I should have introduced myself
When I first posted on this forum, I thought it would be a one-time thing, but I've found I keep coming back to read everyday even if I don't post.
I have been a high school English teacher (don't worry, I'm not the grammar police), an oil & gas landman (just a term guys), and a title researcher. Hubby & I built one house from the ground up and we've remodeled others. I've laid tile, shingled roofs, done drywall, and insulated. I'd like to learn to lay brick next.
I married into the woodworking world, and it was love at first sight. My father-in-law started as framer, then trim carpenter, then cabinets, and was building houses by the time I married Hubby. Even as GC, he did most of the work that involved wood. Hubby was his helper (often unwilling helper) from the time he could pick up nails, and while he knows how to build just about anything, his heart isn't always in it. On the other hand, I love the smell, the sounds, and the creation in a woodshop. On trips to their house, I'd rather be out in the shop building something with father-in-law than in the kitchen cooking with mother-in-law.
Hubby and I built our first project almost 30 years ago, a set of entertainment cabinets, with a rinky little tablesaw, a router, and a belt sander. We've still got the cabinets today and I still love them. When I say "we" built them, it was mostly Hubby doing the cutting and me doing the sanding and finishing. We've done a lot of other projects over the years with Hubby taking the lead and me being the helper. What I've learned is that Hubby (and don't get me wrong, he is the best man I've ever met) would rather do it himself than take the time to show me, and he is stuck in his way of doing things. When I want to do something out of the norm, he says it can't be done. Why? Because it's always been done the other way. So we butt heads a lot. Sometimes he is right, but sometimes I am, and he isn't as quick to say something won't work any more. It doesn't help that he can stand a little imperfection and I can't, and he is messy and I border on OCD. And yet, we still like to build things together.
All that to say I learn a lot from just reading the posts at this forum and it fuels my desire to learn more and do more.