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Forum topic by jhager posted 01-10-2010 07:28 PM 899 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2010 07:28 PM


My name is Jim, and I’m pretty much a woodworking newbie. I have great memories of my father working in his shop and coming up with some pretty nice projects, and woodworking has always been something that I wanted to be good at. Unfortunately, I have never put the time into it, thinking that it took some sort of mystical power or innate skill. Now I’ve decided to challenge that and start trying my hand at small projects and getting the basics down.

I stumbled on this site while looking for classes in my area, and am going to have to follow up on some of the advice that was given in previous posts. This morning, however, I am off to the hardware store to pick up some of the basics—I figure I’ll get myself a combination square, a good hand saw, pencils, C-clamps, and maybe a planer and coping saw…..and start working on joints. I took wood shop in grade school, so maybe all this will come back to some degree….;)

Anyway, “hi” to everyone, and I look forward to a great relationship with the Lumberjocks!


-- Woodworking newbie, artisan in training.....

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 09:27 PM

Jim, it is good to have you on board. I am looking forward to seeing some of your work when you get an opportunity to post them.

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

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 10:10 PM

since your buying from scratch buy good quality tools and learn how to take care of them. It will make the projects easier and less stressfull! Have fun


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#3 posted 01-11-2010 12:28 AM

Welcome to the site. Lots of good info here. Being new, you’re sure to have occasional questions

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 01-11-2010 12:30 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.Great place hope you enjoy yourself!

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#5 posted 01-11-2010 04:45 AM

Welcome to the LJ community Jim. Lots of great folks here to answer your questions and help you learn. Enjoy.

-- Allen, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 01-12-2010 08:29 AM

Thanks for the welcomes and advice—I’m currently doing a LOT of reading and putting together my tools, as well as organizing a shop…..and trying to find a good starter project that’ll let me get my skills in shape. I’m thinking I need to start with working on joints and getting practice with those….I can’t go through life using only butt joints, now can I?

I’m sure I’ll be asking questions in the near future….so thanks in advance! (And yeah, this seems like a really great group of people and a fantastic community….I’m already excited about this new hobby!)


-- Woodworking newbie, artisan in training.....

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