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Blog entry by NormalGuy posted 06-16-2011 09:38 PM 834 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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



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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 06-16-2011 09:52 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

If you’re anything like me, that inexpensive table saw will open your eyes to a whole new world of possibilities.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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DaddyZ

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#2 posted 06-16-2011 09:53 PM

Congrats Welcome !!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 10:30 PM

welcome .. to LJ’s … good luck on this adventure. Shouldnt be long until youre hooked.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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GregD

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 10:30 PM

I think Popular Woodworning’s I can do that site has very practical projects and advice for newbies.

-- Greg D.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 06-17-2011 04:09 AM

I built a lot of nice things with that same saw before I upgraded to a bigger saw. My advice would be to spend the time dialing your saw/fence in as perfectly as possible before attempting any projects. Your first project should then be a “Super Sled” for your saw. These 2 steps will add immensly to your workshop enjoyment. Have fun and be safe.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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