Hi WoodworkingTalk, I'm Chris and I think I'm going to be a woodworkaholic.
It all started when I adopted two very rambunctious kittens who had been abandoned and subsequently found by my girlfriend and one of her friends. They're starting to outgrow their dinky little PetSmart scratching post and I thought, hey, I could build them something bigger and more attractive, for less money, than the overpriced white carpet monstrosities at the pet store. If I wanted a yeti in my living room I'd just bleach my body hair.
Then I thought, hey, why not build a cat tree instead? And while I'm at it, I could use some more book shelves, and an aquarium stand, and the next thing I knew I was standing in Sears with an armload of saws and chisels trying to figure out what (sales tax * a lot) equals. My only saving grace was that, as an apartment dweller and something of an old-school purist, I could safely give the table saws and drill presses a wide berth.
Plus, I figure a "real skill" could be handy if I ever see Hindi for Dummies
on my boss's bookshelf
As I no know experienced woodworkers and there seems to be no woodworking club here in Baton Rouge, I've been turning to the Internet for guidance and thought I might as well register so that I can ask questions of all you fine folk. I'm recently out of college and live in an apartment, so my space and tool considerations don't match the assumptions of most of the woodworking books and articles I've seen - but from reading posts on this and other discussion sites I know it can be done