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Blog entry by RandyMorter posted 03-26-2011 12:11 AM 1272 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first LJ blog…

I got my new (to me) Craftsman 221240 table saw last weekend. It was kind of a surprise to get it – a friend of mine wanted to get rid of it, at a very reasonable price, due to a divorce. I just couldn’t pass it up so 2 weekends ago I went to look at it, last weekend it was delivered.

I hadn’t been planning to buy any more gear, so since last weekend I haven’t had any expectations of more gear. Nor did I expect to buy much of anything this weekend, including wood. I planned to try to work on the few projects I’ve got started and hopefully finish them.

To be honest, it was kind of depressing! It seemed weird NOT to be buying something. I think that lately I’ve been satisfying my beginners interest in woodworking by purchasing things instead of actually building things and I was afraid I might actually have to try using my tools!

Then my wife came to my rescue! Last night she showed me a wood saddle caddy that she wants me to make! Woo hoo! I will get to buy wood this weekend after all!

The versions she showed me were made out of various material, including oak. I think we’ll stick with less expensive wood – mainly because she’ll actually be using this to tote her saddle and other goodies around on. It’s not going to be a piece of furniture that sits inside the house.

I’m looking forward to designing and building this project. I think I’m just better suited for less fancy or technical projects. And, it’ll be immediately useful to someone.

I’ll post pictures of the project as it gets underway.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#1 posted 03-26-2011 01:44 AM

It sounds like you are off to a pretty good start on your woodworking journey, Randy. If your wife is anything like mine, now that you have gotten her started, she will add projects to your to-do list faster than you can knock them off. :) Have fun and keep on making sawdust.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 03:09 AM

Can’t wait to see what you come up with Randy.
I bet you’ll really like the end result.
Enjoy the process of building it, because in the end, that’s what it’s all about, right?
Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 04:00 AM

i wish you the best for your journey into the mistyrious world of woodworking
where a new language has to be learned and skills will be demanded from you
the rest of your life even though you will never learn it all

take care

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 07:06 AM

Awesome!!! Looking forward to seeing the outcome… I remember you mentioning the saw to me a few weeks back… did you get some pics of it up yet?

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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#5 posted 03-26-2011 02:27 PM

Good luck, but I wouldnt put to much into only building less fancy and simple things. As you grow you will take on more. Good luck with the project and post some pictures when you are done.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#6 posted 03-26-2011 11:46 PM

Yes, I am keeping track of your progress, and will be waiting to see your new project, your post is great, you have a nice sense of humor and a humble side that I am sure will stay with you long after you master many of the skills you will be working on, as stated above, that is “what it is all about” thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 03-27-2011 02:52 AM

Thanks for the great comments everyone!

Chefshep – I did post a pic of my new saw in my shop…

Today I worked on a design for my wife’s saddle / tack caddy. I’ll post a separate blog about it.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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