30 year break

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Blog entry by Jeff posted 08-20-2014 07:14 PM 1203 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After building the Grandfather Clock in my previous blog post, I took a 30 year break from woodworking. Why? I don’t really know. I graduated for High School, went to College, got a job, got married and then had 4 children with my wonderful wife. Other than that, not much was going on.

During this time, projects were mostly house related. Although I did build three headboards for my daughters, a deck and various other small projects with my Dad’s help. I spent a lot of my time working on a few cars I had and landscaping our yard.

What caused me to become interested in woodworking after a 30 year break? A few years ago, I was sitting in our basement, listening to my stereo. Most of the equipment I have is quite old. I enjoyed it so much, that I thought it would be nice to upgrade a few of my components. One of my daughters, who also enjoys music, asked for some speakers for Christmas. So, I started looking at speakers and quickly found that nice speakers cost a lot of money. Too much for me since I am always looking for the cheapest options. I found a great audio site called where GR Research had a forum. They have kits where they provide the speaker drivers, electronics and plans for a professional designed speaker cabinet that you build. You can see pictures here . I figured I could build them a lot cheaper than I could buy them. Time to get out my Dad’s old table saw. Since building these speakers, I have built 2 other pairs of speakers and plan to build more in the future.

A curious thing happened during this process of building these 3 pairs of speakers. Not only did I enjoy great sounding speakers at a fraction of what it would cost to buy equivalent speakers, I also realized that I really, really, really like building things.

I’m hooked. Time to find some tools…

-- "...building is far more gratifying that consuming" - Chris Schwarz

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#1 posted 08-20-2014 07:27 PM

beautiful I bet they sound great also

-- Joe, Ga

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 07:41 PM

I can relate a lot to your story. I Liked woodworking a lot when i was a teenager but then things sort of got more serious and schools, carreer, girlfriends, kids, running a business and 1000 other tings filled my head and i forgot to play and make projects and tinker just for fun. I am SO glad i found the joy of doing that again- and am glad that you did as well!
Looking forward to more speaker builds.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 08-21-2014 07:26 AM

Much like Alice in the wonderland you are going down the rabbit hole aren’t you? :)

I am glad you found it and I am sure you’ll have a blast doing it!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#4 posted 08-21-2014 12:30 PM

Nice work on the speakers. My story is similar. I got interested in 1971, but young children, career, moving around and such can be pretty distracting, so I didn’t really get started until I retired in 1996. The important thing is that you can enjoy it now and in the future.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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