I got into woodworking backwards. I started building amateur telescopes, and after a couple of years a friend who was visiting my shop asked where my table saw was. “I don’t need a tablesaw – I have a bandsaw,” was my uneducated answer. Since I had spent my career working in machine shops, the bandsaw was the normal way of cutting material.
“It’s about time you learned something about woodworking,” was his answer. So I did. I joined a woodworking club and had a ball. Soon I was building far better looking telescopes.
Next I started teaching myself cabinetmaking, as building out my shop with needed storage space was sorely needed. It wasn’t long before everyone who came into my shop asked where all the shop cabinets were coming from. When told I built them they usually looked at me like I was from another planet! I just like designing and custom building things to fit my needs, and of course since shop-made cabinets are far cheaper than purchased ones, the money saved could go into new tools needed for the shop.
There is a Shop Tour of my 40x60 workshop here
. It took awhile to learn how to get the photos loaded in the right order! I was able to build my dream shop 10 years ago, and here's wishing that everyone is able to build their dream shop sooner rather than later. It is nice to finally have enough space to spread things out a little bit.
The photo below is one of the larger telescopes I built. Building projects like this is what created the need for a larger shop.