This entry is to provide you with some of my background experience. It might help you better understand some of my upcoming design decisions. So let’s go…
I started my journey into woodworking land with a Black and Decker Workmate 300. For all its limitations, it was a good tool. Certainly, at the time (early 1980s), it was far superior to any work that I was capable of producing with my skill set. Over the years this poor thing was used and abused, left outside to experience salty seaside air and winters’ snows. It survived moves to and from Ontario and Nova Scotia, twice each, and another set of moves to and from Germany. I’d accidentally cut part-way through the top and one of the hand cranks, and eventually overloaded the weakened top, breaking the damn thing. So, being a cheap (or was that broke? There is a fine line) bugger, I built up a new top and continued to abuse it until I eventually sold it in 2013. Sometimes I miss its utility; the rest of the time I enjoy that it’s not in my way anymore.
I’ll add another blog entry later to explain why my entries are so short, and I’ll add more to this one. Hopefully, you’ll be able to stay with me long enough for this to get interesting.
Recovering in Ottawa