First, I want to thank the LumberJocks who welcomed me and also made comments on the first two projects I posted. Thanks to oscorner, MsDebbieP, Bwillie, dennis mitchell, Max, Karson, Todd A Clippinger and Obi. And many thanks to the others not previously acknowledged. You sure do make a person feel welcome and at home.
My grandfather was an architect and was always building something around the house. My father was very handy as well. I first built a dinghy sailboat (like a Sabot) from a kit. I used my paper route money to buy the kit from Sears. I was about 11 years old. I took a woodshop class in the 7th grade. From there I just did things around the house like remodeling, building decks, pergola, brick work, outdoor cookcenter and the like.
The real woodworking venture started 6 years ago when my wife gave me a Delta contractor model tablesaw for Christmas. I told her I didn’t need a tablesaw. She responded by saying…”Well, you can use it to make the dining room cabinets you said you would do.” I guess you can’t argue with that logic.
It took me 3 months to clean out the garage before I set up the tablesaw. I took all the plaster down, insulated every wall, added wood T11 siding to the walls and an electrical subpanel.
Most of you know you need some practice first. I bought some books and decided to practice making cabinets for the garage. I could always use more storage and keep some things out of sight. The garage cabinets were out of pine. Didn’t want to try anything else because of the expense. It is no longer called the garage – - it is the shop.
After about 7 months of practice, I measured up the space in the dining room and drew up some plans on graph paper. I made 6 upper cabinets (4 with glass doors) and 6 base cabinets. It is not really a china cabinet but more like a built-in buffet area. I added lighting and did a tile counter and backsplash.
Since then I have made an entertainment center, baby cradle, cutting boards, wine holders and small boxes. My current project is a cherry blanket chest for my daughter. I hope to share these projects with you.
-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.