O.K. - Here I am. Now what?

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Blog entry by guyonahog posted 05-30-2007 01:05 AM 794 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here I am…......... First off, I am a procastinator. Man do I have good intentions, then things just kinda go south from there. I posted a couple of pics of my tools (that I had on the computer already, and not ones i took to add here) and havent gotten further than that. But I WILL get some posted soon.

I am very much a beginner when it comes to woodworking. I find myself with a great deal of desire to make things, but have little talent, so I learn as I make mistakes. But then again I am learning that most of us learn this way.

I just finished a couple of dog beds for the kids (our human kids are grown and have moved out…........well almost!) two wiley Jack Russell dogs. I learned a great deal with even this small project. I would like to do them over, as I feel they are not good enough, but they will do.

My lovely bride wants some shelving added to our 5th wheel trailer, she thinks this qualifies as a ww’ing project, but we all know it is a honey do, and not a fun project that we, or I, look forward to. :) We gotta do what makes them happy though dont we?

More to follow….... and I promise more pics of the tools and the shop/garage.

-- Craig - "If a man does his best, what else is there?" - General George S. Patton

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#1 posted 05-30-2007 01:38 AM

I can only speek for myself craig, but you are right own about the learning process.For me it is good to read and find all the information I can about woodworking, but untill I get in front of the saw and try a new type of joinery or any new method I will have just read about it.I will make many mistakes and try to learn from everyone of them.I fill as long as I can do that I am progressing in my love for woodworking.Something else that I have found out is that there is hardly ever only one way to do something, so I pick the the one that is easiest for me, and still gives good results, again this comes with trial and error, or trail and correction.Don’t like the word error.Didn’t mean to get so long winded just liked the topic.On a side note I saw a plack once that read “If mama aint happy aint nobody happy”

-- F.Little

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#2 posted 05-30-2007 01:40 AM

I guess the only thing you really do is figure out which tool you need to buy to add the shelves. I find this keeps things interesting.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-30-2007 02:58 AM

Make the shelves solid panel glueup…then it’s woodworking! Or do some hardwood edging of ply shelves with a roundover…then it’s woodworking. Hey, you think Jr is going to end up at RCR? I wonder if Hendrick does a deal to send the entire 5 team to Ginn Racing and has Jr. drive the #33 with HMS. Just speculating. Welcome to the hobby!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 05-30-2007 04:30 AM

The trick is to find some new tool or widget that’s “necessary” for the project. Or, come up with a project for your wife that requires one of the above. That way, mama’s happy and you get to expand your tool collection at the same time!

Welcome aboard from another new member.

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#5 posted 05-30-2007 04:48 AM

Welcome to the lumberjocks Craig. If you need to know anything, just ask we have people more than happy to respond. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 05-30-2007 05:41 AM

My advice : Just do what she says, you will be happier in the end.

(You just need to think, what new tool = shelves. Honey…. I would be glad to make this… but I need to get a few supplies….)

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 05-30-2007 05:42 AM

Also… Make the shelves interesting…. Harvest the wood yourself..

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 05-30-2007 06:00 AM

Just how to make the shelving…that is the challenge. I’m thinking cherry with purpleheart trim.

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#9 posted 05-30-2007 01:20 PM

or a “live edge”, Dennis—wouldn’t that be nice?? lol

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 05-31-2007 07:23 PM

Procrastination is something that gets in my way, too. I find that if I just make the first cut, I’ve gotten past the procrastination and then I can enjoy the process and the completed project. Look at the shelves as a practice project, instead of a honey do one and try something new that you haven’t tried and that way you will enjoy the new challenge while making the Misses happy.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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