In my last post I mentioned the building of a fine dust filter using water. I’ve had a number of people send me private messages inquiring about it. So, I’ve decided to prematurely talk about it before it’s done or even know if i...
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Back in the late 70's I attended the Maine School of Luthiery and learned to make guitars. It was a wonderful experience and I just loved the smell of the sitka spruce tops and the mahogany and rosewood. I made several instruments after that and sold them to college students. It was a meager but helpful income at the time. I was in college to become a science teacher.
After graduation I got married, moved away from home, lived in rents, built a house, had kids.. you know the story. You've had similar. Anyway, the woodworking thing just wasn't a priority either financially or time wise.
Jump to now. 30+ years later. I'm retired after 30 years in a Jr. High classroom. Ha, enough is enough! And I've fixed up the shop in the old family home by the lake and moved in. I haven't built a guitar yet but I have had fun with some furniture and learning new skills with the router. I've picked up some new tools and interestingly I've found that my old ones that have been in mothballs for 30 years, but with just 5 years of wear on them, are antiques. But, I know them. They are familiar to me. So, I've restored them and they feel as comfortable as they did years ago. I've also picked up some new ones and they are nice.
I hope you look at my work, and I enjoy my sojourn here on LJ's. I'm trying to post my work and of course my teacher heritage might raise it's head now and again. Can't help that, it's in my blood.
Oh, and Martin' Many thanks for this wonderful woodworking forum. I understand about the addiction comments of others now.
Jump to 2014: I'm still here and still buildin'.
Daniel Gagner, Craftsman on the Lake
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful. http://gagnerwebsite.com/Deceiver/Craftsman_on_the_lake/Craftsman_on_the_lake.html
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I’ve finally gotten the major stuff done, benches demolished, new ones made, dust collection upgrade, tools moved around, and a generally putting away out of dust site. It seems like the shop has doubled in sized after all the renovations. B...
Five years later, Workshop Remodel #5: The whole shop on wheels, assembly table, and remodeling messiness.
The place is a pulled apart mess but this is a progress blog on a 5 year rebuild of my shop so I guess I’ll post. The past couple of days I managed to get everything (except the drill press) on wheels. In a previous blog I showed the 28 lock...
The past couple of days I’ve been putting together a new assembly bench. My new fangled work bench, although a great bench, is going to my ‘soon to be’ son in law. It’s a super bench for those who use a lot of hand tools. I...
In my quest to redo the shop better after 5 years of beating it up. Heated the shop for a short while today. I took my old delta/rockwell 10” table saw off the metal legs and put it on this base I made today. The locking wheels on the oth...