Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Northern Nevada
Hello From Northern Nevada
I poked around this website for a few days before joining, then poked around some more before posting. I have to say that there's some fabulous work being demonstrated here.
As I poked around, I discovered that there is/was someone else with the nickname Dusty. I chose this name about 10 years ago when I got a dusty old í82 El Camino, and have used it on several forums. Itís just comfy for me, and itís something I can remember when it comes time to log in. To avoid confusion, Iíll just go by my given name here, which is Mark.
We live in a little town about 40 miles east of Carson City that nobody's ever heard of, and my 'shop' is basically any part of the garage I can move around in. I've been doing woodwork as a hobby off and on for about 17 years, and got started in it after I went to work in a small custom cabinet shop. I started there doing final assembly, but moved into other positions like cut out, milling, assembly, sanding - you name it. By the time I left that shop two years later, I was doing everything but finishing, but only because there was never enough time to teach me how to run the spray equipment.
I currently have 3 table saws, a radial arm saw, a bench top jointer, 12 inch planer, miter saw, drill press, home made router table, and various other hand and power tools.
My wife and I met in the army in the late 80s and I got out in late '91, after the first gulf war. She stayed in, so I followed her around from assignment to assignment until '98, when she got out and we moved here. We finally bought our first home, which is the one we live in now, in 2006, and things are just finally settling down to where I can start planning and putting together a true workshop. I'm working out of a 23' x 23' garage with no electricity (yet) but at least it's a place to keep the tools.
My main focus right now is building furniture, outdoor structures like sheds, fences, and such, and supplying my wife's hobby. She's a fiber addict, meaning that she knits, weaves, crochets - you name it. She basically does everything but raise the sheep. As a result, there are a lot of items she wants that I think are just outrageously priced. (I should mention here that I'm also Scottish - that'll explain a lot.) I look at these things in her catalog, and say, "I can make that," and so it begins...
With a few projects already under my belt, I keep learning as I go. I'll post a few pictures of some of them in the project section as I finish things, and hope to keep learning from you all as I go.
Thanks for letting me ramble, and have a safe Happy New Year.