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12-06-2008 07:07 PM

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You know I was just thinking of where I got this woodworking bug from. It came from Dad of course! He had a shop while we were growing up were he’d build things for our family and others after work and on weekends. He never made his living at it but I got the sence that working out in that shop all day everyday would have been his dream come true. So that’s what I was brought up to belive was “the good life”. Now that I have my own shop I can confirm “it is the good life!”
Lets have some stories. I know that some of you were inspired to woodworking by someone let hear it.

-- Rogue

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#1 posted 12-06-2008 07:18 PM

My grandfather!

He made all his own power tools- table saw, drill press etc. Most of them were made from wood, pipes and salvaged parts. Seems he could make or fix anything. I still remember seeing him and my grandmother shingling the roof of their house when they were both in their late 60’s!

Maybe there is something to this gene thing.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-06-2008 07:51 PM

My grandfather started it. He was a farmer and tended to do a lot of woodworking when things slowed down during the winter. My father described the earliest shop setup he had. It had an old Model T engine driving a long driveshaft down the center of ceiling of the shop with tools taking power off of the shaft at different points with wide leather belts. Some parts of that drive shaft were still hanging as I watched my grandfather working in that same shop many years later. He had a humongous old band saw (30”+), a 10” table saw, shaper, jointer, drill press and hundreds of hand tools. He made a lot of furniture from black walnut and cherry that he harvested right on the farm.

My father continued it. He had a modest shop when I was young and taught me how to use the tools. My favorite was the scroll saw. I remember making model biplanes, cutting the wings from 1/4” ply and shaping the fuselages with a wood rasp at a very young age (6-9). Later, he added more tools: table saw, router, belt sander, etc. and as each was added I got lessons on using and supervision with many projects we completed over the years.

My son and I are still at it. He and I have spent a lot of time in the shop making things since he was very young (5). I can only hope that he will continue as time goes by.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#3 posted 12-06-2008 08:24 PM

Ya know, I think my biggest influence was my dad. He coould fix anything. He and my grandfather had an auto repair and towing shop in N CA in the early 30’s and they had to make the parts to repair the cars of the times as replacemant parts werent available. As I grew older my dad would shiw me how to make small things and use power tools.

As for the woodworking end of it all dad didnt really do much, I think it may have been bred into me by my birth father. I found out 5 yrs ago that I was adopted at birth. I have spoken to my birth father on the phine but we have never met, maybe one day that will happen.

I do have one other major influence. Norm Abrams, I know it may sound corny but as a kid my parents and I would watch NYW and TOH on a regular basis and I loved the projects he built.

I decided a few yrs ago to build a shop and give this whole woodworking thing a shot and I must say I am sure glad I did. I love it.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their

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#4 posted 12-06-2008 09:26 PM

Working the wood… Perhaps it was the ranger that kept a Boy Scout camp in the Sierra Nevada Mountains that had a huge wood working shop he would spend all his winter months in. Perhaps it is a natural connection with the forests and the feeling at being at home in the woods. ...and perhaps its my wife who saw that we both liked woodworking and encourages the learning of it and sees the beauty in each board. Working the wood brings back slower times, (even when there is sweat from sanding), when times were simpler and there was time to smile, to think and ponder.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 12-06-2008 11:10 PM

My grandfather lived right next door. He could really do wonders with wood. He was always glad to help me, and he permitted me to use his tools pretty much any time. I was fortunate enough to inherit all his tools, because no one else in the family wanted them. I still have most all of them 35 years later.

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#6 posted 12-06-2008 11:13 PM

Both of my grandfathers and my father have been tinkerers all their lives. One grandfather made miniature replicas of steam engines out of tin and thrashing machines from wood. The other grandfather had a wonderful workshop of delta, Milwaukee and Rockwell tools. I have fond memories of him letting me pound nails and feed the pot bellied stove. My dad built a little bench for my brother and I to make “projects” at. I learned remodeling skills from him.
Having this background was great but the person who really started me into woodworking was my WEBELOS leader, Ed. During our time with him (10.5 years old) we built a simple bookcase and a shoe shine kit. He’s rough cut all the lumber for us and showed us the high points of sanding, planing, gluing and nailing. While the bookcase is no longer with me, my parents still have that shoe shine kit, 47 years later. He was a wonderful man who I don’t think knew his impact on me.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#7 posted 12-09-2008 08:07 PM

My father was my inspiration, he had a shop out back and did alot of wood projects for the house, plus some for relatives. If he was out in the shop, I was not far away, learning and helping. He taught me a lot about planing, cutting, how to use a hand saw correctly and some joining tips. I got some of his older tools when he was getting on in years, and I still have them. Sadly he passed away in 1998, and my younger brother and I split up the rest of his tools.

-- My Father was my mentor for my woodworking hobby and knowledge. Luv ya Dad.

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#8 posted 12-10-2008 03:20 AM

My buddies and I hauled some handsaws, hammers, and nails up into the woods and built a tree house. Some other kids came and screwed it up so we went to the other side of the canyon and started over. This time we built a cabin. We took a steel drum (on that looks like it holds hazardous materials), cut a square door in the end, and a hole for the chimney fluting and made a fire place. My friends dad welded some hinges on the door as well as some feet for support. We cut down small trees and laid them out for the rafters, then just draped tarps. We also made a table in woodshop and hauled it up there in the winter on a snowmobile. It was a good experience. From there I always carved little walking sticks and wittled. Around the time I was 14 I started working for a guy that did mostly air conditioning and heating, but we ended up building additions due to lack of work. So I learned about adding on to log homes. At 16 I started working for the best in the log home business, at least in that area he was. We built the homes from the ground up, pouring the foundation to timberframing. We did huge mortice and tenons on the timberframing and installed large dowels to hold them together. It was awesome work. We even did tounge and groove for the roof itself, covering it with felt and then 10” foam that had particle board on the front and back. Cant remember what they call that but it’s in 4×8 sheets and we actually built a house out that at one point. We did the entire insides with wood. From a huge walnut stair case to cedar lined closets. Everything was wood. We used the garage of the houses as the shop to build all the cabinetry too. One house took 2 years to complete. I’ve been woodworking ever since. It wasn’t influenced by any of my family, just my will of making something. The feelings of accomplishment at the end of the day is more rewarding then anything in my opinion.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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