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a1Jim

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09-21-2011 05:10 PM

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Hi friends
Please let us know what ever problems your having because of lack of tools or what ever challenges your trying to solve in woodworking.
More experienced woodworkers can help by recalling the problems you had in the past before you had a more complete shop.

My friend Charles Neil , is planing on making some DVDs just for Newbies problems like how to get your project done with what little tools you have. What we are looking for is what problems you have trying to do woodworking as a new woodworker .

Thanks for you help

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture


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b2rtch

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#1 posted 09-21-2011 05:12 PM

cutting twice and always too short!!!

-- Bert

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#2 posted 09-21-2011 05:15 PM

Hi Bert
I think we all have that one from time to time

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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sarahss

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#3 posted 09-21-2011 05:23 PM

being absolutely sure that a power tool is set up 100% accurately to give the best results. Is there a good book out there that helps newbies to learn about maintenance and proper setup?

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 09-21-2011 05:30 PM

Sarahss

I like Jim Tolpin’s “Table saw magic” Maybe Charles will address this in his new video too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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b2rtch

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#5 posted 09-21-2011 05:35 PM

I think that as a beginner it is challenging to know which wood to use for a specific project and also to make the most of the wood we have.
Another question that every beginner has is : should I buy fewer but better quality tools versus more tools of a lower quality.
My choice is the second one, I am an avid Harbor Freight customer.

-- Bert

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Elizabeth

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#6 posted 09-21-2011 05:36 PM

I’ve got a router and a router table and have read several router books but not one has clearly explained how to safely and correctly install a router bit in a table-mounted router. As a result I have not yet tried routing anything – it’s the one tool in my shop that I’ve never used before except once in an already-set-up classroom setting.

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#7 posted 09-21-2011 05:38 PM

One thing I struggled with (and still do to a small extent) is planning out what steps happen in what order. Preparation and planning seem to be about 50% of my build time (mostly free moments at night and work. I mean.. free moments at just night)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 09-21-2011 05:46 PM

Elizabeth
If you lived closer I’d say come take my woodworking class at UCC. I think things like how router bit’s are installed are skiped over for many folks that write books that’s a good one.

Dan

That’s a very good point too .Even as a seasoned woodworker I many times have to think that over for some time before going forward with a project.

Good one Barry

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Elizabeth

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#9 posted 09-21-2011 05:52 PM

Jim, if it’s a one-off class it may be possible sometime; it’d be a 1.5 hour drive but I’ve done worse in the interest of pursuing hobbies!

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#10 posted 09-21-2011 05:57 PM

how to build heritage furniture with just a screwdriver.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#11 posted 09-21-2011 06:02 PM

Rob – Ripping boards to width might take a while ^_^

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#12 posted 09-21-2011 06:12 PM

Although not a newbie, my current problem is in choosing the right wood for my upcoming project. I am building a model of a locomotive in 1-1/2” scale using mostly wood. There are many moving parts that must maintain clearances to operate smoothly. Think of a clock where the gears and levers must intertwine without binding. The dimensions of the wood I need to use are: 1-1/2” x 3/4”, 1” x 3/4”. I was thinking about poplar, red oak or even pine. The next requirement other than stability is price. I can rip and surface the material to my required dimensions, but it has to remain straight without warping, twisting, cupping, etc. It will be assembled with glue, nails and screws and painted. If you are familar with steam locomotives, you can see where; connecting rods drives the wheels, any deviation in the length of the rod will cause it to bind. I can maintain such alignment in steel, but it is hard to do in wood. I’m talking a few thousands of an inch tolerance. I’ve done this before in wood, but always had the problem of binding. I could set it up to run smoothly, but if the humidity changed, the works would bind, rendering the model as a static display, not an operating one.

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#13 posted 09-21-2011 06:13 PM

I have a probelm cutting a decent miter. My table saw is over 30 years old and my chop saw is not accurate enough. Any suggestions?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 09-21-2011 06:14 PM

I have a probelm cutting a decent miter. My table saw is over 30 years old and my chop saw is not accurate enough. Any suggestions?

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#15 posted 09-21-2011 06:25 PM

@Cozmo – Adjust it, fix it, or replace it, in that order. Seriously. I know you are not a newbie but that seems to be part of the problem with new folks, they don’t know they are using a bad or poorly set up tool.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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