The fasten seat-belts sign is on, please remain in your seats and buckle in…. Because I frankly have no idea where this is about to go.
First, thanks to all for the warm welcomes to LumberJocks.
As of this writing I am a 36 year old, 13 year married, father of a 2 (Boy 4 and Girl 2) working professional. I have been around wood working tools for as long as I can remember. In life I see myself as a curious tinkerer. This often time makes me feel like I lack focus, but I know that is not really the truth. I research ,most things to death before I do them and if during the research phase I do not lose interest I will latch on to it till what ever it is is done.
My father taught me well. About the only thing that I will not do myself anymore is roof work. It would just plain cost me to much to fall off. I would rather dangle from a rope than stand on a ladder. I have a non-paralyzing healthy fear of plumbing, Natural Gas Piping, Framing, Building, etc. Meaning to say I am not a pro and I am not the fastest, but I can get it done satisfactorily.
There are some things I just dabble in, photography, electronics, computers, etc. But over the years the one thing that I keep coming back to over and over is woodworking (WW). The sad part is that I do not know why. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with it. There are times when I measure 4 times and cut only to find that I somehow measured wrong. It drives me nuts. I know that a lot of WW’ing is about recovering from your errors, nut I hate errors and seeing myself make them after being so careful drives me insane at times. I know it is a growth process though so I stick with it.
I have spent the last few weeks in my garage giving it a massive make over. I have installed 220V power as well as some additional 110V 20amp lines, insulated the walls, put up OSB sheathing, installed a nice 8’ wall bench for general use, and converted every tool that will take it to 220V. For those tools that I have converted, WOW , It is like I have brand new tools.
My next tasks are to run ducting for the Dust Collector, build a new wall cabinet to store all of my tools, see tyveckboy's post. Rip apart he 4’x4; bench I built 4 years ago and then rebuild it in a configuration that allows me to get to all sides of my work with out turning it round on the table. Then build a lumber cart and a few other organizational pieces.
Once all of that is finished I figure that I will have time for one really good project before the end of the summer.
The other thing on my to do list is to find a local mentor. I find that I do best when I can bounce things off others that actually understand what I m going on about. I live in Auburn, WA, please ping me if you live near by :).
I will not go into total tool details at this point but I have most everything I would like to short of a thickness planer and a 3HP router. This includes floor standing drill press, table saw, band saw, lathe, disc/belt sander, jointer/planer, air compressor, dust collector, and many various hand tools. While I know how to use most of them I am not a master by any means, and tuning them is mostly something that I do not know how to do.
As far as what I have tried and like to do. I have turned, I like it. I have built small utility furniture and shop fixtures. Short of that I have never really turned out anything that I would put into my home and say, that’s mine. The latter is what I would like to do. I want to be sure that my family benefits from the time I spend in the shop. I want them to be proud of me and my work and be willing to point at a price “My Husband/Papa made that”. I could care less about selling it, I just like to use my hands to do things.
Of all the lessons I have been trying to teach myself over the last few years concerning wood working the most important one has been to allow myself to do things that I cannot finish in a weekend. Let me just say it is a hard lesson and I am still learning it. Instant gratification is a crutch I would like to do without where my wood work is concerned . It has caused me to hate things like paint and finish work and while I still have no love for them I at least get the need for them.
I think this is where I will stop for now. Hopefully this gives my patient readers a bit of insight into my brain. In my forth coming posts I will include a full breakdown and tour of my small shop, take some pictures of the few things I have turned out in the past few years, and take you down a few of my more mentally twisted paths.
-- Jason; Auburn, WA