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Blog entry by MakingScraps posted 02-25-2010 at 09:03 AM 780 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi fellow lumberjocks. I figured I would give a little background since I am new to the site.

I have always enjoyed designing and building things that make my life easier/better/more fun. Years ago I tried my hand at woodworking, but, without any decent tools I was quickly disappointed when my project came out looking worse than the scraps I made it from. Fast forward to today and the woodworking bug has bitten me again. Fortunately I plan on doing it right this time. I have been setting up my workshop and gathering the basic hand tools I will need. I think it is finally time to realize my dream of having woodworking as an enjoyable and relaxing hobby.

With that said why am I at this website? I was researching some furniture design and I stumbled across the project gallery. I was hooked. I am incredibly jealous of the ridiculously beautiful creations that I have seen on the site. I can only hope that one day I can make something half as nice as the rest of you.

Thanks for the warm welcome and for feeding my woodworking addiction.



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Ecocandle

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#1 posted 02-25-2010 at 09:05 AM

Welcome to the site. You will find the people are friendly. I think you will enjoy it here.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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TSW

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#2 posted 02-25-2010 at 09:08 AM

Welcome. I am new to this site as of one day ago and I posted a project I worked on and have recieved several comments in one day. Everone is very helpfull and friendly.. Look forward to seeing some of your work. Tim

-- Tim W, New Hampshire Woodworker

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David Craig

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#3 posted 02-25-2010 at 09:12 AM

Welcome to the website. There are great people here and a wealth of information and help when you need it. I think when one is new here, the inevitable habit is to compare one’s work to others that regularly post their projects. I keep in mind that many of these people have been working on the craft for decades and have honed their craft. I think many newbies get intimidated to post what they are working on because of this. As someone who is both fairly new to woodworking and relatively new to the site, I would encourage you to at least post your progress in the blogs. I think that the more people who can see that not everyone made their own cradle while they were in the womb the better ;)

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Marius

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#4 posted 02-25-2010 at 09:19 AM

a tip…. USE IN EXPENSIVE WOODS…. go to a home depot type of store and get stull like rough 1×6 cedar fenching 6 ’ long prefer NOT too many knots
you will be surprised how nice they come out once a little T L C happens
check out http://www.mstpierre.com/cedarblanketchest

-- Marius PG_BC_CA

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NewPickeringWdWrkr

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#5 posted 02-25-2010 at 09:33 AM

Welcome! I too am a ‘recently bitten by the bug’ woodworker. This community is so friendly and welcoming not to mention inspiring!

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs http://anterosurbanwooddesigns.com

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Kent Shepherd

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#6 posted 02-25-2010 at 09:56 AM

Welcome. You have chosen a great hobby to get into—-Well actually it’s not a bad way to make a living either.
Just understand that you will never learn it all. I’ve done this for over 45 years, and am still finding new methods and skills to learn. Be patient and you will progress in your journey. Obviously you know it doesn’t happen overnight. Of course, you have come to a wonderful place to get the advice and inspiration you’re looking for.

Good luck in whatever projects you choose.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Toolz

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#7 posted 02-25-2010 at 10:21 AM

Welcome aboard. Lots to learn and to admire here.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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PineInTheAsh

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#8 posted 02-25-2010 at 10:43 AM

A warm welcome MakingScraps (I like that name!)

Just think, what a wonderful place to be in: here on LJ, and at your “New Beginnings.”

You said it all…
“I think it is finally time to realize my dream of having woodworking as an enjoyable and relaxing hobby.”

Learn, be safe, enjoy,
Peter

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wayne

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#9 posted 02-25-2010 at 11:15 AM

I’ll add my welcome as well,, good luck,have fun,, be safe,,

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559dustdesigns

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#10 posted 02-25-2010 at 11:25 AM

I too have become addicted to this wonderful site. It has become something new for me to look foreword to everyday. I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do and utilize the knowledge and creativity here to improve your skills, just as we all have.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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MakingScraps

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#11 posted 02-25-2010 at 09:40 PM

Wow, It really is amazing that so many people have left such encouraging comments. Hopefully you will be as encouraging when you see what comes out of my workshop. Thanks for the great suggestions and I look forward to learning from the great tips and projects on this site.

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8iowa

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#12 posted 02-25-2010 at 09:53 PM

Welcome. There are some amazingly talented artisans on this site. It would be easy to be intimidated.

While I know that I’ll never achieve their abilities, the important thing is to proceed, and learn at one’s own pace, take mistakes in stride, and be proud of your creativity.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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patron

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#13 posted 02-25-2010 at 09:57 PM

welcome to LJ’s !

you came to the right place .

ask , share , enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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