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Posted on Transitioning from "rough builder" to "woodworker"?

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#1 posted 02-08-2016 03:52 PM

I think a good project to make the transition is to pick something simple and useful for your shop. Cabinet, tool stand, saw bench, step stool… whatever. Then find some plans, makes some plans or wing it as you prefer. Now, build it. But, it has to be solid and presentable. Also, you can’t use any nails or screws. For me, that was the point where I think I understood the real difference. Traditional joinery is better and stronger than fasteners in most cases for furniture and other “fine” woodworking. You’ll quickly learn that precision, well tuned tools and good stock preparation are key to obtaining the results you’re after.

Welcome to the rabbit hole:P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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