Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Near Boston, Massachusetts
New User from Western Mass
My name is Alex, and I live in western Massachusetts. I've done quite a lot of rough carpentry (building storage shelves for the basement, tacking together a safety rail to go around a stairway opening in an attic, things like that -- mostly chopping up pieces of 2x4 and screwing them together), and I'm hoping to start doing some finer work soon; built-ins for the library and living room, for instance.
I've got a fairly substantial collection of inherited tools, mostly badly mistreated by a previous owner -- a couple of fairly old planes (one with a chipped blade and some surface rust, one with just the rust), various drills, braces, and attachments, and a formerly horrifying Craftsman radial arm saw. That one was purchased in bad shape by my father, who didn't do it a whole lot of good, though he didn't make things any worse. Since I got hold of it (he moved into an RV, and I acquired all his tools) I've managed to mostly bully it into shape, but it'll probably never be good for more than rough cutting.
I expect I'll be asking a lot of uneducated (rather than stupid) questions over the next year or two, so I hope you'll all bear with me as I try to get things figured out.