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Blog entry by TexasUnicorne posted 12-04-2017 02:46 PM 283 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I stumbled into woodworking when challenged to prove my statement, “I could do that” uttered on many occasions regarding Pinterest posts of DIY projects. My first creation was a table cobbled together with cieling fan blades, 2×4’s and a table base using a bare minimum of tools. Several months later, I’ve acquired a few tools and now enjoy my newfound passion for DIY woodworking and upcycling in a respectably equipped workshop (which I love adding to and organizing).

My completed projects include said table, hanging signs, a wall mounted curio shelf, a glider swing, and 5 benches. I’ve sold one bench and gifted three. The rest are for my home. Each project is easier and better quality than the previous.

My workshop is a work in progress… and it will probably always be a work in progress :)

I started “woodworking” with a bare minimum of tools, loads of enthusiasm, and little knowledge. Over the last few months I’ve learned that I not only thoroughly enjoy woodworking and puttering around with various upcycle, crafting, and DIY projects but that I am also quite good at this! In addition to learning lots, I’ve acquired a decent set of tools and have put together a respectably equipped workshop which is now the envy of most of my friends ;)

While I haven’t quite reached the point of needing top-notch professional tools, I have purchased a table saw, router, a drill press, several drills, a couple of Dremels, and a more than a few hand tools. I’ve also crafted (with assistance and free plans from numerous websites) workbenches, saw tables, jigs, and storage. Seems there’s always something better suited just waiting to be built!

I’m a tinkerer and a natural born scavenger. I firmly believe, ”why buy it if I can build it”? Living on a fixed income and still raising the two youngest of my four children, I try not to spend a great deal on my hobby. Many of the materials I use are scavenged, traded for, or purchased very cheaply.

I look forward to learning more and to sharing my completed projects.

Happy Woodworking!
Teri ”I can build that” TexasUnicorne

-- *The only people who don't fail are those who don't try. ~Albert Einstein *

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#1 posted 12-04-2017 04:50 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. I have found this to be a terrific resource and lots of fun.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 12-04-2017 05:56 PM

Welcome to LJ.

I think many, if not most, of us started out with the same attitude and approach. I know I said the same thing 20 years ago and I’m still at it. The projects are more involved, the quality of work has improved, but the enjoyment is still there.

This is a great place to learn, share, and see with other woodworkers.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 12-04-2017 06:06 PM

Glad to have you here. I got my start over fifty years ago helping my dad in the shop. I’m still learning, and LJ has been the most educational experience I’ve had.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#4 posted 12-04-2017 06:15 PM

Thank you very much for the welcome!

-- *The only people who don't fail are those who don't try. ~Albert Einstein *

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