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Blog entry by Raymond Dersch posted 05-15-2008 05:34 PM 561 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just joined Lumberjocks a few days ago and I’d like to extend a “thank you” to the many people who’ve already welcomed me here. This will be my maiden journey into wood working and it’s comforting to know that there is a mature, respectful and experienced community to collaborate with.

Thank you all for making me feel welcome. Now, off to buy some tools!

-- A King, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A Father can do neither. -Marlene Dietrich



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RusticElements

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#1 posted 05-15-2008 05:47 PM

Ah… Buying tools… The addiction of us all ;).

Welcome!!

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - RusticElementArt.com - SpaceAware.org - AnConn.com

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GaryK

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#2 posted 05-15-2008 06:19 PM

Check out our review section before you make any choices.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Raymond Dersch

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#3 posted 05-15-2008 06:27 PM

Gary-

Trust me, I’ve been reading the information on this site for 2 straight days now. I’ve already purchased a dewalt mitre saw (my first saw ever) and are looking at some of the reviews on table saws now. Since I’m just starting out and don’t have an unlimited budget I’m buying factory reconditioned tools for the first go round. Heck, I don’t even know what a joiner does or how a router works so you can be assured I’ll be doing a LOT of reading the next couple of months. Thank goodness my first project is what I believe is called a rough cut <?> project (Deck extension), so that should get me acclimated with my tools.

All-in-all I’m very excited about have a hobby that doesn’t require a computer or t.v.

-- A King, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A Father can do neither. -Marlene Dietrich

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Mario

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#4 posted 05-15-2008 06:35 PM

I hope that you enjoy your time at the site and that the hobby will bring you years of enjoyment.

-- Hope Never fails

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Raymond Dersch

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#5 posted 05-15-2008 06:44 PM

My Grandfather worked wood for over 40 years as a hobby. Coincidentally (or not) he also worked at a mill most of his adult life; so I’m starting to get an idea where this particular yearning is coming from. I’ve been ogling the gallery and it’s amazing the works of art people can create in their own garage.

-- A King, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A Father can do neither. -Marlene Dietrich

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 05-15-2008 07:00 PM

Sounds like you are well on your way. Buying tools gets any of us excited. Be sure and post some installation blogs and reviews on the tools.

The fun is just starting.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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jjohn

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#7 posted 05-17-2008 05:28 AM

Please, Take your time and learn the tools you are buying. Safety always first…skill later on. There is not a more enjoyable and satisfactory hobby in the world if you asked me. (just wish I had more time to enjoy it). LOL
I can tell you this…There are many here willing to help you in your learning process. Welcome.

-- JJohn

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lew

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#8 posted 05-17-2008 08:59 PM

Tool buying strategy-

Check out LumberJocks tool reviews.
Show the Mrs. the wonderful projects on the Lumberjocks site.
Have the Mrs. tell you which project she just has to have in your home.
Look disappointed and say- “I would love to make it for you, if you just had (insert tool here)”
Mrs. suggests you buy the tools you need to create HER project.

It might work.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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SteveKorz

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#9 posted 05-17-2008 09:19 PM

You’re going to love this community, the only problem is that it can become very addicting!... If you need anything, ‘holler.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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TedM

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#10 posted 05-17-2008 11:29 PM

Tools? We’re going tool shopping? Cool!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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rikkor

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#11 posted 05-17-2008 11:34 PM

We are so glad you have chosen to join us. This is a great site, and you will benefit greatly from your participation. Good luck on the quest for tools. (A never ending journey!)

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Raymond Dersch

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#12 posted 05-19-2008 05:37 AM

Thanks everyone! I new wood working would be a much easier sell to the misses’ because of all the great things I’ll be able to do around the house. So far it’s been a lot easier convincing her I need that power tool, than convincing her I need that new pitching wedge! My first project will be building my workbench. I have some pics of the space I plan to build it in (3rd car garage) which is roughly 10×18, and I’ll post them once I get them downloaded from my camera. Things will be tight but hopefully with proper planning I’ll be able to make do. I always enjoy looking at peoples before and after pictures; some people have great vision and ideas. Hopefully with a little trial and error I’ll be able to help someone else down the road.

-- A King, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A Father can do neither. -Marlene Dietrich

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