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04-25-2017 02:08 PM

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Good morning!

I’m new to wood working but it has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I’m wondering if someone might point me toward a dvd to get some basics.

My wife and I saw one of those live-edge tables recently and I thought “I can do that.”

Some help on necessary tools and skills would be great. I don’t know what I don’t know.

This seemed like the most appropriate forum to post this, no?



-- The deadliest weapon in the a Marine and his rifle.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 02:26 PM

Welcome John. Glad to have you with us.
Many, MANY, vids out there to help on your journey. Utube can be your friend, Start with simple projects, be accurate, be safe, don’t buy junky equip. or wood.

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#2 posted 04-25-2017 03:02 PM

Welcome aboard, John. If hand tool work is your cuppa you should check out Paul Sellers’ YouTube channel. Paul is a great teacher!

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#3 posted 04-25-2017 09:30 PM

Welcome to Ljs John Thank you for your service to our country

I agree with you taking a look on YouTube, but some folks there really are not correct in their approach to woodworking and others are fantastic.

Here’s a guy that really knows his woodworking and finishing he has a lot of videos on YouTube and he even has an online show you can subscribe to.

Here’s one of his youtube Videos but just search his name on YouTube any you will see lots of other Videos he has there. His name is Charles Neil


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#4 posted 04-25-2017 10:12 PM

Wow! You fellas sure are friendly and helpful. I appreciate all of that. I see some solid advice – I’ll use it.

How about tools? I reckon Lowe’s and home depot would be a good starting point for low end table saws, planers and the like? Ot ahould I be looking at something else?

I sure appreciate the guidance.


-- The deadliest weapon in the a Marine and his rifle.

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#5 posted 04-25-2017 10:36 PM

A WorkMate and good circular saw can take you pretty far, but what kind of tools do you see yourself wanting to use? Because a sawbench you build youself, with just a few hand tools, could do the same. What lumber are you going to start with (rough vs. planed/finished; solid vs. ply or composite)? Etc etc etc

Some of that info will help steer us to the answers you’re looking for. And, Welcome!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 04-25-2017 10:37 PM

Like everyone else here John, welcome to the gang. Your going to get a lot of good advice here from some very experienced woodworkers. My advice; do your research, get what you need for the job at hand and buy the best you can afford. A German woodcarver told me, “you buy a cheap tool, you buy it many times. You buy the best tool, it lasts you a life time.”

My Best,

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#7 posted 04-25-2017 11:06 PM

Smitty, good questions. At this point, I think I plan on rough-cut/solid wood. I’m thinking of a live edge table of some sort.

Bob, truer words habe never been spoken. And I’m half German. It’s GOT to be true!

I was digging around Lowe’s yesterday.

I’ve got a circular saw and a jig saw, and a couple drills. That’s it. Lol.

-- The deadliest weapon in the a Marine and his rifle.

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#8 posted 04-25-2017 11:11 PM

Know what? Aside from tools, I’d love to be steered in the right direction of putting legs on a table. A video of some sort?

I don’t mind failure, either. It’s the best way to learn. Except in combat…...thats not a good place to learn through failure. Lol.

-- The deadliest weapon in the a Marine and his rifle.

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#9 posted 04-26-2017 12:38 AM

Welcome to the site. As for attaching legs that would depend on your design if it’s just a top and legs, or a top,apron and legs. A table saw is a good investment also just for the ease of breaking down stock, making things square and having a flat surface to make legs not wobble. Beware of hand tools like planes and chisel and hammers they are addictive like pringles you can’t have just one. You may want to look into some sanders also a nice random orbital sander can make a world of difference in your finishing.

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#10 posted 04-26-2017 12:49 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

I do a fair amount of live edge work. Holler if I can answer any questions you have.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 04-26-2017 12:56 AM

I MIGHT have a couple blogs on this site that may be of use to you…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 04-26-2017 01:02 AM

Welcome aboard. Lots to learn here and on YouTube.

Avoid the political rants on the off topic board and you’ll enjoy LJs even more. Just don’t ask me how I know this :^p

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#13 posted 04-26-2017 01:03 AM

A good choice might be a kreg pocket hole jig. Itll set ya back about $75 clams but it will give you a good way to join things like table legs to aprons and a bunch easier than traditional morse and tenon joinery.

Pick a project and let your tools grow as tou need then. In reality, unless you got a bunch of dough, its a 5-10 year process of gathering all the tools. And even longer if ya catch the old tool sickness ;)

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

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#14 posted 04-26-2017 01:56 AM

Semper Fi brother, glad you can join us. Go to a local woodworking shop like Woodcraft or Rockler and hang out for a while. You will meet some good people who will be happy to help you learn and get started. Go to YouTube and just enter woodworking, you will find videos to show you everything you could want.

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#15 posted 04-26-2017 02:27 AM

Dan, Semper Fi.

Solid advice.

Anyone ever need trapping advice, I’m your man.

-- The deadliest weapon in the a Marine and his rifle.

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