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Blog entry by Brigham posted 04-19-2008 06:17 AM 764 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What a welcome! I can tell that this will be a great community, and I’m already glad that I’ve joined. I have absolutely no experience with wood (I’ve ripped some boards, but nothing “real”), but I’m hoping to apply myself this summer and work toward awesomeness.

Thanks to everyone who has already welcomed me. I hope to draw from your experiences (good and bad :) ) as I begin my woodworking and work toward a level of excellence. I’ll be graduating with a degree in Philosophy and Religion this May, so I’ll need some way to supplement (read: produce) income. Woodworking is one of the potential avenues for this, but, really, I just want to work with my hands and connect with one of the greatest trades in history.

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#1 posted 04-19-2008 06:26 AM

Welcome to LunberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 04-19-2008 06:26 AM

Welcome! The first thing you need is a little shop!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-19-2008 06:59 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-19-2008 07:05 AM

Happy woodworking.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 04-19-2008 12:33 PM


You have a positive attitude and that is a fine starting point. The best thing that you can do is simply dive in and start making sawdust. As Gary said a small shop with a few tools is the first step. After that, as you grow and develop, you can decide on the area in which you want to focus more of your time and interest.

Good luck and I wish you well.

Congratulations on completing your degree as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 04-19-2008 01:42 PM



I agree with the guys, You will need a area to do your woodworking, but, (Like most of us) you can start with just a few hand tools. In fact it will make you a better woodworker in my opinion. The heavy duty tools like basndsaw, jointer, crosscut, etc. really only make the job a little fast, and easier. The skills are learned using the hand tools, like chisels, hand saw, planes, etc. Once you can master the hand tools (ALWAYS think safety first) the bigger tools are the icing on the cake. Example, If you can cut dovetails using a hand saw, and chisel you’ve accomplished more than a lot of wood workers.

Happy to see you have found LJs. The resources here are the best, and the guys and gals are too.


-- JJohn

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#7 posted 04-19-2008 11:11 PM

Sorry I missed your joining, but a big Welcome big B. enjoy yourself here at LJs. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 04-20-2008 12:23 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! The talent here is amazing. Every time I click on a post, I learn something! Have fun, make yourself at home!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#9 posted 04-20-2008 12:43 AM

We are glad you have chosen to join us.

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#10 posted 04-20-2008 01:39 AM

Woodworking and Religion

“Oh, my G-d. Did I really make that”

Woodworking and philosophy

“Oh. my. Did I really really make that”


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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