12-and-a-half Warnings for New Woodworkers

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Blog entry by Steve Diogo posted 126 days ago 842 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you’re new to woodworking, or just thinking of starting, then welcome to a world of deep creative satisfaction, personal discovery and the meditative bliss that comes with the sound of a finely tuned hand plane schicking across a piece of finely figured wood. That, and utter frustration, sawdust, splinters, obsession and alienation from polite society.

It’s been just a few months since I set out on the same path. I just wanted to build some bookshelves. And today… well, read on, young traveler, and consider yourself warned …

12-and-a-half Warnings for Anyone Getting Started in Woodworking


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#1 posted 126 days ago

13. You have to build a room to store your old issues of woodworking magazines and catalogs

-- If we can't fix it, It ain't broke

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Steve Diogo

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#2 posted 126 days ago

Love it! Add your warnings and I’ll compile them into a new post.


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#3 posted 126 days ago

14. You will watch all episodes of “The Wood-wright’s Shop” even though you have seen it several times before.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 125 days ago

15. When you are watching a movie or TV you are more interested in the furniture in the back ground than the plot line. And your family will give you 9 kinds of hell when you pause to get a better look at that amazing buffet, table, credenza, etc. etc,

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#5 posted 125 days ago

When you stumble upon a piece of quality furniture and you start caressing the underside/inside to find what kind of joinery was used..

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#6 posted 123 days ago

Forgive me for my sin of looking at every detail of wood work in any church I attend, instead of paying better attention.
I usually go to the older ones when we travel.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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