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Boochiee

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04-16-2019 07:44 PM

I am not sure what to build, I have some walnut I am going to make a butcher block with for my wife and probably put some maple in there. That won’t be for a couple weeks at least. For now I am unsure what to do. Does anyone know of any good projects for beginners? I just finished my miter saw station and I have about 14 2×4x8’s left over and maybe 3 or 4 4×4x8’s. I also have 2 sheets of 8×4 ply (medium quality stuff from Home Depot, the Sande 3/4). Mostly stuff I was using to make benches and other shop quality things to start the journey. I just am not sure what I can do now. I want to get into more fine craftsmanship but I am lost.

If anyone is around the north western burbs of Chicago and wouldn’t mind showing me the ropes that would be amazing also! I have found a huge passion for woodworking and I want to explore it all!


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LittleShaver

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#1 posted 04-16-2019 07:56 PM

Practicing on shop furniture and fixtures is a great way to build your skills without wasting good wood. Storage and shelves are kind of like clamps, you can never have too many.

Pick up some 1X lumber and some 1/4 ply and try your hand at panel construction. Adding doors to your storage will improve the look of your shop and help with dust control.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 04-16-2019 08:32 PM

Hi Boochiee, sounds like you have made a good start. Sounds like you have made a good start on some material options and the right attitude as well. There is lots to learn even if your intention is just to putter around in the basement or garage workshop. If you start off with smaller projects and work your way up to more advanced projects as you gain more skills you will find lots of rewards in this hobby. There is lots of free information around and a site like LumberJocks has many experienced people happy to help you out.

As I mentioned start small and work your way up, mistakes will happen (at least for me anyway ha, ha), better to learn with a small investment than when you have made a big one in materials. You mentioned a butcher block. Here is a plan for a classy little one that will start you on lamination and shaping methods.

https://hobbyworkshopprojects.blogspot.com/2019/04/short-woodworking-plans.html

If your looking for a larger floor model plan there are lots of plans around and in the various magazines, but such a large lamination process is going to challenge your knowledge and require you make an investment in a large selection of clamps.

Good Luck.

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Boochiee

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#3 posted 04-16-2019 08:48 PM

Thanks guys! I have built 3 work tables so far and tonight I might make another smaller one to use with painting / finishing. Something with outside grade ply that is cheap and 2×4’s. I made a little cart that has 3 layers on it and wheels on the bottom and a sliding shelf in the middle so a lot of my tools fit on that. I can post some pictures later too. I might make some shelving for the garage since that is my shop now. I have watched countless hours of videos on how-to’s and safety precautions. Every night I will watch another video or the same video over to embed things into my brain. I’ll soon be wanting to build a couple coffee tables for my wife and also a built-in book shelf for the fireplace.

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#4 posted 04-16-2019 08:52 PM

Disregard what other have done or are doing and look to the wood for guidance.
Nature is always speaking to us so don’t get distracted.
Good luck

-- Aj

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#5 posted 04-16-2019 09:05 PM

Little boxes, either open-topped or with lids are good for practice. I’ve made one to keep marking and layout tools, one that is just the right size for cans of alcohol/blo/etc, and a few others for odds and ends. I did these to learn to cut dovetails, but you could also do box joints if you prefer.

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Boochiee

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#6 posted 04-16-2019 09:07 PM


Disregard what other have done or are doing and look to the wood for guidance.
Nature is always speaking to us so don’t get distracted.
Good luck

- Aj2

I will be traveling up north to Wisconsin (northern part) and my in-laws own some land up there. They have a few trees that are down and I was going to cut them up and mess around with the wood. At least mill it up and take some back with me. I know I’ll have to wait a long time for it to dry to properly use it. :(


Little boxes, either open-topped or with lids are good for practice. I’ve made one to keep marking and layout tools, one that is just the right size for cans of alcohol/blo/etc, and a few others for odds and ends. I did these to learn to cut dovetails, but you could also do box joints if you prefer.

I did want to learn new joining methods! Dovetails look really fun to do. I want to make a few boxes for storage and also a sandpaper holder for all the grits. They are everywhere!

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#7 posted 04-16-2019 10:02 PM

Take a look at Popular Wood Working website and look at their “I Can Do That”, section. Then look at Wood Working For Mere Mortals website, lots of beginner projects there too.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Aj2

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#8 posted 04-16-2019 10:33 PM

I will be traveling up north to Wisconsin (northern part) and my in-laws own some land up there. They have a few trees that are down and I was going to cut them up and mess around with the wood. At least mill it up and take some back with me. I know I ll have to wait a long time for it to dry to properly use it :(

That’s the spirit !
Good things come to those that patiently wait.
:)

-- Aj

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#9 posted 04-16-2019 10:57 PM

Well what tools do you have or plan on getting soon?

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#10 posted 04-16-2019 11:23 PM

Agree with those saying shop furniture. If it doesn’t end so well, it’ll probably still function, and you can use off kinds of wood too. BORG lumber works well.

I say make all the jigs you need to do whatever you plan to do when the “for real” starts.

The other thing is right now, Spring, is a great time for outdoor projects. Bird Houses, Garden planters, benches, chairs, so many outdoor projects.

But if you can’t get motivated to make something, just make sawdust. Practice cutting, sanding, and shaping to a line. Soon enough that won’t be practice anymore.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Boochiee

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#11 posted 04-17-2019 01:33 PM



Take a look at Popular Wood Working website and look at their “I Can Do That”, section. Then look at Wood Working For Mere Mortals website, lots of beginner projects there too.

- bondogaposis

I love WWMM! I watch all of his videos and I’ve based a couple projects off of what he did. He is really good at explaining things in his how-to videos.


Well what tools do you have or plan on getting soon?

- SMP

I have a miter saw, job site table saw, circular saw, jig saw, ROS, drill press and a few smaller hand tools. I really need a planer but can’t afford one right now and a band saw would be amazing.

Thanks for all the feedback guys! Last night I made a saw horse that is a frickin tank. Whenever I need to do any outside work I’ll have two saw horses and a piece of ply that I can make a small command station. ;)

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