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I am excited to be a part of this community of woodworkers and can tell right off the bat that this a great place to share a love of woodworking.
A bit of background: I’m totally new to woodworking (except middle school shop class and a few bookcases and shelves along the way) so many will have to bear with my very beginner questions in the near future! I hope and expect that I will grow steadily in my skills so as to give back to those who have yet to be helped themselves.
I have a young son with which I would like to bond, spend time, and build furniture. I am excited by the prospect of being able to give projects I have made to friends and family. I’m inspired by the work and help that is freely given here.
I consider myself a "hobby woodworker" who is attempting to get started having only a limited space in the corner of a garage. Since this space is too small for a vacuum
system, I have decided to focus on hand tools for the moment, and getting a good foundation in their use. I also thereby avoid the problem of excessive sawdust.
My garage workshop: As of this writing, I have a very...ahem...how shall I put it..."minimalist" workshop that I'm in the beginning stages of setting up. It presently consists of a metal table and a chair. My tools consist of an old 10" quick-release wood vise (received it free from someone who was going to get rid of it), a small machinist's vice, a large framing square, tape measure, pencil, medium-weight nail-pulling hammer, sandpaper, portable jigsaw, belt sander, and an orbital sander.
By reading here at LJ, and through attempting a small, first project (that didn't go so well), I've realized that my next project should be a workbench to which I can attach a vise. The metal table just will not cut it. I have realized that the bench is the one project that will make possible all future projects from here on out.
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