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Blog entry by MostlyHarmless posted 06-24-2010 11:54 AM 1775 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumber Jocks!

Yet another unexperienced, developing craftsman has arrived to lean on this community and hopefully contribute in a positive way. I’ve signed up here because I’ve found that I’ve been browsing the forums more and more lately and this community looks helpful and friendly.

I’m very much a DIY kind of guy and will naively accept any project that I’m completely unprepared for, just for the chance of getting my hands dirty. Last year I bought my first home, which has many improvements to be made and promised my wife I could do it all myself, and I will!

Besides building pine wood derby cars as a kid, I’ve got no real experience wood working. I’ve always had a passion to build things with wood, however apartment living wasn’t very conducive to this passion. Now that I’ve got my own garage, I’ve purchased a full set of Craftsman cordless tools, a nice contractors tablesaw, a router and a chop saw. I know there’s going to be more tools required in the future, but I’ve still got to get moving boxes out of the garage.

My current plans are to blog here about my projects, giving full details of my learning curve and bloody mistakes. I would absolutely love any recommendations, constructive criticism and feedback you’d like to give me. However, undaunted by poor feedback or none at all, I’ll continue to outline my experiences for those that might just benefit from this blog.

Current Project List:
Yard Gates
Driveway Gate
Garage Organization / work shop
Outdoor Playset
Attic Ladder
King Size Bed Frame / Head Board
Computer Desk and Shelving
Entertainment Center
Kitchen Cabinets
and so much more.

It’s likely this list will take a couple years to complete, but I’ll stay positive and imagine it being completed next week.

Stay thirsty my friends.

-- If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.

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David Craig

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 12:04 PM

Welcome to LJs. If you are looking to learn and develop, I can’t think of a greater place to be. Speaking from the perspective of a relative newcomer to the community myself, please allow me to encourage you to post, share your experiences and projects, and ask all the questions you need answers to. The community is friendly, the advice solid, and with the mixed bag of experience and woodworking specialties here, your developing insights will be just as welcome as those with a great deal more experience.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Dennis Mikulski

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 12:18 PM

Welcome to LJs and will be looking forward to your posts

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 12:30 PM

MH ,

welcome to LJ’s .

i’d start with the shop first ,
from whence all other projects flow .

it’s a never ending job ,
i’ve been working on my home for 10 1/2 years ,
and no end in sight !

it’s the journey ,
not the destination .

-- 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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#4 posted 06-24-2010 12:42 PM

“i’d start with the shop first “

Oh, believe me, I’d love to. But the wife has veto’d this project order and demanded that gates be installed to help corral the children.

I think she really just wants to verify I can even complete a project before I steal the garage from her arts and crafts dreams.

-- If there's anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now.

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 12:47 PM

well , the wife is always right ,
even when she isn’t , (LOL) !

better get on that gate , asap .

don’t want to lose your corner of the garage .

-- 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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#6 posted 06-24-2010 01:35 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks: Man that is a long list to start out with. Good luck with them, and you will like it here.

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

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Don Butler

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#7 posted 06-24-2010 01:36 PM

Please accept our congratulations on entering the field.
We’ll do what we can to help and encourage.
You seem to have sufficient tools to do the jobs you list.
Tools, however, don’t do the work, you do. So, proceed with knowledge. If you’re facing a job whose details may not be completely clear, come back to Lumberjocks and ask.
You’re sure to get more different suggestions than you expect, but just sort through them and go ahead with the one that makes sense to you in your circumstances.
I think you’ve already taken the first, best step by posting here.


-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#8 posted 06-24-2010 01:40 PM

Welcome. You’ll learn a lot as I have and still do.

At least you already know the most important thing – “When mama’s happy, everybody’s happy!:

-- Joe

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#9 posted 06-24-2010 01:42 PM

Welcome and best of wish on your new adventures. I would highly recommend the site as a reference source as well, try searching “gate” and you’ll see some very creative and well build ones. Good luck on the site for all your woodworking needs….Blkcherry

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#10 posted 06-24-2010 01:52 PM

Welcome to LJ. Its a great, friendly, helpful community.

”...demanded that gates be installed to help corral the children.”
Can’t you get a sheparding dog to do that for you while you focus on shop? lol.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#11 posted 06-24-2010 02:30 PM

I think we can help
Just ask

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#12 posted 06-24-2010 03:04 PM

welcome onbord the great crusing ship Lumber Jock
have fun and enjoy the journey but be aware it can be addictive
and there can be a werd humor onbord beside that it´s the best
bunch of people you can ask for help and advice
everyone of them will help you delay a project as long as possiple and
confuse you as much as possiple just to let you think twice :—))

na kidden you no one will let you down…lol
and from your list I gess you already have discovered that the honey to do list
always will be the biggest and has first priorite…LOL

rule Nr. 1 if the wife is happy ….everybody is happy


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#13 posted 06-24-2010 03:09 PM

Welcome to JJ. I love your Hitchhikers’ Guide username! Hahaha! Could woodworking be the answer to life, the universe and everything???

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#14 posted 06-24-2010 03:18 PM

Show your wife how a bandsaw can contribute to her own arts and crafts endeavors and you might start gaining more shop space (shared). Repeat with tools you don’t have.

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#15 posted 06-24-2010 03:38 PM

Welcome to LJs – I’m sure you aren’t the only one who has a foothold in the garage with thoughts of territorial expansion! Be safe with all the shiny new toys – lots of forum posts about good habits to form right from the start. Cheers, Richard

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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