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Blog entry by Jason™ posted 08-10-2012 07:55 PM 1707 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello, Viewers

(First few paragraphs are a short story of who I am and a little bit about me. Not interested totally understandable!! skip down to where it says BARTER

About a 7 or so months ago I came across a video on you tube not exactly sure which one it was but it was a Wood Working For Mere Mortals Video!!... After moving to his website and checking out 90% of his videos over a few days period, a ton of ideas, thinkin’s, plans, and related thoughts was running through my veins like the no other. I quickly decided that I was gonna try and start doing some small projects here in my basement of our townhouse the ol’ lady and me live in with our 2 yr old.

Starting out I already had a tool box on hand, lol… A 10 dollar stanley from like wally world or somewhere. Filled with some general home type tools. Screw drivers, hammer, pliers, etc… Quickly I started finding deals on a few power tools at the home improvement store and at some pawn shops. The first actual new purchase was a nice little Dewalt drill from lowes that I seen on there site for 120.00. Had some trouble at the store getting it for that price but after determination and a few quick lines. They set me up with the price I saw on there site It was a (18v Cordless drill driver 2 batt.) “DC970K-2” to be exact. At the time they were selling in store for I think 180 or something. Anyways I was in business my first actual real tool purchase, at least for me. Between my Pap and Dad they both have quite a bit of tools and have always done more of the “old car” thing. Which I never really hung around or listened to them when they would tell me to stick around and watch them. BIG MISTAKE NOW!!! realizing what could of been.

Undecided teenage mind mixed with the wrong friends led me down a path for the first part of my through and after high school days to a dead end, mixed several years of never seeing sober. This all ended in a lessons learned sort of story cut short by getting out of jail. Turning my life around I got a job and met a lady friend or 3 and kinda started from scratch.

Here I am 4 years later with a pretty good head on my shoulders for the most part trying to do the right thing. This is not a sob type story just a little information on myself and where im at now. That way whoever the interested people are in helping me out knows something about me and who I am.


The reason for writing up this blog is to try and catch someone interested in sharing tips I can use and also answering a few questions here and there I have about woodworking. Mostly consisting of probably general knowledge that I can’t seem to find the answers for online or through my folks. In returning the favor for help I have tons of newer and older woodworking books and magazines (Wood, Shopnotes, Woodsmith, Fine Woodworking, etc…) Some are complete back to very first issue. I can send through emails or some sort of way haven’t looked into yet any that may be of interest to someone. Trying to get better at what I wanna do as a hobby for now is trial and error for me and I think some answers would be helpful.

Thanks to everyone who read this and be sure to comment your opinion and also maybe if your just interested in a certain issue of something listed let me know I probably have it.

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 08:24 PM

Jason, dont sweat trying to buy knowledge around here … ITS FREE! Dont ever feel embarassed to ask even the most simple of questions. We all started somewhere and for every last one of us it was at the beginning. LJ’s is the best place ive ever found for sharing of knowledge, ideas, and advice. I think you will find that you wont be judged or made fun of because of lack of knowledge. Ive found that wood workers love to share what they know to those who want to learn.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 08-10-2012 08:31 PM

Jason, Welcome to LumberJocks. I will have to 2nd Chrisstef’s comment, people around here are very knowledgeable and always willing to help. If there is a particular problem post it here and I am willing to bet you will come up with a good number of answers. I have been on the site for almost 5 years and the amount I have learned is more then I can imagine. Even if it is just looking at a project and having an idea how to do it, the challenge of figuring out how to do it is part of the fun.
If there happens to a be a woodworking club in your area they are also very helpful.

Look forward to seeing your other projects, you have a good start so far.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 08-10-2012 08:55 PM


This is a good place to learn. Check out the videos and blogs tab, and sort them by “most favorited”. There is a treasure of information to be had just by doing that. Absorb it, take notes if you have to, begin practicing, and don’t be afraid of mistakes. They’re how you learn.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 08-10-2012 08:58 PM

Another thing – I think the best way to actually move forward is to get an idea for what you want your first project(s) to be. Then search the projects tab by keyword to see what’s out there, to get some impressions on all the different ways something can be done. Then if there are questions along the way, ask away on the forums.

EDIT – From the look of your projects page, it seems like you’re off to a good start.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 08-10-2012 11:30 PM


I second all said above. Just ask, you’ll get more opinions and answers than you can imagine. That is what Lumberjocks is all about.
Happy woodworking.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 08-11-2012 12:13 AM

I’d also note that… you’re on the other side of the country from me, but if a fellow LumberJock dropped me a message and said “Hey, I’m trying to do this joint and I don’t have the tool for it, can I drop by for a few minutes and use your…”, I’d welcome it. I think we’re generally a welcoming bunch, interested in sharing.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 08-11-2012 12:46 AM

As others have said…. just ask, there are people here with every type of skill, ready to help.
Best of luck becoming the best woodworker you can be!

-- ~Julie~

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#8 posted 08-11-2012 01:54 AM

Hi Jason
As others have said just ask,we are all here to help. Here’s another opportunity to learn

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 08-11-2012 01:57 AM

We love questions and helping fellow wood torturers. Ask away.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 08-11-2012 02:11 AM

Thank you everyone for the support to begin to asking my beginner questions on here.

@Clieb91 – I’m into something now thanks for the encouragement

@Btimmons – Videos have been my main source so far. I do type alot of notes

@Dan L – The offer is cool too bad I live in the east coast. Don’t care what anyone says it’s boring here! At least in Maryland

@A1Jim – You were the first comment on my page and also everyone elses I have viewed. You are right these people are nice compared to Myspace days or Facebook. People that don’t know you from Adam are interested in your thoughts and opinions

@GFADVM – Wood Torturers huh thats too funny

View derosa's profile


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#11 posted 08-11-2012 02:38 PM

Don’t tell me Maryland is boring, I’m looking to move there if a job comes through.
As everyone has already said, ask away, someone will eventually answer and don’t hesitate to send a PM to someone who seems like a true expert, I’ve never had someone not answer although don’t be surprised by a several day response time; people are busy and don’t always come on every day or even notice right away that they have a message.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#12 posted 08-11-2012 04:41 PM

If you’re interested in building furniture, I’d recommend you read “The Essential Woodworker” by Robert Wearing. I think it’s the best book on construction, technique, and best-practices that I’ve read yet. Virtually all the information you can handle is out there on the internet, but the way this book lays it out in a methodical fashion really helped me.

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