Many moons ago my family and I, including my Mother and my oldest Brother lived with my grandparents and at the ripe old age of extra-young, I remember floating around in the mystical world of my grandfather’s shop. The concrete floors of a repurposed storage/garage was like a mystical land, covered in piles of sawdust and hulks of machinery and both my older brother and I learned a few tricks of the trade at my grandfather’s side. Years later, I shudder somewhat in horror of the many fine woodworking tools that helped my grandfather bring so many beautiful projects to life were packaged up and were sold along with the property after my grandparents passed on.
So recently, I finally have the time and a little bit of scratch to start building up my tool collection and embark on quest to relearn what I knew and add a whole host of other skills. I’ve been lucky in finding most of these at old garage sales and am planning a few small projects to get my feet wet. The first is moving most of the stuff off of my enclosed “porch/workshop” and moving it into an outer storage area and that’s nearing completion. I’ve already made a few small tools as well (a block plane, a mallet, and a bench) and am in the process of adding a homemade fret saw and bow saw.
So look out, here we go.
By the way, this is the “mini” New Fangled Workbench I built. It’s much too small but works great for the abysmally small space I have at the moment.