Beginning Again in Woodworking #1: Starting Over

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Blog entry by Infernal2 posted 05-22-2012 07:17 AM 1704 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 07:52 AM

A lot of us learned the way you did and have come back to relearn what we lost.

The bench looks good and is much better than the 1/2 sheet of plywood on an old TV cabinet I started with!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 10:05 AM

That’s a great bench. I think the inspiration for most of us to begin woodworking was from experience we had as youngsters. That’s why it’s so important to at least expose our children and grandchildren to some woodworking at a young age just to give them taste of it. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 03:16 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks , a world of advise, opinions, and experiences, all shared without judgement.

That’s a very clever, yet practical, bench for the space you have.

My Grandfather’s love for woodworking was my impetus and I have been addicted to sawdust my whole life.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 03:28 PM

Welcome to Ljs
As far as benches and tools it’s all about what works for you. Enjoy!

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 04:53 PM

welcome, as a guy starting in woodworking with limited space as well I can say small projects can be just as much fun and you can be surprised what you can build in that small space.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#6 posted 05-22-2012 09:46 PM

Welcome back to the hobby!

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#7 posted 05-24-2012 01:43 AM

Welcome aboard, start small, add/upgrade as needed, buying used is a wonderful thing, every project is worth doing

-- Norman

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