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Location: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
I'm a computer analyst by day and an avid DIYer otherwise. I enjoy learning new things and stretching my knowledge in many different areas. I firmly believe most anything can be done if you set you mind to it.
I've been working with wood off and on for many years. Really didn't very interested in woodworking until I passed my 50th birthday. I haven't created in great or wonderful projects, but I have made used my tools to renovate our home. I've gone through many "phases" in my woodworking so far. In the beginning, I just wanted a workbench. Found a plan on Popular Mechanics and built it using a circular saw and drill, still using it today. Then I got interested in hand cutting dovetails. Spent a fair amount of time at that and got where I could do it, but never as good as I wanted. Then I got interested in hand planes and using chisels. Spent months obsessing about the flatness of my hand plane and sharpness of it's blade. Finally got where I wanted and still using it today. Similar story with the chisels. Got obsessed with sharpening and have spent a great deal of time and money in that pursuit.
Then I got interested in riding motorcycles, something my parents forbid me to do in my youth ( wise parents! ). So I took the local Motorcycle Safety Foundation training and got my license at 55 years old. Obsessed about that for a couple of years and rode around 30,000 miles in and around Oklahoma. About that time, my father contracted cancer and 6 months later passed away. Shortly thereafter my mother passed away as well. Being on only child, I was left with a 2 story home that looked like some of those hoarding shows you see on TV. It took my wife and I the better part of 2 years to clean it out and dispose of the accumulation. About that time my only son graduated from college with Mechanical Engineering degree and has been fortunate to find a good job locally.
In Jan 2010, I lost my job like so many others and struggled for months to find another one. During that time, I decided to begin doing home renovation projects. Tore down and rebuilt our fence, installed crown molding in several rooms, put down hardwood floor and painted rooms.
One thing that had needed attention for years was the master bedroom shower. We bought our home new in 1979 and it just never was right from the beginning. While I had no experience in tile work etc, I did find an only forum that was extremely helpful. So I tore out the old shower, relocated the improperly installed drain and did all the mud work and tiling. While not perfect, it's not bad for a first try. As this is the last room to renovate, one of the areas that needed attention was the vanity. The drawers are not very good so I looked at replacing them. Looked at the price and decided I wanted to try and do it myself. Have a Ridgid ts3650 10" table saw, a DW miter saw etc. I decided to get a Leigh jig to make half blind dovetail drawer boxes. Little did I know that was just the beginning! I've learned first hand what flat and square really is. So in addition to the above, I've recently added a Grizzly jointer, a DW planner and upgraded my table saw rip fence to an Incra. Investigating these purchases is how I came on this site. I found a lot of great tool reviews as well many useful technique tips. So I decided to become a member and here I am.
So my current obsession is with getting my table saw where I can make repeatable cuts to produce square boards for my draw boxes. I've pretty much got the rip fence and saw blade square. The saw blade is less than 1/1000 inch variation front to back and the fence is in the same range. Right now I've been working on my Incra 1000se miter gauge getting it squared up.
Still have the motorcycle and ride occasionally.
Thanks all for the warm welcome, hope I can give back!
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