The tails of a new woodworker
by, 01-21-2011 at 12:01 PM (1241 Views)
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.