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Forum topic by MrRon posted 07-15-2018 04:53 PM 446 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrRon

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07-15-2018 04:53 PM

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New woodworkers to this forum ask many beginner questions and that is OK, but here is a tip for all beginners. Nothing helps improve your skills like actual doing. That said, I would suggest a project that will improve your skills going forward. Every shop needs an orderly place for everything. After building your first workbench, start making aids for storing tools, fasteners, finishing supplies, etc. As an example, make a set of small drawers to store your nuts and bolts with room for future fasteners. They don’t have to be fancy, but you can learn techniques while building them that will further your skill. I would start with a small box/drawer using box joints. A box joint is a good way to hone your precision skill. Instead of making a sample dovetail joint in a piece of scrap, make a complete drawer using dovetail joints. There will be mistakes made, but that’s what drives perfection. Along the way, you will find ways to correct those mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, but it’s the expert who knows how to correct that mistake. I know newbies have to balance their life with work and family and don’t have the luxury of “free time” that us old guys enjoy. Make the best of the time you can devote to your interests, be it woodworking, or any other distraction, but put 100% effort into it.


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Orvile Baker

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#1 posted 07-15-2018 05:59 PM

Well said.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI. http://papabudswoodtoys.webs.com/

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Desert_Woodworker

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#2 posted 07-16-2018 02:51 AM

New woodworkers to this forum-
Tips to remember regarding this site-
Wood identification forums- always answer ALDER and you will be right all the time.
Don’t say disparaging remarks about Saw Stop
Hope you enjoy this site…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#3 posted 07-16-2018 05:11 AM

Building a complete shop of benches, storage, and all else you will want, Fabricating jigs to help a TS, Router, BS are all skill builders especially if they need to keep tolerances.

Plenty of DVD’s and Video’s with “challenge” type formats. The one Ron Herman puts out, “Joinery Challenge” will go a long way to you being able to make several joints, all of which can extend your woodworking.

I agree, a person can read, and watch video’s until they are 80, but if you don’t get out there and DO, you’ll not improve much if at all.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Desert_Woodworker

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#4 posted 07-16-2018 05:36 AM



Building a complete shop of benches, storage, and all else you will want, Fabricating jigs to help a TS, Router, BS are all skill builders especially if they need to keep tolerances.

Plenty of DVD s and Video s with “challenge” type formats. The one Ron Herman puts out, “Joinery Challenge” will go a long way to you being able to make several joints, all of which can extend your woodworking.

I agree, a person can read, and watch video s until they are 80, but if you don t get out there and DO, you ll not improve much if at all.

- therealSteveN

+1

-- Desert_Woodworker

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jpinto

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#5 posted 07-16-2018 06:10 AM

They are the foundational skills every woodworker should know. Understand How Wood Works and Behaves. Sharpen Saws, Planes, and Chisels.
Use a Hand Plane.
Prep Lumber With Hand Tools.
Cut a Mortise and Tenon Joint.
Cut Dovetail Joints.
Finish Your Furniture.

Read this article:
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/7-skills-you-should-have-learned-in-high-school-wood-shop/
wood finishing products

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Desert_Woodworker

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#6 posted 07-16-2018 06:15 AM

+1

-- Desert_Woodworker

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mel52

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#7 posted 07-16-2018 06:23 AM

I agree with all the comments before mine. Just remember to do all this with safety in mind. When you hurt yourself, it kind of takes the fun out of it for awhile.

-- MEL, Kansas

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