Rookie from Boston
As a new home owner (well, the house is actually WICKED OLD, but new to me), I've taken a real interest in being able to perform my own repairs.
I'm a software developer by trade, so I build stuff all day, but you can't actually it! I find projects around the home to be incredibly therapeutic. Even when it's hard work, I somehow enjoy getting up super early and working my butt off all day until I'm dead tired. Makes no sense, really.
I'm also really interested in making some furniture someday. For instance, I'd like to make some interior panel shutters for the lower half of the windows. I'd also like to make a simple spindle bed. Who knows, maybe even a kitchen island or a built in for the office.
ooooh ... and someday an outbuilding for a shop/golf simulator!
I've started to assemble some entry level tools, like a band saw, router table, chisels, plane, etc. Looking for a good used table saw, drill press and dust collection. Sadly, the budget isn't what it was pre-mortgage. :(
Anyway, I have so much to learn, it's overwhelming. I have to get out in the barn and just try some basic stuff. Things you'd think are obvious ... I've never even thought of!
I actually live in North Reading.
I'd LOVE to get together with local people to share ideas and learn/play together.