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I'm a lifelong musician, playing piano since the age of 5 and guitar since 10. I played in a band and taught guitar as my living for many years. I currently work as a web developer, specializing in front end technologies.
I bought my first house in 2009 and lived there for one year - exactly, to the day - before I accepted another job in another city. In my one year in that house, I undertook a kitchen remodel that involved demo, installing pre-made cabinets, laminating my own counter, ripping out a linoleum floor to discover beautiful hardwood underneath, refinishing the floor, installing new windows, sheetrock and paint... Anyway, it was during this time I picked up some cheap tools from Menards. A job site Masterforce table saw, a Tool Shop compound miter saw and a Masterforce combo router kit. This DIY stuff was all new to me and I learned a lot as I went.
I had always enjoyed watching Norm on PBS, but never had any real experience doing woodworking. That year, when Mother's Day was approaching, I decided I would build my mother something - I chose a cutting board. It was a long grain board, tongue and grooved with breadboard ends made out of a piece of S4S maple I bought at Menards. It wasn't perfect. It had a bow once glued up, and you can hear wind blowing through the joints. I had caught the woodworking bug though. (that cutting board continues to embarrass me every time I'm at my parents' house.)
Shortly there after, I took a job in another city, and all of my tools went into storage for 3 years until I finally bought a house in my new city. I promptly went and picked up my tools and started to set up shop in my garage.
So after a 3 1/2 year break, in 2013 I'm finally resuming my learning and practicing of woodworking. To be sure I watched and read a ton of material in those 3 years, but nothing prepares you for completing projects like actually completing projects.
I quickly realized that I needed to upgrade my base tool set, and have been on that slippery slope ever since, slowly but surely outfitting my shop with trustworthy and accurate tools and learning as much as I can from books, magazines, YouTube and my fellow Jocks.
Thanks for reading, take care!
-- Dan :: Minnesota