So today I spent a few hours in the shed working on a few things. I took a couple of drywall mudding knives and made cabinet scrapers out of them that actually didn’t do too bad on some oak I had laying around. Only problem is that they ha...
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Location: Morgantown, KY
Ever since I can remember, I have always been interested in working with wood. I don't have a lot of experience with it yet, but have been reading woodworking magazines and watching the shows on PBS every chance I get. Currently, I don't have much for tools, but have been working on building my collection up whenever I have a good enough excuse.
I was in the US Navy until about 3 and a half years ago. After separating from the service, we decided to settle in Kentucky out in the middle of nowhere. We are currently waiting on either getting an unoccupied family home that belonged to my wife's grandmother, or building a new home ourselves. Either way we go, I GET TO HAVE MY OWN MAN CAVE!!!!!!!!!!!! We have already settles on a 24' x 30' pole barn at minimum. 1/3 will be for auto repair, while the rest will be for woodworking. Both hobbies are things that I have always wanted to do, but never had the time or resources to dive into.
You can see my current list of tools in my workshop page, which isn't much, but it is what I have managed to collect over the years. The table saw is not what I would have purchased on my own, but it, along with the router, was given to me a couple of weeks ago by my Aunt Mary. They belonged to my Uncle Jim who just recently passed. He was the best DAD a nephew could have. I plan on making the best use of these tools until space and funds permit upgrading.
As I mentioned above, 1/3 of the shop I am going to build will be for auto repair work. I currently have two 1969 Chevy C-10 longbed trucks. Both of which also belonged to my Uncle Jim. I am intending to restore one of them to like new condition in Memory of him. I can't say enough about what he meant to me as a father figure and mentor in all thing.
Other Hobbies include computers, guns/shooting, RC cars and Helicopters, reading, and until my Carpal Tunnel showed up, biking. I also love to tinker. I have been making things work and not work for many years. There is always something not fully assembled in my house at any point in time, but usually, I can fix whatever is broke. My wife will tell you I am a pack rat. I don't like to throw anything away if I can help it. I have more stuff than I have space and it keeps getting fuller and fuller. I may end up needing a separate shop just for my collection of "junk."
My family consists of Stephanie, my wife of 6 years, Parker, my 5 year old son, Louie, my Miniature Daschund, and the latest additions, Max and Bear. They are an Australian Shepherd and Blue Healer mix that I found a couple of months ago on the side of the road. It seems someone didn't want them and decided to drop them off in the country. It just so happens that the country happens to be in my yard. I couldn't stand to see them become pot hole filler, so I took them in. They seem to round things out nicely.
As for my occupation, I am an electronics installation and repair technician for a large grocery store chain that covers many states. I service video surveillance equipment, audio, scales, phone systems, cash registers, computers, and quick service food communication equipment. I am currently looking for work in a different field, or at the very least different boss.
The only real woodworking projects of worth that I have completed are my target board for shooting, the shooting bench, a crude platform bed, and a raised flower bed that covers nearly two full sides of a house. The flower bed is one of my favorites since it actually served two purposes. A nice looking place for flowers, and the basement of the house does not get nearly the water leakage that it used to. I was told that the basement was impossible to waterproof. Seems that I did some good without even trying.
I am currently looking for wood workers in my area to visit with and learn from. I live in Morgantown, Kentucky which is between Bowling Green and Owensboro, Kentucky. Also, not far from Nashville, TN. If there are any wood workers in the area that wouldn't mind someone standing around watching and asking a lot of questions, please let me know. I could do odd jobs around the wood shop in exchange for mentoring.
I am looking forward to getting to know everyone on this site. I have been snooping around for about a week and have determined that it is the BEST site that I have found for woodworking.
-- US Navy Veteran Morgantown, KY
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As some of you may have read on my profile page, I have been wanting to get into woodworking for a long time now. I have been reading the magazines, watching the shows, and reading on forums for years. I had not been able to take the plunge due ...