A Novice’s Odyssey:
Thank you much for the warm welcome you sent. As a way of introduction I though I would give you my Top Ten.
10 – My name is James Ryan and I have been “working with wood” (not quite a woodworker yet!) for less than a year.
9 – My wife thinks I am insane and believes I will cut my fingers off – I am truly hoping she is wrong.
8 – I have the sum total of 3 tools of which 2 share the same battery – Sad I know.
7 – To date I have completed 1 project (more to come latter)
6 – In the past couple of months I have been reading tons of books and magazines. The biggest lesson I learnt, there is always, a simpler solution. Hence the reason I joined the forum. I need help. Simple things like “What is a climb cut”, “How the heck do you install draw slides”, “How do you heat the garage so you don’t freeze to death” are all on my list of problems.
5 – I hate (yes I do say this passionately) Home Depot. The shop where the only sale assistant you can find has no idea where wood is kept. Note – I have since learnt that Home Depot has no wood to speak of so I have since forgiven him. Remind my one day to tell you the story of how I went in to buy 1 gallon of sky blue paint and was given 38 gallons of pink instead – The events while hysterically funny are also sadly true.
4 – I was given a #41/2 Lie-Nielsen hand plane for Christmas but I am too afraid to use it. See #3.
3 I buy a lot of chisels. Cheap ones but I do buy a bunch. Why you may ask – simple, I have no idea how to sharpen. Allow me to embellish Water stones, Oil stones, Dry grind, Glass, Paper, Concave, Convex, Jigs – any idea how difficult it is for a beginner to figure out how to sharpen a tool and what to buy. If anybody would like to know, stop by and see my chisel collection – Smile.
2 – I can’t wait to come home and build something. I would love to build a piece of fine furniture, Turn a bowl, Build a jewelry box …… Etc
1 – I love the smell of freshly sawn wood.