Well, I’ve completed a few projects now and have some in the works as well. I’ve got 150 others that I’d like to make – we’ll see which ones I actually make it to. The list continues to grow.
I’ve asked a lot of questions on here about methods and tools and I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) that you definitely get what you pay for in power tools. It really amazes me that the quality can be so poor on some tools. I’d understand them being less durable, not as powerful, etc. but when you purchase something like a router or saw I’d think that accuracy would be at least ‘acceptable’.
From suggestions I upgraded my Skil router to a Porter Cable – I happened to time it out and get a free sander as well. Wow… what a difference, in the router and the sander. I almost let the poor tools convince me not to mess with woodworking at all. After tearing up some board and running through batteries like crazy trying to sand with a cheap cordless sander I thought it was just me.
I’ve still got some tools to upgrade but I’m getting there, I love my new router and the better quality tools make an obvious difference in the quality of my projects.
On that subject – I’m encouraged to see my ability increasing a little with each project. Woodworking is challenging and that is why I enjoy it – I love a challenge and it’s always satisfying to figure out a new method, tip or trick and see the benefits in your work. Also, it’s helped to teach me to slow down and take my time with things. I’m no master carpenter, but I’m learning more every day!
Thanks to all who’ve shared their knowledge with me.
-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA