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MrRon

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09-01-2015 06:27 PM

Many people call themselves woodworkers. It is a generic term for anyone who works wood. I work wood, but I don’t consider myself a “woodworker”. Besides working wood, I also do metal working and dabble in stuff like casting metals. I am a DIY’er; have been all my life. I build furniture, but hardly to a craftsman’s level. I am more of a “jack-of-all-trades” type. I have done house building, plumbing, roofing, sheet metal work and electrical. My current interest is model making; not the plastic model type, but large scale train models designed by me. My interests are many. How do you regard yourself?


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#1 posted 09-01-2015 06:37 PM

I call myself a woodworker. It’s my main hobby. I play guitar a good bit, so I also call myself a guitarist. I do a little machining, but don’t call myself a machinist. I don’t think it matters how one refers to himself/herself so much as whether they enjoy what they do.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 09-01-2015 11:06 PM

I consider myself a woodworker AND a DIYer. Most of the DIY stuff I do is wood-related, but I also do some electronics stuff, any kind of building, homeowner-type stuff, the occasional electrical repair, etc.

I am not even close to the skill level of a lot of the guys on this site or in magazines, but I’m still building quality items with wood. To me, that makes me a woodworker.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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Texcaster

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#3 posted 09-01-2015 11:21 PM

from the link

What does a Woodworker do? ( I like #3 & # 5 )

Woodworkers typically do the following:
•Read detailed schematics and blueprints
•Prepare and set up equipment
•Lift wood pieces onto machines, either by hand or with hoists
•Operate wood-making and cutting machines
•Listen for unusual sounds or detect excessive vibration
•Ensure that products meet specifications, making adjustments as necessary
•Use hand tools to trim pieces or assemble products
•Remove and replace dull saw blades

http://www.sokanu.com/careers/woodworker/

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#4 posted 09-01-2015 11:34 PM

WoodButcher … I can turn a hundred bucks worth of oak into sawdust with the best of ‘em!

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#5 posted 09-01-2015 11:58 PM

Joe your the best!!!

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#6 posted 09-02-2015 12:45 AM



Many people call themselves woodworkers. It is a generic term for anyone who works wood. I work wood, but I don t consider myself a “woodworker”. Besides working wood, I also do metal working and dabble in stuff like casting metals. I am a DIY er; have been all my life. I build furniture, but hardly to a craftsman s level. I am more of a “jack-of-all-trades” type. I have done house building, plumbing, roofing, sheet metal work and electrical. My current interest is model making; not the plastic model type, but large scale train models designed by me. My interests are many. How do you regard yourself?

- MrRon

Pretty much the same as you have done, except the train models. I also do coppersmithing. I am now learning wood carving from the local senior center, since I retired.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 09-02-2015 01:05 AM

I think a woodworker is someone that understands wood a bit more intimately than maybe a carpenter or say framer.
That allows them to do much more with a board than most.
A craftsman doesn’t sign his work, a artist craftsman does.
A craftsman in wood cares more about the process than the outcome.

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sawdust703

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#8 posted 09-02-2015 04:44 AM

I’m a retired OTR Truck Driver. I started woodworking as a way to relieve road stress. I had just a few hand tools then. As time went on, my interest grew, we bought a few more power tools. After my health went to hell, & I had to get off the road, I had to be doing something. TV & sitting in the house ain’t for me. We started buying a few more used tools I could refurbish. In the last the 14 years, I’ve worn out two scroll saws, purchased a couple antique lathes I’m learning to use. Added 3 more scroll saws, a planer, a post civil war 8” table saw, amongst other tools to our arsenal of woodworking equipment. I would have to say, yea, I consider myself a woodworker. My main interest is scrolling, but, I’ve learned to do most anything I want to do. I do some woodworking for hire as well. Coming from a trucking family, & have done that all my life, trust me when I tell you, I was NO WOODWORKER when I started! I’m self taught, as most are, I’m sure. But, it has been an interesting & fun journey to this point. I enjoy learning something new everyday! We go to a couple fall craft shows. I make most of the Christmas gifts we give. Wedding gifts, etc. My shop is my sanctuary!

-- Sawdust703

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#9 posted 09-02-2015 05:08 AM

Still trying to find my way along….am I a “wood worker” yet?

Not sure how many out there use a Single Brain Cell Sketch-up to design the stuff they build. 90% of my design work for wooden items is done in my head. Does that make me a wood worker???

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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MikeB_UK

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#10 posted 09-02-2015 10:28 AM

2×4 shortener, someday I hope to progress to joining the bits together again, possibly in a different shape if I’m feeling adventurous.

-- I've worked out how to sharpen, now how do you get blood out of pine?

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#11 posted 09-02-2015 11:30 AM

I make things from wood. I do it the best I can on every piece and hope to do even better on the next.

As far as the definition of a woodworker, I leave that to others.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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JeffP

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#12 posted 09-02-2015 11:35 AM

There are currently ads on TV (by Lowes, I think) trying to convince people that painting a room in their house will turn them into a “Maker”.

As long as there be marketing people afoot, names and titles will continue to be meaningless.

FWIW, I like the term “sawdust maker”. Removes all tension from the subject by lowering expectations. ;)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#13 posted 09-02-2015 12:35 PM


”.........A craftsman in wood cares more about the process than the outcome.”

- Aj2

This is how I feel also. This is one of the reasons I do not consider myself an “artist” I am a craftsman. I am a retired construction sheet metal worker/foreman and now just do crafty things in wood and metal. I have done leather tooling and wood carving in the past also.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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bearkatwood

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#14 posted 09-02-2015 12:37 PM

I am a woodworker, I have saw dust for blood. I eat sleep and dream about working with wood. It is my vocation and my vacation. Woodworking is my hobby. I work from 4:30am-5:30pm in my shop and then come in to read or watch a video or write about wood. Some where in there I am raising 3 kids and running a small business. It is my healthy obsession dangit. So yeh I would say I am a “woodworker”.

-- Brian Noel

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helluvawreck

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#15 posted 09-03-2015 06:09 PM

Having worked in woodworking plants for over 40 years and mostly in engineering and maintenance I consider myself a Jack of All Trades, MASTER of NONE. I also had a machine shop in our plant. We lost our plant about 3 years ago because of a fire.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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