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11-20-2009 05:39 PM

Good day all, I just found this web site and joined. I am inexperienced and as green as the grass when it comes to woodworking. I have always wanted to get into it and soon I will. Can you people kindly recommend some books or web sites for the guy who knows practically nothing about woodworking? I need the basics, I need to learn. I have done minor projects but no fine work. So I want to start from the bottom of the barrell and present myself as someone who knows very little. Can anyone help?


-- If there were no God, there would be no atheists, G. K. Chesterton

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#1 posted 11-20-2009 05:45 PM


I don’t think you could find a better place to start than this website. Spend some time going through the Blog section, where there are countless illustrated tutorials on various techniques. And if you have any questions about something, you can click on the poster’s profile to send a private message. Pretty much everyone here loves to answer questions about their work.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-20-2009 06:09 PM

Charlie’s right. this site is an excellent source, Fine Woodworking is also good, but you have to sign up and pay. I’m not sure, but you may need to have the magazine subscription. Then it’s about $15 a year extra. Their website will give you that info. They also sell a lot of good books from that site.They have good videos and articles online.
There are other magazine websites that are good——others could tell you about them.

The Woodwhisperer is great. You can find some of his videos here on Lumberjocks. Or check his website.
Charles Neil is also very good


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#3 posted 11-20-2009 07:28 PM

Welcome, Charlie and Kent are right. This is a great source for input on questions you may have, with that said just remember to keep an open mind as answers will be wide and varied. Another good website is this one
Being that you are just getting into woodworking, I think this website is a good place to start.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#4 posted 11-20-2009 07:35 PM

Electricald, Where are you located? Someone in the same area may be able or willing to coach you. Just hanging out at someone’s shop will help you pick up stuff, (not tools, thief) lol “joke” Just ask around and see if there is a WW club you can join. Good Luck

-- How am I doing? Better than I deserve. Dave Ramsey

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#5 posted 11-20-2009 08:20 PM

In case you missed it. Charles Neil just made a 30 trial offer to his subscription video site if you are a memeber of LJ. You need to identify yourself as a LJ member to take up the offer.

Here is his offer: ” but tell ya what i will do, give the show a try for 30 days , when you sign in have your name have a LJ at the end so we know you are from Lumber Jocks , at the end of 30 days you can cancel ( at any time) , and i will give you a total refund …so you risk nothing”

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-21-2009 05:15 AM

Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 11-21-2009 05:21 AM

Welcome electricalD
I recommend the same sites and right here on Ljs first.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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