I have many memories of building things with my dad over the years starting from when I was young. Whenever there was a project to be done around the house, my dad would always include me and let me work alongside him. I learned a lot of basics about building that way and I always enjoyed watching him do things that I was still too young to do. One of the projects we did together when I was about 11 was build a new deck at my grandparents’ house. I remember learning a lot about how the framing was done underneath and how the deck boards were laid out and installed.
When I was 13, I became interested in woodworking. My dad provided tremendous encouragement and support in getting started. When I wanted to get my first workshop set up, dad helped me clear a spot in the basement. Once we had space to work he helped me build my first workbench. We built the bench out of 2×6’s and screwed and bolted it together. The bench was fastened to the wall at the back so it was an extra-sturdy bench, which gave me a great start to my workshop. He helped me buy a benchtop bandsaw, drill press and scroll saw to mount to the new bench. From there the workshop grew and expanded, with dad always giving me a helping hand whenever I needed it.
The biggest and one of the most memorable projects that dad has helped me with is my current workshop, which was built three years ago. He helped me with all the framing right from the floor to the roof. The shop is built on posts with a wood-framed floor; the roof is framed with 2×8 rafters so there was a lot of framing to be done. My dad spent two weeks helping me get the shop framed up and sheathed in. He also helped me on a couple of weekends to get the drywall hung and to build the front steps. We had a lot of fun working together on the shop and I couldn’t have done it without him.
If it wasn’t for my dad, I wouldn’t be the woodworker and builder that I am today. He has always lent a helping hand whenever I’ve needed him and has encouraged me in all my building endeavors. As we recognize and show appreciation for our fathers this month, I’d like to say a big thank you to my dad!
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