From total noob to somewhat skilled (hopefully)

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Blog series by JohnTM updated 09-16-2017 07:07 PM 6 parts 16073 reads 44 comments total

Part 1: Absolute beginning

08-24-2017 07:42 PM by JohnTM | 15 comments »

This is where it all starts, a journey from ”Tedium and Apathy with an occasional side trip to Monotony” to a more interesting life – well, doesn’t that sound all high and mighty? Maybe so. It’s still very appropo. I’m an early 60’s, retired military guy with too much spare time and limited resources. I don’t own my home so I can’t “build” a workshop. I’m on a very fixed income so I can’t buy the best (and Festoo...

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Part 2: Silly me...

08-29-2017 01:13 PM by JohnTM | 2 comments »

(Head in hand…semi-ashamed of myself for being “stoopid”)I just realized I was making new blog entries in the comments section…. This entry in the “correct” place proves I’m not completely dense, only massively so..

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Part 3: Overthinking things without any actual woodworking

08-31-2017 11:50 PM by JohnTM | 18 comments »

Warning – this is a long entry…Having not made a single cut or turned a screw yet is semi-depressing. Why, you may ask? To be honest, it’s a case of paralysis by analysis. I’ve scoured LJ and the ‘Net in general for about two weeks looking at workbench designs. At first, I was absolutely enamored of Roubo-style benches but soon realized they are primarily for hand tool-centric work and not really for hybrid woodworking (at least as I understand it). Then I ...

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Part 4: An unwanted and unexpected delay

09-05-2017 03:48 PM by JohnTM | 5 comments »

A short story made even shorter… I was in a car accident – sprained and cut my right hand/forearm, seriously sprained one ankle and strained ligaments in the other knee. Kinda hard and probably unsafe to work near spinning metal objects for at least a week. I’ll be back working when I can lift a sheet of plywood by myself.

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Part 5: Healing...2 steps forward... a stumble backwards

09-12-2017 06:25 PM by JohnTM | 3 comments »

Quick update. Swung a hammer for the first time today… hurt but manageable pain… so i thought. Was doing simple nail removal from pallet wood. Had a wrist brace on that helped some with the crowbar and hammer prying – helped as in allowed me to actually put pressure on “the lever”. of course things had to become “difficult” when some of the nail heads snapped off/bent into useless shapes. So, I went to the vise grip on the nail shaft removal techni...

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Part 6: News...good? bad? indifferent?

09-16-2017 07:07 PM by JohnTM | 1 comment »

Got a call from the Doctor yesterday who had received a “final reading” of the x-ray of my wrist by a radiologist. The conclusion – cracked the end of my ulna (smalll forearm bone) and the pisirform (one of the many bones that make up the wrist joint). So, it’s not a sprain as first diagnosed. It’s 2 breaks – okay, cracks. This affects my grip strength with that hand as well as sending shooting pains up the arm when striking anything with that hand/ho...

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