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Blog entry by Steve Kreins posted 12-16-2013 02:04 AM 1082 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just this weekend I learned several new things about woodworking. It’s been a blessing for this old dog to learn new tricks. I don’t have anyone here to give me hands on lessons, so I’m counting on my new friends here at LJ.

I bet you would like to know what I learned. Glad you asked, now laugh if you want, because I like making people smile.

#1 I learned that my circular saw doesn’t make 90 degree cuts, because it was off by about 10 degrees. I figured that of I took my square and made the adjustment (and didn’t trust the stupid markings on the saw) I actually got a true 90 degree cut every time! I’m happier than a fat bull frog in a pond full of insects!

#2 While sanding off the top I put on my new workbench I noticed the sandpaper kept getting caught on something and ripping. I learned that when you use flat head screws it’s a good idea to counter sink them and then plug or putty the holes. I redid all the screws and I now have a smooooooooth work bench.

#3 I learned that when squaring a door frame on saw horses they move even after clamping tightly. But if you tack a couple of scrapes across the two saw horses, they don’t move.

You ask me how I feel after a weekend of learning by my mistakes? I feel finer than a frog hair split three ways! Thanks for asking.

Woodworking is helping me exercise my brain!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 03:48 AM

You’re doing it, Steve. It’s great to see you learning, doing and enjoying it all. Keep going man!

-- Billy

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 10:01 AM

Learning new things all the time is the best part of woodworking for me. I can’t claim that it’s made me smarter, but it has made me happier and kept the boredom away! Keep up the good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-17-2013 01:43 AM

Steve, You have the right attitude! 1068 days ago I knew NOTHING about woodworking and owned a cheapo chop saw and cheaper tablesaw as my only tools. Everything I know about woodworking, I learned from people on this site. A great group!

And thanks to LJs I have been able to build/sell enough stuff to get a shop full of decent tools. Enjoy the journey. I certainly have.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 03:15 PM

This is definitely a great place to exercise that brain. And there are a lot of wonderful people that provide lots of support and motivation.

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