Going to Woodworking School #1: The First Day of School

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Blog entry by John Fleming posted 10-30-2009 08:27 PM 1289 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thursday, August 27, 2009 The First Day of School

I don’t think I slept the night before the first day of Woodworking School. I had been waiting five years to do this, now it was actually going to happen. Maybe I was worried about going to school again after all these years, or I might just have been excited about the next phase of life. How many of us dream about the day we can do the things we want? My day to do that very thing has finally happened.

To go back a few years five to be exact, I started on this road by buying a table saw at Home Depot just to see if this was something I might want to do for retirement. Of course my wife said to not touch this saw until you take a safely class, a safety class where will I find one of those. Fortunately for me Palomar College in San Marcos, CA offered a Saturday safety class for the table saw. After talking the class I took other Saturday classes, the Band saw class and the Dovetail class and soon after I was hooked and wanted to take the ”real woodworking classes”. My job required traveling so I was never able to take the “Fundamental of Woodworking” the 100 class the basis for all future woodworking.

Well now you know what this blog will be about…the basic woodworking class CFT 100 many people want to take or already have taken. I wanted a way to share my excitement and learning experience and to offer insight to those who want to take the class and just can’t make it happen. All for good reasons, like time, money and or location. I will be sharing all the things we learn and do in the class. I hope to create interest in woodworking like others have done for me. Like the woodwhisperer and tom’s workbench to mention two that have inspired me. I was not aware of Lumberjocks Site until Wed of this week. I have already been going to school and documenting my classes. Now I can make this blog available to the audience I have been looking for.

So sharpen your pencils or “chisels” and start the school year with excitement and the same wonder that happened years ago only now it will be fun, I think: do we have to take tests?

-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 08:39 PM

welcome to LJ’s , john .

and good for you to be going to class ,
and wanting to share that with others .

you will enjoy it here ,
so ask away or blog away .

what we do best here is share ,
the good and the bad ,
we all learn from each other .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 09:46 PM

Hi My name is Jim I’m a woodworked ….so welcome Jonh to the club I hope your ready for a pop quiz. It will be on what is Davids LJs name and what was his most recent project. Just kidding around , look forward to your input Enjoy.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 11:05 PM

John, you have a wonderful opportunity available to you. Many of us would enjoy taking a formal class like this but, as you said, time, location or money create obstacles that prevent us from doing so.

Have fun and enjoy.

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

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