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01-10-2012 12:43 AM

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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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#1 posted 01-10-2012 01:00 AM

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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#2 posted 01-10-2012 01:04 AM

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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#3 posted 01-10-2012 01:04 AM

Howie is spot on, safety first.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 01:04 AM

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,

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 01:04 AM

+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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#6 posted 01-10-2012 01:06 AM

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

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 01-10-2012 01:07 AM

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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#8 posted 01-10-2012 01:14 AM

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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#9 posted 01-10-2012 03:12 AM

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. -

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#10 posted 01-10-2012 03:19 AM

Patience. See my signature line.

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

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 03:37 AM

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.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#12 posted 01-10-2012 03:40 AM

plan your work, work your plan

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#13 posted 01-10-2012 03:47 AM

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

-- Senior Chief

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#14 posted 01-10-2012 03:52 AM

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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#15 posted 01-10-2012 03:59 AM

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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