I was reading Cabinet mans post about the lamps, thought it was a very cool story. Got me to thinking that he and I followed a similar path. I got out of the Marines in the late 80s, landed a job at a printing company. Wasn’t making big money, but getting by I guess. My wife and I bought a fixer upper in southern lancaster county, and thats when it got going. This place needed everything. My grandfather was a woodworker and I was fortunate enough to inheret many of his tools. Some 2×4s and plywood and wa-laa we had new kitchen cabinets, sorta LOL. I made things simply because we could not afford to buy them. The fixer upper came with a barn so I had the space to work on things. BUt it seems I had little mini-shops in whatever room I was working on. The shop grew and my tools got better, ended up replacing the old stuff I got at yard sales and auctions with new(er) stuff and so on and so forth. Years went by and we could afford to buy stuff, but my wife would always say, “you can make better stuff than that so why don’t we hit the lumber yard instead of the furniture store” HOW COOL IS THAT!
at any rate I guess my woodworking soul was built from nessescity, but turned into something I just do not want to be with out.
I would love to hear how others got started.
-- atta boy Clarence!