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My Journey Into Woodworking #1: Flash Back To Five Years Ago

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Blog entry by Steve posted 10-20-2010 10:58 PM 920 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So there I was, standing in the big box store shaking my head. “They want how much for this crap?”, I was saying to my wife. I couldn’t believe the cost and the terrible quality of the cabinets I was looking at. I told her if I had the tools I would just build my own. Even if they were less than perfect they would be ten times better than what I was looking at. My wife being the enabler of all times looked at me and said. “Well you just got the shop you’ve always wanted. Why don’t you just buy what you need and do it?”

Now I’ve built some aquarium cabinets and other small projects over the years. All built with simple tools, the most elaborate being a borrowed chop saw. I always knew I could have done better but lacked the space, tools and practice to do so. I’ve been building radio control model planes for 30+ years and attention to detail is important or they just don’t fly well. I wanted to be able to put that kind of workmanship into my woodworking projects. The “enabler” was right. I did have that shiny new 25×50’ empty shop in the basement. However, 4 blank walls do not make a shop. Add in over 250 planes, helicopters and such and you have nothing more than a lot of decisions to make. Plus I still needed a bit of storage area for the things that can’t be stored in the pole barn during the winters in NW Indiana. What I really needed was a plan and some more convincing.



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jockmike2

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 11:22 PM

I HAVE JUST ONE QUESTION STEVE… WAS IT REALLY NECESSARY THAT YOU PUT THIS IN THREE SEPARATE BLOGS, BACK TO BACK AND PUSH OUR MICHIGAN LUMBERJOCK GATHERING TO THE SECOND PAGE ON THE FIRST DAY IT WAS POSTED. I’M JUST SAYING, YOU COULD EASILY HAVE PUT IT ALL IN ONE POST, I READ THEM ALL.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 04:40 AM

No need to yell. I’m new to the blog thing and didn’t realize that would happen. Did it to keep from having one long blog. Figured as a series I could break it down by years and make it easier to follow. Plus not have to type it all at once. Unfortunately there’s nothing I can do about it now. I’m finished now so hopefully I didn’t make life to rough for everyone. I apologize for any inconvience I caused.

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 07:13 AM

Steve,

Mike’s not yelling. He types ALL CAPS because his vision makes it more difficult for him to read lower case type…

Welcome to LJ. I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

In the meantime…

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 08:46 PM

Sorry for bad mouthing you. After reading them all I can understand why you broke them down. My apologies. Welcome to LJ’s and blog away my friend. I’ve posted that damn thing so much I’m tired of it. If all the Michiganders don’t know about it by now, they never will. Again, my apologies.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 10-22-2010 10:30 PM

Don’t worry, we’re ok.

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