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Blog entry by WildBillster posted 01-03-2017 01:24 PM 862 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a table saw for Christmas and decided to pull the trigger on my dream of woodworking. I’ve wanted to do woodworking for years and have several projects in my head. These projects go from very very simple all the way to very complex. (Think I’ll start with very very simple). I have yet to cut the first board but my first step is getting area cleaned. ( For some reason, my wife frowned on my idea of using the garage while she parked in the driveway). So, today, I clear out the storage room.

My plan is to slowly build up my tools as my skill increases and who knows, maybe someday I’ll be able to claim to be a woodworker. I’m excited, anxious, and apprehensive. Let’s do this.

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#1 posted 01-03-2017 03:16 PM

Welcome to the club Wild Bill. You will find it is a sickness manifested by compulsions to buy tools you “might” need some time in the future before you die and long days holed up in the basement while your wife screams for you to cut the grass. I came down with this disease at the ripe old age of eight when I began building model airplanes as all boys did back in the “olden days”. I am 76 now and the disease has progressed until 25% of my home is devoted to a lifelong collection of tools and machines. I am racing to try each one at least once before I croak. I must say though that building stuff has helped me retain my sanity through some trying times and two divorces (brought on by being holed up in the basement and not cutting the grass). Sad to say, there is no cure for this disease, but buying a “left handed strap plane” eases the pain.


-- Always remember that that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#2 posted 01-03-2017 09:21 PM

Welcome Lumberjocks and what will definitely become a life long passion. As I read through LJ’s I think of it as my weekly AA meeting. This is an addiction, a hobby, a passion, a career, and a way of life. Good luck on your project and please post your successes and even all of the “attempts.”

A line from the TV show MASH always pops in my head when I think about woodworking
This Used to be Round... That looks like a 2x4...Thank You

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#3 posted 01-03-2017 11:02 PM

I’ve always been a mechanic and up until 1999 I was an award winning street rod builder. One day I went to a HomeDepot for something and a guy was doing a demo on a wood lathe. I stood there and watched him for almost 2 hours. When I got home, I pulled my last rod out into the driveway and started assembling my new wood lathe. Never even finished that hot rod, just sold it and bought a tablesaw. Good luck and Welcome to the darkside.

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#4 posted 01-05-2017 02:04 AM

Thank you for the support! Got the shed about 3/4 done. ( how does one family collect that much crap?). Now have to wait til my next day off to finish. I gotta admit I gripe about the junk but I found a pile of lumber hidden in the back. No idea what kind of wood it is but there seems to be 3 or 4 different kinds so I have a pile to start. Lol

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