Fun with power tools

Before I was allowed to get my first driver’s license, my dad insisted on teaching me some basics about the car. As you can imagine, I was highly motivated to learn how to change a tire and a few other emergency tricks as well as everyday maintenance. A few years later, when I bought my own car, I learned even more things. With the help of my dad and a really great auto care book, I was soon changing the oil, doing tune-ups, fixing seat belts and even replacing the alternator. I discovered that I liked working on my car so much that I signed up for a mechanic class at our local community college.

Apparently I hadn’t read the class description quite closely enough as I soon found myself learning to weld. It wasn’t the class I had planned on taking, but it was great fun and I am still inordinately proud of the tool box and the beautiful c-clamp that I made.

I really enjoy working with my hands and discovering why guys like all those “manly things” so much. One area I haven’t really ventured into though is power tools. For what should be obvious reasons, all those items designed to gash, gouge and pierce intimidate me more that a little. Yet, curiously, I found myself being drawn to Shaun’s tool chest.

You see, I had to hang some shelves. I had seen it done before, but I had never actually done it myself. So, I called Shaun to ask him how to do it. He just laughed at me and suggested I look it up on the Oracle. (That’s his pet name for the Internet) I looked it up and all the instructions involved drills. It seemed as though I had no choice in the matter. (And NO, I couldn’t just wait until he got home!)

I timidly approached the drill. I held it in my hands. It wasn’t so bad… Then I found the drill bits. So far so good. I finally decided that I was just going to have to risk an arm piercing as I really wanted those shelves up.

According to all of the directions I could find, I was supposed to find the stud and do extensive measuring to get things just so. I used the stud finder, the measuring tape and the level. It just wasn’t working for me so I eyeballed it then used the level to make sure it was right. (I’m so impressed with how good my eye is!) Then I took a deep breath and squeezed the drill. Wow! That was fun! I now have three shelves, a wall mounted magazine holder, a wall mirror and a six pronged coat rack in place. I think I’m finally starting to “get” the whole Manly Power Tool thing.

Hmmm…I wonder what I can do with that round saw looking thing….

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9 Responses to Fun with power tools

  1. Jay says:

    Hmmm…I wonder what I can do with that round saw looking thing….

    Cut a couple of fingers off? haha kidding

    The only thing more fun that using power tools to hang things and fix things is using a hammer to tear things down. Seriously, if you ever do any renovating take the sledgehammer and destroy the wall, it’s soooo much fun.

  2. Congratulations!! As the proud owner of my own drill, radial arm saw and drill I welcome you to the world of Women Who Use Power Tools! I’m a bit jealous that you know how to weld. I’ve always wanted to learn so I could make my own metal art stuff.

  3. Chelle says:

    Welcome to the power tool club! Fun, yes?

    When I was a kid, for years, I begged for a drill for Xmas. I’m talking y-e-a-r-s. Finally, the year I turned 18, my Dad bought me my first cordless drill. *sigh*

    Now I own a DeWalt and I’m never lookin’ back. 😉

  4. Teena says:

    Congrats on the drilling adventure. I’m like you … just eyeball it and go for it! Whoohoo!!!

    Isn’t that round saw looking thing for making pancakes on the BBQ?

  5. deepakgopi says:

    you could become the source of inspiration to many.

  6. oddmix says:

    While she generally prefers to have me use the power tools, MDW regularly uses the drill, circular saw (the round saw looking thing), the chain saw, and has welded. What she really loves are the BIG power tools – the bush hog (72 inch mowing deck), the tractor blade, etc.

  7. Claire says:

    I’m so with you on the car stuff. I love getting my hands dirty and figuring out how to do work on the car myself!

    Like you though, I’ve not yet ventured into the powertools market…good luck!

  8. Susan says:

    Woohooo! On to bigger and better…bush hogs and sledgehammers!!

  9. lynanne says:

    Good for you!! I’m proud to say I’m the tool owner in my household as well. My husband is gradually learning but he’s not a do-it-yourself kind of guy. 🙂