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Young Woodworkers

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#1 posted 05-23-2011 04:37 AM

Well….........I’m going to turn 63 pretty soon. I ride a Harley, road race an RX-7, mountain bike, and love to hike and canoe. But I guess I’m not “young.” On the other hand, I know a lot of things about a lot of things – not because I’m so smart but because I’ve been around and kept my eyes and ears open.

There’s a lot of value to making friends with people your own age and I strongly urge you to do that. However, I hope you keep your mind open to us “old farts” too. In a virtual environment like this you’re as old as someone perceives you to be. If you’re lookig for answers, help and advice it’s ageless. Good advice is good advice.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 05-23-2011 06:06 AM

i ll be 61 next week and if you have be woodworking for 2 years , you got 18 months on me !

-- rick

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#3 posted 05-23-2011 06:16 AM

Hey im 18 and have been wood working for a few years now, learned a lot and hope to learn more as I go.

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 06:22 AM

I’m at a great age, 17.. going on to 18. Started woodworking at age 13 and well stayed with it.
I’m self taught, and I buy big toys with my money off my woodworking.
When every I walk into a woodcraft or rockler they are pretty excepting to young folks into woodworking.
When I go and buy something , a tool, then they look at me…. ? A kid buying a table saw,bandsaw,jointer… what?????

(BentheViking) I might not be your age, but I’m close..right..??
Anything you need to talk about give me PM..

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#5 posted 05-23-2011 06:49 AM

27 here. I grew up with a father who was a foreman at a custom millwork company and who did lots of other woodworking both as side work and for fun and family. I lost interest during the whole rebellious teen phase but started to become interested again once I moved away from home. We bought a house last year and I decided to set up a shop. I bought some things, and my dad (who’s now disabled and can’t do woodworking anymore) gave me a bunch of tools and lumber. I’ve only been at it for less than a year, but I love what I’m doing. I plan to start selling some small products in the next month or so, working up to bigger things. If I can make my sawdust addiction self-sufficient, I’ll be one happy guy!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 05-23-2011 04:55 PM

25 and just started WWing about a year ago

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 05-23-2011 05:23 PM

I am 26

I am also into collecting/restoring/using antique woodworking tools. Ya a lot of my friends are out at the clubs and having their parties while I am sanding the rust off of a 100 year old tool. Man oh Man are they all missing out on the fun! :)

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 05-23-2011 06:28 PM

I am 27. I started woodworking when I got my house about a year ago. I’ve always wanted to build furniture but never had the space to do so. The house gave me that opportunity. I’m looking to finish outfitting my shop and learn more.

My father is a handy man do it yourselfer. Remodels, plumbing, etc. I’m a bit more detailed than him and have more patience.

-- Will work for wood...

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#9 posted 05-23-2011 07:08 PM

21 here (well 2 days away from being 22). Been interested in fine woodworking for about 7 years, before that my mom says I was building with Legos and cardboard boxes. Took shop in 9th grade and then took a construction class at the local tech school my junior and senior year. Found being out in the field framing and roofing wasn’t my thing, so came back and went back to school for electrical, (work at Home Depot part time in the electrical department). Also started a woodworking business back in Nov, due to building things for businesses them having to report on their taxes, but I’m slowly getting busier, one of very few woodworking businesses in the area now and have learned to never pass up any job not matter how small. All my friends are either into computers or cars.

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#11 posted 05-23-2011 07:57 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

There are all levels of expertise and experience here, and I think you’ll find most all the LJs to be helpful and responsive. I certainly have. You are right in defining woodworking as a lifelong hobby / persuit. This woodworker has just begun to learn the craft, after making things as needed for a long time.

The one lesson I keep on learning is humility…...... Just about the time when you think you have learned something, the woodworking gods remind you that we all goof.

BTW, age is a relative thing, and is related somehow to attitude. Most all of us have a good one. Looking forward to your first project.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#12 posted 05-23-2011 08:31 PM

26 here

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#13 posted 05-23-2011 09:50 PM

im 23 if that helps u any…been woodworking for almost a decade

-- M.K.

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#14 posted 05-23-2011 10:19 PM

37 and just starting, hope to learn alot here.

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#15 posted 05-23-2011 10:28 PM

30 here , been into it for about 3 years and i cant get enough. I just browsed through your profile .. uconn 08’ ... i graduated in 02’ from uconn. How bout them HUSKIES !!!! Hopefully Paul P can keep our football program headed in the right direction. As fellow alumni i propose that we carve a giant Jim Calhoun to place in front of Gampel (right where our lame mascot stands).

Put aside your notions in regard to quality and expertice, around here you’re not going to get much flack for being new to the hobby, i have actually found it quite the opposite. Most everyone is willing to help out especially a new guy to the hobby. We all gotta start somewhere ya know.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#16 posted 05-23-2011 10:31 PM

16 started at 12 and am working on my bucket list.


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#17 posted 05-23-2011 10:33 PM

You will find all over America that people are like you OF ALL ages. I am now 50 and just starting woodworking after being disabled in the Military. SO just ask away everyone here is truly of the woodworking Spirit.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#18 posted 05-23-2011 10:41 PM

just ask away and we will do what wee can to delay and confuse you and your project´s :-)
na kidden you welcome onboard , enjoy and have fun
ask away and they will all bee nice and try to help if they know a thing or two about it
many of the answers will maybee confuse you but there is more than one way to do a job
take what you use – and remember the rest to next time :-)

take care

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#19 posted 05-23-2011 10:43 PM

I too am 25(for the third time). I have about35-40 years experience working with wood. I love it. Can’t wait till I’m a teenager again(113) to start all over. Maybe I’ll get it right the second time around.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#20 posted 05-24-2011 12:13 AM

I am 35 and have been around wwing most my life. I have been self employeed cutting wood for a bit over a decade. People do not expect to see a younger person making a living cutting wood. It is an older mans game, wisdom and skill are friends of time. Ofcourse 60hrs a week, 52weeks a year in a shop and your going to learn a few things.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#21 posted 05-24-2011 01:34 AM

I am 51 years young.

Given all the other young LumberJocks who have identified themselves I don’‘t think you are correct in labeling this as an “old man’s hobbly”. In further support of my position I submit the following link: of a six year old’s woodworking project.

Regarding your concerns about ”...issues that may apply to us more so than other members (insecurities about work quality, lack of funds to buy tooling/materials…” they pretty much apply across the spectrum in some degree or another to all “amateur woodworking”

Finally, welcome to LumberJocks glad you are here!

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#22 posted 05-24-2011 02:00 AM

Welcome aboard. Myself I am 2534.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#23 posted 05-24-2011 04:24 AM

Insecurities about quality, lack of funds? Yep, you just described me and a few other wood workers I know. Some may not be your age, but are still glad to help.
To answer your question directly though, yes, there are other young wood worker here.
Oh! And I’m 25 too!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


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#24 posted 05-24-2011 05:15 AM

I’m 27. I really break the “old man’s hobby” rule!

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#25 posted 05-24-2011 05:53 AM

Hey everyone…I wanted to thank you all for your great responses. Its great to know so many other young people are getting into it.

So whats new? Anyone working on anything cool right now?

I am going to be making a cribbage board and a sign in the next couple of weeks.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#26 posted 05-24-2011 05:56 AM

Yep, just posted a project a few minutes ago. Also.. here you claim to be young and all….

and then talk about making a cribbage board?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#27 posted 05-24-2011 06:06 AM

Touche Dan….actually it is for my brother though I do play cribbage as well

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#28 posted 05-24-2011 06:34 AM

I just finished a mail organizer which I’ll be posting tomorrow. Also working up a few business card holders from scrap material; maybe I’ll be able to get a few bucks for them.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#29 posted 05-24-2011 06:59 AM

I’m 29, and I have been working with wood for 11 years (framing and trim carpentry).

I don’t have any friends locally into woodworking, but that’s what these sites are for. Anyone who thinks woodworking is only for “old men” can go pound sand :).

Currently I am working on a crosscut sled and planning a dining table. Keep us posted on your progress.

-- Sam

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#30 posted 05-24-2011 09:48 AM

I started with my first woodwork projects five years ago…I am 32 now. I like to use old stuff and turning it into brand new usefull things.


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#31 posted 05-24-2011 01:58 PM

Now you come on here talking about this old man’s hobby, then you tell us you’re good at cribbage. Cribbage was for old folgies when I was a kid, and I’m so close to forty it’s pitiful. Sorry, yes I lied about my age earlier in case you didn’t get the joke in the earlier post. You prove though that hobbys have nothing to do with age.


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#32 posted 05-24-2011 02:04 PM

29, WWing for almost 2 years now.

Currently I’m finishing my killer nightstands I spent forever on(due to life getting in the way). The stands are all finished and now I’m just working on the table top finish for the wicked veneers. You can check my blog about them. Then this summer I’ll be starting on a matching bed frame.

Welcome to LJ’s.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#33 posted 05-24-2011 02:50 PM

Maybe I should take the phrase “old man’s hobby” out of my forum or at least explain what I meant.

Most of my 25 year old friends would not be desperate to spend a weekend in a hot sticky shop getting covered in saw dust so that at the end of the weekend they have a little piece of wood to show for it. They’d rather be out at the beach, drinking, and chasing girls. I guess I should have said “not young guy’s hobby”

The only people I know that are into woodworking that are young are other guys that I have worked with.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#34 posted 07-24-2011 09:49 PM

Hey there!!
I’m 16 and been doing woodworking for the past two or three years, And am in the shop as much as possible!!
I’m currently working on a night stand for my parents, I’ll be posting that soon!!
hope to see some projects from you soon!!

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#35 posted 07-24-2011 10:07 PM

Even though I’m 42, I still feel like a “young wood worker” only having been doing it for about 3 years. It took me a long time to finally try it, and now I’m hooked. We all suffer from the issues you listed above. That is why this site is great. Lack of $, space, tools, time, cheap wood, know-how, experience, tips and tricks can be frustrating, but I’ll keep making sawdust as best I can.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#36 posted 07-26-2011 05:03 PM

Good topic and it’s good to know there are other young guys on here. I am 28 and been doing wood work for the last 11 or 12 years now. I started my own business 3 1/2 years ago. Right now I am getting ready to start working on 2 full size loft beds with desks and dressers under each one.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#37 posted 07-26-2011 05:59 PM

I’m 40, feel like 60, but I used to be in my 20’s. There are a lot of talented young bucks around here. You’ll find some great company.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#38 posted 07-26-2011 06:10 PM

I’m 29 and got into woodworking just a couple years ago. I certainliy understand what you mean by “old man’s” hobby, the only other woodworkers I know locally are couple of my friend’s fathers. I start talking about wood and my friends look at me like I’m speaking another language…

-- David

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#39 posted 07-26-2011 06:44 PM

i’m 30. been around it my entire life but really fell face first into it about a year ago building to cabinets for my shop which has since turned into a woodshop. i know what you mean about your buddies. the only time my buddies come find me in the shop is when they need a set of cabinets built.

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#40 posted 07-28-2011 04:12 AM

Hello all, I am new to woodworking too an I am 27 about to be 28. I have always had a thing for working with wood whether it be building an entertainment center to cutting down trees for firewood. I also just purchased a house and realized this is a hobby that can help me and the house at the same time. With that being said I finally invested in a Bosch table saw after thoroughly reviewing all options. Funds and portability were the key factors. A friend of mine who is a contractor and a very avid woodworker has built incredible things using only benchtop table saws, and convinced me that would be all I need.

I hope to progress in this hobby in order to build items that would be gift-worthy. I truly think the best gifts are the ones built by hand.

Also for you going to UConn I was class of 09! HUSKIES!!!

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#41 posted 07-28-2011 01:00 PM

OLD MAN’S HOBBY – HUMPH!!!! Look youngster some of us have been doing this like forever. I started running the table saw at 12, that’s when I say my woodworking career started but I was using hand tools and the band saw long before that so I think you are a little late getting into this Old Man’s Hobby.


The skills and disciplines I learned in woodworking have advanced me through other skills also, auto mechanics , machinist, welding and fabrication each developing more crossover skills. Sorry your a little late getting on board but better late than never. You are embarking on a life long journey into fun enjoyment and learning of which you will one day be saying to some youngster, OLD MAN’S HOBBY my eye! Welcome to the world of woodworking and welcome to LumberJocks.


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#42 posted 07-28-2011 01:40 PM

Why do you want to reinvent the wheel? Young woodworkers don’t have any more experience than you, they are exceptions. Keep at it I learn new things every week at least.

-- Jeff,

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#43 posted 07-28-2011 01:56 PM

Well young man, it seems you struck the wrong nail with the “old man hobby” cliché.
Try not to let your insecurities get in the way of learning from some true masters of this field. We know what your going through and what’s to come, because we been there. There are traditionalist and contemporary designers here with an untold array of knowledge that are willing to share. I also understand that you would like to meet some buds that you could relate too in a relevant way. So, I have to ask you a question. Would you take the advice of a 25 year old youngster or myself, a 60 year old man who paid cash for a 7,000 square foot home, a 2,200 square foot vacation home, belongs to a private country club, drives a “Ferrari”, owns about every power tool there is. I could go on but I think you got the point.

-- check, recheck then check again

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#44 posted 07-30-2011 03:16 AM

I’m 59 years young, my dad was a wood worker I remember working with him in the 50s or 60s he was old-school and I was power tool, but he did say to laugh at your own mistakes can lengthen your life but to laugh at somebody else’s can shorten it

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#45 posted 07-30-2011 04:06 PM

I just turned 20… Have been woodworking for about 7 years. Nice to see you on LJ’s

-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#46 posted 08-02-2011 08:36 AM

Wow, Rusty, you’re getting awfully sore over the “old man’s hobby” bit! I can’t speak for the OP, but I don’t think it’s about taking advice from relatively inexperienced WWers, many of whom still put out quality work, vs. someone who is apparently pretty impressed with his position in life and claims to own a metric buttload of power tools, yet hasn’t posted any projects and has only contributed a small handful of WW-related posts here. Rather, I think the OP was trying to find peers, other young WWers who are going through similar times and stages in life and can share an understanding of these things as a contemporary.

I’m interested in how other WWers in my demographic and experience level handle things. I also realize that there is plenty to learn from the previous generation, and I’m more receptive to that tutelage when I’m not being talked down to. (“Well, young man…”)

No offense intended, Rusty, but I highly doubt you, as an obviously well-to-do sort, are even remotely in touch with what the OP, myself, and most of the other participants in this thread are dealing with in everyday life.

Just calling it like I’m seeing it. :)

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#47 posted 08-02-2011 10:54 AM

Welcome, Check with StevenH as well. He’s a really sharp highschool student who I have chatted with and has some great advice as well. Have fun and enjoy. I have made many friends here young and old. They’re age never mattered to me. As I’m 45 and have been woodworking since I was 12.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#48 posted 08-02-2011 01:42 PM

Well, Ben, I’m 61 going on 80 so I’m not exactly a beginner anymore and I sure ain’t no spring chicken either; however, glad to have you aboard and here’s a hardy welcome to Lumberjocks. Maybe if I ever run into you in person we can sit down and have a nice cold beer together. How’s that?

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#49 posted 08-02-2011 02:05 PM

Rory and others, my comment was meant to be taken as tongue in cheek humor. The point I was trying to get across was to “listen to the old timers” we been there and we can show you the way. After re-reading it I can see where I came off a little strong, for that I apologize to those I offended. As for my post and my newness to LJ. If you read them, you’ll see I always tried to give good, sound and encouraging advice. I been a member since 2007, whereas I asked for and gave advice. My e-mail was recently hijacked therefore I had to start over as a newbie. I been very busy with work, but I will try to get some pics of the shop and projects to share with everyone. I’m not sure how to handle the car and house issue; if I post them it may do more damage. I could send you pics, not with the intent of impressing you, rather to show my sincerity. I hope you’ll see it in a differnet light

-- check, recheck then check again

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#50 posted 08-02-2011 05:09 PM

In the light of a new day, Rusty, I’ll say it’s all good. I posted that last night after a very long and stressful day at work. I was absolutely looking for a fight, and you had the bad luck of being the first poster to catch my eye. I didn’t see the humorous intent of your post and instead read it as being rather condescending. I reread my post and that was pretty harsh. I apologize for misunderstanding you and really laying into you there. It’s too bad there’s only the one-hour window for editing posts—I’d make that little guy go away.

Looking forward to your pics, and when you have the time to do so—post the car and house pics too, if you like. I won’t get offended. Envious, maybe. But then I’d think “wtf would I do with 7000 sf except make 5000 of it a giant workshop?” :)

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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