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Iggles88

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06-15-2012 01:36 AM

I want to hear everyone’s reason for getting into woodworking. I have heard a few really nice stories of people who got into woodworking through their grandfather taking them out to his shop when they were very young. I’m sure there are a ton of different reasons to start into the woodworking world but what is that reason? Unfortunately I have a pretty boring reason for entering into this unbelievably gratifying hobby. I’m pretty new to woodworking, about a year ago I started researching the different styles of furniture for my future home and was amazed by the detail and personalization of some of the pieces I was seeing. I knew it was going to be a long road but I went out bought a tablesaw and started down the slippery slope of getting addicted to buying tools and just learning everything I could about woodworking. I can’t get enough of it and I know I’m not the only one. So Im curious to see how everyone else got into woodworking, I didn’t have shop classes I definitely didn’t have a father or grandfather who was a woodworker so if not for my split decision to buy a table saw I may have never gotten into it at all. How about all of you?


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lysdexic

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#1 posted 06-15-2012 01:49 AM

Like you I have no “pedigree” although I’ve dabbled with carpentry throughout my life.

I went over to a fellow cubscout dad’s workshop to build a pinewood derby car. He had a small workshop and the power over wood stimulated a lot of creativity. I would lay awake at night manipulating the shape and lines of that wooden car. I loved working with wood but I hated to have to go to someone elses house to do it.

I bought a drill press, miter saw, the basics. Then I bought a …...............

Handplane. Lord help me.

I hate to think of how much $$ I have spent because of those little wooden cars

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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lysdexic

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#2 posted 06-15-2012 01:58 AM

What the heck. Here they are.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Iggles88

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#3 posted 06-15-2012 02:15 AM

Very cool cars Scott, I like you sat up at night thinking about all of the things I wanted to build and how I could be creative. One of the best aspects of woodworking is the fact that it is an art form.

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 02:20 AM

My dad was always had a workshop. Not really woodworking in particular, just the assortment of drills , sanders, screwdrivers, wrenches, chisels, and whatever else your typical DIY type would have in his shop. So I grew up around tools, worked in a hardware store while I was in college, and even spent several years in a home center/lumberyard operation after I graduated.

But it wasn’t until much later, about seven years ago, that I bought a cheap portable table saw on a whim. As soon as I saw all the possibilities that were opened up by being able to mill my own lumber to size, I was hooked. I’ve been buying tools and practicing the craft ever since.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 02:28 AM

I’ve been doing home repairs and remodeling for the past 25+ years. Some time back a customer asked me if I could build a medicine cabinet. I said yes then figured out how. Lost money on that one but learned a valuable lesson, namely that… uhhh…. hmmm… what was that lesson again? Oh well, anyway, then I kept running into situations that called for a custom piece to be made, so I would make it, lose money, learn a lesson, forget the lesson I learned.. it’s sort of an ongoing cycle. I guess it just boils down to I like working the wood and so I do it. Just started getting serious a couple of weeks ago, when I stumbled across this website. Yeah.. me serious… go figure.

Also, I like the smell of most woods, but not zebra wood… looks pretty but man does it stink! And that’s how I was drawn into woodworking.

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#6 posted 06-15-2012 02:35 AM

When I was in high school, I was not allowed to take ‘shop’, even though my aptitude tests showed I had an interest and inclinations for it. I wanted to go to college like my brother and sister, and my guidance counselor was quick to remind me of that every time I tried to sign up for one of the ‘industrial arts’ courses.

Click forward 35 years to the time we bought a house that needed a lot of TLC, and me with little or no woodworking skills. I decided I needed to learn some stuff, and once I got started in it, it was obvious that I had found something that would be satisfying and occupy my time in retirement.

That was nine years ago. I retired in January, we sold the project house, and bought a new home closer to our kids. We moved in two months ago today, and today I spent a little over ten hours in my new shop.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 06-15-2012 02:42 AM

I have no pedigree. No shop time growing up. In 2002 I got married. Our small income could only get us a foreclosed or fixer upper home. So I had to learn some minor skills quick. In 2005 I had to build 2 vanities for another fixer upper home and I found some hidden talent and found a love for woodworking. Now in 2012 we have founded a small but growing cabinet shop and so far have been fairly successful doing what we love to do.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#8 posted 06-15-2012 02:44 AM

I’ve done home repair and update things, and always wanted to do some real woodworking, but could never justify spending the money on the tools one needs….Then I met a new friend that was a custom home builder, and I guess he saw that I did a nice job on building the porches, and fences, and remodel in the house…He was getting ready to retire, and he gave me a nice table saw, band saw, scrollsaw, planer, jointer, shaper, oscillating sander, blades,cutters for around 1500.00…All except the table saw are just like new. Thanks to him I can now make most anything my ability will allow…And I really like this site for the learning and ideas one can get here.

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#9 posted 06-15-2012 02:52 AM

as a child i loved to build things legos , treehouse, whatever in school i loved shop and drafting. A friend of mine worked in a cabinet shop and got me a job, when i built my first cabinet that was it.

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Joseph Jossem

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#10 posted 06-15-2012 02:55 AM

I got hit by a car riding a bike 16 years ago
Once I was able to use my right hand again and walk after 7 months of rehab my neighbor introduced me to woodworking 15 years later I am still addictted.

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Richard

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#11 posted 06-15-2012 03:25 AM

My father died young and I did not know him well as I was just a young boy. However, he was a draftsman and I inherited his aptitude for shapes and geometries.

In school I took drafting and shop classes. I found I was pretty good at drafting, back in those days everything was with a pencil on paper. But it wasn’t challenging enough to hold my interest long term.

That same year I took shop class. As part of my final grade I did a repair/restoration on an antique chair with a broken seat. It was my instructor who clued me in that the chair was A) an antique and B) made with hand tools. I thought it was just an old, cool looking chair made of wood.

It was slow to sink in, but over the years I started to realize that woodworking held a challenge for me that drafting never would.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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joebloe

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#12 posted 06-15-2012 03:34 AM

I have always liked building things.when I was a kid I played with erector sets and built all sorts of things.There was also Lincoln logs, building houses.I worked as a frame carpenter for many years.Then I lucked into a job doing custom woodworking.To me there was no better job than working your hobby and doing something you love.

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Ryan Haasen

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#13 posted 06-15-2012 03:35 AM

I started woodworking in grade 7 wood shop. The funny thing is, I never wanted to be in woodworking. I was suppose to be in art class, but there was a mistake in the class list and I was moved to wood shop, even though I really did not want to go. After learning how to make animal puzzles on a scroll saw, I was hooked. I got a scroll saw that christmas and my passion took off.

-- Ryan

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#14 posted 06-15-2012 03:47 AM

I got hit by a car riding a bike 16 years ago
How was a car riding a bike? Ah, I crack myself up.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#15 posted 06-15-2012 03:59 AM

When around 7-8 years old I would go out in the garage and watch my Dad & Uncle build Pirogues. They would give me small tasks that i found fanscinating and apparently started my woodworking fire burning. I built soap box derby cars for 3 years when I was around 12 through 15 years old. What fun!!! I took woorworking classes in 7th, 8th & 9th grade in school and loved every second of it.
I spent many years building custom interiors in sailboats and motor yachts including alot of repairs and restorations.
I have built a lot of furniture and for the past couple of years have been creating sculpted boxes. At 64 I am as passionate about my woodworking as ever.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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