On December 25, 2016 I was 28 years old and had never made anything in my life. My background has always been in technology with most of my hobbies revolving around that and sports. As a new home owner, I felt this need to at least have the tools to be a handy man around the house but just figured they would sit in a closet collecting dust. That Christmas morning I opened a gift from my dad and was happy to see he gave me a 5 piece cordless tool set from DeWalt. And the one tool in there I had zero experience with was the circular saw. Let’s just say it got my gears turning.
Now I’ve got these tools I should at least try making something right? Well that’s what I did. I turned to the internet and tried to find some plans for a drill storage cabinet that I could build. Once I found the plans I realized I would need to get some materials. I hopped in my car and headed to my local Ace Hardware. I picked out a 4x4’ sheet of plywood (which was $45 and today still makes me sick that I spent that much on a half sheet of crappy plywood). I also purchased a bottle of wood glue and some screws.
I was ready to make some sawdust and try to build this drill cabinet. I had a friend over and we started making cuts. I placed that big piece of plywood on top of a trash can and a ladder which served as my pseudo saw horses. In retrospect I now know how dangerous this was and urge you to not try that at home. After a handful of crooked cuts and splintered plywood I had all my pieces glued and screwed together. I had made something.
The pride I felt was pretty powerful and even more I had this drive to learn and do more. I wasn't sure where the best resource to get educated was going to be but I relied heavily on YouTube and Pinterest. The girls over at Shanty2Chic made everything look so simple that I actually learned a lot of basics from them. I was so uneducated about the whole process that their beginner videos were actually a huge help. However they did give me this pine and pocket hole habit I am still trying to kick.
The moral of this story for me is you never know what your passion will be unless you put yourself out there. In the last 13 months I have built so many new things and learned something every step of the way. I have taken commissions from clients and made a whole Christmas list worth of gifts for my family. I plan for this to be a way of life for me until I can’t do it anymore.
If you have made it this far welcome to my blog and I thank you for reading! I am going to be going deeper into my story of making and sharing my insights each step of the way. If you are starting out and ever have questions please reach out to me I am here to help! Any feedback on my first post would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to sharing more.
THANK YOU - Mikey the Maker