A 'blog' attempt ...

Almost 4 years ago now we moved from our small appartment into our house with a GARAGE! I was so happy, a garage, my space, I could finally
start woodworking! Or could I? The idea sounded so simple, grab some wood and make something; the ideas were flowing non-stop in my head!

Before the garage could be my focus I planned to reno my basement. The previous owners attempt wasn't that great; so my first job was gutting
the poorly put up drywall/studs/etc. I took it back to the original unfinished basement and then I reframed everything, moved plumbing to suit, HVAC, ran
electrical, hung drywall, trim and finish carpentry. The only thing I didn't do myself was the carpet install; only because I couldn't buy or
rent the tools cheap enough to make it worth my time. With working full time the basement reno took much longer then I would have liked it too
but I am pleased with the results.

So on to buying some wood and building something nice. Or so I thought. The hobby, as I am sure everyone has at one time realized, isn't the
cheapest or easiest thing to 'just do'. My cluttered single-car garage needed to be transformed into my shop. First step was basic organization of
what I had. I hung a few wall cabinets assembled a storage unit, hung lumber racks, ran electircal and installed a ceiling heater. I then built
two simple benchs (2'x8' and 2'x4') to have somewhere to work.

Around this time last year I had a table saw, mitre saw, hand tools, cordless drills/drivers and a few other things; not the greatest
selection for fine woodworking. So I've been scouring kijiji for everything that think I need. I picked up a 14" bandsaw (a mistake), 6"
jointer, 17" drill press and dust collector. I picked up a cheap Freud router table at Rona. I've picked up small things at LV as funds allow
(layout tools, LA block plane, etc). I even picked up 300 bf of hard maple from an auction.

So now, I must be ready to build something nice! And I am, for the most part but my list of required shop items is still quite long. Some of
the items are: Table saw side table (to fill in between the rails), cross cut sled, 45 cross cut sled, drill press table, hand tool storage
cabinet, table saw straight line rip jig, spline jig for boxes, shorts/offcuts storage bin, blade storage, router bit storage, router table (so I
can make use ot my JessEm lift!), etc., etc. I am thinking about making a nice bench with all the hard maple I have (but with my small space
this may be hard). I also really need an air cleaner! Not all these items are needed before my first projects leave my garage, the 45 cross
cut sled is a must and will be the next thing I complete.

At the end of the day I know I have made this process more complicated then it had to be, but that's in my nature. I am a perfectionist that
doesn't want to do something half @$$. I have cursed many times and even thought about ending the process but am glad I have pushed through it.
In time, when I have things to show for my efforts (not just a shop), everything will have been worth it.

Andrew