Road to a Shop #1: Road to a Full service shop. Introduction

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Blog entry by ToolingAround posted 03-22-2017 07:35 PM 791 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello All,

Well where to start lol. Kind of like one of those Dating sites.

Quick background, I came from folks who knew how to use their hands, they had to it was do or die or at least without. I’m second generation of the rural flight caused by industrialization. WW2 brought both sets of Grandparents together, from four different regions of the USA. I was Born in New England but raised in the Midwest. My Uncles on one side all tradesmen, some craftsmen in their own right and on the other more mechanical and the metal working sort. Gave me a pretty broad brush to paint with, I also have that Midwest drive. Well with a little southern slow as you go but come hell or high water it will get done.

When I say full service shop I’m working on the gambit. All media, working with it from Traditional to CNC.
Combining not just form aesthetics and but function.
Been a long trip to get to where I’m sitting now, I still have a gamut of tools to either make or acquire.
Many I have are inherited others purchased as money is available or sometimes sacrifice for lack of when a deal comes along,that is I will do with out to procure that tool. Many are from the usual sources used and sometimes a bargain price.

I have a few tools in the barn most people would have not a clue as to purpose. That is fine I like to share what I know just don’t touch it … yes I’m that guy, much of my stuff looks ruff but its functional not that I don’t like to share or pretty stuff but old tools and machines develop a life of their own. Need a tool, I have it… well I can come do that ???.

Like many I subscribed to what society expects of the Individual, graduate,marry,procreate,be productive.
Problem there kids is it leaves little time for you. not that its bad but, well I would reorder things if possible.
Though it does put some of it in question considering the eight ball most of us start out behind.
Time frame to get a start and established ect..

But anyhow, even pulling the 7-6 routine and home life and all the bills I was always adding a tool here or there,and early on the Internet happened along as well so lets face it Lumberjocks Instructables and Youtube and just the web in general is a great resource. Not much different then thumbing through a 1200 page book for the 100 or so informative pages but I can do it from home and on a whim. So always learning and I love talking with oldtimers you learn so much if you listen.

I’ve done many jobs and had a slew of hobbies in my short life. And now I’m in a spot with time, a spot of land and a large pole barn and my eclectic tool set. Both actual tools and what I’ve learned through my years.
I don’t expect to get rich but do think I’ll pay the Light bill and taxes. As well as enjoy myself doing it.

I hope to highlight some of my tools, and a project or two perhaps technique and preferences as to say power tool vs hand tool that sort of thing.

I’m going to wrap this fist installment and wish you all a great Day or Night and we can chat latter!

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 08:03 PM

Welcome aboard! Look forward to seeing photos of your shop and projects.

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#2 posted 03-22-2017 09:18 PM

Welcome to LJ’s! Hope to see some pics of your shop and tools. Mystery tools are awesome!

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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