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Blog entry by jake6105 posted 01-14-2020 10:48 PM 293 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been following along the site as best could be over the past few months awaiting the moderator’s decision to open up to new members and today I’ve finally been able to join. I’ve gained a lot of insight from everyone that posts here and look forward to learning a lot more now that I have the ability to interact with everyone. A little about myself, I’m a medically retired Marine that is going to attempt to pick up a new trade, be it for hobby or employability. In high school we didn’t have a wood shop but I was fortunate enough to have a chance in machine shop. A few weeks before the end of classes I moved to another district that didn’t have machine shop but had wood shop. Unfortunately everyone had finished their class projects so all that was left was assembling some pre-cut garden wagons. Regardless I knew then that I wanted to pursue at least a hobby in woodworking. I haven’t acquired much in the way of tools yet but I’ve got the basics, a table saw, small band saw, trim router, Japanese pull saw, a decent chisel set, and a few other miscellaneous items. I’m excited to get started and will begin my journey with some keepsake boxes for my children. I’ve got a few other items planned including a toddler bed for my youngest, a breakfast nook in our kitchen, and a sewing table for my wife. I look forward to getting the type of feedback I’ve seen others receive here. Thanks to the mods for opening the site back up.

-- Jake, Indiana



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MrWolfe

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#1 posted 01-14-2020 11:07 PM

Pullsaw and decent chisels is a great start in my opinion.
Look at some of the inexpensive moxon vice builds here or on google and you will be off to a great start. I mean the ones with the Gold’s Gym barbells and star nuts for hardware. Nothing matches the precision of a well used pull saw and maybe a jeweler’s saw (less than $20 on amazon) and some 12 tpi skip tooth blades and you are set for EXCELLENT joinery for keepsake boxes and more.
Just my opinion on a good place to start. Its a journey and you can add tools as you go.
Glad you’ve joined us and keep us updated on your projects or with questions.
You are in the right place.
Jon

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pottz

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#2 posted 01-15-2020 12:55 AM

well first off let me say thank for your service to our great country.second let me say welcome to our great forum.as a beginner this is the place to learn the skils that will make this hobby or potential career grow into whatever you want it to be.we have a range of talent here from shear novice to some of the best craftsman in the world,and i mean world,we have members from across the globe.enjoy this place and learn my friend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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mel52

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#3 posted 01-15-2020 01:51 AM

Welcome to LJs. There is a wealth of info on this site and most LJers will be open with their opinions and insight. You will probably get numerous ideas for each question you ask, think about them all and just use what works best for you. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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jake6105

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#4 posted 01-15-2020 02:06 AM



Look at some of the inexpensive moxon vice builds here or on google and you will be off to a great start. I mean the ones with the Gold s Gym barbells and star nuts for hardware. Nothing matches the precision of a well used pull saw and maybe a jeweler s saw (less than $20 on amazon) and some 12 tpi skip tooth blades and you are set for EXCELLENT joinery for keepsake boxes and more.
Just my opinion on a good place to start.

- MrWolfe

Thanks for the advice Jon. A good vice is something I’ve been looking into.

-- Jake, Indiana

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jake6105

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#5 posted 01-15-2020 02:10 AM



well first off let me say thank for your service to our great country.second let me say welcome to our great forum.as a beginner this is the place to learn the skils that will make this hobby or potential career grow into whatever you want it to be.we have a range of talent here from shear novice to some of the best craftsman in the world,and i mean world,we have members from across the globe.enjoy this place and learn my friend.

- pottz

Thanks pottz. I enjoyed my time in the service and felt privileged to wear the uniform of those who came before me. Looking forward to all the knowledge everyone here has to share and hope I can get to where I can one day do the same.

-- Jake, Indiana

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jake6105

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#6 posted 01-15-2020 02:11 AM



Welcome to LJs. There is a wealth of info on this site and most LJers will be open with their opinions and insight. You will probably get numerous ideas for each question you ask, think about them all and just use what works best for you. Mel

- mel52

Thanks Mel. I’m looking forward to everyone’s opinions and can’t wait to learn more from everyone.

-- Jake, Indiana

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 01-15-2020 04:09 AM

Welcome ’6105... as pottzy said any American that served his great country is more than welcome :8>)}... You will learn from some of the best here and also discover how not to from me and some of my similar compatriots.

To ensure you don’t fade away and slip through the cracks, may I suggest you get verbose on your home page, best place to brag, and please take some effort to illustrate your working environment… that’s my “Hungarian speak” for populate your “workshop”, please… if it’s still a blank canvas, start following up with happy snaps once the first coat of paint has dried.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 01-15-2020 04:48 AM

Welcome to Ljs Jake, Enjoy!

-- https://www.artisticwoodstudio.com/videos

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sansoo22

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#9 posted 01-15-2020 06:35 AM

I will be one of those that helps you discover what not to do.

For example don’t get sucked into the dark side of hand planes and other antique hand tools. Seriously just don’t do it…they will invade your shop, your home office, you’ll find one randomly in strange places like the kitchen table.

All jokes aside nice to have another member here! Welcome to LJs!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#10 posted 01-15-2020 08:33 AM


.... get sucked into the dark side of hand planes..... strange places like the kitchen table…..
.... All jokes aside..
- sansoo22

That’s no joke… and not strange... I had a plate of plane cereal for breakfast this morning!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Fiver

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#11 posted 01-15-2020 02:06 PM

Hi Jake,

I too have been lurking here for awhile now. I didn’t know that joining the site was locked down but I read your post and figured I should also create an account while I could. I’ve learned more just from lurking here off and on for a few months than I have from any other source and stoked to be here also. Sorry for piggybacking on your welcome post.

I also echo what pottz said. Thank you for your service to our country.

-- There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded. - Mark Twain

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Bobsboxes

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#12 posted 01-15-2020 03:46 PM

Thanks for your service, you will find much help here on LJ. Welcome

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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jake6105

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#13 posted 01-16-2020 03:23 AM

LittleBlackDuck, I will try and fill in some workshop details this weekend and I’ll definitely be posting some build pics as soon as I can get started. I appreciate the advice and thanks for the welcome.

a1Jim, thanks. Your shop and school look excellent and if I ever get a chance to visit out West I will definitely make it a priority to swing by.

sansoo22, haha, thanks for the laugh, I definitely have a strong urge to dive into hand planing so I’m sure I’ll be an addict within the next few months myself. Also, your boxes look great and I hope mine turn out as nice.

Fiver, piggyback anytime. Thanks for your support, I enjoyed serving.

Bob in Montana, thanks for the welcome and support. I hope to learn a lot from everyone.

-- Jake, Indiana

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James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 01-16-2020 09:00 PM

Thank you for your service and I hope your well. I know you can move forward and create some awesome projects.

Many of our Veterans go on to becoming great business men, Craftsman and leaders. They have great training and leadership qualities.
But I’m sure you already know that.

I didn’t know there were limits on membership.

I started to take woodworking seriously (WoodshopTherapy) in 2017 and learned and was inspired by this sight.

You can also watch YouTube if you need information on something you want to build. Some of our Lumber Jock buddies post there.

If I were to give any advice it would be if your going to buy a band saw, get one with 12” plus resaw capacity.

Welcome A-Board Jake!

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 01-16-2020 10:12 PM

When you first join your everybody’s fav LumberPuppy.
Then as the years pass you become like me, an old LumberDog.

-- James E McIntyre

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