I've been checking out this site for a couple weeks now and I just wanted to sign up and say hello. I see a lot of talent, good information and some really beautiful projects that some of you have done.
I'm a beginner starting out making wooden toys, puzzles and small projects. I've always wanted to make children's toys just because I thought it would be fun; especially seeing their faces light up when they are given the toys. I bought a book on Amazon "Making Toys That Teach
" by Les Nuefield and the adventure began. The very first toy I ever made was a train for my 3.5 yr old Grandson this last summer. (I didn't have a smoke stack at the time so I just used a dowel. Now I have smoke stacks) I left it natural wood, no finish.
Then I made him a little tool box out of some scrap wood and little hammer using dowels.
He was totally stoked and I was having a blast. My 3 Grandkids hung out with me (the big kid) in the shop making stuff this last summer. It was GREAT!!! I was hooked...!!!
A little history... I never used any shop power tools before last May '08. I was a computer techie gear head. If it didn't have a keyboard attached I was in DEEP trouble.
A friend of mine (a fine craftsman, who has become my mentor RAH Studio
) was kind enough to show me some basics on the table saw and other tools in his shop so I wouldn't hurt myself starting out. I have since learned a lot more from him and realized I have a whole bunch more to learn. This forum looks like a friendly bunch of folks with a lot of talent, knowledge and idea's to share and just the kind of place I need to hang out and learn more.
I have been able to put together a small shop in my garage. I bought most of my tools used on Craig's list and was fortunate to get some really great deals for not a whole lot of money. So far I have an older (20 yrs?) Craftsman table saw with a cast iron (heavy!!!) table, a 14" band saw, a Grizley drill press, Grizley 12.5 planer, Grizley oscillating spindle sander, bench top router table, a Combo 6" x 48" belt 9" disk sander and a Delta 20" scroll saw. I have learned how to rehab and tune up some of the older tools I bought. I even supprised myself
I am really having a lot of fun learning to work with wood and enjoying it so much I can get lost for hours in my shop. I have a list of toys and projects I want make and I'm looking forward it.
Anyway, that's enough about me. I have a lot of exploring to do on this site and new people to meet . This is going to be fun!!! Thanks to everyone who freely contributes their ideas and knowledge. It's much appreciated.