Hello to everyone from Powder Springs, GA which is in the Metro Atlanta area just West of Marietta. I found this Forum on Google and after looking it over decided that it looked friendly and that I wanted to join. I haven’t been a confirmed woodworker in my life until recently. I have been a do it yourselfer my whole life and was brought up with the mindset “If you want it done right do it yourself”. I have made a lot of mistakes but have learned a lot over the past several decades. I grew up in South Florida (Lake Worth), went in the US Navy for 30 years and specialized in Nuclear Submarines, retired and went back to school and became a Chiropractor for 15 years and sold my practice in April 06. I have been unemployed since. I did some wood working, really crude, back in the late 70’s. I made a coffee table and two end tables. My wife loved them and was unhappy when I sold them. I sold them as I could see every mistake I made when building and finishing them. I couldn’t appreciate the overall product. I sold them to a coworker and he still has them today. So, I haven’t done anymore woodworking until I became unemployed and started working on my house out of necessity as when you are unemployed your disposable income is limited (unless you made big bucks or won the Lottery). My current project is putting in 1500 ft sq of traditional red oak ¾”X 4” unfinished flooring. My wife is my partner and we have done the Florida room, Master Bedroom, and Master closet so far.
We have learned about dust control the hard way both of us having had pneumonia twice and the medical doctors saying the dust was not a factor ( what do they know). After researching dust control we have learned is was the fine red oak sanding dust and even though we thought we had taken dust precautions we had fallen pitifully short. We have since cleaned up the house bought extra respirators (myself a PAPR), a JDS air cleaner, and modified box fans with HEPA filters and will take the additional precautions to ensure we can enjoy our work without becoming sick. As I have worked on the floor I have come to really enjoy working with wood and the other products associated with them. We have an older Ethan Allen bedroom set but do not have a head board. When we were finishing up the room and putting it back together my wife said she would like to have a head board. That will be the next project after I finish the flooring job. I have a few tools; Dewalt dbl compound sliding miter saw and stand, Dewalt 10” contractors table saw, various sanders, Pneumatic flooring stapler, Crane Jam saw, Clarke American 12” X 18” orbital sander w/dust pickup (Ha), 15 ga finishing nailer, 23 ga finishing nailer.
I have just ordered a bandsaw for resawing and look forward to expanding my horizons in the world of wood. My current shop is set up for machining, welding, and motorcycles.
I need to sell of my two 10'X16' mini barns and build a wood and storage shop.
Several members said they really liked pictures I noticed when I was lurking. I hope I didn't overdo it.
I need to stop now as my thumbs hurt from typing so much.