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03-31-2012 02:01 PM

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Hi there! I’m new to wood work. Just got myself Porter Cable 18V tools as well as Bosch high torque drill etc. I’m looking for someone who needs an assistant on Saturdays on Long Island. Suffolk County, NY or in the Columbia, Lexington, South Carolina (may be moving there next year). Looking to learn the craft. Goal is to be able to build my own Work Table, Shed, Chicken Coup, Garage and maybe one day a small house. Thanks! J

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 02:04 PM

Just stick around here and you can learn all of those things. Good luck on finding a apprentice position.

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 02:23 PM

Oh sure you want to do all those things but can you sweep a floor. Thats 50% of wood working cleanup..LOL…...............just kidding. Just pay attention to what goes on here(LJ’s) and do a lot of practicing and it’ll come to you…....................Schloemoe

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#3 posted 03-31-2012 04:06 PM

I’ve been practicing and can only make 1 table LOL using the same wood the same dimensions and so far so good. Using 2×3’s for legs and 3” ply wood for the top side rails and 1.5 inch thick for the lower rails. 31” legs and a 2×2 top. I figure if I put 3 or 4 of these together I”ll have ONE big table. I had to meet with a somewhat local cabinet maker for a lesson. He pretty much did most of the work but now I have a “model” to emulate. Never knew how important glue was and also how handy a “Staple gun” or “Nail Gun” is. Way better than using a drill for this project. Where in Oregon are ya? I was living in Los Angeles for years. Now back giving Mom a hand. The only 2 states that appeal to me are Oregon and South Carolina – SC being more affordable. I’m looking to live in a Rural area and create a farm.

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#4 posted 03-31-2012 05:43 PM

In woodworking, as with any other craft, or job, you’ve got to learn to crawl before you can walk…What I mean is this: read all the ww magazines you can get your hands on, watch ww videos, watch ww shows…you need to do a little homework before you just jump right in…...woodworking is fun, but challenging, too….Then the things you learn from is all the things I mentioned…but you will also learn from the people here on LJs…they are the best knowledge for all your learning, so absorb all you can….pay attention to what is being said about projects and how they are built….take notes (if necessary)....but read, watch, listen and learn…...that’s the important steps to being a good woodworker…....

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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