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Location: Namibia

I started my woodworking, now a hobby, in school in woodworking class and my teacher managed to instill a love for this material, the feel, the smell, the versatility and the texture are fascinating.

During my 6 years of study I gave it a rest, however, once I started working full-time I found that I needed to use my hands to give my soul a rest, enter gardening and woodworking.

I started to build some small, and 2 not-so-small, simple projects during the next years and slowly started building a collection of tools and skills again, however, access to good quality tools is limited and expensive here and the going has been slow but steady.

I mostly work with reclaimed lumber and/or rough cut lumber as any lumber bought here needs to be re-jointed in any event (excessive cupping, bowing and twisting) so I'm saving funds for buying the proper tools such as a proper table saw, jointer and planer while currently using a router sled and circular saw to do most of the sizing, which can be an interesting challenge.

While currently in the process of creating a proper workshop (half of a double garage - my wife hates me and my car sleeps outside) I'm working on the next project, a baby cot which is entering the final design phase, and next on the line is a proper workbench - a split top roubo for which I'm only lacking the timber for the top and which is going to be a fairly long build, both of which I intend to document and share.

I've been a long time lurker here and follow quite a lot of youtubers sharing woodworking content, which I use for inspiration and skill building, finding however that I'll always need to follow my own approach due to the particular environment and situation I find myself in.

-- Ratel

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added project Dresser Refurbishment 06-03-2019 09:40 AM
commented on Ratel's Workshop 05-23-2019 01:31 PM
commented on Workshop - getting started #2: Storage solutions - the beginning 05-23-2019 09:14 AM
commented on End Grain Butcher Block 05-23-2019 09:04 AM
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added blog entry Workshop - getting started #2: Storage solutions - the beginning 05-22-2019 11:40 AM
added blog entry Workshop - getting started #1: Moving into the Garage 05-22-2019 11:16 AM
added project End Grain Butcher Block 05-22-2019 11:00 AM
added project Dinner Table refurbishment 05-21-2019 04:15 PM
commented on Nick1225's Workshop 05-21-2019 01:40 PM
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