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Just started woodworking and I have what a friend calls "the bug". I can't stop thinking about making ANYTHING! Woodworking has been the missing element in my life that I wish I had so much sooner. It brings me mental stimulation, anger, frustration, pleasure, more frustration, joy, satisfaction, accomplishment, fulfillment, and well, any and every emotion that I can express. It all started when I drove by a mesquite lumber yard and said " what the hell is all that?". I went by and purchased a simple 4 board foot 6/4 (didn't even know what board foot or 6/4 was when I pulled in) live edge slab and had no idea what I was going to make with it or how to make anything with wood. When I got home I figured, I know how to weld and I have some 2" hammered edge square tube so maybe I can make an end tale. That was the end of the old me and beginning of the new me. Within a month I was making anything and everything I could get my hands on including sculpting hummingbirds from a downed tree from my front yard. Shortly after that I purchased an 8 foot 15-24 inch diameter mesquite tree from a firewood yard (yes, they were going to chop it up and sell it to cook steaks) and I had it milled into 8/4 and 6/4 slabs. I am going to make the dinner table and chairs from it that will be in my family for years after I’m gone. Well I could keep going on for a long time but I guess I should stop now. Woodworking is amazing and I hope that I can figure out how I to make this hobby a way to engage young kids to see their potential.