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Forum topic by MjdTexan posted 09-05-2010 05:44 PM 759 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2010 05:44 PM

I figured I would introduce myself. I am brand new to woodworking. I do have some equipment but not nearly everything I need. I have a Craftsman table saw that gets on my nerves, a Craftsman router and table that is ok but I need more, a Craftsman ¾ horse 12 inch band saw that I need to lean a bunch more about (I’ve been breaking blades and I dont understand what the different speeds are for). I’ve got a couple of really old braces and the bits to go with them. I have what I believe to be called a draw knife and it is really really old. I’ve got an old Stanley 102 plane that is really small and has not been used since my Grandfather used it. Thats where the really old stuff comes from. I’ve got what I believe to be an old old Stanley Miter Saw that I really really enjoy using. I’ve also got the Craftsman 10 inch compound miter saw. I like it alright I guess. So far I have built two Chicken Benches, 2 picture frames, and 3 boxes. The craftsmanship in these projects has been poor and humbling but they continue to get better, I think. I built those in the last couple of weeks. I am 42, have all kinds of time on my hands and little to no money most times. I garden, and raise hens. Those hens pay for themselves through egg sales and provide me with breakfast when I feel like it. Now if they would provide steak all would be wonderful. Nice to meet yall, I do belong to a couple of other woodworking forums but I saw some crazy guy on You-Tube making stuff and he mentioned the Lumber Jock forum. I liked what he was doing and came over here to read yalls information. I am an information sponge, I just dont have woodworking knowledge. The good news is that I can read a rule.

-- BBQ Master, Beginning Woodworker. Avid Gardener.

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 05:46 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! You came to the right place to learn.

All the Best!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 06:08 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, Mjd; You’ll like it here it’s a great place for woodworkers of all kinds. Just hang in there and keep on woodworking because skill will improve with everything that you do. Scour the yardsales and pawn shops for tools and there’s a lot of wood out there if you look for it even in pallets sometimes. Check with cabinet shops or furniture companies for stuff they are going to throw away. They have to pay for it to be hauled off so you might get some stuff for nothing.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 06:22 PM


Looking forward to seeing some of your projects!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 06:35 PM

welcome to LJ’s .

we all learned somewhere

but our skills are improving here ,
as we all share just about everything .

i got some oak and pine steaks ,

i’ll trade you for some ,
chicken and some eggs , LOL !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 09:12 PM

Yeah, welcome Master of the Steaks. We do those down here too!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 09:16 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 09-05-2010 09:32 PM

Welcome aboard!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 09-05-2010 09:46 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks fellow Texan! I think you’ll like this site very much. I will warn you though that it can prove to be addictive! LOL

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