Originally Posted by Kenbo
Don't be put off. As you can see by the length of time I have been a member here, and the number of posts that have been made by me, I am more than willing to give out information. In fact, one of the things that I am known for around here is posting build threads and tutorials, but I also trust my instincts and my first impression of your initial post got my guard up. If your intentions are honourable, then I truly do welcome you to the forum and I hope you stick around for many years to come. There are no bad intentions meant by my response and I'm sure that there are many more that are thinking the same as I am, they just aren't typing it. Either way, I wish you luck on your endevour. No hard feelings.
Kenbo, your not the only self proclaimed woodworker who felt that way about his post. I wouldn't doubt if this is one of the means by which some available publications have been compiled as they really are pretty awful.
Tim, I applaud your spunk and eagerness and I expect that given your age. (I'm not THAT much older) but the important thing to realize is that despite the overwhelming and daunting knowledge here (even from Kenbo alone) is at a magnitude beyond the scope of a DIY guide. Sure, a lot of principles and practices do apply but there is simply no way to infuse that into someone. It truly must be learned with time.
What I recommend you do is create an outline of what you want to convey. Then start writing each topic to the best of your ability from experience and research. You'll be amazed at how much even you learn from it. There will be things you struggle with and those are the ones that you can then ask a specific question about and get miles of specific information on... Probably more than you care to read.
Cracking one of the guys skulls here and pouring it out on paper isn't something you can expect to do. Your asking for a lot of time from them. YES we are all here to help and LEARN alike but it's within reason as most here have jobs and families.
Like Kenbo I get quite frustrated with vague questions, it implies that it has not been thought through. A direct question implies the poster has considered it and looked into it a bit before hand. Unfortunately most things worth learning do require effort.
This forum is open to the public but it is not public property. It is composed of guys (and gals) like you and I who enjoy woodworking and discussing it with like minded people.
As for ideas, I wish I would have been taught how to properly measure when I first started and the importance of accuracy starting with things as simple as the marking instrument. For instance a knife as compared to a pencil.
~tom. ...GEAUX TIGERS!... ...GEAUX SAINTS!......