It Starts With a Workbench #1: Step 0: Get introduced to woodworking and become obsessed

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Blog entry by DocTux posted 06-29-2015 09:52 PM 1273 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Anyone who read my intro will know, I know basically nothing about fine woodworking. Transferable skills I have is the ability to work a saw, a driver, a nail gun, and lift heavy things. What started with an 8 minute video on YouTube and was fueled by having just binge watched Parks and Rec (Ron Swanson anyone?) not 3 weeks prior, has culminated in a regular obsession with woodworking. I had a mild interest in it after watching Parks and Rec as well as Rick Offerman’s stand-up comedy, and then watched an 8 minute video on YouTube simply because I had nothing better to do on my lunch break. Mitch Peacock’s “Get Into Woodworking” series episode 1 was the first video I watched, and I was hooked. I don’t think I got any work done the rest of that day, actually, I know I didn’t. I watched 6 episodes of what I can describe as some of the most informative (if a bit dry) videos I had watched to that point.

So I had all this enthusiasm backed up by hours and hours of videos watched. Well, at the time I was about to be extremely busy for several straight weeks and wouldn’t have access to my garage or the internet. So my enthusiasm went on hold, only to be reignited by talking to people about woodworking for nearly three straight weeks while I had limited access. It was great, I didn’t really retain much information unfortunately, but it was still a great time none-the-less.

Then finally, I decided. It was time to get into the books and carve out some funds to make this obsession a reality. So here we are. A real novice getting a real fresh start at the world of woodworking. These blogs will likely get very little attention, and I’m completely okay with that. If I can help encourage at least one video lurker to edge themselves out into the real world of woodworking I will consider them a success.

Step 1 coming very very soon.

-- Of the three rules of combat medicine, the third is the most important.

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#1 posted 06-30-2015 12:32 AM

Good luck with your journey. Hope you stick with it, and glad to have you here! Ask a LOT of questions here, there are some very smart people on this website.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 06-30-2015 01:03 AM

DocTux—You’re off to a good start with the decision to make a workbench your first project. A workbench was my first project as well. Best of luck to you! FYI, Nick Offerman’s website has a nice gallery of his and his students’ work in the woodshed as well as products for sale in the “The Store”.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 06-30-2015 01:48 AM

Mr, I appreciate your comments on my posts! I definitely started to see how little support my design would really have when I started looking at how other people built theirs. Almost nothing is keeping my frame from racking in the long direction because of where I put the support structure. None of it falls between the legs and the shelf supports are all turned the wrong way to be able to support the bench. I’ll definitely be asking a lot of questions, especially since I have half a month or so before I can buy the tools or materials!

Don, wow! My life is now that much better that I know Nick Offerman has a studio. Definitely will have to visit it the next time I’m in California. I particularly like their green method of wood acquisition. I’ll have to check out your bench too, every little thing helps! Thanks for reading.

-- Of the three rules of combat medicine, the third is the most important.

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