As glad as I am to have found this hobby, I’m equally glad to have found this group.
It’s doubtful that anybody here (who can walk upright, rather than swing through trees) is any newer at this than I am.
I’m hopeful that I can give back … in some small way … by… telling this little story….
Our hobbies are like our relationships. If—like me—you’ve been with the same wonderful spouse for a while, then you know there’s nothing as wonderful as the life partner that you’ve known long, and that you know well.
But … remember back to “first dates?”
That’s where I am, in woodworking: first dates.
They’re exciting, nerve-wracking, anxiety-provoking, a bit risky, and a TON of fun.
Today, having finally assembled a HEAP of new goodies (PC dovetail jig, Milwaukee fixed-base router for the Kreg router table, Ridgid jointer/planer, etc., etc., etc.), I just took two pieces of scrap, and [wait for it] made my first dovetail joint!
Oh … it’s rough, sure.
I have tear-out that I’ll need to eliminate on the next go-around, but … I HAVE A DOVETAIL JOINT!!
Most of the projects I’ve started have been put on hold, awaiting TWO things: a working router table, and a bandsaw.
1) The router table + Milwaukee … are just smokin’
Though … admittedly … I DID have to stumble my way through the concept of attaching a router template bearing to my Ryobi plunge router.
I guessed there must be some sort of base required, and actually made one out of 3/8” scrap, in 8” x 8” format.
3/8”, of course, was a bit too thick, so I used my [wait for it] router table and a rabbeting bit and basically countersunk the 1-3/16” hole so that I’d only have 1/4” of board to go through.
It all worked.
I WAS sweating. Had to turn on the fan.
2) I thawed out the VISA card, and ordered a Grizzly G0555X 14” bandsaw AND the riser kit. I’m going to be VERY DANGEROUS!
So many of you are SO INCREDIBLY talented, though. I wonder if my tales can’t take you back to the First Date stage—when you had NO idea what you were doing, were all fumble-fingered, nervous, dry-mouthed, and … having the time of your life.
That’s where I am … in my little woodshop.
It’s pretty exciting, I tell ya’!
A few extra pics:
I also ordered a 2HP HF DC (?!) system and the Wynn cartridge filter, and … yes … I know: I need to put up sheetrock, and/or paint everything white, AND I need a TON more light :-)
Cheers, All … and … thanks so much for the encouragement. It makes a big difference!
-- -- Neil