It has been a bit of a bother to find time for woodworking. I found some today and managed to put in a few hours. Today was about fitting the sides of the lamps to the side edges. Although I got all the I made progress on both lamps but I only got...
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Location: Carrollton, Texas - U.S.A.
Grew up in the upholstered furniture business. Spent a summer stripping the finish off antiques and sanding until my hands were raw. I am familiar with many of the large wood working tools such as planners, table saws, radial arm saws, bores, drill presses and band saws. You'd think that I knew something but I don't. I have no skills with lathes or routers. My finished work leaves me a bit flat because there is always something I wish I could have done better. I spend more time correcting my mistakes than I do getting "it" done."
The thing is, I don't really care. I love making beautiful things even if the skills are not there. It just takes me 18 times longer and I live with a few workmanship defects. I have "envisioned projects" on the landscape and a few restoration projects I'd really like to try.
I'm hoping to start and finish a project without kicking myself for making mistakes, using the wrong materials etc. etc. I really care about the details and I hope you all can help me improve my skills and knowledge so I can spend less time correcting and more time enjoying.
Other stats - Husband, father of 2, 50 years old, legacy systems programmer who can play a pretty mean fiddle. Thank all of you in advance!
-- Learning is like a door. Open it and there are hundreds more on the other side. Thanks for all the lessons!
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I have been building some lamps for the Living room. I discovered an issue. My small miter saw used to be as accurate as anything else I could manage. I didn’t realize that the fence had warped until I started assembling. My 45 angles wer mo...
I started assembling the shelves. The backside of the narrow shelf was first. I was going very very slow but I was marvelling at how well it was coming together. I kept pullng out the carpenters square and the level. It was getting hard to contain...
I have a bazillion pieces ready to put together. They are stained and have the first coat of poly. I need to cut the shelves and a mountain of interior pieces. If I were more competent, I could cut those now but I want them to fit very tightly for...
Before I tell you about my progress I want to share something. If I quit woodworking today, this project has cost me over $1100 so far. I can buy some really nice shevles for that kind of outlay. This project has plagued me. Harbor Freight SWS ...