On the off chance that anyone is interested, and because I’m new to blogs and facebook format, I’ll just plunge ahead and start blogging away and begging for advice on woodworking. I’m just getting started with woodworking as a hobby. That’s bad and good. Bad because a demanding avocation like woodworking is intimidating for someone who hates to make mistakes. Good because I have wanted to do this for years and I have been assembling my tools slowly but carefully. (Every time I think I can get started I end up moving again and it takes years to get unpacked.)
Although I have done simple projects in the past (bookcases, utility furniture, the usual…), I haven’t done anything at the level I hope to eventually achieve. I have done some metalworking, mechanical, and electrical work involving tools and hand skills, so I’m not totally unfamiliar with fussy work. Also, my father was a woodworker, and I learned a lot as his “apprentice” (=gofer).
I have decided to have two workshops, one in an empty bay in our garage for the table saw and other dusty tools, and shop in the lower level of our house for hand tool and assembly work. The two are connected directly buy a half flight of stairs, so that should make material transfer less of a chore.
As the garage has been mighty cold this winter, I have spent the dark months unpacking tools, transferring tools from my father’s shop to mine, and trying to resurrect a lot of tools that have not been used in twenty years or so. It’s a good way to pass the time until I can get into the garage.