I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone more and more lately. I'm not sure what’s up with that, but I'm rediscovering things about myself that I had thought long-lost and nearly forgotten. Or… to be really honest… things forced into the deepest, darkest recesses of my being hoping to be forgotten.
I could have about a million regrets. I could be bitter and angry with myself for having made many of the choices that I did, tucking them all in under the guise of thinking that I had no choice, but I'm really not that invested in hauling out the pity-party decorations for display. Much more keen on getting to know my circular saw a bit better! (speaking of comfort zones!)
This is my Hitachi C7BMR 7-1/4 15-Amp Circular Saw with Brake and IDI Technology:
Isn’t she lovely?
I have no idea what IDI technology is. I think it has something to do with the construction of the motor housing that reduces vibrations, which, if not for said IDI technology, could eventually cause the saw to not work so well. Or something like that.
My Good Enough Contracting partner/daughter thinks it’s a girly saw. The swirlies on the blade and the pretty mint colour have had some influence on her opinion. Stereotyping is what that is! Sheesh.
I also have no idea if Hitachi brand power tools are any good. This one got excellent ratings and it appears to be living up to its Amazon.ca customer review reputation. Although, I’ve only cut a few boards with it and I really don’t have any direct experience to base a comparison on. Nevertheless, I’m quite happy with my newest addition to my power tool collection.
Good Enough Contracting is currently in the process of constructing storage shelves in my basement. The plan is to create a place to put all the stuff that is strewn across the floor of the ex-garage so that the ex-garage can then be converted into a proper little workshop where I can then build other stuff. I just can’t decide if I want to take out the wall that forms an entryway and re-purpose the shelving that is out there to organize my tools. (Harry, the ghost, has an affinity for the inside door and I don’t know how offended he would be if I removed it.) We’ll see how it goes!
Having digressed somewhat from my original train of thought, I shall now continue with what I was leading up to before I wandered off in the wrong direction…
The storage shelves are not, by any means, fancy. They are being built to serve a purpose and so function over form is where all the energy is being channelled Also, the scrap lumber I'm using is not exactly conducive to House and Home worthy results.
Still, that first cut with the Hitachi (so gotta find a name for her!) was exquisite. It was also kind of crooked. But what a thrill it was to line up the sights, pull the trigger and guide the saw through the wood. The smell of the saw dust wafted through the room along with the scream of the blade as it sliced along the pencil line. It was wonderful.
I was fifteen years old the last time I used a power tool to cut anything and that was a band saw in shop class. I enjoyed shop class, but since then I’ve been quite content to let someone else do the cutting part of any project. And I have to admit that I let myself become used to the notion that saws are beyond my ability to control and use successfully.
I dare say that some more practice is called for. I guess that means that I will have to keep coming up with projects. Not a problem. I have a list!
And now I have one more tool to help me get through that list.
Next up… The TV stand.