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08-23-2014 03:09 AM

I think I know why I was drawn to woodworking at an early age LOL. All kidding aside, my dad was a carpenter and I helped him a lot while I was growing up. I guess it just came natural to follow in his footsteps.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#1 posted 08-23-2014 07:07 AM

Back when I was like 4 or 5 y.o., when I saw some houses going up about 1/3-mile from where I lived, I just had to visit and see just what was going on. None of that “when I grow up…” nonsense; I wanna build me a house NOW! And things just sorta grew from there.

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#2 posted 08-23-2014 12:38 PM

I wanted to be a fighter pilot when I was a kid. I didn’t discover woodworking until I was 22 or 23. My dad is a psychiatrist, so no family roots. I carved a pipe for a friend out of cherry. That was how it started for me.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#3 posted 08-23-2014 02:09 PM

When I started planning my retirement, I vowed not to make the same mistake my Dad did. He retired at 62, but with no hobbies or recreational interests, he was driving my Mom nuts and he went back to work at 62 1/2.

I was 58 when I set up my first ‘shop’ (in the ‘half’ or a 2 1/2 car garage). I took a couple of classes at the local tech school, and started finding some real satisfaction with the projects I was building. Seven years later, we relocated to be closer to family and I now have a dedicated shop that is just about right for the work I do (turning and some smaller flat work).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 08-23-2014 02:22 PM

I was working a full-time job and trying to start up a business at the same time. The stress was getting to me, and I started watching some woodworking videos online and figured I’d give it a try. Worked great for stress relief. I got to bang chisels into things with a rubber mallet, try to tame nature, and make cool things at the same time. Started with a Paul Sellers style workbench, and fell in love with the work.

Now I’ve given up on the startup, and moved into a house where I have an actual shop (with a shiny new Bandsaw, huzzah!) and can get started on the list of projects I have planned. Nothing beats coming home from a long day of work on a computer to be able to do something with my hands and make useful items.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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#5 posted 08-23-2014 02:29 PM

I was adopted by a kind family of beavers when a baby.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#6 posted 08-23-2014 02:57 PM

Jr. High shop class and went to become a high school shop teacher.

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#7 posted 08-23-2014 03:03 PM

Jeff, I know her! ;-) I used to build street rods for a hobby. Back in 2000 I sold the rod I had been working on and just cleaned up the shop. I stopped by Home Depot to pick up some bolts I needed for something and a guy was giving a demo on a wood lathe. I watched him for over an hour and when I left there, I went home and assembled my new lathe. The rest is history!

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#8 posted 08-23-2014 03:55 PM

Jeff…I hope you married that piece of wood

I got really interested in woodworking and tools when I was around 7 or 8 years old and would hang out in the garage watching my Dad, Uncle & Grandpa build pirogues. I was amazed at the beauty of the wood grains and how it could be made into anything you wanted. They would teach me a few basics and get me involved with the process and teach me about different tools. The passion for woodworking has never stopped
It sure was more fun as a little kid than going to play on the interstate. I still have an old drawknife that belonged to my Grandpa and has 1914 carved in the handle.

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#9 posted 08-23-2014 04:10 PM

Same way here Jeff. Dad was a carpenter while I was growing up. I used to work with him when I was about 11. They used to pay me $10 per day. I’ve worked off and on as a carpenter doing framing and finish work. Dad used to make shelves and other fixtures for the house, but he didn’t do fancy stuff. Stuff was put together with drywall screws and the only sander he had was a belt sander back then. I learned the skill from him, but I’ve learned most techniques from watching tv and YouTube.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 08-23-2014 06:00 PM

My father and grandfather were both carpenters, but that was not the major influence. I started mostly out of necessity. When I moved into my first apartment. I needed to build a custom sized platform bed to fit the narrow space. It fit with about 0.25” to spare. When I purchased my first house, I renovated the bathroom and built a vanity. It just mushroomed on from there. I am largely self taught and watched the New Yankee Workshop and This Old House in the early days.

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#11 posted 08-23-2014 08:08 PM

Two months into marriage, I was a couch potato growing in width and vegetating in front of the TV, laptop, and smartphone (all at the same time). My wife pulled the plug and yanked every device away from me saying “get a hobby…how about woodworking”. I stared at the empty void between my couch an TV and realized that I didn’t have a coffee table and a dangerous spark ignited within me. And so the journey began…

<disclaimer>All events are truthful…just maybe not as dramatic…</disclaimer>

-- paxorion

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#12 posted 08-23-2014 08:37 PM

Necessity. We needed furniture. Kids needed toys. Then other people and kids needed things made.
40 years later I just do it for me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 08-23-2014 11:25 PM

(snip) I am largely self taught and watched the New Yankee Workshop and This Old House in the early days.
- Vincent Nocito

Same here. Add Hometime and a bit of The Woodright’s Shop to the mix, and anything else WW-related I could find on the tube. Now, that tube has a y-o-u in front.

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#14 posted 08-24-2014 01:14 AM

During a tour of Norway back in 82 I became interested in wood carving. I bought a bunch of gouges for carving there and took some lessons at California Carvers Guild. Looking for things to carve on I made about fifty fireplace bellows. I no longer carve but make small artsy crafty items and sell them here in Texas.

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#15 posted 08-24-2014 01:17 AM

I am man.

And I build. Or destroy. Whichever I choose.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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