Twenty years ago was the last time I did any real woodworking. That was at NAS Moffett Field, where I was stationed as a Weapons System Technician on the Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft. The base has a terrific wood shop and I treid to go as often as possible. Unfortunately, my hectic Navy life was less than conducive to long hours in the shop, so I did what I could.
A year later I decided to leave the Navy. Since then I have only cut wood out of necessity and basic need, not for fun. So sad…
BACKGROUND: I began woodworking in 7th grade and took woodshop every semester or quarter all the way through high school and even a semester in college. When I was in the shop, i was comfortable, happy and creating things. My first teacher, Mr. Klassen, was a passionate woodworker and a terrific teacher. Though I had several more teachers after Mr. Klassen, I never enjoyed one more than him. And, he was t he one who instilled SAFETY FIRST in my head, long before the Navy got hold of me and continued to pound it into my noggin.
Boring you with each year and what I made will simply, well, bore you… besides, I have no pictures of ANY of my creations, so, I am not going to do that. Instead, let’s fast-forward through a 25 year marriage (still intact), three grown kids (still alive), countless job changes and five years in Kansas. I’m a California native, Northern California to be exact, and I love this area.
ANYWAY – here I am, mid-life crisis age and what to do? I don’t want a cute convertible. I don’t want a cute 24 year old brunette. I want to CUT WOOD!!!
So, I begin my trek of cleaning out the garage so I can do a little bit of woodworking.
Four weeks ago I stepped into the garage and just looked around. DANG! I have accumulated a lot of CRAP over the years. LET THE PURGING BEGIN!!! And so it began… every evening and every weekend I began to throw stuff out, consolidate the truly important things and move things around to make space. I have 10 steel shelving units – that’s how much crap I have…. Ya, LOTS OF CRAP.
Fast forward to this long weekend… Today, I can see my area coming together. I still have three shelving units to move or get rid of and several boxes yet to go through, but since I started this quest I acquired another rolling toolbox to store the rest of my tools. Lo and behold, I need one more… seems I have a lot of tools. Those I will not throw away unless they are cheap Chinese crap. The Snap-on, MAC and Craftsman tools ALL stay – even if there are duplicate, or even triplicate tools.
I’ve decided to dismantle the reloading bench and sell my equipment too. I have enough ammo to outfit a neighborhood brigade, so I really don’t NEED to reload. Besides, reloading is terribly time consuming and I continue to buy factory ammo and add to my stockpile anyway. That will free up one of the shelving units too.
A trip to the storage unit this weekend and I will have the other two shelves cleared and ready to move or dismantle.
... be back on Sunday the 27th with a few before and after pictures and some details on my first cuts after the twenty-one year hiatus.
-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti -- http://www.mrmeasuretwice.com/