This is my first post to LumberJocks, and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey into the world of woodworking with you all, as well as learning everything I can from the old (sorry, EXPERIENCED!) hands out there.
I’m an Information Technology consultant by profession, but I’ve also been a rough carpenter/handyman for a few years now on the side. I’ve done a few finer things in that time—I’m particularly proud of a set of built-ins I did in my last home—but, mostly everything I’ve built is of the type that you would put in your garage. Utilitarian. Nevertheless, I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, and most days secretly wished I could do it for a living.
For my son’s birthday, in November, I built him a sandbox. I personally didn’t think it was anything extraordinary, and it was simply built, but it was fun to make for him, and the raving responses I got from every other parent at the party made for a nice feeling. I guess you could say the spark was lit, and two weeks later I bought some rusty scrap iron, a.k.a. vintage woodworking power tools, from a Craigslist ad.
The following blog series chronicles my adventures in the restoration and, certainly, appreciation of these tools, and also my self-apprenticeship in the art of woodworking.
Thanks for reading!