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Blog entry by SoCalWoodGal posted 05-23-2016 01:25 PM 1134 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy all!
I’ve been working with wood for 4 years now, (though I did have that magical semester in 8th grade woodshop- dang I loved that class) and have made mostly furniture for our house and charity auction items for church functions and occasional commissions from friends.
My big project right now is new kitchen cabinets for our kitchen- classical rail and stile raised panel doors with one set of glass front upper cabinets, plywood box construction with wood face frames. I’m slowly working my way through each set, but I keep getting distracted with other projects (like building a pantry, wiring lights and outlets, undercabinet lighting, etc) and also with hurdles as I try to problem solve my way through difficulties with the building.
Most of my projects can be seen here:
There’s a lot to learn and I’m working day by day to get more and more knowledge and skills in the woodshop. There’s difficulties I’ve had in trying to figure out problems in my shop that I think ideally if I had a mentor or some seasoned woodworker come in and show me a few things, I could really soar, but in the absence of that, I’ll post my questions here and hopefully work out some issues.
Credit goes to Ana White, who inspired me to start building and whose simple building plans have been the basis of many of my projects. Let’s get building!

-- SoCalWoodGal

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#1 posted 05-23-2016 01:42 PM

Hi Brittany
Welcome to Ljs,glad to have you join the fun,we look forward to seeing your work and having your input.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-23-2016 02:07 PM

Another welcome to ljs. Very impressive pieces on your site. I bet you could mentor people instead of needing a mentor.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#3 posted 05-23-2016 02:22 PM

Lots of people here from those just starting out to serious craftspeople and artists.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 05-23-2016 03:41 PM

Thanks guys! Great projects on your pages- you got skill. Here’s to learning some more!

-- SoCalWoodGal

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#5 posted 05-24-2016 12:45 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Brittany. Thee place to be for all avenues of this fine hobby. From the looks of your link, you’ve already mastered a lot. Work/Play safe. Keep a dust collector fed.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 05-24-2016 02:26 AM

Welcome aboard. You can learn a lot here. I have.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 05-24-2016 03:57 AM


It’s nice to have you aboard! Practice makes perfect . . . just keep doing what you’re doing. You’ve got a good start already. I’d love to have a mentor, too, but the helpful woodworkers on this site have helped to fill that void. I hope they (we) can do the same for you.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 05-25-2016 01:39 AM

Welcome to LJs. You may have just lost an hour a day.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#9 posted 06-10-2016 04:16 AM

Oh, L/W, I will- my list of house projects is a mile long, so I don’t see the sawdust ceasing from its flight anytime soon!
Thanks again everyone!

-- SoCalWoodGal

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