Novice needs help

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Reaper417 posted 06-22-2013 05:11 PM 1168 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Reaper417's profile


49 posts in 2481 days

06-22-2013 05:11 PM

Hey guys, I live in north New Jersey. I would like to advance my skill level. If anyone has a shop near me and would like to take a little time out to teach me a few things, that would be great. I hate trying to start a project and not being able to finish it or do it correctly and waste the wood. I’m set to retire soon and would like to continue with this as my hobby. Thanks guys. Dave

10 replies so far

View chrisstef's profile


17798 posts in 3242 days

#1 posted 06-22-2013 06:18 PM

As long as your confident that you can work safely Dave im sure you can get all the “e-help” you need around here brother. Whats got you intimidated?

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

View chrisstef's profile


17798 posts in 3242 days

#2 posted 06-22-2013 07:02 PM

For us that cant help out physically Dave post what youre looking to get into and im sure the gang can load you down with enough video and paperwork to take you through those last months/years before you retire. Theres a wealth of good stuff out there to be seen.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

View levan's profile


472 posts in 3215 days

#3 posted 06-22-2013 08:40 PM

I’m a little to far also, but you you might check out your local school. they offer adult ed. around here.
best wishes

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

View William's profile


9950 posts in 3078 days

#4 posted 06-23-2013 01:32 AM

I’m in agreement with others here.
I have never had physical help learning anything.
However, anytime I have a problem, someone on lumberjocks can help me or steer me in the right direction to figure out what I’m needing to know.


View Bernie's profile


422 posts in 3073 days

#5 posted 06-23-2013 04:11 AM

From NH – don’t sell yourself short… This site is a great resource and there are other forums on the net, When I started my woodworking adventure, the net was a pipe dream. I used magazines, books and of course our local Library.

If you are in the learning stages of woodworking, let me offer you my initial advise! Build yourself a few shop workstations – like a workbench, router table, storage cabinets, outfeed table saw table, downdraft sanding station, sharpening station +++++++! Your workshop is not only where you build projects, it’s a great learning environment. You can practice all kinds of joints and work methods while building functional builds. Less then perfect builds are great for the shop so you and other folks can see your improvements. And you end up with a functional product!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

View Finisher's profile


31 posts in 2374 days

#6 posted 06-23-2013 12:28 PM

Next to the sense of personal accomplishment one gets by finishing a fine piece of woodworking, a wood jock has no greater joy than to pass their knowledge on to an eager understudy. Thanks to the web you have hundreds, maybe thousands of tutorial videos, blogs and “how to sites” to help you out. Their isn’t always someone close enough to provide that personal fellowship, but this site is a great second. Don’t be discouraged by your failures. These are all part of the journey. Start small. The library is also a great source of material. For myself, woodworking is more than a hobby. It becomes a lifestyle. A very rewarding one. Good luck in all your endeavors. May you make a lot of saw dust.

-- James, Michigan

View nailbanger2's profile


1041 posts in 3379 days

#7 posted 06-23-2013 01:33 PM

All good advice above. I’ll add one more piece. Reply to the comments made above. Not only is this good manners, but it keeps the people who have taken the time to offer help interested, lets them know you are engaged, and also may give them necessary information (tools, previous projects, where you were stumped, etc.)

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

View Tony Strupulis's profile

Tony Strupulis

260 posts in 3359 days

#8 posted 06-28-2013 03:47 AM

Find out if there is a woodworking club in your area. They would be more than willing to help a newbie get off the ground.

-- Tony -

View a1Jim's profile


117417 posts in 3813 days

#9 posted 06-28-2013 04:20 AM

The next best thing to getting help in person is to have a on line mentor. Check out Charles Neil Mastering woodworking

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View Reaper417's profile


49 posts in 2481 days

#10 posted 06-29-2013 04:05 PM

Hey everyone. Thanks for replying to my post. You all gave me great advice and believe me I will use it all. Thanks again and I’m sure you will be hearing from me probably a lot….Reaper

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics