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#1 posted 12-12-2009 07:47 PM

I’m a n00b, too.

My only advice: practice your skills (over and over) on absolute scrap wood.

The wood won’t care if you butcher a mortise & tenon joint. The project you’re trying to complete … would.

I’m also finding that—like in many things—a couple of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People make sense to me …. like:

Begin with the end in mind: keep an image in your head of what you’re trying to accomplish (ex: a mortise & tenon joint or a frame). Learn what they SHOULD look like, and the pitfalls to be aware of as you’re building them.

Sharpen the saw: skills, skills, skills. And … yeah …. good tools are an investment. I’m not going to regret buying a better tool, but I might regret buying a cheap one. If I have to, I can sell the better tool, later, and just write off the diff between what I paid and what I got for it. It’s NOT a total loss….

Enjoy. Be SAFE. Learn what you can about shop safety, dust collection, air filtration, etc!

-- -- Neil

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