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Blog entry by trice posted 09-01-2008 02:16 AM 771 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys and gals. I just stumbled across lumberjocks and love it. I have done alittle bit of woodworking/carpentry in my day, but nothing crazy. I am definately a rank amateur. I have recently been getting the itch to actually learn to work with wood properly. Until now I have always just cobbled stuff together when needed, sometimes more successfuly than others. I have always been the type to do things for myself, but I have found that as I get older, the need/want to be self sufficient in many things gets stronger and stronger. I think this is where this desire to learn woodworking and carpentry has come from.

I am now in the process of cleaning out my garage so I can convert most of it into a shop. Once I get it cleaned out, the next order of business will be a basic workbench to get started on. I already have quite a few basic tools and power tools to get started with, but I really desire to learn to work wood without power tools, so I will be needing to get a few more things such as a few planes, cross-cut and rip saws, a few chisels, and so on. I am very excited about learning to work this way. I have many fond memories watching my grandfather when I was a small kid sawing wood with hand saws, drilling with hand drills and braces, and using his planes. This was in the early eighties, so looking back, I guess he just kept doing it the way he always had. He certainly could have used power tools if he had wanted to.

Anyway, thanks for reading my introduction. I look forward to talking to and learning from all you guys.

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#1 posted 09-01-2008 02:37 AM


This is the place to be if you want to learn. Folks here are eager and willing to help you with any wood working question so ask away!


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

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#2 posted 09-01-2008 03:24 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! I gaurantee you will love it here and learn so much!

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#3 posted 09-01-2008 04:09 AM

Welcome aboard to Lumberjocks. You’ll learn alot here.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 09-01-2008 05:24 AM

Welcome aboard! You can learn a lot here and don’t hesitate to ask questions. these folks are super people and
readily share their knowledge.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#5 posted 09-01-2008 05:30 AM

Welcome! This is a one-of-a-kind community.

Um, in a good way.

-- Eric at

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#6 posted 09-01-2008 12:59 PM


There is something here wood related for every interest if you look around, trust me. One of the biggest features for finding things on this site is the LumberJocks search bar at the top. It’s google powered, so if it’s there, it’ll find it. The other useful feature for finding your interests is the “tags” button at the bottom. When people make a project they tag it with whatever words are related to it, and then you can flip thru the tabs to find your interests…. Have fun.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 09-01-2008 01:19 PM


Good that you found this site. There are a lot of swell people here that will give you help for whatever subject that come up.
There are other DIY sites out there, & I go to them as well. They are all friendly to you. I don’t know how I found this site myself, personally. But i am glad that I did!

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#8 posted 09-01-2008 01:28 PM

If you like working with wood, you’re in the right place. Welcome.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#9 posted 09-01-2008 03:20 PM

Welcome, glad you’ve joined us!

-- Bill, Florida

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#10 posted 09-01-2008 04:35 PM

I am anxious to see photos of the shop in progress – please share.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 09-01-2008 07:07 PM

Hey guys, thanks for all the nice replies. I am so glad I found this site! I am very excited about sharing my experiences. I will get some pictures of my shop as It starts coming together. I also need to either build or buy a shed for my backyard. I have plenty of room in my garage but this will allow me to get alot of the garden tools and things out giving me even more room.

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#12 posted 09-04-2008 02:05 AM

Sounds like you joined about when I did. Forums are great, you’ll get several opinions and info. I’ve been browsing, and there is a lot of talent, skill and knowledge captured here. I too am just getting serious about my shop. At my skill level, I have a lot of mistakes and end up doing a lot of sanding; which makes a TON of dust – so I just bought an air cleaner. I was able to quickly choose a model (JDS 750-ER) based on what I read here.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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