Monday, January 26, 2015

Blog Post #6

Hi Follower(s),

       Unfortunately, not much has happened concerning my project since my last blog.  The week after my last post was the final week of the semester, so teachers were giving lots of tests out, and the next week was midterms.  Between the last week of the semester and midterms, I didn't really have much time to work on my carpentry project. That being said though, I did do a something.

        During my last blog post I said that I was finished with my first mini carpentry project, my backyard ski jump/setup.  I guess I spoke prematurely.  Right after I wrote the last blog post, I decided that I needed to put railings on my ski jump tower, so I didn't fall off of it and hurt myself.  So, my dad and I went to the hardware store and picked up a little wood to use for the railings.  I haven't built the railings yet because I am waiting for a warmer day, and it should only take 30 minutes max.

       The second unfortunate thing about my project is that I did not do what I said I was hoping to do in my last blog.  In my last blog I said that I was going to go shopping for the supplies I need for my next project: the picture frame holder, but I didn't do it.  I am pretty mad about it, whenever I set a goal to do something, I pretty much always get it done.  I didn't go shopping, but I did make my list: wooden dowels, wood glue, and four 2 by 2 piece of wood 8 feet long.  Hopefully this weekend I will go to the store and pick up the supplies and by my next blog I will have the picture frame holder built.

       See Ya!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Blog Post #5

Dear Follower(s),

            In the last month since I wrote my last blog, I have done a lot with my new project.  I changed my idea to carpentry before Holiday break, and during that time I have finished my first mini project of my project.  Before break I started build a backyard ski setup, complete with a ramp, jump, and pvc ski rail.  This was my first time actually building something out of wood, so it was totally a learning  experience for me.  Along with the help of my neighbor, who is an experienced carpenter, it took about 5 weeks to complete, working only on the weekends.  My neighbor helped me build the ramp, which had two parts, the tower and the slide part. This took us about 4 weeks to build, and then I built the jump and pvc rail by myself, with the skills that I learned from working with my neighbor. This first project was a big and difficult one, but I learned a lot of different skills because it was so different.

           I have wanted to learn carpentry forever, but I didn't really know where to start, which is why I was so happy that my neighbor showed me some of the basic skills. I have only been working on carpentry for a month, so these basic skills are very basic, like pre-drilling holes, using a miter saw, nailing, and screwing.  These basic skills are the building blocks of becoming a good carpenter, which is what I aspire to be.  I don't want to be a carpenter when I grow, I just want to be a guy that is good with tools and knows how to fix things around the I house, I want to be "handy".

           I have a few projects in mind that I want to do for my project, but I know that the next one I am doing will be a picture frame holder.  By the next I write my next blog, I hope to have already gone to the hardware store to pick up the supplies I need.

        See Ya!