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Teaching Myself Woodworking: A Dream 40 Years in the Making

I finally got the toolset of my dreams

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When I was six years old, I asked Santa to bring me two big things from the Toys ‘R Us catalogue: the curly haired doll with full matching wardrobe that folded into a carrying case and the plastic toolset with pretend hammer, drill, and saw.




The DIY Diaries publishes autobiographical stories of your DIY projects. Topics include arts and crafts, self-publishing, gardening, home decor and renovation, cooking, organizing, event planning, indie biz, and more. How-to is OK if based on stuff you’ve done. No generic advice.

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E. Katherine Kottaras

E. Katherine Kottaras

M.A. English// M.S. Kinesiology, Integrative Wellness. Contemplative teacher & writer. 🏳️‍🌈☮️🌴🍕 Chronic pain yields chronic hope.

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