So today I decided to start blogging about my journey. Not so that anyone would actually read it, but mostly as a way for me to look back and see where I started, assuming I get some place with the whole thing. If you read this, you should know a few things about me first…
One, I am a school counselor by trade, so I have NO formal training in anything with my hands. What I know about the mechanics of things honestly could be put in a children’s book written and illustrated by a five year old. If you want to talk about the way you feel about your projects, I have that covered. I have always wanted to be a cabinet maker, but I never took a class in school and then eventually went to college for counseling.
Two, I have ADHD and not the kind that people say they think they have, but the bonafide diagnosed kind. Why do you care, because that means I NEVER finish a project, have thirty things going on at a time, can’t find tools when I just used them, always late, and switch my train of thought around every turn. Its comical. My hope is have some videos at some point. If I do, then you will understand why I share.
Three, I have two children. My son is five and my daughter is 16 months. My hope is to pass these learned skills to them along with the tools. I didn’t have a dad growing up that could teach me these skills so I want to share what I learn with my children. I from time to time, incorporate my son into projects, so look for him in the shop as well!
Four, I am a soccer coach which eats up all of my free time for 7-8 months out of the year. I squeeze in what I can when I can. I envision that if I am doing this on the regular, it would be more on the irregular around that time.
Five, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING! But, for me, that is the fun of it all!
So now that you know a bit about me….my blog!
I have made a few pieces along the way all out of necessity. If I needed a desk, I would get the pieces cut at HD and then screw them together at home. Done! As I got older, life gets in the way and so did many other hobbies, activities, etc. But now, I am ready to take on the challenge of actually being a real woodworker and who knows… amateur cabinetmaker. I have saved up quite a bit of money to get what I wanted, although I think the excitement got the best of me. I have some money saved for a better table saw. Right now, I have a $99 Skill TS. Its not ideal at all. I have saved up to get a nice Grizzly cabinet saw. I am moving soon to a much larger house and will have room for it. The rest of the money which I should have used to get some other items was spent on random CL acquirements. Oh well! I now have a 2hp Grizzly DC, a Dewalt 3hp router, a 12inch Craftsman Bandsaw, a Hitatchi 12inch sliding MS, 8” Central Machinery Drill press (got it for $25 new), a Central Machinery disk/belt sander, a 12 inch Craftsman Lathe ($15 at an auction…works beautifully), some clamps, drills, other miscellaneous hand tools. Once you buy a tool its addicting, you just want so much more. Believe it or not, most of these were bought in a 3 months time. Remember I was saving for a WHILE (coaching money!) There are so many things I still need to get and will in time, but for now, I need to get settled and get my shop in order. For the moment, I am working in 1/4 of my 1 car garage. Everything sits on shelves and gets pulled out when I need to use it. While I have made some things, my most recent project, which is what I am calling my inaugural LJ project, is what got me on this kick. A simple wine bottle balancer is my first real project. My second project (not yet posted to LJ) is some live edge t-light holders.
So there you have it…my first blog! I really long babbling blog. Have a great week!
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