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cherylf

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01-02-2009 12:23 AM

Hey all,

Cheryl here from “The Master’s” country, Augusta, GA. I just bought a house in the country and it has a detached garage. The guy who built the house (and garage) is an electrician and he used the garage as a workshop. There are 15 outlets in the garage! I have always wanted to get into woodworking as I have done quite a bit of refinishing of old furniture, antiques, etc. and I’m good with sanding, painting, staining and minor repairs (replacing hinges, that sorta thing). I am what you might say, mechanically inclined. I watch alot of Norm Abram (I think that’s his name) This Old House. But that is waaaaaayyy over my head. So, I got a gift card to Lowe’s for Christmas and this is what I bought: circular saw, sander, jigsaw, cordless drill (all Dewault), block plane, drill bits, 3 chisels, miter box and saw, ext. cords, saw horses, safety goggles (which SUCK by the way, they fog up and oh my gawd I’m going to cut my arm off if I wear these), The Complete Book of Woodworking, and a butt load of clamps. I have a bunch of 2×4’s, 1×6’s that the previous owner left, not good quality though, so I’m “practicing” with them. So here’s the million dollar question, What now??? Thanks in advance for any advice!!!!!!!!!

-- I think I was a man in a previous life - why else would I be blonde and like beer!


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Bob #2

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#1 posted 01-02-2009 12:26 AM

Blonde????? This is a joke right?
Just kidding. <g>
Get a plan for a bird house or a step stool and give that whack.
Let us know where you need more help.
p.s. ditch the glasses and get a face shield so you can breath and see.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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cherylf

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#2 posted 01-02-2009 12:31 AM

Thanks Bob, and no this is not a joke, hey, we all have to start somewhere right? Actually I do need a step stool because I can’t reach a damn thing!!

-- I think I was a man in a previous life - why else would I be blonde and like beer!

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lew

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#3 posted 01-02-2009 12:38 AM

First, if you another gift card like that- send it to me!!!! ;^)

Seriously, as Bob said, start simple. Look at some of the projects posted here at LJ’s. Smaller items can be nicely done with the tools you have purchased. Post your progress and get some feedback on how you are doing. As your confidence level grows- and you want to move up to more complicated project- you will have an idea of what tools will be needed to be added to your arsenal.

Looking forward to seeing your first project.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-02-2009 12:40 AM

Here’s one built with my grandson for his mom.
P.s. He built that pencil holder beaver for himself.

From misc pics

From misc pics

From misc pics

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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cherylf

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#5 posted 01-02-2009 12:53 AM

Thanks Lew, will do. I also need to get some better lighting in the workshop. I honestly don’t know how he saw a thing, currently there are two flourescent overheads, each having two bulbs apiece, but that doesn’t seem to do it for me. I recently purchased (really cheap) six rocking chairs for my front porch, completely unfinished and a bit rough. I’m having to set the nails before I can even begin the finishing process. Any ideas on the lighting situation?

-- I think I was a man in a previous life - why else would I be blonde and like beer!

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oldskoolmodder

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#6 posted 01-02-2009 12:57 AM

I was gonna say what was said above, about the gift card. You’ve got some seriously good people around you to get all that stuff from a gift card.

Take a look around here at ALL the projects you can handle. Caution though, you’ll get bleary eyed looking at all the stuff here at once, and may not sleep for days (and nights) at a time. You’ll get so many ideas, that you’ll wish you had some of that gift card left to buy more wood to practice with.

As for lighting, Shop lights are cheap. Cheaper than the ballasts that you have to replace later on, so buy plenty.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#7 posted 01-02-2009 01:03 AM

dup/?

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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TheCaver

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#8 posted 01-02-2009 01:13 AM

I would start by watching every single one of TChisel’s videos…..He was taught at the North Bennet Street School in Mass…One of, if not the best fine ww’ing school in the country….His projects are grandiose, but better to get his type of fundamentals first…..

http://www.tchisel.com

You don’t want to start by learning bad habits….

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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cherylf

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#9 posted 01-02-2009 01:13 AM

I love the photos Bob!!! And oldskoolm….. Yes I do have a great dad that gave me a $1 thousand gift card to Lowe’s. I still have three hundred dollars left to buy more lighting! Most of the stuff I bought was on sale (after Christmas Sale I suppose). I really love the step stool picture Bob sent. I think I can do that. I’m a graphic artist by trade so I’m gonna photoshop that picture and rule in the dimensions. I’ll keep you posted!

-- I think I was a man in a previous life - why else would I be blonde and like beer!

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#10 posted 01-02-2009 01:23 AM

As a graphic artist I think that you will take to woodworking right away.

The principles of balance and proportion, using contrast in color and texture apply to this craft as well. You can start by making some projects published in books or magazines to start developing your skills. Then you can step up to modifying existing plans and then you are on your way to designing your own work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#11 posted 01-02-2009 01:32 AM

Hey – Deja Vu!
I was – am a graphic artist too!
I think conceptualisation is what separates us from the “code Monkeys” <vbg>

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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cherylf

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#12 posted 01-02-2009 01:33 AM

Wow!! Todd, I checked out your profile and absolutely loved this part, “I get inspiration from art, architecture, and often, things that many would not find relevant to furniture.” I soooo get that. As an artist, wannabe woodworker: dimension, color, depth, grade, etc. is the key to creativity. Thank you.

-- I think I was a man in a previous life - why else would I be blonde and like beer!

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cherylf

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#13 posted 01-02-2009 01:35 AM

Oh my gawd, I love you Bob!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- I think I was a man in a previous life - why else would I be blonde and like beer!

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#14 posted 01-02-2009 01:37 AM

Thank ya vurry much!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#15 posted 01-02-2009 01:48 AM

Wait, what are you trying to say about code monkeys?

You will need lots and lots of sand paper too.

I work in the basement and I have a 2-bulb strip light about every 4 feet or so. They are also positioned strategically over each power tool work station. I also have one of the dual halogen work lights on a stand. This is awesome for highly illuminating a particular piece while working on it, but gets damn hot. I also have a floor standing fan that blows across the light to push the heat in another direction.

Augusta, my brother and his family live in Atlanta. I have not yet been down there. Sorry, my brother is not mechanically inclined and has never tried woodworking so he is not someone I can send you to for help.

Go online, look for clip art or free plans, get used to playing with the wood, try different glues, get used to sanding, you might consider getting a random-orbital sander too. Though doing it all by hands surely strengthens the arms and wrists. I remember making simple belt balancers and owl-shaped shelves in middle school shop class. I then progessed to cedar chests and as my collection of tools grew, so did my aspirations. I still learn something new every time I go into the shop.

Well good luck. Good to see Bob has a fan.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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