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Forum topic by TheDane posted 09-13-2010 06:43 PM 1098 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2010 06:43 PM

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Can’t believe I am doing this at the age of 63, but I signed up for a beginning woodworking class at the local technical school … classes start tonight.

I never was allowed to take shop when I was in high school … based on my aptitude tests, my counselors were always pushing me toward what they called ‘Industrial Arts’, but I wanted to go to college and insisted on being in the ‘College Prep’ program. They got even with me by refusing to let me take any of the Industrial Arts courses, like shop.

Though I have been doing woodworking for about 5 years, there are a lot of things I want to know more about. Unfortunately, I don’t have the tools (or space in my shop for the tools).

The problem is, you can’t get into any of the advanced courses (like wood-turning) without taking the beginning course. I understand where they are coming from … the beginning woodworking class covers a lot of stuff everybody needs to know in the workshop. I’m looking forward to the learning experience.

Plus, I’ll get to use some pretty high-class equipment (that I didn’t have to buy) and be able to buy lumber at, what I am told, is a pretty significant discount per bf off market prices.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 09-13-2010 07:03 PM

Greetings Dane,
It looks like you and I are the same age, and I say we’re never to old to learn….never..
I took woodshop when I was in junior high and high schoool, but that was soooo long ago, I forgot ever
thing I ever learned….you know the old sayig” I’ve slept since then”. That’s me… lol. Practically everything I’ve learned on ww I’ve learned on my on….I had noone to guide me, and maybe that’s a good thing. I think you going back to school is a very good thing….It’s a learning process, even if you have to start in the beginners class like you said….Think of it as a refresher course….lol. You may learn a trick or two that you didn’t know about, even in that class…..It sounds really exciting and fun…..I wish there was a school around here like that…I’d sign up in a heartbeat….You said you had to take the beginners class before you could advance to the next level…..Remember….. you’ve go to learn to crawl before you can walk…..Have fun…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 07:08 PM

A beginners class is a good refresher course and shows you how much you have forgotten. I have often thought of taking a course just to see how much I’ve really learned over the years. Going in with a open mind about where to start will just benefit you in the long run. Will be interesting to hear how it goes for you.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 07:23 PM

Dane, I don’t see anything at all wrong with what you are planning. You will probably learn a lot and I hope that you do. I also think that you may very well enjoy it – especially if you get to use some tools that you normally don’t get to. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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

HMmm tools, lower price lumber and guaranteed shop time…. sounds like vacation to me.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 08:28 PM

Couple of things to be prepared for: you may spend time waiting for machines and tools. I’ve experienced it myself, and I think it’s just unavoidable in this kind of class. Everybody’s working on the same project, and you’ll all be at about the same stage at the same time. Also, as I said, you may all be building the same project, something chosen by the teacher, and it may not be much of a project. When I took the same kind of class at a community college, our project was designed by the teacher to incorporate as many different techniques as possible, so it was a Frankenstein monster (like 2 turned legs and 2 tapered – that kind of thing).

Good luck – I’m taking beginning turning at my local Woodcraft this weekend!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 08:34 PM

Congratulations! let us know how your shop projects are coming along!

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

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 08:37 PM

JJohnston—I thought about that … they are still showing 5 seats vacant, so maybe it won’t be too crowded. My neighbor took this class a couple of years ago … she said there was never a problem with getting access to machines and tools. Guess I’ll find out tonight!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 08:47 PM

Sounds like fun! Get a refresher on some things and maybe learn a thing or two. Hang out with other woodworkers, use bigger tools with cheaper wood.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 08:48 PM

awwww yes, prerequisite courses.. jumping through hoops.. oh the misery of it all. LOL (That’s why I don’t have a PhD- grew tired of the hoops.) But one beginner class and then off to the fun stuff! You will learn alot and make some new friends in the process. Enjoy!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 09-13-2010 08:53 PM

i started taking lessons this year after learning it on my own for a year. i can say that in just a few weeks it had improved my skills and work method a whole lot.
in high school i could have taken woodworking lessons on the side, but i was not interested in wood at all and chose metal.

what i can say is that what matters is not so much getting acces to the machines in evening school, but rather getting acces to the teachers attention. at the end of the year we were just a group of 4 remaining out of 16, and even then 1 teacher for 4 students was barely enough. it’s only normal that kids in day school have such terrible knowledge when theres 1 teacher for 15-20 students.

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#11 posted 09-14-2010 03:51 PM

Classes began last night … there are only 9 of us in the class, and we have a shop full of machinery.

Most of the bigger machines (12” jointers, 37” planers, 32” band saws, etc.) are from Northfield with a mix of Delta, DeWalt, and PowerMatic, plus a new SawStop 5hp cabinet saw.

This is gonna be fun!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 09-27-2010 01:32 AM

This sounds like a great opportunity! I tried to sign up for classes this fall but there are not enough students to run the class…so I am on a waiting list until the get a threshold number of people…anybody want to take a woodworking course in Brandon?! LOL!

-- "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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#13 posted 09-27-2010 02:54 AM

This is working out better than I expected … we have another session or two on shop/machine basics, then we get to start on design and construction of our own projects.

The instructor is top-flight … he is a professional by day (a real craftsman:, and a very patient and effective communicator.

I’m glad I did this!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 09-27-2010 03:40 AM

I think what you’re doing is terrific. We all could use guidance at one time or another. And it will make woodworking more exciting by building confidence. I was looking over your instructors web site and he really knows his stuff.

Just a heads up… take the paren off the end of your instructors link you posted. It doesn’t click through with it on there.

And good luck to you… please keep us updated.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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