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Hi all I am here to absorb some of your vast knowledge. I have collected various tools over the past couple years and look forward to starting some small projects around the house. I have a small make shift shop in the basement and look forward to improving it over time with advice from all you!
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Then I'll start you off.

1. If you're not sure about something. Ask.
2. You're gonna **** up... A LOT. Pretty sure getting better at woodworking just means you get better at hiding your mistakes lol.
3. always keep your scrap pieces around until you actually finish your project. Then before you start applying dye, stain, poly, or whatever your plans are for finishing said project, do it to your scraps first, just make sure you sand and prep your scrap pieces the exact same way you do your project first before applying your finish. It's a lot less frustrating to have to throw out a piece of scrap than it is to have to either totally resand your entire project or completely throw it out.
4. For the love of god, measure twice, cut once.
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Hi all I am here to absorb some of your vast knowledge. I have collected various tools over the past couple years and look forward to starting some small projects around the house. I have a small make shift shop in the basement and look forward to improving it over time with advice from all you!
Welcome! I am in the same boat as you. Brand new basically around here and in Ohio as well.

Measure 6 times, cut 3. Plane it down wrong and go buy a second board.
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Welcome here to this friendly WW forum, where there is always room for one more, and you choose how to make your sawdust. Consider drawing out a measured floor plan and tools on paper to save some moving and re-arranging of "toys" until you are satisfied (somewhat) with the results. Add in factors like electrical outlets, windows, door ways, and any items that may stop the flow of building a project. Some good books out there related to small shops and storage ideas. Keep your tools sharp & clean, enjoy your stay, and be safe.
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Then I'll start you off.

1. If you're not sure about something. Ask.
2. You're gonna **** up... A LOT. Pretty sure getting better at woodworking just means you get better at hiding your mistakes lol.
3. always keep your scrap pieces around until you actually finish your project. Then before you start applying dye, stain, poly, or whatever your plans are for finishing said project, do it to your scraps first, just make sure you sand and prep your scrap pieces the exact same way you do your project first before applying your finish. It's a lot less frustrating to have to throw out a piece of scrap than it is to have to either totally resand your entire project or completely throw it out.
4. For the love of god, measure twice, cut once.
Good points.

5. Always add the extra to your cuts that will be taken away with planing, jointing or sanding.

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