New To Woodworking #1: Intro

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Blog entry by Requiem posted 01-01-2010 03:32 PM 3158 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi my name is Patrizio, I live in Australia Sydney, I am 35 years old Male. I am an Electrician and been in the trade for over 10 years.
I have no experience in woodworking expect for a single project I made a couple of years ago. I made an aquarium hood using a circular saw and a drill. Not bad considering the tools I used and it looked pretty good. I love creating things from scratch and sitting back drinking a beer and saying to myself I made that.

I just recently started getting more interested into woodworking, looking at videos reading blogs and articles. I have learned a lot of things from reading but making the right decision to start was really hard. All reviews for tools are from big companies names and when you look to purchase them, they are quite expensive.

I have found that woodworking like many others hobbies is expensive. Buying everything that you see in video’s and reviews is impossible. I worked out getting what you need to start with your first project, then building it up from there.

Getting into woodworking was hard, what table saw, router, fence system, blades, hand tools and etc… to buy. Blogs or info for people starting out is hard to find, you need to read heaps of website and still have no idea at the end.

I hope by posting my experiences in what I did to get to the stages I am should help any new people to woodworking. I hope I can put it into simple terms and explain highs and lows of my journey.

I am also very bad with my hobbies, I start with a bang and never finish anything so I hope that by being part of this community you guys and girls can push me to continue with it.

I finally decided on a budget to spend for a table saw, and after heaps of searching on the web I pick the Carba Tec 10” CTJ-650. It is the cheapest in there range but it was the best in that price range comparing it other table saws brands for that price.

EQUIPMENT – Fence System
As you can see I did not attach the fench system that come with the Carba Tec Table Saw, I purchased an Incra Fence System that is coming in the next couple of days. I will post photos and how I went to install it.

EQUIPMENT – Work Bench
Ok it is not the perfect work bench but this is what was already at the house, I am renting and it is good enough for starting out. I installed the vice onto the bench that was my first woodworking project. My first project involved me to install the vice and make the wooden handle. I wanted to use the wood glue I bought and test my hand skills with the Rasp File I bought. I made the handle from some scrap wood that I stuck together with wood glue and filed it round by hand.

I also made a push rod from wood scrap I had, I will post picture later.
As you can see I don’t have many woodworking tools but in my other logs I will explain what I bought, why and what I think about them. I am from Australia so I don’t know if you have the same equipment or not but the process of finding the tools should be the same.

Ok this is my first entry to this web site and I hope it is one of the many I hoping to post.
Cheers, Patrizio

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 01-01-2010 04:49 PM

Patrizio, we all have to start somewhere and it looks like you are off to a pretty decent start with your shop. Having a table saw and a bench gives you two essential tools for your shop. I am looking forward to seeing your projects and posts.

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

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 04:58 PM

welcome to LJ’s ,
as scott said ,
it all starts somewhere .
you have found a great site here ,
very inspirational , excellent help ,lots of tool reviews ,
just ask !
just share .
the best people , and the best work !

-- 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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#3 posted 01-01-2010 05:02 PM

Great start to a new hobbie. And welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 05:03 PM

Well I’m a welder by trade and I started in woodworking exactly a year ago. I love it even more now than i did in the beginning. You can look at my projects to see how far someone with related back rounds (electrician, welder) can progress in a year. “Welcome to Lumberjocks”

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 05:51 PM

Welcome to L J and as a newbee myself I say as Scott and patron and enjoy the travel in to woodworking

Dennis from Denmark

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#6 posted 01-01-2010 05:52 PM

Good on yah matey!!! well done for making the right choice theirs no fun in electric work make stuff from wood LOL welcome heartilly.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 06:36 PM

Welcome to the site. Great place to learn and share. By the way…there are a few real artist’s down under that show their work here.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 01-06-2010 07:19 AM

Welcome. I believe that you will love the Incra fence. I love mine. I put a router on the outfeed table and use the fence for both.


-- 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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#9 posted 01-06-2010 07:25 AM

Hey Patrizio
Welcome to Ljs you found one of the best sites on line to learn woodworking. Were all glad to help.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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