Casey in Seattle
I'm new to the world of woodworking, but I'm trying to make up for it with enthusiasm and preparation! My current projects all center on my paddle wheel houseboat that I am renovating in Seattle. Besides having the whole exterior painted (a huge undertaking in itself) I have been working with a very experienced Carpenter who has done a lot of work so far... new window, remove cabinets, remove interior bulkhead, new appliances, shorten head to accomodate moving the fridge, new ceiling panels in sun room, new marmoleum floor, etc. He has been great and I have learned a lot along the way, with the plan to "take over" and finish some projects myself... base trim, tile wall, and 120' of sapele handrails on the roof. It's time for me to become a woodworker!
I would say that I have a lot of experience being "around" construction... engineering degree, 6 years as a submarine officer in the Navy, 6 years as a business guy in a commercial aluminum construction yard, 5 years as CFO in a custom engineering/manufacturing shop. But I've never had to be particularly "practical." I've been picking things up since I bought the paddle wheeler in 2012. So I'm very familiar with general principles, but I find that I have pretty big gaps when it gets to the details of, you know, actually doing stuff. Hopefully that will change!
Thanks in advance for any advice, advice as well as making the forum available for