This blog is aimed at documenting my thought process about this hobby and I hope it can server as a guide to newcomers looking for help.
Let me give you the background …
We lived in Charlotte, NC for 6 years. We had my son, and were pregnant with my daughter when the neighborhood “turned”. Driveby shooting, armed home invasions, police helicopters, etc… Needless to say, we decided to move back home. We’re both from New England, so coming back was good for everyone involved. I didn’t have any power tools down south. I had a brand new house with no real big projects to tackle, so I never accumulated tools.
So we finally bought a house which had a two car garage. I figured that some day I would setup a shop in 1/2 of the space or bulldoze it and build a bigger better garage like my father. So we move in and get acclimated to the new house and all the issues we encountered (carpenter ants, termites, plumbing, etc…). I didn’t need to buy tools yet because my dad was helping us with all of our projects.
Enter the hobby …
This house has steam radiators, which are very dangerous for kids. My wife asked me to buy some covers and I remember watching an episod of TOH where Tom Silva whipped together some covers made out of MDF. I knew I could do that, and it seemed like a nice hobby to get in to because it was relaxing and constructive. But here was the problem. No tools.
When I say no tools, I literally mean I didn’t have a drill that worked. I had a hammer, some pliers, some screw drivers, but nothing that could be used to get things done. However, it was summer and there was an abundance of estate/garage sale postings on CL for tools. I figured I would give it a shot and try an estate sale from a machinist in my town.
$80 later and I came home with this:
I was psyched. A drill press, band saw, some files, some saws, an old school saber saw, and a belt sander (not pictured because it needs new wiring.) I decided to hit a few more estate sales and flea markets and ended up scoring a lot of old rusty planes and rasps for dirt cheap. I also scored some hand drills, bit brace and lots of bits …
As I amassed these tools, they literally were just sitting on my garage floor on an old door. I didn’t have any storage available in the garage … not even a bench. So I quickly discovered my first project. A shop bench with some storage. Off to blog entry #2 for the build.