From Rust to (Saw) Dust: A Journey #1: Introduction

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Blog entry by gleasoncraftworks posted 02-24-2015 11:17 PM 1559 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello all!

This is my first post to LumberJocks, and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey into the world of woodworking with you all, as well as learning everything I can from the old (sorry, EXPERIENCED!) hands out there.

I’m an Information Technology consultant by profession, but I’ve also been a rough carpenter/handyman for a few years now on the side. I’ve done a few finer things in that time—I’m particularly proud of a set of built-ins I did in my last home—but, mostly everything I’ve built is of the type that you would put in your garage. Utilitarian. Nevertheless, I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands, and most days secretly wished I could do it for a living.

For my son’s birthday, in November, I built him a sandbox. I personally didn’t think it was anything extraordinary, and it was simply built, but it was fun to make for him, and the raving responses I got from every other parent at the party made for a nice feeling. I guess you could say the spark was lit, and two weeks later I bought some rusty scrap iron, a.k.a. vintage woodworking power tools, from a Craigslist ad.

The following blog series chronicles my adventures in the restoration and, certainly, appreciation of these tools, and also my self-apprenticeship in the art of woodworking.

Thanks for reading!

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#1 posted 02-25-2015 03:02 PM

I am in the same boat as you Jared! I am an SEO specialist so its nice to get away from the computer and use your hands for something other than a mouse and keyboard.

I really like that sandbox. Looks nice and sturdy and will be able to house children for a long time :)

-- New to working and learning as much as I can :D

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 03:55 PM

Arvanlaar, thank you. Several folks commented on the sturdiness of the sandbox. It’s made only of 2×12s and 2×6s.

It’s definitely nice to get away from the computer for a while. Who knows…maybe I’ll be able to make THAT my hobby some day!

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#3 posted 02-26-2015 01:16 AM

And me makes three!!! Another computer nerd here by day, sawdust maker by night :-) I think a lot of IT folk are into some form of ‘hands-on’ activity – rough carpentry ; finish carpentry ; carving ; pottery…. whatever it might be. I think it’s part of our problem solving personality and the desire to get away from the screen for a while.

Nice job on the sand box – 2×12 and 2×6 – well it won’t come apart :-) And what you will come to realize, is that your kids will appreciate everything you build for them. From the smallest of items to the largest.

Keep the posts coming and keep up the great work.


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