So I was a lurker for some time here and then recently joined. I don’t have much action in the forum or projects yet, but I have been using them for education and inspiration daily. I figured I could start a blog series about where I started to where I am and where I would like to go with this hobby, lifestyle, obsession.
My journey as a woodworker began about 10 years ago when we purchased our first house. We were poor and needed some furniture items and I was handy, or so I thought. I started to acquire small tools here and there. A router, circular saw, miter saw and so on. I eventually built a few pieces that turned out pretty nice especially considering I didn’t have a clue about real jointery or finishing technique. I was proud that I was able to envision something in my head, scratch it down on paper and then build it in the garage. I understood that none of what I built was heirloom quality stuff, but it filled a need. I kept telling myself that the items that I built were limited by my tools and shop. Thinking back now I just shake my head at that thought. However, I push the blame of tool envy onto my brother. He had a few more tools than me and a better shop setup and talked a mean game about his skills so I got a little greedy.
Anyway the furniture building bug had bit me. I was happy to build things (even as sub par as they may be) and my wife was happy to have functional items in the house (she even bragged about some of the things I made from time to time). However, change was in the air. We decided it was time to move about 3 years ago and ended up buying a house that had an attached 2 car garage for the cars and separate 20×30 pole barn in the back. My first thought was of all the tools I was going to buy to fill that puppy up and how all my builds would then look like an Ethan Allen catalog. Funny how fiscal responsibility and a crappy project can bring you back to earth. We had some renovation projects to do in the house the first year so I didn’t get much woodworking in nor did I add too many tools. The most noted addition was a Ryobi contractor table saw, not a life altering addition, but it sure makes some things easier and it works for now.
Last winter however I dove headfirst into a new kitchen table project. The previous owner had been a bit of woodworker too and there was some reclaimed lumber in the loft of the barn that I decided on using. They were beautiful 3”x14”x10’ pine joist from some old house. I resawed them on the table saw to 1 1/4” boards then set to join them together. Long story short the project came out looking like poop. The table is in our kitchen but I am not happy with it and hence my recent joining. My goal is to vastly improve, not only my skill, but my knowledge base on techniques and tricks.
Kind of a long vomitous entry but I really just wanted to get my self out there and give some background. The next entry I go into my history of building stuff with my Papaw and a collection of antique tools from my other Great-Grandpa (I believe that’s what they call a teaser).
Check ya later,