|Forum topic by Navtrtl||posted 12-22-2009 05:22 AM||976 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
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,
-- US Navy Veteran Morgantown, KY