How I got in woodworking #1: Let me introduce myself

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Blog entry by yuri posted 02-02-2010 12:14 AM 954 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello, there. I was lurking here and other forums for some time and decided give myself a little bit of publicity.
Well, like many of you I become addicted to woodworking. It is actually started many years ago when I was a kid and was sleeping in wood shawings while my dad was making furniture. Making furniture was not his main job, but made it on side. During my schools years did many small projects and different shelving and casing in my grandmother’s house. Once I got out of the school I did not have an opportunity for woodworking and that passion fade away. Several years ago we bought townhouse and I started some repair and improvement projects. I decided to get rid of carpeting and put hardwood instead. It was straightforward project, though pretty massive for what I’ve done before. To complete hardwooding in our home I bought cheap Craftsman table saw and later inexpensive Craftsman router/table combo. All three level has been completed. Next in line were stairs, which still had carpet. Now our home is carpet free and we enjoy red oak flooring in out house.

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#1 posted 02-02-2010 12:40 AM

Like Yourself I have done this passion since I was knee high, Got Married – then Divorced, then got back Into woodworking now I have what I consider a Decent Shop. Next step for Me is More Expensive (possibly better) Tools than the ones I now have. Personally I have never found anything wrong with Craftsman.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 02:17 AM

Hey, welcome to the site. Glad you found us. You’re gonna like it here

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 02:19 AM

This an old post but glad your here

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 02:23 AM

yuri, welcome to LJs,a great place to learn,teach,talk,vent,or just hang out.

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 04:16 AM

Guys, thank for warm words.
I do not mind having Craftsman tools, too. But my observation says more expensive models are good, but cheapest becoming worse from year to year. Though it is a tendency of whole economy nowadays.

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 11:02 AM

You should use the best tools you can afford. When you outgrow the capabilities of you tools (or wear them out), upgrade to something better. You can find good buys on web sites like Craigslist and ebay. You could also sell the tools/machines you are replacing on the same sites.

Welcome to LJs and have fun.

-- Doug, Bakersfield, CA - I measured twice, cut it twice, and it is still too short!

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 11:38 PM

At one time, I had just about every power tool Craftsman had to offer – the works. I had trouble keeping the table saw in tune. The worst problem was the blade wabble. Even two stablizers, one on each side, didn’t help. I couldn’t make repeat cuts without stopping to re-tune. Well, that’s history now since all my tools were stolen when I had them in self storage – by a “friend”—long story.
Last year, I bought a ShopSmith thinking it would be the simplest way to replace what I had. It turned out I really need a bigger TS, a bigger and a dedicated bandsaw. The drill press and the horizontal boring setup work just fine and so is the disk sander. So I’m thinking about selling the SS system and replace it with ? I just started researching on which TS I should buy and was very impressed with the SawStop, until a fellow LJ warned me about the possibility of the stop mis-firing which could cost $150 each time. So I’m back on sq 1. Besides my SS hasn’t sold yet – I’m kinda stuck between you know what! . . . hope you’d have better luck

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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