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Blog entry by CincyRW posted 11-18-2013 05:43 PM 843 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just wanted to say hi. I’ve been lurking on Lumberjocks for a while but just registered today.

I’m a beginning woodworker. Not sure where this interest came from as I nearly failed 8th grade wood shop and never considered myself particularly mechanically inclined. I think what I like most about this is that I can create things that I (or others) will use, and if I do it right, people might actually appreciate the aesthetics of what I put together. My wife is super supportive of all of this, but she tends to get irritated (and rightly so) when I fill the house with paint or varnish fumes.

I have a tiny awkwardly arranged shop in my basement – a little room to expand but not much.

I’ve learned a ton from this site already and I’m looking forward to interacting with everyone.

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#1 posted 11-18-2013 07:15 PM

welcome man..this is a great sight to gather ideas and piece at a time.. i always keep in my old neighbor (a proffesional woodworker) saying..everyone makes mistakes,while he is holding a miss cut dovetail drawer in his hands. if you get upset or mad step away..if you dont things will only get worse!!! watch those fingers.

-- "the hard jobs will take a while..the impossible will take a bit longer"

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#2 posted 11-18-2013 07:29 PM

Thanks, JHIM. My biggest learning so far is that things WILL take about 3x longer than I think they should. I’m working on a little book case now and every single “oops” on the project was due to rushing through something. Even though this thing will only hold magazines and toilet paper in our second bathroom, I’m having a blast sweating the details.

I keep close tabs on the fingers. I’ve worked in corporate health and safety my whole career. I know I have to set my work and tools up to make it easier for me to do it the safe way rather than take a short cut.

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#3 posted 11-18-2013 07:52 PM

I’ve been failing woodworking for the last 17 years and that doesn’t stop me having fun. I’m sure you will too and LJ members are a great bunch to learn from and socialize with. Welcome.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-19-2013 12:40 AM

Welcome to the bunch. Just read and ask I’m sure you will get answers.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#5 posted 11-19-2013 12:59 AM

welcome to lumberjocks!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 11-19-2013 01:30 AM

Welcome to LJs. You’ll get a great deal of direction and instruction and encouragement here. You are in good company; projects here are presented, even by the “masters” with humility and gratefulness that the passion of woodworking found them. Don’t be shy, look around, ask questions, make some Buddies, make yourself at home.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 11-19-2013 03:37 AM

Welcome to LJ’s We are all here to support each other anyway we can. Glad you joined.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 11-20-2013 02:56 PM

Welcome! This is a great site and can be especially useful for beginners. I found LJ’s during my first couple months of woodworking. I sometimes don’t know where I would be without it! It has been invaluable for not only guidance and education but for inspiration as well. There are many great folks on this site that are always eager to help. I look forward to seeing your work!

-- David

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#9 posted 11-20-2013 03:47 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. You’ll enjoy it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 11-20-2013 03:48 PM

Welcome to the site. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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