|Forum topic by TimRoark||posted 01-22-2012 11:36 PM||1289 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
01-22-2012 11:36 PM
Firstly an introduction. My name is Tim. I’m 21, and I live in the Atlanta area. My father was a carpenter and I have a lot of personal experience.
My mother and sister often ask me for help with projects. Fixing and building. They are both very independent and don’t like to have to rely on me for every little thing, and often express unhappiness about not having what many in the field consider common knowledge.
I am compiling some information that I can give them to answer common questions. A field guide of sorts. I thought it would be something I’d like to have on hand as well. I believe many people would, and perhaps one day I’ll end up making a pamphlet or book. Many such things exist, but it’s more difficult than you’d imagine to find something simple and straightforward. Something that is no frills and no personal anecdotes.. a real simple useful, hard copy resource.
My question for all of you friendly, experienced gentleman is what information can you offer? What information would you like in such a resource? What do you find yourself commonly trying to remember or look up? What are some tricks or tips or tidbits you’ve picked up over the years that you can share? Think about your wives, sisters, daughters, any family or friends, male or female, novice to handyman, to master carpenter.. Anything would be greatly and completely appreciated.
Alternately, if you have any books or websites that you think might help fill this void, that would be of great help as well, I’m sure.
Here is what I have swimming around in my head so far, anything you can add in addition to these ideas would be great:
Tools: hand and stationary. Common uses, perhaps some tips associated with each.
Methods for joining wood: butt joint, half lap, dovetail, mortise and tenon, etc. etc. etc.
Hardware, explanations/common uses. (It’s surprising how people think a screw is just a screw, or don’t know which is the nut and which is the bolt.)
Maybe a glossary of terms.
A general what to use when..
Perhaps categorical tips. I remember as a kid my dad showing me to mark a measurement with a v, instead of a line, or to slide the pencil with the combination square to draw a straight line down the piece of wood. These are the types of things that make life easier. That only come from a wealth of knowledge and years of figuring out how to do things best. Anything any of you can offer would be fantastic. Thank you for reading and for any help you might have. God bless.
Please also note that this isn’t any sort of solicitation. At this point in time I’m just trying to compile some information for personal use. For myself and family and friends and do not aim for any sort of monetary gain. If it ever ended up becoming more, of course everything would be permissibly sourced correctly. Thank you.
EDIT FOR CLARIFICATION:
I have done and will continue to do plenty of research on my own. Many resources are available,and this post is an attempt to utilize one of them.