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Forum topic by Keen1 posted 11-30-2007 07:43 PM 1484 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-30-2007 07:43 PM

Anybody out there willing to take on a newcomer. As you can read on my home page,, I don’t have a lot time to spend on my woodworking. But when I do I love it. I can forget about everything else for while and enjoy learning how to work with wood. My dad might have used a screwdriver once or twice so I just never had anyone to teach me. I feel like I’m posting an add in the singles classified here. Anyway, I just need someone who is online regularly that I bounce questions to. I promise it won’t be too time consuming. Just want to learn.

Anybody willing?

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#1 posted 11-30-2007 07:49 PM

You just found 2000 online mentors. I am happy to help however I can. Don’t be afraid to ask anything!

You won’t be bugging me at all if you fill my box with messages. I have only been woodworking seriously for two or three years myself, so I know what it is like to be new and learning everything as you go (I still am).

-- Happy woodworking!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 11-30-2007 08:03 PM

Blake is right. (is it Brake now?) This is open sourced mentoring for woodworkers.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 11-30-2007 08:06 PM

Hey Keen1, I will ditto what Blake said about just asking the community. This is a nice place, with no such thing as a stupid question. But feel free to send me a (or a thousand) priviate message(s) to get started if you feel a bit imtimidated.

I agree, you can loose yourself in woodworking. It is most enjoyable.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 11-30-2007 08:08 PM

yah, this is the best woodworking magazine, the best woodworking school, the best woodworking shop where woodworkers sit around, sharing their expertise, tips, stories, jokes, and well… some bull once in a while.

This is filled with teachers, gurus, masters, motivators, supports, and whatever else you might need. Why, we have even had members visit others in order to give a helping hand in real life!!

Just pull up a chair and ask your questions. You will be provided with a ton of answers, tips and tricks.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 11-30-2007 08:23 PM

I guess I need to finish building the last computer I was working on to keep in my workshop. Actually, It’s a media center PC so I’ll probably sell it. It’s got a blue-ray player and other tech features I won’t post on this site. I just need to get an old laptop. Thanks for the support. I guess the reason I was looking for one or a few people in particular was so they would be familiar with my skill level, tool selection, workshop setup or more simply my overall capabilities. Sorry to keep referencing my computer building but that is how I got started. I had three guys that really brought me up through the learning curve. One in particular. He actually kept a file on my computer. I appreciate the feedback and I’m sure there are many people that can help. Just seems to me that for a single project, there could be 100 different ways to get it done. Although, I want to learn all the techniques, I feel like I need to master just a couple first before I move on to try other techniques. I mean how many ways are there to build a simple drawer. I could 20+ replies to that and not know which way to go. Does this make any sense?

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#6 posted 11-30-2007 08:25 PM

MsDebbiep – “Just pull up a chair and ask your questions” did you happen to notice the Northern Tool shop chair in the picture showing the entrance to the crawl space. I’m saving that as the final item to assemble when I get my shop done (or at least cleaned up and functional, I have learned enough to know that it will never really be done)

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#7 posted 11-30-2007 08:26 PM

Most of us don’t mind the personal message but still the best place to ask a question is in a public forum on LJ’s. That way you will get Lots of different opinions and answers instead of just one way of doing things. Plus, there will always be plenty of other people with the same question.

-- Happy woodworking!

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 11-30-2007 08:36 PM

I join the quorum. You just joined the biggest and most modern guild available. Everybody here with a tremendous breadth of skill sets seems anxious to be of help. Post a forum topic when questions arise and we’ll be tripping over one another to be of service. Welcome to Wood 101 (through Advanced Seminar and Independent Study 780).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 11-30-2007 08:53 PM

Don’t be afraid of taking on a project.
Have a look at some plans of somthing that interest you. Try and pick a plan that is in the beginners range.
Then just study them for a while, ask some questions, picture it during building and what you want it to look like when your done…......... Then just jump in, with both feet.

Lots of help here at this site, as you can see. The more you do the more you will learn. But have an idea of what it is you want to build, or you’ll just be making toothpicks.

Maybe a bird house or feeder would be of interest….... Just DO IT….

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 11-30-2007 08:58 PM

what I find is that I ask a question.. get 20+ different answers; pick the one that I think I understand and can do, and then focus in on that with more questions…. and then voila, next thing you know you have a Thorsen Table made for a challenge event :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 11-30-2007 10:19 PM

Not much I can add that hasn’t already been said. If you have a question you may PM me and I’ll give it my best shot.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 12-01-2007 12:54 AM

Ditto to me also. I also used to build computers and sell them along with writing software.

And I’ve got 6 kids. But don’t let that influence your questions to the group.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 12-01-2007 01:42 AM

Heck…Some of us need computer mentors. The pesky things are smarter than I is!

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#14 posted 12-01-2007 01:56 AM

“There are no stupid questions.”

Well, every now and then there are some stupid answers. But well intended. :>)

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#15 posted 12-01-2007 02:47 AM

This site is going to answer about any question you could have. And if they can’t, they will try to help you find your answer. Once someone on (this) site answers a topic, They, normally care enough to follow up on your progress. Pick the easiest to follow for your particular project, the type of tools you have access to and skill level. Then have at it and have fun. I am like everyone else here. I will gladly help, if I can? Just ask away!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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