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As my intro post mentioned, I'm basically a newbie for woodworking and still lack some key equipment but funding is finally coming together. I've seen it posted many times that though trial and error works for learning it's got a few shortcomings.

I've looked at classes offered but costs and time commitment are problematic or prohibitive. I've learned a lot from this an other forums but hands on with most things I do seems to work the best. I know this isn't matchmaker.com but is there anybody in the Dixon, Vacaville or Davis area that wouldn't mind an occasional shadow?
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As my intro post mentioned, I'm basically a newbie for woodworking and still lack some key equipment but funding is finally coming together. I've seen it posted many times that though trial and error works for learning it's got a few shortcomings.

I've looked at classes offered but costs and time commitment are problematic or prohibitive. I've learned a lot from this an other forums but hands on with most things I do seems to work the best. I know this isn't matchmaker.com but is there anybody in the Dixon, Vacaville or Davis area that wouldn't mind an occasional shadow?
Are you anywhere close to San Jacinto?

OOps.....I see from google maps, that you are not. Sorry.

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It really isn't about the wood. It's about what you plan to do with it. Woodworking is a talent learned in many differnt ways. Your understanding of geometry, measurements and drawing are keys to help you transform the wood. Start small. With a hammer, cross cut hand saw, yard stick and some nails you can buid a simple project. As you build, ask questions as to how to best use the tools you have. You'll be suprised as to what you will learn and it all started with having an idea and some simple tools.
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It really isn't about the wood. It's about what you plan to do with it. Woodworking is a talent learned in many differnt ways. Your understanding of geometry, measurements and drawing are keys to help you transform the wood. Start small. With a hammer, cross cut hand saw, yard stick and some nails you can buid a simple project. As you build, ask questions as to how to best use the tools you have. You'll be suprised as to what you will learn and it all started with having an idea and some simple tools.

Actually, if you're doing carpentry type stuff, then those comments are absolutely correct, but if you are going to try craft stuff, then in many cases, it IS about the wood and you'll want to learn a little about various types of grain and cutting techniques and veneer and other wood (as opposed to woodWORKing) topics. I certainly don't disagree that understanding WHAT you are doing is very important, but what you are doing it TO can in some cases be just as important.

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i live in fairfield. if you need help with a project, id be happy to help. im no expert but i get by, and i have a few tools
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I live in Vacaville and am always open to meeting local woodworkers. I'm currently building a new back yard shop and wouldn't mind a shadow if you wouldn't mind helping set up. Or just get together for conversation and sawdust on a Saturday afternoon.
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Why not have someone pay you to learn woodworking. Get a part time or full time job at a cabinet shop. They will teach you a lot and you can pick the brain of the experienced folks.
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This thread is almost 4 years old. I wonder how he is doing.






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