MontyJ

My profile? Oh hell. As it pertains to woodworking, I have none. Most of our children are grown with only one left in school and she will be a high school freshman this fall. I swear I was just pushing her on the swing last week because her feet couldn't touch the ground. She is the last of four, yes four, daughters. Life has not been easy.

Before I stray too far down that path...I got into woodworking not because I needed a hobby, I have several. I love hunting, fishing, working in my garden, raising my chickens and enjoying life outside. No, I got into woodworking because my wife asked me to. I'll give her anything she wants; unfortunately, she knows it. I could have gone my entire life without a wood shop and not felt I was missing anything.

I have built her many thing over the years. I fix everything that breaks and generally do whatever I can to make her happy. I've built her a gazebo, cedar yard swing, raised flower beds, chicken coops, whatever she asks for. But recently, she's been asking for finer things, like sewing boxes and blanket chests, and cabinets. In other words, things I can't build with a circular saw and a framing nailer. So, I bought some equipment and started learning how to use it.

It's funny really. I never thought about having a wood shop, but now that I have one, I can't seem to stay out of it. I really love it in there, cuts, bruises and all. Maybe someday I'll be able to actually build something nice. For me, this is strictly a hobby. I have no intentions of trying to sell anything or quit my day job. As I said earlier, I have four daughters (not to mention two grand daughters and two grandsons) that I can build things for. Although I do think this venture is going to put a serious hurt on my fishing time.

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Gazebo build #4: The finer details and finishing up

I searched and searched, but I can’t find any pictures of the rest of the process. As I said in the previous blog, the wife wasn’t exactly up for taking too many pictures. The rest of the gazebo was finished in the spring of 2009. I was never so...

Gazebo build #3: Roofing

I don’t know how exciting this will be. What can I say, it’s sheathing and shingles. The following two pictures show the upper and lower frieze, including the hurricane ties used on the center rafters: Staining the upper section would...

Gazebo build #2: Roof framing

To have a double roof, you need a double header. The math is the same as before, but you have to decide how big you want the upper roof to be. This is the header for the upper roof support: I used rafter hangers on the corners. On the...

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Mike40 ...

Well Monty I think your wife was wise to get you into woodworking judging from the quality of the projects you have posted. They all look very well done.

I found your profile so amusing that I made the mistake of reading it to my wife. Now I think she wants to leave me and marry you. Could you be interested in a 74 year old? I am your opposite. Regrettably not much of an outdoor man (bad knees, bad back, bad everything else). I just want to be in my shop. I do love our garden, but mainly just to sit in, as opposed to actually working in it, though I do my fair share in a begrudging way. My oldest son is an expert fly fisherman while I can count the no. of fish I’ve caught during my lifetime on the fingers of one hand. I just can’t find any joy in standing in a cold river for hours to catch a fish just to throw it back into the water! I haven’t got any daughters like you and I feel cheated that I didn’t get at least one. but I was lucky to get a wonderful granddaughter.