Howdy, I’m redoing the tiniest of tiny bathrooms. One entire wall is occupied by the tub. The other wall is taken up by the vanity and one of those gigantic mirrors. In between those small walls is the throne. If you are seated at the thr...
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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.
Update (05/2014). I think I still kick myself. In retrospect, my woodwork has gone from iffy to pretty decent. Yes, I still spend time correcting my mistakes but they are the mistakes I would have let go in the past. Thank you my friends! If I were to compare my woodwork to sandpaper, I was 40 grit. Now 150 grit? ;)
Other stats - Husband, father of 2, 52 years old, legacy systems programmer who can play a pretty mean fiddle. Thank all of you in advance!
-- Thanks for all the lessons!
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