"Hey Guys! I just celebrated my 65th Birthday and with my supportive wife's encouragement, purchased the following item. It is a W. W. Carey 16" jointer, circa late 19th century. It came out of a lumber mill in western New…"
"Conrad, that is an excellent question. For myself, I did a lot of reading. I would strongly recommend starting with hand tools and the skills required for those. Roy Underhill's books are good and will give you a lot of good…"
"Gentlemen: I have a SawStop table saw and wanted to pass on a lesson learned that is in the manual, but not well-highlighted. When you shut down the saw, wait until the light on the switch panel stops flashing, even if the blade is…"
"It has been a while since I posted any progress on my shop, so here is a picture of my future lathe bench and the modified pegboard cabinet I built for it. I hope to make and install the face frame this evening.
There are two drawers…"
"You asked for a picture of my shop, once erercted. Well, here it is! I am getting carried away on it. I am currently putting down a floor made of 2' by 2' squares with a plastic footing underneath that I got at Lowes. Then I will attach…"
"Good Morning. I am a former Life Scout who was a Scout during the 50th Aniversary and a Scouter during the 100th Aniversary. Proud Dad of an Eagle Scout with Silver Palm who just turned 18 and an ASM and former Scoutmaster. I am hoping my son will…"
"Gentlemen, after too many years and too many dreams, my wood shop is on the horizon. The parking pad is graded, and the concrete contractor forms tomorrow and pours on Wednesday. The 20' by 24' utility building with 12' tall walls and…"
"After my late Dad lost half of one ear to skin cancer, I started taking headgear seriously. What I discovered was that hats are definitely fun. My taste runs to the fedora, a la Indiana Jones. Reading about hats in the "Art of Manliness"…"
"I have used Japanese handsaws for quite a few years and they are fabulous!
That being said, one of my goals is to learn how to properly sharpen Western handsaws. Like wood planes, Western handsaws suffer unfair judgment because they are not…"
Hi there John. Welcome to AoM. Also, thought I'd give you a friendly invite to check out my new group The Great Debate. Just click on "Groups." It's the one with the colorful galaxy picture. It's also one of the most active groups on AoM. In any case, great to have you aboard.
"Just a man? I find women equally worth consulting; they bring their own perspective and can actually be more analytic in a confrontational decision as there's no testosterone getting in the way of their judgement."
"How do I make difficult decisions? Most people say they make decisions based on logic but I find that not to be the case. Humans are not rational they rationalize, they make decisions based on their feelings and rationalize it to…"
"Difficult decisions? For me it's a balance of gut and brain, facts and feelings.
Also bouncing my decision off a very few trusted advisor/friends.
Connections? Volunteer. Volunteer up the wazoo. There IS so much to be done, and you'll meet…"