Started with a hammer and a hand saw, making small things, then over the last year or so added odds and ends of tools.
Form the father inlaw and old black and decker 8in cir-saw. I had an old square, and a east wing 20oz hammer.
I bought a Riobi hammer drill, with some bits. Came in handy for things like hanging frames and making the go cart for the kids from ply. Still don’t have a cordless. Someday.
Bought a portable work bench. Had to replace the wood bits at the top with REAL wood not the fiber bord it came with, once more the drill came in handy.
Slowly the wife asked for more and more things to be done, make me this and can you do that.
I was doing what I could using other peoples tools when I could. Was not really focused on wood working I mean it had the word WORK in it and as much as I did work for the company that employes me, I didn’t want do work after work.
I slowly started to get things together in the last year, got some seconded hand DEXION racking and cut it to make a work bench, using plywood as the top. Works well. And sturdy to boot.
Bought a Mactex 81/4 cir saw. Cuts a lot better then the BD that’s for sure,
Had a few new additions , but the big one is the Riobi 10” miter draw saw. Which replaced the Ozito 81/4” miter box.
The Riobi has more bells and whistles than I know what to do with. And to boot it dose not fit the work bench, I mean it does go long ways but the bench is only 22” deep. Ant the draw on the saw is over 36” , so I got out the jig saw.
Cut a 10×8 hole in the back of the workbench. You see I had made an addition to the above mentioned work bench,
Added 1/4” ply to the back of the work bench and used chalk board paint, this allows for a handy place to jot down things. Always hard to find paper and pencils when you have kids.
So I have something’s I can make some pretty neat stuff with. What to make? first off a box for my eldest daughter
There is always some thing she has laying around that she could use it for.
2 weeks for one box may seem a long time and it is my first so I wanted it to be right, glue can never dry fast enough
When you want to get going on something. Now you can see I don’t have a table saw so cutting this as I made a cube
And then I was going to cut it and make a box. So how to do it? Out with the cir saw can’t put it in a vice could pinch the blade. Unless i went the other way with the cut and that’s what I did.
Two parts now. Great what next? Lots of sanding don’t use belt sander to aggressive I am using pine.
Hand sand and use a block not hand want an even serface, lucky the dog was there or people would talk.started with 180gr and sanded moved all the way to 1000gr. I thought it needed to be as smooth as possible and it was..
Now the choice was stain,paint, varnish or wax. To the net I went. To the wife I went. Ok it only a box but I was taking this seriously. Varnish won out. For the next 2 week 1 coat a day, and i thought glue took its time.
After the 5 coat I started sanding the coats with 1000gr and dusting with tack cloth. 2weeks went by and wow what a shine. I put some hinges and gave it to my daughter, thanks dad, thats it I thought how could she not see the workman ship the coats of varnish that was so lovingly applied day after day. The over all look and feel of the work.
I tried to tell her what went into it, she said to stop bragging on about it.
Well at least it’s being used.
-- Mjones "Perfect inPerfections"