I hope you will all bear with me as I learn the tricks of woodworking. I am basically starting from scratch but I feel better saying that I am “starting over” in my woodworking. I did some ww back in the early 1980s but due to a divorce, moving, not having a place and losing custody of a lot of my tools, I am just now getting back to it. I may have bunches of questions as I go.
I am relagated to a small workshop due to space constraints in my yard. I just do not have enough space for a really nice place like I see on some of your videos and photos. Once I made my mind up that I was going to build a shop regardless of what amount of space it took out of my back yard, my wife convinced me that she would be happier if I could work with what was already in place. We have a two-car carport with two small “storage rooms” attached at the back. The rooms were 5 1/2’ x 18’ (inside dimensions). The divider wall was simply two sheets of peg-board nailed to 2×4 studs. Since I do not have the time, skill, or knowledge to do a room expansion I found a local “carpenter/mason/jack-of-all-trades” who agreed to do it for me at a reasonable price. So, we (he) poured a concrete slab extension, moved the existing back wall, added new end walls, put in lighting, windows on one end and a double door entry. I now have a “modest” 12’ x 18” workshop. Actually since I had to give up the two storage rooms, I have a “workshop/storage room”. My handyman carpenter put a scutlle-hole so I can use the “attic” to help with the storage space.
Overall I am happy and I think it is going to serve my purposes…I am not looking to build large furniture, etc. I just want to have a place to spend some time working on some smaller projects and learning more about this woderful hobby. I have already gotten a world of info from LJ and other sites. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will have all of the painting and cleaning up done and can actually get started on a ww project. Probably that first project is going to be a workbench and some storage cabinets/shelves.
I am reallly excited also that my dad who has done woodworking for many years is giving me all of his tools (including a lathe that he personallly designed and built—he was a machinist) and he will be spending some time with me helping and teaching me some of the finer points. He will be 88 yrs. old next week and has not done any woodworking for a few years due to some health problems. I think he is excited to have me taking up the torch. I just hope I can do it half as well as he did in his prime.