My Beginning Days #1: Starting My Journey

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Blog entry by Kaa162 posted 12-11-2013 08:31 PM 1247 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So today I decided to start blogging about my journey. Not so that anyone would actually read it, but mostly as a way for me to look back and see where I started, assuming I get some place with the whole thing. If you read this, you should know a few things about me first…

One, I am a school counselor by trade, so I have NO formal training in anything with my hands. What I know about the mechanics of things honestly could be put in a children’s book written and illustrated by a five year old. If you want to talk about the way you feel about your projects, I have that covered. I have always wanted to be a cabinet maker, but I never took a class in school and then eventually went to college for counseling.

Two, I have ADHD and not the kind that people say they think they have, but the bonafide diagnosed kind. Why do you care, because that means I NEVER finish a project, have thirty things going on at a time, can’t find tools when I just used them, always late, and switch my train of thought around every turn. Its comical. My hope is have some videos at some point. If I do, then you will understand why I share.

Three, I have two children. My son is five and my daughter is 16 months. My hope is to pass these learned skills to them along with the tools. I didn’t have a dad growing up that could teach me these skills so I want to share what I learn with my children. I from time to time, incorporate my son into projects, so look for him in the shop as well!

Four, I am a soccer coach which eats up all of my free time for 7-8 months out of the year. I squeeze in what I can when I can. I envision that if I am doing this on the regular, it would be more on the irregular around that time.

Five, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING! But, for me, that is the fun of it all!

So now that you know a bit about me….my blog!

I have made a few pieces along the way all out of necessity. If I needed a desk, I would get the pieces cut at HD and then screw them together at home. Done! As I got older, life gets in the way and so did many other hobbies, activities, etc. But now, I am ready to take on the challenge of actually being a real woodworker and who knows… amateur cabinetmaker. I have saved up quite a bit of money to get what I wanted, although I think the excitement got the best of me. I have some money saved for a better table saw. Right now, I have a $99 Skill TS. Its not ideal at all. I have saved up to get a nice Grizzly cabinet saw. I am moving soon to a much larger house and will have room for it. The rest of the money which I should have used to get some other items was spent on random CL acquirements. Oh well! I now have a 2hp Grizzly DC, a Dewalt 3hp router, a 12inch Craftsman Bandsaw, a Hitatchi 12inch sliding MS, 8” Central Machinery Drill press (got it for $25 new), a Central Machinery disk/belt sander, a 12 inch Craftsman Lathe ($15 at an auction…works beautifully), some clamps, drills, other miscellaneous hand tools. Once you buy a tool its addicting, you just want so much more. Believe it or not, most of these were bought in a 3 months time. Remember I was saving for a WHILE (coaching money!) There are so many things I still need to get and will in time, but for now, I need to get settled and get my shop in order. For the moment, I am working in 1/4 of my 1 car garage. Everything sits on shelves and gets pulled out when I need to use it. While I have made some things, my most recent project, which is what I am calling my inaugural LJ project, is what got me on this kick. A simple wine bottle balancer is my first real project. My second project (not yet posted to LJ) is some live edge t-light holders.

So there you have it…my first blog! I really long babbling blog. Have a great week!

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

3 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


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#1 posted 12-11-2013 08:40 PM

Welcome aboard, you’ve come to the right place to learn what you want to re woodworking. Enjoy.


View Jake's profile


850 posts in 2483 days

#2 posted 12-12-2013 06:15 AM

Welcome. If I were you I’d hold off on buying new tools until you actually start a new project. I don’t think it is reasonable to get a shop full of tools until you have used them in practice and then noticed what exactly you need.

And start on a project ASAP, there is so much awesome stuff here in LJ which will give you both inspiration and knowledge. Best way to learn is by practice. This is coming form a person who up until half a year ago could make nothing but firewood. Now I am building our kitchen cabinetry. The learning curve especially in the beginning is very easy but steep, so you make a lot of progress in terms of your skills, which should play into your ADHD nicely. :)

Good luck and get some sawdust flying!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

View clieb91's profile


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#3 posted 12-13-2013 03:11 AM

This is a great way to see how you progress. It is one of the fun things about LumberJocks. It can be fun to scroll back through your own projects and posts and just see what it is you have done and and how far you have come.
Good luck with all of it and I do hope that your kids stayed involved as well, it is so much fun to have them in the shop with you.. sometimes :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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