Wanting to start with wood works!

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Blog entry by mitchF posted 08-25-2009 04:55 AM 1165 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am new here and I am really interested if I might pick up a few skills when it comes to wood works. I hope I could share a bit of the things that I know or will discover that is connected with wood works.

Recently , I discovered a site when my uncle ordered a plaque, I think it was really nice, they offer different hand carved plaques, shadow boxes and more.

This is one of those plaques:

America : Love it or Leave it!

I’m not that good with my hands,and If you have any tips for me on what can I do so that i could do my OWN wood work projects, please tell me so!


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#1 posted 08-25-2009 05:07 AM

Hey Mitch welcome to LJs
Don’t sell yourself short you might be able to do more than you think. We all start with one step at a time.

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#2 posted 08-25-2009 05:22 AM

That’s a pretty broad request but I’ll toss in my couple of pennies worth.

1. Figure out how much space you have to work in. Do you have a basement or part of one that you can claim? Can some boxes from the garage go in storage so you can open up a little room? Or, will you be working out in the back yard when time and weather allows. These are all things to consider and will have a huge bearing on what kind of projects you can do.

2. Once you have a little room, take stock of what tools you have available. A good handfull of hand tools or do you or someone else have a full shop setup? Most likely somewhere in between but be realistic on what projects you want to do with what tools you have at your disposal.

3. And last on the big list is knowledge. Do you have much woodworking experience? If not, how do you plan to learn? Retailers like Woodcraft and Rockler have beginner classes available all the time. You can find their schedules on their websites. Community colleges also have classes that can get you started. Do you have a knowledgeable relative or friend who would be willing to have you look over their shoulder or look over yours?

4. One of the best resources is here at JUMBERJOCKS! Look all over the site and look at people’s Galleries to see what they do and what interests you. If you like how someone works or the projects they produce, add them to your Buddy list. Start PMing (Personal Messaging) folks if you have questions or thoughts on their items.

5. One more thing I will throw out there. I’m a little different from many LJs in that I read voraciously on a topic BEFORE I ever pick up a tool. If anything it helps to learn the vocabulary of woodworking. I continue to read book after book on woodworking. It keeps me refreshed with ideas.

I hope this info helps. Welcome and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing your work in the future.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#3 posted 08-25-2009 01:25 PM

Durnik has good points.. so I ditto them. Also, search places like youtube. Often there’s a video demonstration on how to use a tool, or how to do a certain skill. You just have to know how to search to hit the right thing.
There are also some cool wood working websites that show lots of videos and how to’s.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 08-25-2009 04:39 PM

Durnik has a very good list of to do s I think they are all good suggestions but high on the list is an in person mentor or class , If that’s not possible READ READ READ on line,books, plus DVD and Television after more than 20 years I still learn ever day with these resources,

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 05:44 AM

Guys thank you for giving me a head start! :)

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