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09-19-2010 05:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood working in general

Hello everyone! I hope all of you doing great and making great projects. This reason for this forum is that I need to know Do any of you feel that your wood work skills are not improving with time?I spent like 8 hours in my shop,trying to figure out things,how to make jigs etc. I am just tired of my trial and error thing.I try to get important machines but then i get any accessories for it.No thinner blade for my table saw (Einhell) or bandsaw, no t tracks, no t track bits….. am just tired of not being able to figure out things :( No one helps me here, rather they make fun of my passion….i can go on and on but I think I have bored you guys enough.
Thanks for listening to this rant.
God Bless you all.

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 05:13 PM

Progress won’t come in sudden epiphanies, but in silent little insignificant moments when you yourself won’t even notice you’ve advanced. And just think. If it was easy anyone could do it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 05:33 PM

A little bit of mindfulness and ingenuity will go a long way. If you find yourself frustrated, get out of the shop, you’re probably on the verge of making a mistake.

Given your situation, you might have to work three times as hard some of us that have more resources available, but consider that people have been making fine furniture out of wood for centuries, and you will realize that you don’t need the latest whiz bang gadget or tool to get the job done. (Although, you might sweat a little bit more to do some things.)

And one more thing … don’t let the haters get you down. They are probably just jealous anyway.

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 05:52 PM

I felt that way early on. It was only when I started making practice cuts in scrap before I commited to project lumber is when I started getting better results. I still don’t get whats in my head, to full reality. I screwed the pooch on the top drawer facing of my Walnut chest. If I hadn’t, I think it would’ve come out exactly the way I visioned it. Learn to live with your creation!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 05:53 PM

I wish you good luck in your journey.
This is a good place to ask questions, there is always someone here to help.
You will learn from your mistakes.
Start with something that you can complete with what you have.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#5 posted 09-19-2010 05:57 PM

Wow! I looked at your projects. I ‘m going to ask you for help from now on.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 06:14 PM

I go through the same thing all the time. It takes me forever sometimes to finish something. I waste a lot of pine making my mistakes so I don’t waste much project wood. Those people are just jealous. Your stuff looks great.

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 06:16 PM

There is so much talent on here it can be overwhelming. Then things go wrong in the shop that we think should be simple and ask our selves how did this happen? I agree with others sometimes you need just to take a break. there are days where just the simplest task doesn’t work. Keep your chin up and stay with us I think everyone on here would help!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 09-19-2010 06:30 PM

Your projects look like you progressed from being an absolute beginner; they look pretty good to me. What did you do to get from a beginner to where you are now? Lumberjocks is a very good site for getting free help and as far as I’m concerned a lot of it is better than some help that you have to pay for. I’ve seen plenty of people on here that go out of their way to help, especially those in the beginning phase. Gul, you’ve only been here five months, I think that you ought to stick a round a while longer. I’ll also say this, if you want to get to where you are a very good craftsman it will take a good bit of work and practice and sometimes it will be frustrating and discouraging. I’d sure like for you to stick around and give it some more time.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 09-19-2010 06:57 PM

I think your work is pretty incredible, and perhaps you are just having a bad day or string of days. As for being the only female in your area working with wood, well the women here can tell you, it’s not only in Pakistan that there are few women building with wood. :) However, here on L/J the boys don’t make fun of the girls for participating. I think that when we want to get to work on an idea and our tools are reticent for whatever reason- blades need sharpened, parts aren’t there, etc. etc. it drives us crazy. Impatient we are to start work TODAY and NOW on a new idea. Lumberjocks is a good place to vent and to display your work. A woman’s perspective sometimes helps and there are a few women here at L/j that you could add to your buddy list. (Not that the guys don’t have alot of wonderful and positive things to add… just sometimes women think differently than men. :) Chin up! :)

-- 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 09-19-2010 07:37 PM

Thank you everyone.You guys are truly amazing! I am happy to be here with such wonderful,caring people.
Thanks so much for reviving my confidence,Tomorrow is a brand new day :)
Best wishes and regards to you all.

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#11 posted 09-19-2010 08:19 PM

Gul I realy can´t understand how anyone can make fun of you and that you want to work with
woodworking I just seen your projects and all I can say take a look again on your shopcabinets
they look great, I wich I was that far in my journey, I know its another culture where you lieve
but have some of those pictures of your best thing with you when you shopping things
to your projects and shop and when the rights moments is there slap those up in there faces
maybee that will make them more humble and couprative and if not then I´m sure its becourse
they envy you for your skills
ceep up the head and the good work


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#12 posted 09-19-2010 09:13 PM

“If you think you can’t then your right”

If your in the shop and aren’t having to figure things out then you aren’t pushing the limits of your skill. Pushing your limits is what makes you the woodworker you want to be.

Go back and look at the first piece you ever made with a critical eye. You will be surprised at how far you have come. Your success can only be measured againt yourself.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#13 posted 09-19-2010 09:20 PM

“Nothing in the world can take the
place of persistence…

Talent will not; nothing is more common
than unsuccessful people with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is
almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of
educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone
are omnipotent.”

Calvin Coolidge

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

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#14 posted 09-19-2010 09:56 PM

I can understand your frustration and it would be much easier for you if you had a mentor, someone that could encourage you and share insights with.

I’m new to this site, but from what I can gather, this site is a kind of “virtual mentor” It consists of many talented woodworkers and even though you might not believe it sometimes, you have a lot of talent and courage. Don’t listen folks that make fun of your passion, they make fun of it because they probably feel a little threatened by it. It’s your passion and determination that will help you become a better woodworker. Your work is good and you have a strong creative ability, and never give up.

-- Maine Rustic

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#15 posted 09-19-2010 09:59 PM

Being self taught isn’t easy. I don’t know how long you’ve been at woodworking but your skills and talent don’t look like anything I’d poke fun at. Give yourself a break and know you could be doing a whole lot worse. In fact your armoire has inspired me on an idea for the bathroom. Your shop cabinets and dressers look good as well. Did I notice character in some of your pieces, yes but then even my woodworking has character as well. Sometimes looking at others work can inspire you to look beyond yourself to see things others have done to help improve your skills. I can’t begin to tell you how many AH! moments I have had and still have. Try not to focus on the things and tools you don’t have but on the things you have instead. I don’t know who has poked fun at you here but know there are a lot of good LJer’s here to help. Even some of the ladies here have been a help to a lowly male such as myself to learn a few things. Woodworking is a journey to be savored with all its twist and bends, going with and against the grain, learning new things along the way. Keep a smile on your face and a song in your heart and everything will come together in the end.

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

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