My Journey Into Woodworking #2: The Plan

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Blog entry by Steve posted 10-20-2010 11:00 PM 1033 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Flash Back To Five Years Ago Part 2 of My Journey Into Woodworking series Part 3: Implementing The Plan »

PHASE 1: I had my wife make a list of all the things she would like to have in the house we had just bought. The list was even more reasonable than I figured it would be. Then we went “window shopping”. We got two prices for everthing on her list. One from the Wallyworld type stores and one from better furniture stores. We had a blast anylizing the furniture and picking out the flaws as we saw them.

PHASE 2: We went window shopping for tools. We’ve both always been the type to spend wisely. So the tools had to be quality but at a price that would fall into line with what I planned to do. Not an easy task. I quickly found out that tools are like everything else in life today. Made in China and pretty much a joke. The designers need a swift kick you know where for some of the stupidity they show in their work. Like plastic gears in my tablesaw. What moron thought that was a good idea? But I digress.

PHASE 3: Planning the shop. First off it had to be functional. The best way I could see to do that was to make it as mobile as possible. That also made it easier to change if flaws in my layout showed up. Wiring was no problem as I’ve been doing that kind of stuff since I was a kid. Plenty of lighting and outlets were in order. Lots of peg board as this would be my R/C shop as well and their parts alone would require a mass amount of space. Not to mention at least 2 workbenches minimum just for R/C work and another for woodworking. The original plan was to be a R/C shop with woodworking capabilities. The end product is a multi-functional shop that does both equally well.

PHASE 4: I had to decide if I was actually going to go for it and forray into what I considered the world of “real” woodworking. This was probably the biggest hurdle. I finally decided if I could build something and recover the tool cost I would be happy. In the end the tools would pay for themselves and if I never used them again I would have broke even. Don’t laugh. I know it was a bit naive to think that, but it helped me justify the idea. Actually I’m pretty well on track to doing just that.

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#1 posted 10-22-2010 05:35 PM

Interesting series – but paragraphs are your friends.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#2 posted 10-22-2010 10:33 PM

LMAO. I know, they just didn’t seem to be there when I posted it. I couldn’t figure out why at the time.

Ok, I’ve figured out how to start a new paragraph. Now how do I indent it? I hate not being able to use proper structure. It must be part of the new way of internet communication. Like all of the abreviations. I mean who has time to use proper form and complete words? It just makes for tired thumbs when the young ‘uns text each other. Texting is something I will never do. If I’m going to use my phone, I’ll talk to you.

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