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Seibott

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09-13-2010 04:19 AM

Hello everyone,
All I have right now is keen interest to do something in the field of carpentry. Till now, all I’ve done with wood is a box-without a lid and painted it white :D Started out as a first aid box but now its just a box. Can please anyone link me to topics where I can see what is required in this field(tools and skills) and also suggest me ideas for my first project-as in what simple projects I could start off with to improve my skills.
Like I said, I have almost no knowledge other than how to create a 5-sided box without a lid;which I consider as nothing ;)
Thank you.

-- I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.


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#1 posted 09-13-2010 05:44 AM

Like I said, it could be considered as nothing.

Anyway

http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/6697/lolbox.jpg

-- I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 05:51 AM

lets start with terminology – carpentry actually refers to building houses – not so much boxes which is just considered woodworking :)

I’d start with checking the videos at www.thewoodwhisperer.com marc has top notch videos starting at the basics – with some project ideas – such as a cutting board which will take you through some basic and useful techniques.

what tools do you have to work with already?

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 06:54 AM

Quite embarrassed to say that but all I have is a hammer and a saw.
Yes I’m sorry about the term ‘carpentry’. I’d start calling it ‘woodworking’ from now on. :D
Can you give me a readable tutorial too?

-- I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 08:39 AM

What I would suggest is that you find what you like to make and then try to go about it. Start on something simple though.
Go to your favorite bookshop/ newsagent/secondhand places etc and see what is available there. The magazines that are out have a wide variety to whet your interest. They also give you a good idea of what you need for your project, ability and budget.
Also Google woodworking or anything to do with wood working. But I think the mags will be a bit better initially as they have a bit of everything, that is until you know what you want to do. When you have a problem along the way ask Lj’s someone here will sure to help you out.
The other thing is enrole in a woodworking course, I was lucky as I did my beginner/ basic course at school then just progressed from there. But LJ’s have certainly helped me out over the last year.
Good luck with whatever you choose to do

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 04:00 PM

a book that I highly recommend is ‘Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking’. It’s actually a collection of 3 books – you can start with Vol1 which is joinery and basics . very good book, very well explained, pictures and details included. I actually just picked up the set this past weekend – just to have it.

As for other reading materials – Magazines are a good place to get ideas, and see techniques – but may overload you if you are just starting up. check out Finewoodworking.com, they have some nice videos on starting out (making a workbench, and a bookcase – both good projects)

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 04:04 PM

The link PurpLev provided is actually pretty good. While it has a wide range of examples and articles written by various users of the site and the site itself, it doesn’t show any methods to make them.
http://thewoodwhisperer.com/born-again-southern-pine/ interested me of all the articles in the site and I would like to start off by making something as simple as that(if it is simple. It is, isn’t it?) and improve my skills and experience.
Regarding joining a course, I am doing my engineering(mechanical) course which takes up most part of my day so I wouldn’t be left with any time to attend other courses =(
EDIT: I was referring to this woodwork in the link I have given above http://thewoodwhisperer.com/images/2010/01/IMG_4005.jpg

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 04:30 PM

Seibott- that is actually a project that one of the viewers of the page made. doable, but for a first project, I’d try to go with something with less joinery involved perhaps.

I’d start checking out the videos here: http://thewoodwhisperer.com/category/video/page/17/ from last page (oldest videos) to first page (newest videos) – there are some good explanations, and some good ideas for started projects in the earlier videos.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 04:52 PM

Seibott, goto Amazon.com to this page.

At one time or another I have bought the 4th thru the 6th book and they are a good references for your question. Some of the books have a lot of pictures that you can learn a lot from and some of them have projects that you can build. If you’re really interested these are good introductory woodworking books. I also like the Tage Frid books that were mentioned above.

Another book that I like very much for someone who is just beginning is “How to Work With Tools and Wood. I bought my copy probably 40 years ago and still have it. It has some nice projects for beginners. What I especially like about it is that it has a comprehensive tool list that goes about to show you which tools to get first, which tools to add to those at the intermediate stage, and which tools to add at the advanced stage. I believe that Stanley originally had something to do with the publishing of this book. Good luck. You will be getting into a fascinating hobby or career.

BTW, welcome to Lumberjocks; it’s a great place for woodworkers of all sorts. You’ll love it here and the people are at all stages of woodworking development and most of them are always eager to help a beginner with anything that you want to know.

-- 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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#9 posted 09-13-2010 05:42 PM

Thank you for the links, hope I find the book or the e-book somewhere.

-- I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.

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#10 posted 09-13-2010 05:50 PM

If you don’t have access to purchasing on the internet, you can usually get them at a Barnes and Noble I would think.

-- 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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#11 posted 09-13-2010 05:52 PM

Down here in my country(India), its very hard to find such books :( So I’ll have to search for a downloadable pdf somewhere.

-- I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.

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#12 posted 09-13-2010 06:06 PM

Your English is very good. I didn’t realize that you are in India. Can you order things from Ebay in India? If you can you can probably buy everyone of these books on Ebay. It will be used. I use to buy a lot of books on Ebay.

BTW, I have an idea. This man is a lumberjock and he owns a woodworking company in India. Perhaps he can give you some advice.

-- 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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#13 posted 09-13-2010 06:59 PM

Thank you. You can order stuff from here to but you gotta have a credit card, etc for all that. I don’t have access to online trading in anyway yet(gotta create a bank account which supports all types of trading) so I can’t buy anything online.
Regarding Mahadev, his profile says he stays somewhere in mid-India and I stay in South India so there’s no way(and need) I can go there and get in touch with him. Like I said earlier, I just need enough knowledge and material to start off with the hobby, using reasonable methods. If it goes well, it would be worthy to invest more money and undertake bigger and challenging projects :D

-- I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.

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#14 posted 09-13-2010 07:28 PM

I understand; however he might could help you by email with info or by posting on LJ. In the meantime I’ll see if I can come up with some more info for you.

-- 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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#15 posted 09-13-2010 08:09 PM

Hiya Seibot-

Fine Woodworking magazine has a great video series for starting out called Getting Started in Woodworking. It is two “seasons” long each with ten “episodes” of 5-10 minutes. The Getting Started videos are free, but you can access all sorts of other content there if you sign up (which is free for a period of time).

Good luck! In my experience, starting is the hardest part.

-- ~ Erin Nik

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