Like many (I assume) my woodworking started as a tentative hobby. Something I’d always been interested in, but never made the time for. As I began experimenting and creating I realized that it is something that I truly love to do. However, like many (another assumption) I’ve bounced from project to project, learning or making things up as I went. This has worked fairly well so far, but I know that along the way I have skipped learning some fundamental skills.
This morning I was sitting at the dining room table (one of my first real projects) drinking my coffee and reading The New Yankee Workshop by Norm Abram, trying to pick out a new project to tackle. I was toward the end of the book, reading about a blanket chest when I read ”...using the skills you developed building the first project in this book…” when I had a “duh!” moment.
This blog series is a result of that “duh!” moment.
Over the next several months I will be methodically working through each project in The New Yankee Workshop book. I will start at the beginning of the book, and blog my progress as I move through each project.
Hopefully, as I move through each project I’ll pick up new skills/techniques/jigs/and experience and maybe break some bad habits along the way.
I’ll try my best to take photos and write about the steps I am taking in each project. I may also attempt some video blogging as well.
I’m excited to “start over” and learn some new things that will hopefully allow me to tackle future projects with less frustration, and more success.
I’m looking forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts on my projects, the approaches the book recommends, and any other thoughts my fellow ‘jocks have about my woodworking journey.
-- - Steve Campbell