it's a slippery slope from "just developing interest in woodworking" to equipping an entire garage full of specialty tools. it can be daunting (the more you have the more you worry), but at the same time when working on a project, it makes things easier and more accessible and feasible.The Beginning - My Space and My Tools
As some of you know, I started my woodworking journey last summer in August. While I've always had a desire, and even bought my first tool back in 1995, I didn't actually take my first real steps till then. It's very interesting how things happen. As a crafter by nature, I've always had an outlet for my need to create things. But it wasn't till a sweet dear friend of mine introduced me to Pinterest that I took the plunge. (I'll have to thank her for that someday… perhaps with a project that I'll build)
Last summer when I started this journey I had nothing more than a hammer, crowbar and a jigsaw that my husband was reluctant to let me use. I acquired a stack of pallets and that was my workbench. I'd say that I started off my first month doing nothing more than finding pallets, dragging them home and disassembling them. I had no money to put toward wood so free wood was my only option.
Soon I started acquiring more tools. My fist… a used Black & Decker miter saw. I was so excited! I remember bringing it home and just grinning from ear to ear wanting to show EVERYONE my new toy. Now… I've went from my pallet bench to a one car garage with more tools than I dreamed I'd have in less than a year.
Now I still have my same miter saw, but I've added a table saw, band saw, router & router table (actually three routers, w/two tables), an old scroll saw, ROS sander, air compressor w/three nail guns and… the "love of my life"... my new planer. I do have two hand planes and one chisel… but I don't really use them. I feel pretty blessed to have the set up I have. I've really been enjoying it.
If you look back at the projects I've done so far… you'll see that I started out making a few frames, then some boxes. I made a workbench and then I've played around with making a few jigs. Recently I made a handful of doll beds. Making these doll beds and having my own space has really ramped up my desire to do more. I have all these plans and ideas in my head to make furniture. For example… I want to make my own queen size bed, and along with it, two nightstands, a dresser and a chest of drawers.
So I have to ask myself… Can I really do it? Do I have the skills to make some nice pieces of furniture? I've decided that I CAN do it! And that I WILL do it. Now… where do I start?
Well, today I'm going to start by asking my fellow LJers to join me in this journey. I wanted to start a blog series to take you along with me as I begin to "Step Up My Skills". I've never done a blog like this so I hope I don't bore you to death. Before I jump head first into building a bedroom set… I've got a smaller project that I'm going to make that will stretch the basic skills that I've learned since last summer. I hope you will join me and find out what my project will be in Part 2 of Time to Step Up My Skills.
It's a beautiful sunny day here in Southern Indiana (for now, lol)... So I'm off to the shop to see what kind of trouble I can cause out there. Hope you guys have a great day!
good luck on your journey. you are far ahead than many others.