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09-17-2013 04:44 PM

Hi all,
I’m very new to woodworking, and so far, I’ve just been sort of figuring things out on my own (lots of internet tutorials). I feel like I’m missing a lot of basic skills and knowledge though. Unfortunately, there aren’t any woodworking classes in my area that I can take, because I’m working full-time. Does anyone have any ideas on how to connect with more experienced woodworkers? I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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#1 posted 09-17-2013 05:26 PM

Do a google search for woodworking clubs or guilds. There should be some nearby that you could join.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#2 posted 09-17-2013 05:47 PM

Hi Emma
you might check into woodworking classes at community collages also Charles Neil offers a low cost on line woodworking class called Mastering woodworking.

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#3 posted 09-17-2013 05:48 PM

Woodcraft has a listing for clubs in the US. Here's the page for California.

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 06:37 PM

Hi Emma, along with the comments regarding joining groups or clubs… Get yourself on Keek, It’s a bit like twitter, but with video feeds of upto 36seconds, might not sound a long time, but there’s a great group of us woodworkers on there all swappping tips ideas, etc etc, better still, its completely chock full of all levels of experience falling over each other to spread the word, and help!

Also get on the united federeation of woodworkers – lots of these people are also on keek!

go to
and – you can sign up via either twitter or facebook too.

I’m on there,

also look out for people such as,
@lanneyshaughnessy, @rjbwoodturner, @steveramsey – just look through peoples follow/subscribe lists, it’s pretty easy to follow!

-- Rick, Cambs UK, http:/

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 04:10 AM

Hi Emma. Welcome to Lumberjocks!
Check to see if there is a woodworking guild in your area. That way you can link up to woodworkers and get some help in person as to the kind of woodworking you want to do or things you want to learn how to build.

There area thousands of projects on here and everyone here is so helpful.Iif you see a project, drop a PM to the builder and ask questions.
Do you have a shop area or any tools to begin with?

Above all, always be safe in the shop around power tools!!!!!!!!!!!...................................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 05:30 PM

If you’re north bay, the Sonoma County Woodworker's Association has had some great meetings.

I don’t remember the name of the group, but I keep getting meeting announcements for the luthier’s organization in the Bay Area from Natalie at Luthier's Mercantile International, even though they’re pretty focused there’s a lot we can learn from getting a little bit out of our normal ruts (guitar builders do all sorts of cool bending, inlay and such).

Often high school shops will have adult-ed classes in the evening, so even if you’re working full-time you can get the use of their big fixed stationary tools, and their expertise.

If you’re hanging out near Petaluma you’re always welcome to bang on our door and say “what are you up to?”. Last night it was an enclosure for our hot water recirculator button to make it look less cheap-plastic-remote-control-ish

And have you checked out Tech Shop, Dorkbot or some of the Burning Man focused collectives? Especially at the latter there are often some really inspiring artists happy to have an extra hand around to help work on something. I once learned a ton about metal working one afternoon in the back of a U-Haul rental truck with a drill press running off of a generator, drilling out a hundred or three holes in the ends of dome struts…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 06:16 PM

Best place for woodworking videos…and they are free? YouTube has hundreds if not thousands. You can find any subject on woodworking. How to buy lumber, how mill lumber, how to build almost anything. Did I mention it is free?

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