Hello, Looks like this is the place to introduce myself.
My name is Alan, I'm from and live in North Dublin. I've always had an interest in woodwork but until recently had no space to exercise that interest. About a year ago myself and my girlfriend bought a house and by god there was a garage. We had a big driveway so decided not to put the cars in the garage and now it's my workshop.
I built a bench (http://www.plansnow.com/wwrkbnch.html
) and added a leg vice ( ala Chris Schwarz ) and then got a table saw (McQuillans), drill press ( aldi
) router table ( aldi
) and I am about to buy a fox 8" jointer planar thicknesser. I get my hardwoods from brooks up in balbriggan
I enjoy using hand tools, I get most of mine from http://www.dick.biz
and will prefer to use them where I can, squaring and thicknessing 6"x1"x8' red oak by hand though is an eye opener to the amount of work that was invested in the days before power tools. But I will usually try the hand tool method before resorting to power tools. I just find it quieter, nicer, safer, cleaner and gives me a better feeling over all. I am not a hand tool nazi though. I think there is a place for power and hand tools in any shop and the right tool for the job is more my direction rather than just hand tools or nothing. I use sketchup alot for planning projects and i reckon that I would be wasting a whole lot more wood if I didn't have that little gem.
There is no one thing that I enjoy making, I have only been at this for a year and as it is a weekend hobby there are only so many hours in the week that I can dedicate to it. So I have been just going through some simple projects, small boxes, sofa ends, book case, coffee table, workshop furniture. I have been noticing recently though that I have been more and more anxious for my worday to end so that i can get home to the workshop
I read alot online, blogs and articles and I'm enjoying this forum. There is not alot of info about woodwork in ireland and specifically about sourcing tools and materials. I am sure it is all here in the country, There is a lot of forresttry that I am sure we could get our hands on but most of the providers seem to be focused on the building trade and usually stock nothing more exciting than MDF/Plywood or 2x4's Where does all that irish oak etc... go?
Thanks for the forum and all the help with the questions I have already posted and I look forward to getting to know all of you better and if there is ever anything you think I could help you with then don't hesitate to send me a message.