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Blog entry by Bsmith posted 02-03-2011 08:19 AM 4495 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all. I’ve been lurking around these forums for a few months now and am enjoying the wealth of information and all the projects. I’ve returned to woodworking after a long siesta. Started just to remodel the garage and build some cabinets. Then I don’t remember what happened. The smell of cut lumber entered my olfactor and I haven’t stopped since. Only problem is, I haven’t actually built anything yet… but I’ve made plenty of tools to build something. I have jigs and sleds, boxes for bolts, infeed and outfeed tables, workbenches and saw horses. And then it happened… I made a wooden hand plane, then another, and another, and another. My wife ask if that was normal behavior. So I’m asking, should I continue with this odd behavior, bench plane, block plane, or maybe…. a mallet?

-- Bryan

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 12:36 PM

Welcome, to LJ’s l think one of the best woodworking sites online if not the best.
I am some what a beginner, but the woodworking experts on here is the best wealth of information you will find anywhere for sure.
And the members here are as one big family, times l have been down unsure of myself my buddies here lifted me up gave me encouragement.
So Bsmith welcome again to LJ’s keep doing what your doing that is what brings true happiness.

-- jim

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 02:47 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks: There are quite a few of us that started back up after a lot of years:

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 03:26 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! I personally only started a little over a year ago (OK maybe a year and a half but close). I began converting my garage, changed the official definition of said given space to “Shop”, and haven’t looked back.

I have dabbled in a little this and that out in the shop and find I do have a bad case of woodworkers A.D.D. at times. Long story short I do it for fun, relaxation, and creativity….. So with that being said… If you walk out in the shop and you have nothing more than a desire to build a plane… By God build yourself a plane and soak up every second of the experience. If when done you want another… Do it….

Most important thing I had to learn (thanks to a fellow inspiring LJ that I talk nearly daily with)... Have fun and enjoy what ever you do out in your sanctuary … Ummm… I mean shop…

Best of luck and look forward to seeing some of your handy work.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 06:26 PM

Hello Mr. Smith,
I’m not sure I would call making planes not making something. But I think I know what you mean.

It seems like every time I go out to the shop to work on that unfinished/neglected jewelry box or start a new project, I end up making a jig or cleaning and reorganizing the wood pile.

But at least I’m in the shop.

I know… You could make your lovely wife a nice cutting board or a jewelry box and then she won’t mind so much.

P.S Woodworkers ADD is a gift from the Gods. Be proud of it. I call it multitasking.

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 06:43 PM

Thanks for the welcome. I’m excited about taking my skills to the next level. Everyone here is such and encouragement. I hope to post a few pic’s. I just finished a Hock plan. Now I’m working on a cabinet to put it in.

-- Bryan

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 08:54 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, BSsmith. You’ll like it here.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 09:11 PM

If you start making and selling planes, including molding planes, you probably have a market. In my book, that is an achievement on its own. Welcome to LJs.

Post some pictures.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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