I used to be primarily a lurker in online communities, lately i’ve gotten away from that, so here’s an intro. My name I Jarod, i’m 36 years old, living in Austin, TX. I grew up in central Illinois. I’ve been married for 2 years, and we have 2 dogs (Grim – Doberman and Cassidy – pit/german shepherd) and 2 cats (MonkeyButt & Peatrice). I’m a software developer, focused primarily in Java. I’ve been working in the industry since 1996, but i’ve been programming in general since I was about 10 years old. I love motorcycles & computers/electronics and gadgets of all sorts. I also have a strong affinity for wood, and a fascination with boxes for some reason. I’ve built a 1974 HD XLH from the ground up in a custom chopper frame and then sold it & bought other bikes. Right now I have an 06 HD FXDBI & a 2000 Honda XR650R in my garage. I do not have a proper wood workshop though. I have a variety of tools, mostly inherited. A band saw, craftsman scroll saw, a circular saw and a drill press are the primary pieces. Also an air compressor & grinders & metal working tools. My wife has noticed my fascination with boxes & has been encouraging me to make things.
I love making things. Electronics projects have been at the forefront lately. I use a piece of hardware called an Arduino to program & build circuits with. The Arduino has so many possibilities, so that will have to be a separate entry if anyone is actually interested.
Growing up, my dad had a basic shop centered around a hulking (to my young self) Craftsman radial arm saw. We built quite a few projects, including a massive doll house for my little sister. Later on, I took on several projects in shop classes over my high school years.
So, i’m looking for advice on getting back into woodworking & setting up shop. I think my first two investments as far as tools go are a table saw & router/router table. I’m going to have to relearn some basics i’m sure. The first priority is going to have to be cleaning out my garage/shop & making storage & organizational spaces. Also i’m planning on building a basic deck for our house.
There’s my intro, this site looks awsome from the welcome i’ve gotten & the level of craftsmanship here. I’m looking forward to gleaming info from y’all.