, others are to help supplement my growing shop. I primarily work in solid wood (both hardwoods and softwoods), although I'll use plywoods when I feel the need to. Hope to get into more veneering and carving in the future.
My philosophy towards this hobby is to slow down and enjoy the creative process, and not try to rush the finished product. This is a challenge that I'm slowly getting better at.
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Whether you buy new or used woodworking hand tools, is entirely up to you. I didn’t write these blog posts to convince anyone otherwise. I simply wrote about my experiences. Everyone has a different perspective on tools, woodworking, and h...
What I wish I'd known before spending money on woodworking hand tools #2: Still more new or used... You decide.
This is the followup on my first posting concerning new vs. used woodworking tools. Bits, Braces and Eggbeaters Fortunately, for me, it wasn’t hard to find braces, either at flea markets, or antique shops. There’s a wide variety...
Have you ever gotten the feeling that if only you’d known more at the start of something, you’d have saved yourself a whole lot of time, effort, and money? Maybe it’s just the learning process, but there are a few things I wish ...