The Woodworking adventures of Andrew

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Blog entry by rmwood posted 12-17-2009 07:03 PM 1321 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone my name is Andrew. This is the first of daily postings about my woodworking experiences. I am 20 years old and live in Fort Collins Co. I have been doing woodworking my whole life, and last year made the decision to start my own business. I have struggled allot in this first year and have become discouraged. I hope that this can be a source of therapy for me. I love woodworking and don’t want to see that change anytime soon, but fear that unless changes are made I may have to move on. With that being said today should be a relatively easy day. I am going to be making some more stain samples for my customers, and if I have time I need to start working on some Christmas presents, but am having a hard time deciding what to make for everyone. Thanks for reading

-- Andrew Hybiak

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#1 posted 12-17-2009 07:17 PM

Andrew, First off, welcome to LJ’s. I hope being a part of this comunity will be as helpful to you as it has been for me. I’m interested in knowing what kind of woodworking you do and what market you would like to sell to. I’ll be glad to help in any way possible, so if you have any questions, feel free to PM me.
Better get crackin’ on those Christmas gifts! lol. I know I’ve got a lot to get done in the next week.

-- John @

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#2 posted 12-17-2009 09:10 PM

Thank you huff I really appreciate it. I’m really excited to get to know you and the rest of the community, as I’m sure this will be a huge benefit to my woodworking experience. I have done lots different projects over the years and finally I am starting to settle on cabinetry as my main focus. I’m hoping to go for custom cabinets in the mid-high price range. I will work on getting more project photos up soon.

-- Andrew Hybiak

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#3 posted 12-17-2009 09:20 PM


Welcome to LumberJocks.

I’m Neil, and I live in FoCo, too :-)

I’m a rank amateur, but … I’m doing my darnedest to crank out some woodworking projects.

Hopefully, we’ll meet up one day. Meanwhile, if you wanna’ post pictures of your shop on your home page, we’re all wood shop voyeurs, around here :-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 12-17-2009 11:36 PM

Hi Andrew and welcome to LJ. As most of us old codgers know, the secret to success is to never give up. Even if you have to take a day job you can still do woodworking and sell it. Even if you don’t have time to make (or sell) a lot of stuff that way, you will keep your skills honed and learn valuable new ones. I’m also sure that you can get a lot of good advice from the pro’s here on LJ too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-17-2009 11:48 PM

Andrew, Welcome to LumberJocks!

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#6 posted 12-18-2009 11:59 AM

Thank you guys I really appreciate the support you guys have shown. Being new to the community this has been really nice. I hopefully today will be able to get some updated shop pictures the only ones I have right now are from about 3 years ago. Oh and Mike thank you I’ve been considering getting a Day job for right now, but I feel like that would be giving up in a way. It’s good to here that it’s still ok to do that, and makes me realize just how truely blessed I am. I may not have the best tools or the biggest shop, but the bottom line is people pay me to work with wood, and that is a really beautiful thing.

-- Andrew Hybiak

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#7 posted 12-18-2009 01:32 PM

welcome to LJ! This is a great place to be for support, inspiration and 14,000+ people to “have your back” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 12-18-2009 01:38 PM

Hi Andy Welcome to LJ’s. I hope you gain what you seek from the group. Please don’t be shy, I have found that you can get help with just about any woodworking problem including business needs. Best group of woodworkers I have found on the net.

Doug in AZ.

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#9 posted 12-21-2009 04:15 AM

Good luck in your woodworking endevour. Hope lots of paying customers fine you.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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