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Location: NE Mississippi
I guess I’ll briefly introduce myself. I’m in my early 30s, a grad student studying birds, and recently became a dad. My own father has never been afraid to tackle a new project, and is willing to learn any new skill he’s needed to do aircraft maintenance, classic car restoration, carpentry, woodworking, painting (watercolors or vehicles) – you name it. I think I take after him in that way. Especially over the last 10 years, my interests have led me to things like working with clay, auto repair, building a workbench, birding, DIY stuff – any project that presents itself, I’m interested in learning how to do for myself. I have a fondness for made in the USA tools.
Since I was young, I’ve had an interest in woodworking, although I never started trying it until late lasy year. (I’ve watched Roy Underhill since I was a boy.) Before Christmas, I was set to have spinal surgery for a badly herniated disc. I’ve been wanting to build a dovetailed box for years, but never had the tools or the money to really put into them. Looking at the (minor, but non-zero) possibility that I might have an adverse outcome in surgery, I decided I was not going to die without having ever made a dovetail! So I mought some tools, and the night before I went to the hospital, I made a really bad dovetail joint in some poplar scrap (but boy was I proud of my first attempt!)
After I recovered enough to move around, I’ve decided I’m serious about this hand woodworking thing. I’ve since picked up a set of decent new Stanley sweetheart chisels, a new Stanley sweetheart smoothing plane (an X-mas gift I’m growing into), a Veritas dovetail saw, and sundry marking and layout tools (Christmas was good to me). I’m teaching myself to do dovetails by hand, taking the approach of a dovetail a day for a month, but it’s taking longer really, because of work and the baby). I’m seeing improvement, I’m developing modest skills, and I’m looking to expand my tools as I can afford to.
My next project will be Paul Sellers’ shooting board. I’m thinking some of the next tools I want are a jack plane, crosscut and rip saws, and a front vise (I’m currently using a mechanic’s vise rigged with wooden jaws I made). Ok! Enough about me!
-- "I am always doing what I can't do yet in order to learn how to do it." - Van Gogh, September, 1885
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