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Minion

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924 days ago

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Maybe this is a childish question, but if you had one piece of advice for a new woodworker what it be?

I have found myself in my first year of “legitimate” woodworking, and have found that the one thing I have learned how to do the best, is troubleshoot, problems I create. As funny as it sounds, I think I know how to fix just about anything at this point!

That being said, I have learned that the longer you pre-meditate, and plan a project, the better it comes out.


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Howie

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#1 posted 924 days ago

Mine would be never forget where you are and what you are doing when in the shop. Accidents happen quickly.

-- Life is good.

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SnowyRiver

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#2 posted 924 days ago

Safety. That would be my lesson. I think safety is the most important thing you can keep in mind. Stay alert, use the proper safety glasses, hearing protection, and dust protection. Understand and use your tools properly. If you get hurt the hobby isnt quite as fun especially if its a permanent injury.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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doncutlip

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#3 posted 924 days ago

Howie is spot on, safety first.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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BerBer5985

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#4 posted 924 days ago

I would say with my little experience so far, be prepared to be broke because it’s a slippery slope with the tool purchases! Haha!

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One, www.qualitycarpetonecrofton.com

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bigkev

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#5 posted 924 days ago

+1 Howie. Buy the best quality tools you can afford as they will make your life easier – even if you have to buy used.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 924 days ago

Good point Wayne
Beyond saftey I would say go for it what ever your project might be.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DS

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#7 posted 924 days ago

Respect the tools. The moment you don’t, you’re new nickname becomes Stumpynubs or some such.

Also, if it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. Doing it right usually takes only a little more effort and is always less effort than doing it twice.

Don’t be afraid to ask the right questions. The moment you assume something, you make an… well, you know what that means.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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RockyTopScott

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#8 posted 924 days ago

If you don’t have patience, get some.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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Don W

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#9 posted 924 days ago

I agree if you know exactly what you need, planing is key. However some of my best projects “just happened”.

This is a project that was an idea, but evolved. Sometimes its fun to just have fun.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 924 days ago

Patience. See my signature line.

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

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HamS

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#11 posted 924 days ago

I echo the safety first. Establish the habits of being safe and do not deviate. The other thing is to quit when you start screwing things up. Come back to it tomorrow and chances are the problem will look very different.

-- My mother named me Hamilton, I have been trying to earn my nickname ever since.

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bent

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#12 posted 924 days ago

plan your work, work your plan

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Joe

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#13 posted 924 days ago

Measure twice cut once, or in my case measure three times.

-- Senior Chief

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Dave

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#14 posted 924 days ago

Slow down! I get in a groove and then find I forgot to add that half inch for the tenon and cut my peice too short. Damn that sucks! Now I try to make a cut list and check it like ten times.

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Manitario

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#15 posted 924 days ago

Resist the urge to buy a bunch of tools that you think you might need. Wait until you get some experience and you’ll be more informed in your tool decisions. I bought a bunch of different tools when I first started and as I’ve gathered more experience I’ve needed to “upgrade” many of them.

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

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