For Father’s Day 2011 I will receive a table saw. This, along with a circular saw, a drill, and a Dremel is the entire extent of my power tool collection.
The saw is a Ryobi BT3000, found at a local garage sale for $80. From my research, it looks like a very good saw and a very good deal. Hopefully I won’t hurt myself :)
I grew up in a household that emphasized working with your mind over working with your hands, but I have discovered that I really enjoy working with my hands. As things break in my house, I am learning to fix them. Now, I am going to embark on learning to craft with wood. My grandfather was a very handy man, he worked on his own cars, house, and boats. He loved to work in his shop and I remember his workshop warmly. Unfortunately, he died as a result of car accident when I was entering high school, and I never spent enough time with him (he lived 10 hours away so I only saw him on holidays) to learn any of his skills. Regardless, beyond 9 weeks in the 7th grade, I have had no training, formal or informal, in the use of tools.
As of June 19, 2011 (Father’s Day) I have only completed (or even attempted) two woodworking projects in my life – in 7th grade shop I made a wood box, and when I was a teacher I built a lectern for my classroom. I still have both and may eventually post images – both are crude, but they’re mine and I’m proud of them.
My eventual goal is to build a cedar strip rowboat. I stumbled upon this site and BibBob’s blog about building a yacht tender months ago and the idea has haunted me daily since then. First, I need to learn some basic skills and do some attainable projects, but someday…
Project #1: Make room in the garage for a new “workshop”
See you soon!
-- I still have all my fingers...so far