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Blog entry by jacob34 posted 03-15-2012 04:16 PM 7791 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wow I have been humbled from looking on this website at the project that have been completed. At least 70-80% would be out of my reach right now or very difficult. I have immense respect for the ability of the woodworkers on this website and across the world. I have always though one of the problems with this world is that so many parents either do not or cannot for whatever reason share their trade (many times because they have a career but no trade I.E. working in wood on cars or cooking).
My son has been interested and involved with each project and building is own as well while my shop has taken shape. I hope to learn from you guys and future projects to build items close to some of the impressive projects out there. I must admit I am redneck through and through my work bench is a kitchen table with a two x four shelf over it my assembly table is out of two x fours and mdf.
I am just glad there are websites like this out there for guys like me just starting out who can learn and see things that twenty years ago would have only been possible if the woodworker was exposed to a guild or learned woodworker willing to show them how to do it.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 04:53 PM


One thing I can tell you is to read all the ww magazines you can, watch ww shows (if you get any) on television, and videos (DVDs, or otherwise). I try to encourage new woodworkers just starting out to “do your homework”, and bone up on things before starting a project…that way you’ll be “ahead of the game” so to speak…..Try to pick your projects according to the tools you have to work with, and as you go along, you’ll add more tools and machines to your shop….but the main thing is is to not get in over your head.. read, watch evything you can, and you’ll do ok…..We here at LJs are here to help..that’s what we do.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 05:02 PM

Hi Jake.
Ditto what Rick said. Absorb all the info you can. Sounds like you’ve make the most important investment so far… in your family. Remember, no matter if you’re working on a custom work bench or a table with plywood over it, square is still square and smooth is still smooth. Enjoy.

-- Bryan

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#3 posted 03-15-2012 05:05 PM

Rick you are so right when I purchased the first round of tools for my shop I got the tools I wanted or desired and found out that they were mostly not what I needed. I watched videos online and articles and then after a year of trying to make my tools fit my projects I purchased my second round of tools ( as I have a family which most will understand if I am buying a large tool or multiple tools tends to have to wait for extra money ) I really bought less over all but all of them are used on the projects I have done. I also have with every project now ( after the footstool of 2010) watch as many videos showing either an aspect of what I want to do or the project it self. I haft to admit that I have watched a lot of Steve on Woodworking for mere mortals and at least starting out he gave me a lot of ideas (although he is a little odd).

anyway thanks for the advice Rick it is sound and solid advice no one can go wrong following.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#4 posted 03-15-2012 05:43 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. You will fit in just fine here.
There are lots of great woodworkers on here that can help with questions you might have.
I would recommend you check out if you haven’t yet. Lots of free plans and general workshop tips and tricks.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 03-15-2012 06:02 PM


You are quite welcome….like I said, we are here to help you any way we can..Don’t be afarid to ask questions, cause someone on here will give you the answers you’re looking for….There are some great woodworkers here that are willing to share….I’ve been doing this for about 28 years, and I’m still learning….Just think of it as “practice” when you go into the have to put that in just like playing sports…..One other thing…..always try to make “test” cuts before you start the actual project….that way you can screw up before hand…..and not do it on your project….lol.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....!!

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#6 posted 03-15-2012 06:10 PM

Welcome aboard!

You are right, there are some great woodworkers on this site. Just keep making those projects (and mistakes) and it won’t take long to build your skills to a level that you are satisfied with.

I may not be the best but, I am sure going to try to do my best. That is all I can ask.

Looking forward to having you around.


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#7 posted 03-15-2012 06:25 PM

Rick again you are so right one of the things I picked up on my video voyage if you will before I started the bed project was to test cut. I test cut the joints to make sure I had the measurements right and ended up having to adjust.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#8 posted 03-15-2012 06:42 PM

Jake, you are very welcome here. There are a lot of nice people here that will give you a helping hand and Rick has given you some sound advice. You’ll fit right in so just try to enjoy yourself while you’re learning. One of the best rules to keep in mind is that even though we should work hard at improving ourselves we should enjoy ourselves as well. So enjoy and stay with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-15-2012 06:50 PM

Jake, I did not start out as a woodworker. I retired from the Pipefitting trade. We all had to start somewhere. Like others have said, read, watch vids,talk to people. Don’t be afraid to try something just because you think it’s beyond your ability. You might get surprised. Always strive to do the next project “just a little better” and you will be just fine.
Above all, ask questions and someone on here will help you.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 03-15-2012 08:19 PM

Welcome to the site. Lots and lots of great people on here. I have learned more in the last couple years from here than I could have done on my own in 20 years.

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#11 posted 03-15-2012 08:36 PM

Jake, we all started somewhere. The important thing is that you have. You can pick it up as you go but whatever you do, enjoy it. I still enjoy trying things I’m not sure I can do, or that can be done. For you the fun has only just begun.

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

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#12 posted 03-15-2012 10:46 PM

Welcome to LJ Jake. Don’t feel intimidated. The less you know the more you will learn, and learning new skills is the best part of a woodworking hobby. Even the highest skilled woodworkers are always trying to learn new things. When I first started I thought the finished projects would be the best part, but now I’m a bit sad when they are finished. There are plenty of people here to help you along when you want and need their help.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 03-15-2012 11:23 PM

I started a few years ago too and it’s been the most enjoyable hobby I’ve had to date and I’m into many things. My wife always wants to kill me because my interests involve TOOLS, cars, guns, welding, and woodworking. I can’t afford, nor do I have the space to do them all so i pick my favorite and occasionally tinker with other things. Out of all of those, woodworking and the techniques and the tools that go with it are by far the most interesting and fun and relaxing. The fun things about woodworking is that there are probably at least 5 ways to complete a particular task, whether it be cutting a dado or a cutting a mortise and tenon. Any way you learn can be an effective way to do it. The more I’ve come to learn, the more I like and appreciate hand tools. i find they are very effective, quiet, dustless, and give me the highest satisfaction when the jobs complete, however I do use both power tools and hand tools. It’s a very fun skill and hobby and gives you an incredible appreciation for what people can build with a couple tools and some knowledge, especially the furniture that was made 100’s of years ago.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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Don W

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#14 posted 03-16-2012 02:03 PM

Jake, welcome to LJ’s. The best advice I can give is have fun.

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

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