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12-11-2017 02:57 PM

Yo men! Happy to be here finally. I’ve got a little shop here that I’d like to start using but i know nothing about woodworking. I want to really get into it. Me and a group of guys have started to really love wood lately and we were wondering how to get it into it? Are the tips you can share? Stories maybe of how you got started? Anything would be great for me to hear or see. I just want to learn from some real MEN lol!!!!

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#1 posted 12-11-2017 03:11 PM

Figure out what you want to build then get you a list of tools together and slowly acquire them

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 12-11-2017 03:23 PM

Pick a project and make it. Start with easy stuff that you have the tools for. Then build from there. I always recommend Popular Woodworking’s, “I Can Do That” plans. They are free. Also look at “Wood Working for Mere Mortals”. Steve has some great projects to get you started.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 12-11-2017 03:30 PM

My first tip: Be sure to wash your hands after eating that sandwich. Butter stains are very difficult to get out of wood.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 12-11-2017 03:37 PM

Just make something.
When I was first married (42 years ago) my new wife thought the furniture sold by Crate and Barrel was the coolest thing ever. Haven’t been in one of their stores in decades, but back then it looked a lot like crate construction. No real joinery to deal with, just boards and nails. The bride thought it looked kind of skimpy, so I ended up building some end tables(we didn’t have any) out of construction grade 2X4s and lag bolts. Sanded forever then stained and polyed for a finish. We kept them for 10-15 years before I gave them away. They still looked good after all our use and could have held up a truck. As far as I know, they’re still in use.

Back in the olden days, we didn’t have youtube and just had to read up on things or figure it out as we went along. I never really had an old timer to learn from, so I spent a lot of time making mistakes. I’ve also tried to add new skills with new projects as I went along. A new joint, a new finish, a new material, etc. Just keep building things, adding skills and adding tools. I also highly recommend following Paul Sellers. Hand tool are forever, quieter, and less expensive than power tools.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 12-11-2017 03:50 PM

start small don’t jump into a high chest bombay …. you must also think about power or unplugged …. work tools in slowly as you become more familiar with wood ….Also search internet for free patterns …..please stay away for TEDS WOODWORKING 16,000 PLANS ......... GOOD LUCK :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 12-11-2017 04:09 PM

Lots of good Youtube videos these days. Woodworking for Mere Mortals that was already mentioned is a good place to start. I also like the plans from Woodsmith Magazine. When I was starting out, before the days of YouTube, I probably learned more from that magazine than any other source. Their plans are well written so that even beginners can easily make them while learning new skills. The magazine includes lots of tips and techniques that help you with the more challenge aspects of building. I think that they will send you a free issue so you can check it out. You can also buy individual plans from them but if you decide to buy more than a few of them, you are probably better off buying their back issue library which you can search and browse here. Worth every penny in my opinion. They also have free downloadable plans that go with their Woodsmith Shop PBS series.

Only other tip I have is that as you acquire power tools, make sure you understand how to operate them safely.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#7 posted 12-11-2017 04:37 PM

My first tip: Be sure to wash your hands after eating that sandwich. Butter stains are very difficult to get out of wood.

- Rich

+1… potato chips in the shop…..ever

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 12-11-2017 04:46 PM

Here’s a quick synopsis of how I got started:

Grew up around handy men, my dad and step dad are your jack-of-all-trades kind of men. We were always fixing or building something. Learned tools from a young age and always enjoyed shop time. Years later, with a workshop of my own and some ideas in my head, I built something. A built in shelving unit for movies in an unused space off our den while our downstairs was being remodeled due to a flood. Made it with a chop saw, circular saw, and a drill.

After that, I started considering other projects, my next was a step stool to help out when my mother in law came to visit, because the guest bed is more than a little tall.

Then I wanted a small table to next to my easy chair, but didn’t see anything available that I liked and was willing to spend the money on. So I built one exactly how I wanted. It turned out beautifully and got me thinking on my next project…

I guess what all this says, anything is possible, just have a vision and figure out how to create it. You will make mistakes and learn new things every time you build something. And the next time you learn a little more. Be patient with yourself, push yourself to try something new, and take it slow. When working with tools, if it feels wrong, stop and reassess what you are trying to do. Might be a better or safer way to achieve the end result.

-- -Russ

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#9 posted 12-11-2017 04:49 PM

Build a work bench for the shop. I replaced my old bench last year with this one. I love it. I don’t work with hand tools much so this is an outfeed able for the table saw, an assembly table for projects, and a work surface for everything else that comes along.

Mostly, I have been building cabinets this past year, but have now turned to smaller projects because I bought a CNC.

This work bench/table is a combination of Ron Paulk’s Total Work Station and Earl Davidson Woodworks.

Feel free to browse my projects. You might get some inspiration for a project or two.

Note: I am not a fine furniture woodworker! :-)

Note2: MY shop is a one car garage with a lot of stuff in it!
Good luck.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 12-11-2017 06:58 PM

It can be a slippery slope if you get into
all the whiz-bang power tools and machinery.

You can start out building big, functional things
like cabinets and basic furniture. You’ll be
tempted to do it all with power tools.

Setting up a shop full of machines, work tables
and fixtures can be a hobby in itself. You don’t
need all that stuff to build something like a
chippendale chair or an acoustic guitar though.
Doing refined, curvy projects is so different
from making plywood cabinets it’s almost
a different trade.

A workbench with a vise is useful. A band saw is
very useful for working with solid wood. Jointers
and planers especially save time dimensioning
boards for solid wood furniture. You can do it
all with hand planes though if you’re not in a
big hurry.

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#11 posted 12-11-2017 07:25 PM

Blood stains are not easily removed from wood…...

Seriously, hope you learn that later than sooner.

My point is, if you ever purchase power machines, be sure to focus on safety and proper use. (That being said, a chisel can produce a very nasty cut how do I know that?)

University of YouTube is your best friend ;-)

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#12 posted 12-12-2017 12:23 AM

subscribe to a few of the magazines woodsmith,wood,popular woodworking

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#13 posted 12-12-2017 01:32 AM

First, Welcome to Lumberjocks

Second, there are many awesome female woodworkers here. Please acknowledge them as well. Because at least a couple of them carry guns and know how to use them.

Third, as many said, decide what you want to make, then you can decide on the path you take.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 12-12-2017 01:37 AM

Respect/fear all tools
All wood is good wood
Have fun
I have learned more through mistakes than anything else
If someone like me can do it, anyone can

Your first project, find a scrap 2×4 that is warped and bowed. Cut a 12” stick and make it flat, straight and square on all sides. Do this and you will be better than no less than 50% of the woodworkers I know.

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#15 posted 12-12-2017 03:42 AM

My best advice – READ. If you’re anything like me, job, family, etc take up a lot of time and don’t leave as much as I’d like for actual hands on experience. Read about proper techniques, different types of joinery, common mistakes. Etc. It will sink in more than you realize. Nothing takes the place of just getting out a doing it, but it definitely helps me to know what I’m doing once I start.

I’ve learned an immense amount just from this site. I think it helps your confidence level, too.

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