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Posted on Ambitious newbie wants to start woodworking

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 02:04 PM

Hi Chris and welcome to LJ. Yu have found the place to make all your woodworking dreams come true. If you have limited or no experience with wood I would do as the previous 2 have mentioned. Read all you can on the subject, get yourself the best tools you can afford. You say that you have some “Stanley and Craftsman” tools from your father, thats a good start. Do you see yourself making really large pieces in the future? Or, do you only want to make a few pieces and then move on to some other hobby? If you have a Woodcraft in your area contact them and look at their class schedule. they will have a lot of classes, some of them geared to new woodworkers. You might also check some of the local craft shops for local crafts people who may also be able to help you learn some techniques. There is also your local community college, which should have an industrial arts dept, another source. The best way, I think, is to dive in with both hands and make some sawdust. Dont rush it, be patient and have fun. You ARE going to make some mistakes, we all do. Dont get discouraged and then remember when the project is finished you will be able to tell all your friends and family that “I made this for you.” Good luck and remember we are always here to help, ask as many questions as you feel necessary. The only stoopid question is the one that is not asked.

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