Now that the initial Christmas season is winding down, I finally have a little room to breathe and I can think about setting some concrete goals for the next year. Oddly enough, I never fell into the whole New Year’s resolution ritual but I think now that I am reaching an age of maturity, I am starting to understand the importance of setting some goals for the next leg of the journey we call life. Sounds “philosophical” doesn’t it :)
This last year I have worked on setting up shop and I have things fairly organized. I have worked enough with the tools I have to get a good idea on how they work and how to take care of them. I have looked through some of the old forums on here and picked up some tips and knowledge that isn’t stated in black and white in the tool manuals. I picked up a can of Johnson’s wax a couple weeks ago and have my tool tops ready to work. I am becoming more conscientious of planning and layout. I think layout, sharpening, and finesse tools, will be my emphasis for the year. I picked up some cabinet scrapers, calipers, french curves, and a layout miter gauge. I will be working on training myself on sharpening techniques. I have some cheap chisels I can work on for technique and once I have it down will invest in some better shop chisels. Now that I am covered in the jointer and planer area, I can start working with a better variety of wood.
Christmas has taught me one additional thing. If I truly want to be prepared for the next season, I better start now :)
Wishing you all a Happy Holiday,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.