While my basement shop continues to grow (much to the chagrin of my wife, who thinks this whole “woodworking thing” is just a phase I’m going through), it is still a pretty tight space. I’m thus always on the look-out for devices that lend themsel...
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As a kid, I remember watching my grandfather turning a mallet on a lathe so he could crack black walnuts from one of his many walnut trees. Naturally, he made it out of ... black walnut. He'd use words like "jig" and "miter" and it was all very mysterious to me. Originally a farmer, he had to know how to make things and fix things as the need arose. It was practical knowledge. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from sitting on a bucket in his garage watching him and talking with him while he tinkered on something.
My dad, too, prided himself on being able to fix things when they broke. He always had a stack of wood in the garage ready for whatever project came along. But, being of quite modest means and in a small house, bench tools weren't really an option. He built his own workbench, though, and I spent many hours in the garage as a kid using it for all kinds of experiments, but little in the way of anything handy. And when he did work on a project, while I was generally relegated to "holding the light," at least we were together and having fun.
But I lack the skills and know-how they so easily mastered. I took a different path and, encouraged by a hardworking family who recognized the value of education while always keeping in mind one's more humble origins, I became a lawyer. After more than 20 years practicing law, though, I find myself woefully unskilled.
Hence my new journey. I'll be easing into woodworking (since quitting my day job isn't really an option, given my ineptitude with anything used to convert wood to useful or artful product, as well as the financial disaster that would follow should I claim full-time "woodworker" status without anything resembling ability.) But I'm hoping it's a journey that will leave me, my kids and (eventually grand kids) with as many happy memories as I have from those care-free days in Grandpa's garage.
-- Cut first and ask questions later.
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