Howdy, I spent some time yesterday laminating 2 wood choices together. Today I set myself up for some precision cutting. I didn’t use Klaus’ sled. You see I experimented over and over again getting my depth just right. My index w...
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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, 54 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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