The Mario Chronicles #1: New to the Woodworking community

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Blog entry by Mario posted 04-13-2014 03:15 PM 1382 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello fellow woodworkers. My name is Mario. I am from the beautiful twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago I am new to the art of woodworking. I have no formal training. My tools are limited but I am working on expanding my collection. I look forward to the opportunities to learn from the experiences of everyone in this community. In the words of Steve Ramsey; “there are no mistakes in woodworking only skill building opportunities.
I have always admired those with the ability to foresee a beautiful creation for a chunk of wood. For many years I believed that I could not do the same but i am challenging myself with the belief that I can channel my “inner woodworker”. My first and current project is a kitchen remodel. Whether or not I should have started with a smaller project as my first is left to be seen. Tired of the half hearted approach that the contractor that did the last remodel I took the opportunity to create the kitchen that I want. I will post photos of this when I have completed it.
I promise to embrace all comments on any posting I have in the future. I am new to to woodworking with no one around me to give woodworking advice. I place my trust that any comments given to me would be constructive and motivational.
I am ending this post by stating that although I am an I. T. Administrator by profession, I am a woodworker at heart.

-- Mario, Trinidad,

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 07:21 PM

Hi Mario, Welcome to Lumber Jocks.
You are not alone here; there are many novice woodworkers here and many of us have been novice for many years.

I have been collecting tools for along time … 50+ years … and the one thing I have learned is that it is not how many tools that you own, it is about how you use them.
After being a “power tool junkie” for years, I am now learning that the simple hand tools are at times just a better choice.

The best tip I ever got from an old guy was to learn to sharpen the tools … I did and a whole new world opened up to me … That cranky old plane started to sing a beautiful song.

I’m looking forward to seeing some of your work posted here.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 09:02 PM

Hi Mario, welcome to the start of your new journey.
Laughter, tears, happiness and despair in equal measures.
Good luck.

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#3 posted 04-13-2014 10:49 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. Glad you’re here.

Take your time collecting the very best tools you can afford. They will pay for themselves in pure enjoyment way before they pay for themselves in money.

Please let us know what project(s) you decide to tackle. It will be fun!

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 04:24 PM

I.T. administrator, huh? I never would have guessed.

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#5 posted 04-15-2014 02:42 AM

Welcome! Glad you chose to become a member. Other members range from novice to professional. Many are artistic as well. The one thing all of us have in common is the enjoyment of working with wood . . . and we all can learn more. You will as well.

-- Drilling holes in wood is a boring job

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#6 posted 04-15-2014 03:32 AM

Welcome enjoy !

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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