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SouthernWoodworking

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07-09-2014 02:06 AM

Hello, a few of you may know me but for those who dont, Im a 17 year old woodworker who has a goal to have my own woodworking shop. Well, in the past month that dream has become a reality. I have been given a barn to work out of and people who needs things made and let me sell thing in their shop. Now that I have this chance, I need nicer tools and more tools like a lathe, Planer, Jointer, and new tablesaw fence. Here is where you guys come in

I need money so I started a fundraiser on a website called Indiegogo. Its like Kickstarter except I pay the fee’s and not the donators. Any money helps. I hate to ask for money but I feel it is necessary to achieve my goals.

Here is a link to the site.

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If you cant donate just check out the page and share it with friends. Thank you so much and with me luck!

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.


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mrjinx007

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#1 posted 07-09-2014 02:24 AM

I don’t believe in donating money in hopes of making someone use that money to become successful. It has never worked and it will never work. This is no different than begging for money. That being said, I have no problem investing in someone else’s talent or ambitions. Tell me what you can do to make my $10 or 10 million donation into $20 dollars or 20 millions in 10 years and I will consider it.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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SouthernWoodworking

89 posts in 91 days


#2 posted 07-09-2014 02:29 AM


I don t believe in donating money in hopes of making someone use that money to become successful. It has never worked and it will never work. This is no different than begging for money. That being said, I have no problem investing in someone else s talent or ambitions. Tell me what you can do to make my $10 or 10 million donation into $20 dollars or 20 millions in 10 years and I will consider it.

- mrjinx007

I know its no different. I am begging ( not literally but in a round about way). I hate asking for money and its out of my comfort zone but no goal worth achieving is within your comfort zone. You gotta jump out into the unknown and find out what is their to catch you. Since you dont want to donate ( I understand why) all I ask is that you spread the word. Im not as fortunate as some to have access to a lot of money so now I gotta try something.

Edit: and its not exactly a donation since you get something in return.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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Paul

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#3 posted 07-09-2014 02:37 AM

Offer your time for free cleaning up someone’s shop in turn for experience. You don’t need tools at 17 you need teaching and experience.

I don’t feel comfortable giving a 17 year old money for tools that I have not worked with and can’t guarantee that my money isin’t going to fund a tool that you mangle yourself with.

Experience is what you need right now not money.

Paul

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SouthernWoodworking

89 posts in 91 days


#4 posted 07-09-2014 02:46 AM


Offer your time for free cleaning up someone s shop in turn for experience. You don t need tools at 17 you need teaching and experience.

I don t feel comfortable giving a 17 year old money for tools that I have not worked with and can t guarantee that my money isin t going to fund a tool that you mangle yourself with.

Experience is what you need right now not money.

Paul

- Paul


Ive worked with these tools for a while now. ( 2 years almost everyday expect for the lathe and jointer) Its not like its new to me. I know how to use them. I just need my own. The guy who I used to learn from moved away and I am looking for a new mentor. Even if I did cut myself, that wouldnt be your fault. Im sure a tablesaw has caused alot more injuries then a jointer or planer. can you even cut yourself on a planer? Im not sure how you would besides sticking your hands into the machine.

To reply:

I cant seem to reply normally so Ill do it here. Im not a know at as you may think. Just cause I disagree with a person doesnt mean I know it all. I look to you older folks for guidance and advice. My great grandfather was a very big woodworker in my town but got Alzheimer’s before I could learn from him. Im sorry if my post came off as a know it all. This was just an idea that I thought would work and you all ( Including the admins) have proven me wrong.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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SouthernWoodworking

89 posts in 91 days


#5 posted 07-09-2014 02:47 AM



Offer your time for free cleaning up someone s shop in turn for experience. You don t need tools at 17 you need teaching and experience.

I don t feel comfortable giving a 17 year old money for tools that I have not worked with and can t guarantee that my money isin t going to fund a tool that you mangle yourself with.

Experience is what you need right now not money.

Paul

- Paul


And the shops around here dont want anyone under 18 for legal reason in their shops. Different world we live in.

-- Noah Lambert, Georgia, 2x2 Designs.

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richardwootton

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#6 posted 07-09-2014 03:07 AM

What part of the country do you live in? Have you considered the hand tool approach? If you were willing to learn the trade, at least initially, with your primary focus in hand tools, then I would entertain the idea of possibly donating some good user tools that can make a very big difference in the quality of your work once you understand how they are best utilized. Just a thought.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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Jerry

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#7 posted 07-09-2014 03:11 AM

It is good to see your drive and passion for woodworking. I also agree that learning is where you should begin. When I first began doing this stuff I used a cheap circular saw and a set of saw horses and anything else I might afford to buy at Harbor Freight at the time. I wish I had begun close to your age so you likely have great potential as you grow as wood worker. But I believe at this time you should focus on further education and continue perfecting woodworking skills on the side with whatever tools you can afford.

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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mudflap4869

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#8 posted 07-09-2014 03:12 AM

Patience young man. Anything worth having is worth earning on your own. Work with the tools you have and EARN the money to buy your dream. Everything in life is worth exactly what it cost YOU, not the one who gave it to you. What you are asking is for the world to hand you your dream ready made and shiny. Next year when you learn that you realy don’t want to invest the required effort into yesterdays dream you will move on to the next one and want it handed to you again. At 17 you feel that you have all the answers and attempt refute every bit of advice given to you. That alone proves that you are not yet mature enough to responsibly opperate a business. You have all the answers and we older folk ( I am 66) are totaly ignorant of the facts. Now prove my point by refuting all I have to say. Will that get you the $ that you ” not literaly, but in a round about way” are begging for?

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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