|Workshop by pastorglen||posted 01-14-2011 05:15 AM||1703 reads||0 times favorited||12 comments|
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Before and after. I think you can tell which are which.
My dad is an amazing carpenter. I’ve always been in awe of his ability, and I think that has kept me from jumping into doing anything more than “holding the light still.” Then a few years ago I had a pretty busy week—80 hours or something like that. I realized that if I kept that schedule for long that I’d go nuts. That’s when I decided to learn a hobby. What is one thing I’ve always wanted to do? Cut dovetails—by hand.
I started with a regular hand saw and a screw driver (sad, I know) that I had sharpened into a point. The first joint was really sloppy… but it held. And I was hooked.
I added an inexpensive dovetail saw, a combination square, and a real chisel. I made a mallet, since I didn’t have the money to buy one. Before long I realized that I should make something other than a bucket of dovetail joints. Each project gave me more confidence to do the next.
After the first winter of dealing with NW Pennsylvania cold, I realized I needed a shop. I spent the summer designing what I wanted, and that fall my dad and I started building it in the back corner of my existing barn. My standing power tools (table saw, miter box, band saw, and a radial arm saw that my mom gave my dad 8 months before I was born) are located in the unheated barn. The heated wood shop is 12×14. It’s my hand-tool shop with the goal of using hand-tools only. I’ve broken the rule a time or two, but mainly because I didn’t have the hand-tool to accomplish the task, and the electric tools were and easy enough solution. But little by little I plan to equip my tool cabinet with everything I need to run by hand.
My goal was to make it home-quality—nice enough that when people walk through my very rough barn and into my workshop, that they are shocked. One of the first people to look at it wiped off his feet before walking in. I think I succeeded.
Since this isn’t my real job and I’m doing this for fun, I’m enjoying the learning process. I look forward to interacting with you all.
-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."