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Date: 11/25/12 3:31 PM

In another thread, I mentioned that I don't need anything sewing related for Christmas, but I did get a 10 inch sliding compound miter saw for Christmas.

We bought a house here in SC a few months ago, and I thought it would be really cool to build stuff for my house. So far I have built a loft bed for one kid, and I have another have made for the other kid.

This building thing is starting to get about as out of control as the sewing thing did. In the 3 months I have collected a pretty impressive amount of tools for someone who hasn't built much yet.

I have a miter saw, a circular saw, a sander, a miter box, a kreg jig, 2 drills with various bits, a few spade bits, carpenter squares, hand saws and a few other odds and ends. Next I want a jigsaw and a router.

I can't be the only one. Anyone else have a woodworking hobby?

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Numbers for 2013:
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Yards in: 22.75
Yards out: 10.50

Numbers for 2012:
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10.25 yards out

Numbers for 2011:
601.25 yards in stash (I'm sure this number is off by a few yards)
Yards in: 137.50 (Seriously? I'm over 100, and it's only JULY? Ugh!)
Yards out: 88.75

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Date: 11/25/12 3:33 PM


What a coincidence. things for your house huh.. I was thinking much the same.. only in my case I was thinking what a hoot it would be to build my own house.

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Date: 11/25/12 3:50 PM

Could you do all the electrical and plumbing too?

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Numbers for 2013:
Yards in stash: 606.25
Yards in: 22.75
Yards out: 10.50

Numbers for 2012:
594.00 yards in stash
4 yards in
10.25 yards out

Numbers for 2011:
601.25 yards in stash (I'm sure this number is off by a few yards)
Yards in: 137.50 (Seriously? I'm over 100, and it's only JULY? Ugh!)
Yards out: 88.75

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Date: 11/25/12 4:03 PM

I don't have a miter saw or kreg jig, but I have the rest plus a circular saw (which made my older brother jealous when I got it because he didn't have one). I don't call it a hobby; these are necessities for upkeep on an 80-year old house!

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Date: 11/25/12 4:06 PM

Nah.. I can't .. I would not even touch electrical.. but lucky for me.. I have a hubby to do that. and also my son has a journeyman license.. Electrical is not hard. I know the basics.. but its just too scary for me.. Plumbing needless to say.. is too messy..lol I leave that to my men too..

I would be interested in what sparked your interest in this hobby.. tell me your story and when I have time.. I will tell you mine.

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Date: 11/25/12 4:35 PM

Well, what sparked the interest was just how pricey furniture was. Like I said previously, I wanted loft beds for my kids -- even the cheap ones are $300. If you don't count the cost of tools (and lets be realistic, who does?) I'm getting two sturdy beds for about $300 and I still have the tools.

However, not that i've started this, i'm getting all kinds of ideas for other furniture for my house. I have a whole bedroom planed from one inspiration pic I found on Pinterest. wooden screens.

I would also like a few custom things for my house. The stuff won't get done in a week. But I figure since i'm going to be here for the next 20 years, I have time to build.

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http://theramblingsoftcm.blogspot.com/
Numbers for 2013:
Yards in stash: 606.25
Yards in: 22.75
Yards out: 10.50

Numbers for 2012:
594.00 yards in stash
4 yards in
10.25 yards out

Numbers for 2011:
601.25 yards in stash (I'm sure this number is off by a few yards)
Yards in: 137.50 (Seriously? I'm over 100, and it's only JULY? Ugh!)
Yards out: 88.75

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Date: 11/25/12 5:00 PM

I'm with you. Our old table saw had great casters and was easy for me to move out to use. The new one has to be lifted at one end and muscled about with casters on just one end. I'd say Ill need a new table saw next spring.

I love my older contour sander with multiple attachments with different contours. And the four inch battery powered hand saw. Ryobi and Porter-Cable have been my favorites for how they fit in my hand and for reduced vibration relative to the tools hubbie likes. It is always a lot of fun to see what is new in the special package deals they put together for the holidays.

Milwaukee Tools have been nice too. Just wait until you get your first reciprocating saw - no wall will stand in your way ever again. We recently added a cordless model for small tree trimming in the yard. And, Home Depot used to have a superb warranty; you may want to check on their current warranty policy.

I leave the electrical and plumbing to the hubbie. I already have plenty to do. The exception was replacing the heater core in the dryer when he was out of town and the kids were still young. That was a very long time ago. Whirlpool had a hot line and they guy walked me step by step through identifying the problem, buying the right part and then installing it. Dryer fixed in 24 hours! Those were the days.

P.S. The wooden screens are awesome. And they receive extra points for being something that will be easy to clean and dust.
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Date: 11/25/12 5:03 PM

Tool crazy here! I've done just about everything, from refinishing/restoring furniture to rehabbing/restoring a 1920 bungalow to flip. I accumulate more tools with each project, but my favorite is my air compressor and nail guns. Can't swing a hammer like I used to! Always projects in our current 1890 brick farmhouse.

Most recent purchase is a paint sprayer attachment for the compressor. I've used it on small projects but next spring the whole house needs exterior paint.

BTW, DH has loads of tools, too, and he cringes when I use his reciprocating saw to divide my day lilies and hosta!

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Date: 11/25/12 5:23 PM

"I have a miter saw, a circular saw, a sander, a miter box, a kreg jig, 2 drills with various bits, a few spade bits, carpenter squares, hand saws and a few other odds and ends. Next I want a jigsaw and a router. "


I don't use a lot of those tools, but they are fun to use. They help build items, just as sewing machines do.

Could you PM me please, or e-mail me via my blog

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Date: 11/25/12 5:32 PM

Oh, did I mention that I have 'help'?

My helper

GL, i'll PM you.

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http://theramblingsoftcm.blogspot.com/
Numbers for 2013:
Yards in stash: 606.25
Yards in: 22.75
Yards out: 10.50

Numbers for 2012:
594.00 yards in stash
4 yards in
10.25 yards out

Numbers for 2011:
601.25 yards in stash (I'm sure this number is off by a few yards)
Yards in: 137.50 (Seriously? I'm over 100, and it's only JULY? Ugh!)
Yards out: 88.75

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