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03-18-2011 09:42 PM

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I’ve always had some passion for whittling, and small-scale wood-working, but never really had the time nor the space to really dedicate myself to it. Now I’m also getting into larger-scale wood-working, and would like to know where is a good place to start. What tools should I buy, what kinds of wood are suitable for what, what skills do I need, where is a good place to learn, etc.? I want it to be a hobby with some utility and/or artistry associated to it ;)


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#1 posted 03-18-2011 09:53 PM


I don’t think there are any quick answers to your questions. My suggestion is to look around the site. Go through the projects to get an idea of the kinds of things you’d like to make, Then check out the blogs and videos to get a better idea of what goes into making those projects. If you have specific questions about a project, post it. Most members will respond quickly and thoroughly.

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

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#2 posted 03-19-2011 12:21 AM

Welcome to LJ!! First, figure out what type of projects you want to do. There is no answer to a general question of that nature.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-19-2011 12:35 AM

I would have to agree with the above comments. There is no easy answer without knowing what you want to build. There are some awesome ideas in the projects area to start giving you ideas. I have found the experts here are very willing to share their knowledge and expertise, so once you find something, start asking questions.

Welcome to the asylum….enjoy your stay.

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#4 posted 03-19-2011 12:44 AM

25+ years ago I started wood crafting in wood carving. I learned it at a local carvers guild. Very good lessons there and very cheap to do. Look for a carvers guild in your state. Find out where they meet and maybe contact them. There are many woodworking clubs all over. Carvers, turners and general wood working clubs too. I started with relief carving and then went into leather tooling and making small crafty items like toys , fireplace bellows and lately intarsia and making small boxes with inlayed images in the lids. “One on one” help is invaluable at the start. A lot can be learned in forums like this one, but direct help and demonstration is a big help at the start.

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#5 posted 03-19-2011 02:21 AM

To get good at anything start slowly and work your way into it. In this case start with simple things with simple jointery,(boxes,utility tables etc. ) That way you don’t get burned out early because something turns out to be above your skill level at that time. Work your way up. Books,dvd’s are available at libraries and on the net. Ask questions on LJ’s(there are no dumb questions here) Start with cheap(if there is such a thing) wood. Old pallets(remove the nails!) old flooring etc are good sources. Above all learn to use your tools safely. Learn to use any tools you buy proficently be it a hammer,chisel,powersaw, whatever. Don’t expect to build Queen Anne furniture to start but if that was what you want, keep it as a goal and work toward it.
Your reward will come when one day you stand back and look at something and say” I built that and it sure looks good.”

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 03-19-2011 05:08 PM

Hey, thank you for the advice, I appreciate it. I’m going to look around and see what kind of information is available, as well as where I can get the supplies I need. Oh, and thank you for the warm welcomes ;)


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