New to wood-working #1: New to wood working

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Blog entry by Aaron posted 11-11-2011 03:26 PM 1187 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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New wood-worker

I have been a computer geek most of my life, and have come to the point in my life that I needed something to “tear up” to vent some of ”life’s frustrations” I was drafted by my neighbor “tinman_362”

I have come to find that this is a relaxing hobby and very fulfilling. The hobby appeals to my meticulous nature, and I will have something that will fill my house with trinkets, and furniture worth keeping or passing on to other family members.

What I’ve learned so far with the lathe.

1. Buying a quality tool cannot be stressed enough. I have no regrets spending 300-500 on a good tool, because I “know” if I ever decide to get rid of it, then I wont have problems re-capturing some $$ on Craigslist.

2. Go for broke, I have learned much from my neighbor, including that if you don’t push yourself, you will never feel the rush of completing something that you thought you couldn’t do before you started the project.

3. Don’t pass up the rusty old tool that’s priced to move. There have been many “diamonds in the rough” found at an estate sale

finally, in this industry there is a lot of do’s and dont’s I have always believed that you learn by trying, not by cautiously following every nay-sayer (and there are a lot of them)

-- "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed." ~Chinese Proverb~

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 03:29 PM

well said

and good advice for all

welcome to woodworking


-- 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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Don W

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 04:07 PM

Welcome Aaron. I went from carpentry/woodworking to computers. Now woodworking is a hobby. I’ve always enjoyed it, but even more now. I hope you find the hum of your tools much more soothing than that of a server room.


-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 04:48 PM

Similar background. Works for me. Enjoy.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 06:17 PM

Welcome to the journey. I call it a journey because you never know where you’ll end up as you work with various kinds of tools and materials. We’re all looking forward to seeing your projects list grow. Don’t hesistate to call on the LJ community for help. We’re here 24/7.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 07:07 PM

One tip I would add is to read books on woodworking. Being a computer guy you probably gravitate to reasearching online.

I’ve found that you get a lot of conficting information or incorrect information and you wast a lot of time. A lot of good info as well, like anything.

Reading woodworking magazines just makes you want to buy expensive stuff that you might not need.

In the end most of the the people online that are giving you GOOD advise got it from reading books as well as practical knowledge.

Of course you have a huge advantage in having an experienced buddy to advise you.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 11-11-2011 07:16 PM

Enjoy the journey, it can be very rewarding. Welcome and good luck, you have come to the right place.

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#7 posted 11-11-2011 09:44 PM

Hey Aaron, I’m a computer guy who just took up woodworking, and agree with everything you say.

One thing I’d add, though: I find it’s WAY too easy to spend money on tools/materials ;)

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Don W

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#8 posted 11-11-2011 10:45 PM

I was a woodworking guy with computers as a hobby. The only difference is I make much better money working on computers so I have a little more to spend on a hobby.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 12-05-2011 06:20 PM

Aaron, Welcome! Your post struck a note with me, retired engineer (hardware design, software design and integration in self-defense). Woodworking is just a great very tangible counterpoint to the ‘hard science’ background.

Hoping to see many more of your projects, you’ve got a great start!


-- Smitty

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#10 posted 12-05-2011 06:24 PM

Aaron, Welcome to LumberJocks!

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