Like many hobbyist woodworkers I started playing with wood with no prior experience. My dad never did woodworking, I didn’t have woodshop available in school and my knowledge on the subject was next to none. I never really intended on even getting into the hobby and probably wouldn’t have if not for my wife asking if I could refinish a table from craigslist for her.
With a small budget I bought a couple of tools and began what I know consider my most hated project. After the table was finished I moved to building my first project; a toy chest for my kids. A rewarding task but I still had no idea what I was doing. This led to the beginning of my self-education through various resources such as Woodworking for Dummies and many woodworking blogs and websites.
Over the next couple of years I slowly turned my [wife’s] two car garage into a small functioning woodshop. Nothing fancy but I had all I needed for small projects; table saw, jointer, planer, band saw, chop saw and drill press. Then I got PCS orders to Jacksonville, NC. Let me first say that I really did not want to ship all that gear from FL to NC so I decided to sell it all. I made this decision for a couple of reasons. I didn’t know what space I would have since we were planning to move back in base housing and I didn’t want to have to bring it all to put in storage. I also decided this would be a good time to learn to use hand tools since those tools would be easier to house vs. all the machinery.
I spent the next two years learning all I could from my usual sources as well as joining The Hand Tool School for a couple semesters. I initially started this blog as a way to document my transition from power to hand tools but along the way it just turned into what it is now which I don’t even know what that is exactly. I hope someone can find what I put on here useful and if not maybe they’ll find it entertaining.
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