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William Shelley

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#1 posted 02-08-2017 11:29 PM

Woodworking is mostly an art and everyone will do-over a project at some point. I would make sure to divert some of your funds towards purchasing cheap kiln dried framing lumber or pine 1-by material at your local home improvement store. It’s typically cheap enough that you can “waste” it by building something just to learn how to do it.

There was a thread a few weeks ago about someone who had no experience, but had spent several thousand dollars on walnut boards so that he could build a table instead of buying the table from Pottery Barn. I cringed so badly reading that thread because it was a perfect example of what not to do.

On the other hand, if you buy $20 of cheap lumber at home depot, build a table, and even if it falls apart, you’ve learned a lot and hopefully had fun and you probably spent less than one evening at the bar.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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