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post #1 of 7 Old 03-05-2010, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Hey Rookie...welcome aboard.

I actually know another rookie in Boston....Kid that lives right across the street from me got picked up right out of Limestone Community H.S. by the Red Sox last Autumn. Awesome swing, awesome defensive skills. It will be interesting to see him when he gets brought up. Headed to Fort Meyers soon I think....You'll know him when you see him. Name starts with S, ends with Hammer, and won't fit on the back of a uniform...

Good luck with the projects, and check back often and let us know what you're working on.

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Welcome! Boston is one of my favorite visit! In fact, I will be up there in 2 weeks.

Sounds like you have a great head start on a shop. You will be a pro in no time taking care of that new (to you) house.

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Welcome from a fellow software developer. Well, actually I don't do that for a living any more, just on the side as a hobby. Wrote my first program in 1962 and did it for a while, but I'm now into managing projects for programmers.

I love woodworking because it is SO not computers and the change is nice.

As a programmer, you'll have some good appreciation for my wood site. Other folks here like to poke around there because of all the pics I have of wood, but you'll have some appreciation for the fact that with over 50,000 files on the site, there's just no way I could maintain it if I didn't write a fair amount of specialize software to help me out.

Lots of really knowledgeable wood folks here, so I'm sure you'll like it.


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Welcome Todd,If you are a beginner I urge you to read the safety forum and learn from our mistakes,especially table saw and router/router table safety.Our video's are good to view. Itchy Brother
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Welcome Todd, You'll like it here. Oh and if you are interested most folks here are figuring the Red Soxs will beat the Twins in the Fort Myers Mayors Cup, again. Go Indians
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Welcome from Texas !!!

Welcome to the forum.

Tools are like guns, You can never have enough.
Where did I put that tape measure???
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