Your Proven Woodworking Advisor
You are probably wondering who I am and why Ive created this website. My name is Jim McCleary, and Im the owner and author of provenwoodworking.com.
After graduating from the USAF Academy in 1967, I flew backseat F-4's during Viet Nam and three years in Europe. While stationed at Torrejon AB, Spain (Madrid), I became interested in woodworking.
Back in those days, military officers were not paid very much. We were ready to have our first child. I needed to build some cabinets for baby clothes.
Fortunately, there was a woodworking shop on the Air Base. Those first cabinets were not fancy. They had box drawers that were rough sliding in and out. In Spain, they had specialty stores. In my broken Spanish, I ventured downtown to buy some "molding" to glue on the front of the drawers. It gave them a dressy look.
Since that time, I always enjoyed woodworking. I got several books to read and study. The skills slowly improved, but not as fast as I would like. In the early 1990's, I began to take a more active interest in woodworking. It grows on you. If you like it, it becomes a serious hobby.
In the late 1990's, I discovered the internet. It was a breakthrough to find Forums on Woodworking.
Then I got three of Pat Warner's books. He is a router expert located in California. He sure knows nearly everything about routers and their uses. As I began making his Jigs and templates, my skills dramatically improved. It took me nearly as much time to make a jig, as it did the project. That is why the projects went easily, because of the jigs.
It dawned on me that true quality furniture is possible. A stereo cabinet was my first effort. It turned about pretty darn good. Next, my wife's vanity confirmed this aspiration. Every inch of it handcrafted with no nails, screws or biscuits. A solid wood top with handcrafted techniques throughout. Even
dovetailed drawers. Making the caned chair was a first. This piece really got my enthusiasm going.
You can view some of the projects that I made for various people on the Project Gallery Page.
This website's goal is to help you learn skills that will improve your woodworking techniques, find the jigs that make woodworking easy, and choose fun woodworking projects that excite you.
You should experience the joy of creating a quality project with your own hands.
In short, I dedicate this website to helping men, women, and young adults excel in woodworking. I want to pass on to you what I have learned. I hope that I can save you some money along the way.
Moreover, I sure hope you let me know your thoughts, suggestions and questions!
If you would like to create a website to help people with your passion, please visit my How I Built this Website Page.