My name is Steve and I live in MA. I have enjoyed viewing the forums so far, so I figured I might as well join!
I am in my early 30's and I am just getting into woodworking. For the past few years I have slowly been growing my collection of tools and setting up shop in my basement. It's a shared interest I have with my father and grandfather as well. Neither of them would say they are particularyly "great" at woordworking, but I know I have alot to learn based on what I have seen them do. I have always had the urge to create and I like when someone comments on something I have built and I can proudly (but not boastfully
) say "I built that".
Right now, I tend to get overwhelmed thinking about all the different projects I would like to do (for my shop and other) and learning all the different techniques and skills required. Not discouraged, just kinda paralized by the information overload out there. I think one major thing I will need to learn in this hobby is PATIENCE!
My ultimate goal is to be able to learn how to build furniture and cabinets. l have a dream of building a nice set of built in bookshelves in my house some day.
My current focus is organizing my shop and building benches and storage (I love looking at the "show us your shop" thread!). I just finished buidling a workbench and I am already planning on building another...It seems like I could spend a whole lifetime doing projects to optimize my shop!
I hope this wasnt too long winded for an introduction... Any advice/encouragement is welcome!