Honestly, I thought I did my due diligence on this one. I really did. Fortunately, I haven’t made any serious mistakes. Just a bunch of goofy beginner ones. Aw, heck. I’m a goofy guy, and a beginner to boot, what...
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I'm a chef by trade, historian by education, philosopher by inclination, and pretty much a total newbie to the fine manual arts. Best gig I can find these days is seasonal, and so I spend my winters spending as little as possible and reading as much as possible. But even when I am working, I'm always trying to learn something new: a few winters back I taught myself a thing or two about antenna science, winter after that I built myself a greenhouse in the back porch and learned how to manage it--this winter I'm finally realizing my dream of setting up an ACTUAL WORKING SHOP!
You see, I recently married the woman of my dreams (bear with me here). It was an amazing experience for all the usual reasons, but the unusual part is that rather than wedding presents, we asked for help putting on the big show, so apart from a couple of girls hired to wash dishes, everything was done by friends and family--and we still managed to have a good time!
More to the point, we invited some woodworkers. And they blessed us with some absolutely beautiful work--things that we'll treasure for the rest of our lives. And this inspired me: while I don't (really) know how to build things, I'm always thinking about things that would be cool to make: a shelf here, a tool there, a giant spider robot over there.... it's hard to describe just how amazing it was to watch these talented woodworkers take an idea and make it a reality.
So... that's why I'm here.
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We were over at my mom’s place the other night, and the guy she’s been shacked up with for the last twenty years (they refuse to get married, but they’re lifers) offered me his old delta 6” jointer out of the attic of h...
Man, I don’t know what’s wrong with me… Just yesterday, I finally finished rehabbing my Craftsman Radial Arm Saw, it cuts beautifully, not quite as smooth as glass… but close enough for now. So, it’s time for a ne...
If I were to add up every hour I’d spent in the shop, trying to get things up and running, at least half of that time has been devoted to the painstaking rehabilitation of an old Sears Craftsman Radial Arm Saw (model 113197751). The backsto...
The first mistake, at least if you’re wired like me, is in thinking too much. If it’s your first shop, just go out there, slap a couple of boards on a couple of sawhorses, and start playing around. The thing is, if it’s your ...