The Beginning #1: Waiting to get started.....

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Blog entry by Robe5000 posted 01-25-2012 03:10 AM 5976 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So my journey into woodworking is going to start in february 2012, why February you ask? Well that’s when I take possession of my first home, but more importantly my first workshop. I took an interest into woodworking during some renovations I did on my mothers house. Not having much money to complete these renovations I had to get almost all of the work done myself. So off to home depot I went to purchase some tools and materials. I’ve always had a love for tools, being a mechanic that tends to happen, so needless to say I bought every tool I needed. No rentals or borrowing for this guy. Then the work started, I found myself scouring the Internet for almost every project I took on. I was quite pleased with all of the resources I found, during the search for home reno help I stumbled across several woodworking videos and sites. I noticed that the woodworkers were using most of the tools that I bought to complete my renovations, and I also noticed that they were making really awesome stuff out of wood! With the wheels already in motion on the house search I informed my girlfriend that a house without a workshop is unacceptable, she agreed… Anywho, after deciding I would take woodworking on as a hobby in our new house I figured Id better do some research….. It’s been about 6 months since that decision and I think it’s safe to say “Woodworking has taken over my life!” Well maybe thats a bit of a stretch, but all I do in my spare time is read fine woodworking and watch wood whisperer videos, I’ve learned more about wood in the past six months then I ever thought I could know, and the sad part is, I haven’t even started one project…... Not one glued joint, not one dado, not even a cutting board…..:) . So I really hope this current obsession pans out the way I want it to. I think the first step is getting into my house and getting a few tools set up and cutting some wood. I hope once I get some saw dust in the air and a few projects under belt I’ll be a good contributing member of LJ, I also plan on making a YouTube channel to help beginner woodworkers, I’ve found there’s not to much out there for real greenhorns. With that said, I take possession of my new workshop feb 16, I can’t wait to post my first project and about my shops growth, and mine as well!

-- Transformers, robots in disguise

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 07:09 AM

Well said and good luck with your adventures. I am in the same boat but no shop in sight as of yet, I have done carpentry and some minor woodworking in the past as a job and helping out a friend or two. But I really need to find my own place and setup shop. ( I am 1 of many effected by the econ. and health issues. ) I will be watching and adding what little I can to help you on your way.

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 07:17 AM

Good Luck with setting up your shop. As others may agree, setting up and creating your shop can make for some of your most interesting projects. It also gives you chances to try out new techniques. With shop furniture as your guinea pig projects, you have a high potential to make goofs and with those goofs, you’ll learn the fine art of fixing them, heh. I personnally see the goofs/repairs as a reminder of lessons learned. I personnally have an extra wide dado on my workbench leg because ‘someone’ cut on the wrong side of the line. :-)

Anyway, your idea of creating videos for new comers to the hobby is a good one.

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 09:29 AM

welcome to lj and to woodworking as a whole . This is a hobby of many facets and you will be faced with many decisions I know building a shop myself for the past few months has lead me on a strange journey. I have instead of making room for my shop I was forced to make a shed to store all my home building tools in things that will never see the inside of a workshop. like my texture machine and my pressure washer both essential tools for flipping homes. my paint rig for painting homes and a ton of other tools all waiting for the shed to be roofed and ready to house the things that keep my shop so full you cant walk from side to side. combine this with my hand plane obsession and things will have to be done to finish the shop in the next few weeks Today I mounted in my shop a nice little lumber rack i got on the grizzly website it was made by htc it went up real nice and i was very pleased it is already full of walnut pine alder and oak. I have to say since your starting out the first thing you need is a table saw a jointer or a no 7 or 8 hand plane a drill press is very nice the new powermatic 2800 onyx is top notch and would serve you well a set of nice hand planes a planer and a router and table will also be nice then a band saw and boom your a real hobbyist woodworker a few hundred hours of watching Norms old shows and you will be making nice stuff. and this place and many others will get you hyelp as you learn to work the wood here you will have friends that will guide you theough the process of becoming a master. we all have had different journies i was blessed to have a great grandpa who taught me many things while i was 7 till 13 when he died then shop teachers and then on my own i have read thousands of books articles delta grams flying ships and more books till i think i either know how to do everything then i am humbled buy the work of a master and say wow you still have allot to learn and so it goes there is always inspiration and always something new to learn good luck with your shop I hope you enjoy the ride Lance

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