My dad was an amazing woodworker. He could dream up anything and make it a reality. He was meticulously precise with his work – a true perfectionist. I don’t think I realized how particular he was about getting everything right down to the smallest detail when I was a kid. I guess I just assumed that everyone took that much pride in their work. I see now that my dad is the reason that I am so nit-picky about doing things the right way (although my mom also has incredibly high standards as well). Anyway, the point is that I recently decided that I need hobby and my boys got me the greatest birthday gift – a Craftsman compound miter saw. I wish my dad was around to give me some pointers and advice, but I’m determined to learn some carpentry skills and start building!
I got started on my first project over the weekend. I’m building a 7′ bench to house my saw. So far I have all of my wood cut, but I’m stuck waiting for a Kreg jig to arrive from Amazon. It was supposed to arrive on Friday, but UPS lost it somewhere in Spokane. Amazon is overnighting another jig today so once it arrives, I can drill all of the pocket holes and start assembling. I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it. I had to laugh on Friday afternoon – I had a cart full of lumber exiting Home Depot and I kept getting stares from people. One old guy said “Looks like a lot of work!” as we passed each other in the parking lot. I guess it’s not every day guys see a girl loading up a pick up truck with building materials. In all honesty, it doesn’t bother me a bit. I enjoy not being a stereotypical girl. Don’t get me wrong – I love to cook and sew, but I grew up shooting guns, riding a motorcycle and getting dirty. I enjoy pushing and breaking boundaries and I’m grateful to have a husband and family that support my dreams and crazy ideas. Wish me luck with this first project – pictures of the finished product to come!