I thought I would take a time out from the tutorial and introduce myself and provide some information on my background and experience.
My interest in building things and tools started around the age of 11. My grandpa was always puttering around in the garage messing with tools etc. and I was often out there with him. Also, a guy in our neighborhood had a Shopsmith and was always working on a project. I use to hang out in his garage for hours and bug the hell out of him!
One day a friend and I took a wood Pepsi crate, and his grandmother’s picnic table bench, and made a go cart. From then on I was hooked on building things! (Grandma wasn’t very happy about the bench!)
When I got to high school I took the two years of wood shop that was offered, and then for two more years went to the shop during study halls. The only pic that I have from these high school projects is this mahogany cradle that I made for my mom. (About a year ago I built her a much nicer one, I’ll have to add a pic of it soon.)
I also graduated from a 2 year trade school that was mostly trim carpentry with a little bit of cabinet making.
After school I got a job in a cabinet shop as an apprentice for around 2 years but I later got out of it mostly because a better job came along that offered more money and better benefits.
Over the years I’ve been involved with the craft at various levels. Just a few years ago I finally went full bore and built a reasonably equipped heated and air conditioned shop.
After messing around with various projects for awhile I decided to focus in on building bookcases. This has turned out to be a good fit because my other passion is books. I have hundreds of books that were piled into gimcrack Sauder termite barf, throwaway furniture, so I thought why not combine the two interests and build my books a respectable home.
So, I tell people that I’m like the guy that bought a $20,000 bass boat to save money on fish! I could have easily bought some very, very, very, nice bookcases with the money that I’ve put into the shop, but where’s the fun in that?
I decided to specialize and learn about barristers because they are modular in design and thus allow me to expand them as I continue to buy more and more books. My current goal is to build enough to house my current collection, I estimate this number to be around 22 barrister boxes.
I’m currently taking time out to build a three tier maple set of barristers for my sister, when this is complete I will return to building mine. I plan to keep the blog going through the entire process.
I hope you will check in from time to time and just say hello, I really enjoy reading your comments and suggestions so please keep them coming!
I almost didn’t share this next pic because frankly its pretty embarrassing! What the heck was I thinking with the tinsel?!? Check out the erector set motor on top of the tin can driving the “propeller” on the back! The piece of old carpet for the seat is a nice touch of luxury though.
-- Craig, Springfield Ohio