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Forum topic by Navtrtl posted 12-22-2009 05:22 AM 953 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Navtrtl

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12-22-2009 05:22 AM

I have been wanting to get into woodworking for I don’t know how long. Now, it seems that things are finally coming together in such a way that I will be able to actually start collecting tools and working on some projects. I figure that some of the best things to hone my skills on at first would be to make some storage items, jigs, and just simple accessories for my shop. If anyone can suggest any specific jigs/accessories to start out with, please let me know.

At the moment, I am working on building a quarter scale model of the workbench that I intend to eventually build. I started with a Sketchup drawing of two tables and then scaled down the one I liked best. I will be using traditional joinery and no metal fasteners. Also, I am hoping to actually make the full size table without any power tools (maybe a drill press for the many holes.) My intention is to fell a tree, quarter saw it, dimension the lumber, then stick it all together with lots of duct tape. Or maybe I will use glue and that traditional joinery that looks so nice.

The problem I am having is that I only know what I have learned from reading magazines and watching TV. I would like to visit with someone in their shop and see how things are done, except I don’t know anyone that you could call a woodworker. I could just watch videos online, except that where I live Dial-up is the only option. Not very conducive to video watching. Also, you can’t pause a video and ask it a question. What I am wondering is if there are any LJ’s that live anywhere around the Owensboro or Bowling Green, Kentucky area. I live in Morgantown, but would be willing to drive a little ways to get some mentoring. I would also be willing to assist any way that I can in exchange for some training. I’m not looking for anything formal. Just show me what you are working on and how you go about putting it all together. I’ll throw out some questions, and hopefully, get some answers.

I would also like that say that this site, its members, and the member projects are all very inspiring. I can only hope that one day I can make something worthy of posting on here.

Thanks in advance,
Navtrtl
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WayneC

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 05:27 AM

Have you checked for a woodworking club in your area?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 05:35 AM

Navtrtl, here are a couple of members that are located in Owensboro. You might want to send them a message and see if they could help you out.

http://lumberjocks.com/ManOWood
http://lumberjocks.com/kycorvair

The only thing is that both of them have not been active in at least the last 6 months but their e-mail addresses may still be in use.

Wayne’s suggestion is a good one. You might also check out the Evansville area as well.

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

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Navtrtl

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 05:39 AM

Wayne,

the closest I can find is about 2 hours from me in Louisville. I am hoping to find something an hour or less away, but if I can’t then I will probably look into it. Do clubs usually charge for members? What about Guilds?

I considered going to school, but my job does not have very well defined hours, so it’s hard to commit to any kind of schedule. I never know when i will be going out of town and for how long. I could probably use my G.I. Bill money if I could find a way to attend some classes.

-- US Navy Veteran Morgantown, KY

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Navtrtl

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 05:44 AM

Scott,

Did you search for members by location? I looked for a way to do that and couldn’t find one. The closest thing I found was to look at workshop listings, but that doesn’t show everyone.

I’ll look into Evansville. I didn’t think to search for that. They have a Woodcraft there so it might turn up something.

-- US Navy Veteran Morgantown, KY

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WayneC

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 05:53 AM

I belive they typically have membership dues… There may be members of the club that are within an hour of you.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Navtrtl

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 06:09 AM

Looked into Evansville. Could not actually find anything, but that was just a quick search. I will try to check more in depth tomorrow while I am at work. Searching for anything on a 56K modem is such a chore. There are some sites that I simply can’t go to because of my connection. If they are very photo heavy, or if they require any kind of flash player, I’m done.

Thank you guys for the help.

-- US Navy Veteran Morgantown, KY

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 06:14 AM

If your looking for a good book, I would recommend.

http://www.amazon.com/Made-Hand-Furniture-Projects-Unplugged/dp/1558708952/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261455218&sr=8-1

All about building stuff with hand tools. Includes some basic fixtures for you to build.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 06:37 AM

What helped me get started in woodworking 15 yrs ago was attending Woodworking classes given by my local junior college. Classes were in the adult education series (credit classes that could be taken as a non-credit student), and were held in the local high school woodshop. Instructor was great for beginners, the shop had lots of professional grade power tools, and was attended by experienced woodworkers always happy to help. In my case, the course could be repeated semester by semester, and I built a project each session with lots of assistance.
Really helped me get through the learning curve for a minimal cost.

-- Gerry

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 12:47 PM

Navtrtl, there isn’t a way to search for members in a specific other than to simply plug the search term into the search box. I know we have at least 1 member from Evansville on board here, Zuk, but like the two from Owensboro he has not been very active.

The Woodcraft recommendation is a good idea. You might also look into the community/technical colleges in your area as well as any adult eduction programs.

But the club in Louisville is the only one that I am aware of in the state. Lexington has a turners club but I am not aware of any type of club in your area. The most likely area, if one exists, would be in Evansville and the folks at Woodcraft would be able to help you I am sure.

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

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 03:13 PM

Start with a small project.
Once you start working in the shop,
you will see what it is that you could really use for accessories, jigs, and such.
Everything will take off from there.
That is what I did, I now have a shop FULL of tools and running out of space.
Good luck, and LJ’s are always here for help.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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