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Forum topic by treesner posted 07-18-2016 04:21 PM 259 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2016 04:21 PM

So i’ve been learning woodworking (furniture and instruments) on and off the past couple of years and have been trying to focus on getting better lately

Watched this video and thought the learning process might be fun to try out in the woodworking realm

1/ Set Specific goals
2/ Deconstruct skills and identity specific sub skills
3/ Research skills quickly to better identify skills needed
4/ Remove Barriers of practice
5/ Pre commit to 20 hours (20 minutes twice a day for a month)
—practicing within 4 hours of going to sleep helps commit to memory if you check in the morning

Curious what you guys think are some core woodworking skills that would be worth practicing a little bit everyday? I get into the shop for 2 hours most weeknights and more on the weekends so i’d be able to commit some time at the start or end of those sessions

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 04:25 PM

things that come to mind are:
using/tuning block plane
hand saw cutting square
drilling square
measuring & cutting to line on table saw
mortise and tenon joint

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#2 posted 07-19-2016 12:25 AM

I can tell you’re new to this, you didn’t say one word about keeping the beer cold lol. you’re off to a good start anyway. Oh yea wood identification, I’ve refinished so much furniture over the years I can look at a piece of wood recognize and know what to do to get the results I want, but as far as holding an intelligent conversation with wood workers, I sound like a dumbass cause I cant remember the names of the different species, so id say wood identification. Tricky part is there are many variety’s of each that have different characteristics. Good luck and have fun.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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