Goal Build a work bench in only a few hours over the coarse of a week, and for less than $100.00 The result: Absolutely no fine joinery – I am using 2×4’s glued and screwed – and doubled up instead of half-lapping them. O...
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Hi everyone. I am a 35 year old father of 2 (step father of 2 also). By day, I am an IT manager and engineer. By night and weekend, and am an amateur woodworker. My father is a fairly accomplished finish carpenter, but went into mechanical engineering to better support his family. I did some very light woodworking at an early age, but was consumed with all things technology shortly after. After being a professional in the IT business for the better part of 12 years, I want nothing to do with technology once the clock stops. It's true what they say about never making your hobby your career. In search of some low-tech activities, I came across woodworking. I'm not very good yet, but I really feel "I get it" I understand the basics, and some of the more advanced techniques, I just need practice. I really enjoy making things in general, as does my wife. I make my own beer and soft drinks, I can cook, I can sew. I build my own computers, do ALL the service work to our vehicles, so working with wood seemed like a natural progression. She is a tough one to keep up with as she easily excels at whatever she does with little effort; from making soap to plastering drywall. I look forward to posting my activity and projects, and reflecting on my progression over time. Hopefully I will get better, if not, that's ok also. My goal isn't to produce studio quality pieces, or make money on the things I make. I just want to spend a few hours after work decompressing in the garage and come inside covered in sawdust. As long as that keeps me challenged, it will keep me happy.
I am also very thick skinned and really appreciate tips/advice - even if they are sprinkled with some sarcasm.
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After putting in three 9+ hour days, I have a workable shop. I still need to do a lot more organization and clean up, but it’s usable. I am going to be making a workbench this weekend. Cordless stuff and all the chargers out and powered u...
I got sick of tripping over my 30+ clamps. Since none of my tools were set up yet, I need to make a clamp rack using a circular saw and cordless drill. This is far from elegant, but does the trick. Also this space is right near the second garage d...
We moved into our new (much nicer) place and I have a new (and much nicer) garage for all my tools. You never know how much stuff you have until you have to pack it all. I’ve got some really heavy tools. Although many have mobile bases, deal...
Here is the final product http://lumberjocks.com/projects/83379 All in all I learned a lot and most importantly had tons of fun. I felt my skill level just about doubled with each piece I laid down. There are A LOT of things I would have...