My Journey #1: Some Background

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Blog entry by BArnold posted 05-27-2013 03:19 PM 1522 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m not new to online woodworking forums, but only recently joined LumberJocks. I enjoy the sharing of information and techniques on a forum such as this, so I’ll dive in as time allows.

Most of my life I was around various tools, but my real desire to build things from wood dates back to wood shop in the ninth grade. It was a fairly comprehensive course, for a junior high school class but that’s the only year it was offered in our district. After that class, I was more familiar and less afraid of a lot of tools but didn’t do very much woodworking until later in life. Much of what I did along the way was small carpentry projects around home. I guess I never saw myself as talented enough to build real furniture.

After watching Norm for many years, then other occasional woodworking shows, I finally took the plunge and started trying more advanced projects beginning around 1999. Once I began to use better quality woods like cherry and oak, I really got the bug. My wife was, and is, very supportive of my having a shop and the right tools to do the job. As a result, I’ve graduated from building a birdhouse a five-year-old could whack together to having a house full of furniture pieces I’ve designed and built.

Speaking of design, I found it quite fulfilling to see an item we wanted and then draw up my own plans for it. At first, I used pencil and paper but started using Visio because I was using it at work. I attempted using a few 3D design software packages along the way, but always went back to Visio for my comfort level. Then, a couple of years ago, I made myself dive into SketchUp but still hit a mental block until I got a little tutoring. The switch flipped on and I do all of my drawing in SU now.

Well, enough of this for now. More later…..

-- Bill, Thomasville, GA

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 04:15 PM

Welcome to LJ Bill. I hope you enjoy yourself here. Don’t be afraid to show past projects. They are usually just as interesting as anything new.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 04:43 PM

Welcome to LJ. Glad to have you aboard Bill, it is a great place for woodworkers.

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#3 posted 05-30-2013 03:53 AM

Welcome, we are always glad to have someone who uses SU. You will like it hre

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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