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Blog entry by Kathy posted 07-21-2010 01:00 PM 3404 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am so thankful that I found LJ’s. I so appreciate everyone’s patience with my questions.

Woodworking has been an interesting and sometimes frustrating journey for me. And I am just at the beginning. For many years I tried to talk hubby into fixing stuff around the house that involved woodworking. I had embroidery, quilts, etc that needed framing and showcasing. He just never had a knack for it and he gave up pretty soon.

So, since I was a teacher with all that time on my hands, one summer I just went into the garage, actually to clean it up! And I was thinking that I needed some storage boxes at school but hadn’t been able to find what I wanted in stores. While cleaning I gathered together all of the tools that we had and my workshop was born.

We had a friend that was giving us 4×4 pieces of finished plywood. He worked somewhere that threw it away and we were covering the walls of our new garage with them. So it began.

I’m not really sure why I stuck with it because I really knew nothing and everything was a problem!! I had no one to ask the simple questions of. I don’t know any woodworkers. It started with plywood boxes with simple butted corners and I found that you can really make plywood look pretty good with careful sanding and staining.

But what I also learned was probably a lot of wrong stuff. I was always having to figure out how to do something without the knowledge or proper equipment. I was always just sure that there had to be an easier way!!! So when I retired I signed up for classes at the local tech school to learn the easier way. I also started “surfing” the net and found LJ’s.

So this blog is to tell you all how much I appreciate this community and the wonderful help and support that I have received. I have so much to learn and I have so many projects in my head that you have all shared here. You are all true inspirations!

-- curious woodworker

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#1 posted 07-21-2010 01:15 PM

What a nice story, Kathy.
LJs is a great place to get ideas, advice and a woodworking community that prides itself on being positive.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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David Craig

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#2 posted 07-21-2010 01:24 PM

Thanks for shraing your background Kathy. I believe everyone at LJs has had that magic moment where the woodworking bug bit. Everyone here seems to have a “Pay it forward” approach and I am sure everyone here remembers a time when they needed advice or a helping hand. Before too long, you will be replying to the questions of others :)


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Joe Weaver

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#3 posted 07-21-2010 01:52 PM

welcome to lj and hope you enjoy the site as much as I do.

-- Joe, Ga

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#4 posted 07-21-2010 02:12 PM

kathy ,

But what I also learned was probably a lot of wrong stuff. I was always having to figure out how to do something without the knowledge or proper equipment. I was always just sure that there had to be an easier way!

i’ve been doing this for 45 years now ,
and it seems i’m still learning everyday ,
as there is always something new .

great story ,
hang in there !

-- 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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#5 posted 07-21-2010 02:14 PM

True, none of us is born with woodworking skills and we all had to start somewhere. Just keep asking the questions and enjoying the experience.

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

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#6 posted 07-21-2010 04:15 PM

It is all about having fun and enjoying creating and building whatever you enjoy building. When you enjoy what you do, it always improves with time and patience.

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#7 posted 07-21-2010 05:01 PM

Kathy- thirty-two years ago, when my kids were little and we had next to nothing for money, I wanted my daughter and her friends to have a play table for lemonade. I shopped; my husband rejected, and I had several 2×4s laying on the front porch. I had a large hand saw and hammer and nails. This was the result, and when my husband got home he said, “my god, you used enough lumber in that to build a barn!” It was also wobbly, and the girls had to sit carefully on two stools or fall over backward. I knew there had to be a better way, so I visited the local library and a new world opened up to me. I’m so glad you are here to ask questions. Just don’t get so frustrated you feel like breaking something, but log on and fish in this pool of older experience!


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#8 posted 07-21-2010 07:01 PM

Welcome aboard!!!, both the woodworking world and lumberjocks (I have been trying to figure out what the femimine of lumber jocks is since we have so many female members). I have learned that just searching will often find you the answer, and an occational question is usually answered with more information than you can immagine. Good Luck.

-- RayCurtis

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#9 posted 07-22-2010 01:42 AM

remember this
there is no stupid questions if comes to learn new things or if it has something to do with safty…..period !
the stupid question is the one that was never spoken :-)

so ask away and you will discover an army of L Js lined up ready to help you :-)
they are the best freinds you can have
but you will also discover there is always more than one way of doing things
take what you can use depending of what knowledge and tools you have ready at your hand
all those different answers will maybee confuse you in the beginning but don´t hesitate
to asking again untill you understand it

god luck in your journey


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#10 posted 07-22-2010 06:20 AM


It’s nice to see another LumberJill on “board”! Nearly everyone on LJs shares information and ideas freely. It’s quite amazing how seasoned pros will take the time to answer beginners’ questions—and with exceptional patience. We’ve learned a great deal by reading blogs on topics of interest and asking questions of the author, so don’t be afraid to ask.

We wish you many happy years of retirement woodworking!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 07-22-2010 07:00 AM

Great stories Kathy and Barbs. I did not have a mentor until a couple years ago. So Like you both I learned with trial and error methods. LJs is a great place to learn and gather a whole bunch of super friends along the way.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 07-22-2010 11:07 AM

Thank you all for stopping by my blog. Barbs I think that is a good looking picnic table!

Last night my Grizzly bandsaw arrived and we did manage to get it together and today I will try it out. I also ordered a couple of the books that have been recommended here. I can’t wait to get them.

And hey I like the “LumberJill”!!!!!:)

-- curious woodworker

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#13 posted 07-22-2010 11:42 AM

Ah, new toys are always fun. Put that thing through the paces.

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