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Forum topic by James3 posted 08-03-2015 07:47 PM 399 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-03-2015 07:47 PM

Hi all, I’m new here, but I’ve lurked for a long time and have gotten some great information from all of you. So I’m here to ask for some more help. I’ve recently had the opportunity to get some really nice shop tools and a space for a large shop (~1000 sqft). I personally had a really hard time getting started in woodworking, and am hoping to try and make things a little easier for the people starting now. My idea right now is to open my shop to woodworkers that don’t have a place of their own, or who maybe just need access to larger tools every once in awhile. I also would like to teach some very basic beginning woodworking classes to people who are curious about the craft. I’m an hour from Marc Adams, so if people really want to dive in they can go there, I just want to help people get a “toe in the water.” So what I want from you guys if you have the time:

Would you have been interested in something like a shared shop starting out?

What do you think is an okay amount of money to ask for, for tool upkeep and possibly additions?

What lessons do you wish you had learned earlier in you time as a woodworker?

any other input you have I’ll be happy to hear as well. Thanks

TL:DR-I’m trying to start a woodworking community, please answer the questions above.

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#1 posted 08-03-2015 07:58 PM

I wish someone would have showed me how to setup a hand plane sooner, it took finding a Paul Sellers video to make show me what I was doing wrong and why every time I used one I had so much trouble. As for power tools the right blade and a sharp clean blade makes all the difference in safety and cut quality.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 02:32 AM

Thanks UpstateNYdude, I had a bunch of problems starting with hand tools as well. That and a quick sharpening class would probably go well. I wouldn’t have thought of that.

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