Howdy from Houston..TX that is
I'm just a computer nerd gone bad. I started doing very basic woodworking back in the Boy Scouts, making pic-a-nic tables and benches, then as my family purchased a warehouse to store goods for our real estate business making things like shelves and very basic repairs, and as things have gone I have done very sturdy, brutal, yet not pretty wood working using primarily hand held power tools.
A couple of years ago I got interested in wood working as a bit more than heavy tables and shelves to handle heavy loads and start looking at pretty....pretty counts for something right? My fiancee thinks that, thus I must think that way too.
Well I bought some equipment and started doing some wood working with a friend who was more like a brother to me, built a shop with a small bandsaw, decent lathe, grinder/sharpener, drill press and router...and well he kinda took over the shop. Fiscally it was more and better equipment than he had worked with before, so as I moved out of that house and in with my fiancee I made him an offer to purchase the whole lot of it. At that point I had realized this equipment was nice to have, but really not what I would end up with in the long run. I could spend money making it as accurate as possible, or I could look at spending that money on more expensive equipment that would, in the end, be better for my intentions.
That was two years ago, and my fiancee (still my fiancee...*laugh*), has finally approved picking up some specific items to start my wood working track up again. I believe her motivation is having me do cabinets and built ins on the house we have planned...and realizes my skill sets are not even close to doing it to either of our satisfactions.
So to start she picked me up a router and chop saw and explained I need to start working on it again...*laugh*.
She's right, work is slowing down enough that I can start looking at having a hobby again.
To start I will be looking to start putting money in a seperate account to find the equipment I want, starting with a table saw. I figure on purchasing one used for about $1000. I should have that money set aside by March.
Until then I have reading to do and a few new power tools to break in learning some new skills.
I hope to share many of those, and I apologize for this being so long.