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Location: Cotton Plant, Florida
I've been building stuff out of wood since I was a kid (way too long ago) but I consider myself a beginner. I built things I needed or wanted and my end results usually accomplished what I was aiming for, and not much else. Over decades I built a lot of shelves, bookcases, waterbeds, a bed/storage unit, workbenches, planters, you name it, but my creations were strictly utilitarian. Everything was always sturdy and accomplished its purpose, but nothing looked really good. After all, I wasn't a woodworker.
For example, a few years ago I bought a 50" TV and needed a stand for it and the cable box, sound system, etc. I didn't feel like paying $300 for one that wasn't even what I wanted, so I built one from some old lumber I had out in the shed. It's exactly what I needed. All my components fit perfectly, the stand is the perfect height, it squeezes right into the corner between the door and the fireplace, and it cost me nothing but a few hours work.
I have also managed to accumulate quite a few tools. When doing home or car repairs, I'd buy, not borrow, whatever tool I needed. I have bought many tools I didn't even need. For example, I love good deals so when I saw a Bostitch finishing nail gun on clearance for fifty bucks, I brought it home. When I found a bench drill press at a yard sale, I brought it home. When I ran across a chainsaw for twenty dollars at another yard sale, I brought it home because even though I already had two chainsaws, you never know when you might need another one. There are dozens of other examples. I firmly believe that a person can never have enough tools.
Anyway, I've recently been working on a few projects not because I need something, but simply because I enjoy it. It's very relaxing to work with the wood and I get a sense of satisfaction when things turn out as I'd planned. When they don't turn out right, that's okay too, because after all, I'm not a woodworker.
Over the years I've worked a variety of jobs. I've been a chef; I drove a furniture delivery truck; I worked construction (briefly, it was too hot!), I was a disc jockey; I did accounting; I was a systems analyst/network adminstrator; and now I'm a lawyer. I went to college part-time while working all those other jobs, and then one day, all of a sudden, I had a bunch of degrees.
I build my own computers for myself and my family, and sometimes I'll put one together for a close friend. It's a nice feeling to acquire and assemble all the components, push the button, and have the machine boot up like it's supposed to, but it's much more satisfying to take a few pieces of wood and turn them into something useful and unique.
I've been visiting this site for a few months now, and I'm constantly amazed by what some of the members here have created. I'm not in the same league as many of the LJ craftsmen, but that's okay, I'm not a woodworker...yet.
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