Hello and thank you for the great welcomes. Please be aware that woodworking is something new to me and I cringe when I see projects you members have completed, I feel like a fraud to be a member of such a talented group.
I have only just been retired due to health reasons but my body is 66 years old while my head is still hovering in the mid thirties. I was not prepared for retirement and had no plans for it, hence I was stuck, then my wife/nurse/critic came up with woodworking as a hobby/occupation. I told her she was crazy (as she is) because my only interest in woodworking or products was limited to wooden matches I used a while back to light a cigarette and also using wooden washing pegs when I was a kid helping my mother hang out the washing. So you see I was a prime candidate to become another Chippendale!
My background is in mechanical engineering (good old stable metal) and computers including a spell at CAD a while back. Wood to me is one of the most unstable materials found, just below play dough and there are no tolerances used like .001”, it’s just to the nearest splinter! I also found you can cut wood one day and it becomes a different shape the next day, it’s just like when the honeymoon is over!
My wife sweetened the deal by agreeing a budget for “stuff” I would need, so I spent the lot and got all kinds of things most of which I don’t know how to use but learning. The final kicker was that my “shop” is located 300 feet from the house and I have developed selective hearing and often can’t hear her yelling to me from the house – peace! My pal is my dog – Winston, who spends the time with me and is learning to use a router and has learned to cuss.
Believe it or not I have actually made few things! On retirement I looked around outside for things that needed doing and I looked at my sad patio furniture (which I replaced every few years) and was going to set about trying to repair it again to get through another year in this harsh Texas weather which really does a number on wood furniture. Then I had a brainwave (yes it still works) and thought why don’t I make replacements that WILL stand up to the weather and maybe I won’t ever have to buy a wooden furniture set made out of timber that was just fine for use in Woga Woga, but not inTexas.
I got out my old trusty drafting table and came up with a design that was basic but very stable and well protected, so I embarked on my project. I had several “learning experiences”, now up to Mk V version and was stunned when my wife made a rare visit to my shop and stated that she never realized I could make something that good – Nice!
I have had the audacity to include some pictures of my efforts for you to look at for a laugh, please be kind and remember these were all done using a hand axe.
Also remember I am originally a Brit and have a very strange sense of humour (yeah correct spelling) and people think I am generally strange especially somebody who looked at my work and asked what joint I used, so I told him I had not had a joint since the 60’s!!!!
A happy New Year to y’all
-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.