|Forum topic by Mitchell Blankenship||posted 08-06-2010 03:14 AM||1179 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
08-06-2010 03:14 AM
Hey their. I’ve been lurking around for a couple of days and thought it time to start my first post. I guess I’ll start with a little background so here it goes. My name is Mitchell Blankenship and I work at Keystone RV as a production worker. I have three kids, a 9 yo son, an 8 yo daughter and a 6 yo son. I am a big geek and currently sit surrounded by computers. I love doing graphics and building / coding websites. With my job I often have to work some crazy hours and since my wife works their too we usually work crazy hours together. Lately my oldest son and really been after me to spend more time doing things with him. I tried teaching him web development and graphic design but his interest just wasn’t their. Then I got him into World of Warcraft, but he had gotten a little to addicted and it’s not really the quality time that he and I were looking for. We spent last weekend driving around and ended up at a local hobby shop and got some information on RC cars. After we got home though I realized I was about to drop $700 dollars on a hobby that still wasn’t what I was looking for.
I discussed it with my wife and told her I would like to go to Menard’s after work and maybe look into some simple woodworking projects. We went and looked around and I found a book with lot’s of information and several project plans of various difficulty and time and tool requirements.
Well we decided for a starter project we are going to build a 5 board bench. I thought it looked like a good project that we can make with the limited tools we have available to us. It’s very important to me that we are able to complete the project using more hand tools so that it will be a little safer for my son to be able to get more involved.
Anyway after talking to my Father (who is a very skilled woodworker) I’ve decided that by spending only a little bit more money we can build our bench from cedar as opposed to pine. I want to do cedar because My son and I plan to give the bench to my Father when we are finished. With it being our first project together and something very special for us we want it to go to someone who will appreciate what it means to us. That and since both of us are named after my Father I thought it just fitting. But either way with the emotional value of this project and the fact that my father loves cedar I think it’s a good choice so that it will last for a long time and just prettier as time goes on.
I plan on taking lot’s of pics of the project and posting them here on LJ’s for all to see. I can’t express how excited I am to start this with my kids and it’s all I’ve been able to think about all week.
In closing thanks to all who welcomed me when I created my account and thanks to all those who’ve posted projects. I’ve spent the last two days going though them and getting inspired.