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 AudioCircle.com 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