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06-09-2009 02:19 AM

Hello all,

I have watched this site with some interest for awhile and decided to try my hand at woodworking. We recently bought a house built in 1938, in Oregon, and it was somewhat of a contest between local craftsman in a fund raising effort at the time; so there is much about the place in the way of handmade built ins. There is also much to do about restoration and renovation.

I am not a carpenter. YET!! I have decided to turn the 20’ x 20’ garage into a woodworking shop, and to learn as I go along. I will have to learn practical matters for repairs, but hope to end up knowing my way around the shop and settling in on a hobby of furniture making with hand tools. Much to do before I get there. I will be watching and asking questions as to the right tools and methods to use.

I’m starting out with an old Craftsman bandsaw, an old Jet Drill press, and a new tablesaw, jigsaw, and circular saw by Bosch. Many dusty old hand tools and a few new ones. I guess my first project, from reading your posts ought to be a work bench. I like the idea of a set of bases and beams that I saw in the Fine Woodworking Annual Issue.

I look forward to all your suggestions and support. I will post pictures as I go along.


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 06-09-2009 02:22 AM

A belated welcome to LJs. This is a great community for answering exactly the kinds of questions you are asking. Good luck on a great hobby and wishing you much fun and success with the shop and future projects.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 06-09-2009 02:26 AM

Welcome to LJ’s and yes a workbench makes a world of difference.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#3 posted 06-09-2009 02:34 AM

welcome…you landed in a good place to get lots of ideas and help…and a laugh or two along the way…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 06-09-2009 02:47 AM

welcome home in both senses .
you will find all the help you need here ,
many wonderfull people with very good ideas .
much luck in your home and projects !

-- 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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#5 posted 06-09-2009 02:48 AM

Welcome! you will find the most amazing folks here at LJ’s! I’m new in the shop and this is the place to be!


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

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#6 posted 06-09-2009 02:53 AM

Welcome!! Come On In!!!!!

Sounds like you are off to a great start with tool. I think most here will agree with your idea of starting with a workbench.

Looking forward to pictures!

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

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#7 posted 06-09-2009 03:23 AM

Welcome again
We are here to help just give us a yell

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Francisco Luna

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#8 posted 06-09-2009 03:52 AM

Glad to hear you consider Hand tools in your learning process, when most of people just jump directly into the power and noisy tools world. welcome aboard!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#9 posted 06-09-2009 06:12 AM

Welcome to the addiction of LJ’s. Hope your new shop is a good experience for you.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#10 posted 06-09-2009 02:23 PM

Welcome and enjoy the sawdust!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 06-09-2009 02:49 PM

“Welcome to LJ’s”……Enjoy the experience…..have fun setting up your new shop.

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#12 posted 06-09-2009 03:21 PM

Definitely a workbench first. Then I would suggest a few shop cabinets to make your mistakes on. First of all, you’ll be happier having storage. Second, when you make mistakes on the storage cabinets, chances are you can live with them. It will give you alot of learning while minimizing the risk of burning up finer woods for things in the house.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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#13 posted 06-09-2009 07:59 PM

Yes certainly a workbench…..but if your going to be doing some repairs and remodeling….dont forget a couple of saw horses too

-- Life used to be soooo much simpler!!!!

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#14 posted 06-14-2009 03:46 AM

starting is the easy part

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