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I first got into woodworking back in 2003 when one Saturday afternoon while channel surfing the tube I happened to stumble across a show on PBS called the “New Yankee Workshop”. Man, I was hooked and always glued to the TV on Saturday afternoons from that point forward until the show was sadly canceled. I loved every minute of Norm and his projects. I was also inspired by other woodworking shows such as “Woodworks” with David Marks and lately I love watching the “Woodsmith Shop” and have several of their shop jigs on my todo list.
I soon began converting our two car garage into a workshop. I bought my first table saw off eBay for about 100 bucks. It was one of the cheap made overseas versions and only lasted about 6 months before my x father-in-law gave me an older model Rockwell table saw. That thing was old and dirty but solid as a rock and the electric brake didn’t work or lacked one so the blade would take about 2 minutes to spin down but I lived with it. With that saw I could now start to think about making some fine furniture projects. But the saw did not have extension wings to handle wide sheet stock so I eventually upgraded to the Ridgid TS3650 model from Home Depot and that is the saw I still have to this day and have no plans to upgrade that one.
So, for several years I built many projects from simple bookcases, picture frames, kitchen gadgets, to built-in bookcase with a window seat in each of my kid’s rooms that took up the entire wall, similar to the library system with some modifications that Norm did on one New Yankee episode. I also made so many dang jigs that I had not put them all to the test yet but they are there and waiting. Of course, I made all the typical rookie woodworker mistakes but fortunately they were not too expensive since I was a believer in using maple or birch plywood, poplar and some red oak plywood in most of my projects. I did use cherry, maple and oak on some of the smaller projects I did because it was typically more expensive than my budget would allow at the time.
I bought a Jet lathe and got into wood turning spindles and pens. I must have made tons of pens and gave them to all my neighbors and coworkers. It’s a great feeling when you see someone using a pen that you made. So in time my skills got better and my mistakes were less.
Glad to be part of this great community full of talented woodworkers. I will post pictures of my completed projects as I complete them.
-- Dan - A good day in the wood shop is finishing up with all your fingers still attached!
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