Origins and Goals

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Blog entry by C_rson posted 05-21-2020 03:51 PM 200 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in my early twenties just graduating college. In my spare time I have been fantasizing about woodworking through YouTube. I guess I started way back in boy scouts or cub scouts whittling little sticks with a knife. It shifted to various school and DIY projects through the years at home, using what I could find.

In middle school, we had a tech/wood shop where I made a CO2 powered car using a few hand tools. There were the kits every now and then for Christmas or birthday that had wood components. At one point I found some leftover dowels from new stairs that got put in to make a set of wooden replica tools for my dad. In high school I utilized my graphic design and visualization skills to create the piece in my profile picture. It is a bathymetric map of Lake Manitou in Ontario in Canada. I had used a CNC laser cutting and some Elmer’s liquid cement, so I’m not so sure how much it counts for woodworking. I made a handful 12”x12” and then turned to lasering veneer to make coasters of the design. This eventually failed because the epoxy I mixed never fully cured and I had to toss 4 of the 6 coasters (I still owe my dad a set of those, oops). Senior year of HS I used some rough hardwood a friend had leftover to make several lacrosse shafts. I’m sure there could’ve been an easier way, but I matched the angle of an existing shaft on a table saw and ran the boards across. Worked out well and turned into a gift for our coaches at the end of the season (we CNC laser our signatures into the shaft to remember that year’s team).

Once college started, I did not have much maker space in a dorm and fell off the wagon making things. I used a CNC router to make a shadow light box for one mother’s day. More recently, I took a craft box from Michael’s and turned it into a keepsake box that I’m fairly proud of. My most most recent project was for this past mother’s day where I made a set of games for my mom for our family.

Hopefully, this will be a good first post for myself and guide for myself to post previous projects and continue to post future projects. My goal for this summer is to get a good work bench made at my home in NY and build my base skills using hand tools.

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#1 posted 05-21-2020 04:12 PM

Hello Carson
I think you chouse a possibility for your life, a profession that you love and can give you the kind of life you want.
I’m in the roofing business but my hosband and I, we started little by little and after several years, we are doing
better and better. Follow your dreams in life …. it will be worth it!

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#2 posted 05-21-2020 05:56 PM

Welcome to LJ! Looking forward to follow along your journey into woodworking.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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