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Location: New Jersey
I have always been building things. As a ham radio operator, I built radio equipment. I have done some carpentry. A friend and I have worked on some pretty major home repair/remodel for his house and my sister's house. Nothing professional but we always worked hard to do it the right way.
In the last year, I became seriously interested in woodworking. I have done it on and off for many years though my tool set and time was limited. Now I have more time. :-) Which way to go power or hand tools? I have limited space to set up a workshop right now. (Oddly, family members insist the car needs to go in the garage.) So my workshop needs to be a bit more portable. Hand tools are a lot quieter, lot less dust, takes up less room-- or so I'm told :-), and are very portable. So hand tools it is.
Taking a class at the local high school to learn some skills used to be a possibility. Sadly, shop classes are gone. What's a newbie to do? Thanks to the Net, I have the next best thing access to a lot teachers. I joined The Hand Tool School where I have learned a lot; especially that I have a lot yet
to learn. :-)
I read Chris Schwarz's "The Anarchist's Tool Chest". Between it and The Hand Tool School I have a good idea of a basic tool set. I am slowly assembling my tools and learning to use them. I wish I could afford everything brand new, but can't. Right now my tools are a mix of good old vintage tools and new ones--more old than new.
And I have lurked here on Lumberjocks sucking up as much knowledge as I can. :-)
My interests right now are leaning towards furniture building. But if it involves woodworking I will probably give it a try. :-)
-- [yet another] Bob, lost in the wilds of New Jersey :-)
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