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311 days ago

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To celebrate my first year on Lumberjocks, rather than saying something sappy (pardon the pun) I thought I’d list some of the things I’ve learned about woodworking.

-Good tools are expensive
-Hand tools aren’t reserved for the elite or the Amish.
-Square and flat is the be-all end-all. Period.
-Sharp is a close second.
-There is lumber out there at decent prices if you wait and have a bit of luck.
-All glues are NOT created equal
-All sandpaper is NOT created equal
-Solutions to my woodworking problems come after I’ve left the shop.
-Don’t assume the guy cutting lumber at HD knows the difference between ripping and crosscutting.
-A bandsaw is a lot like a sewing machine, just cooler.
-Math is important. And it’s still there in my noggin after all these years.
-Bungee cords are dangerous
-TBIII doesn’t come off flannel pyjamas. Or socks, or pants…
-Shop clothes are a good idea
-Ask, and someone will answer.
-No matter what’s online, there’s value in owning the book.
-Time does fly when I’m woodworking
-MDF is a necessary evil
-I don’t like pine as much as I used to.
-Hard maple is hard to work with
-Tearout is a bad bad thing
-”I’ll sand it out later” is the prelude to disaster
-Fixing mistakes is a lot more tedious than doing it right
-I can’t make anything cheaper than Ikea. Anyone who thinks I can wouldn’t appreciate it anyway.

Thanks for a great year.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.


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SirTonka

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#1 posted 311 days ago

nice run down, Sandra. A few points I have not considered before thank you

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jumbojack

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#2 posted 311 days ago

Like

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 311 days ago

well said girl
and happy first year

as the virginia slim commercial said

‘you’ve come along way , baby’
(please don’t take that the wrong way)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sandra

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#4 posted 311 days ago

David – I take it as a great compliment. Makes me think of Rosie the Riveter.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 311 days ago

Congrats on your 1 year badge!

You have come a long way and have contributed a lot of wit and wisdom along the way.

Always enjoy your posts.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 311 days ago

hah nice list… good for a laugh :) I’ve experienced all of those at one point! Especially glue on clothes. It just gets everywhere!

-- - Jeff - Hamilton, ON, Canada

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#7 posted 311 days ago

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 311 days ago

Congrads, on your first year, I’m getting close to it, 25 more days.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#9 posted 311 days ago

Great list! Happy LJ BDay

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 311 days ago

I don’t like pine as much as I used to

Bungee cords are dangerous

A bandsaw is a lot like a sewing machine, just cooler

These cracked me up! lol

Congrats on your 365!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 311 days ago

Good to bring a little humor to the shop. Happy 0ne Year. Look forward to seeing you many more.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#12 posted 311 days ago

The years seem to fly bye. Looks like you have learned a lot.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Grandpa

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#13 posted 311 days ago

Congrats on the year. That list is something to ponder.
I had a student once that I was teaching to use a band saw. She was a curtain maker. She said this is like a sewing machine. I guess she was correct.

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#14 posted 311 days ago

You are in a good place. Happy 1st anniversary.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 311 days ago

Happy Anniversary Sandra! Great list, includes some of the things I’ve learned here as well.

-- God bless, Candy

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