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post #1 of 6 Old 04-03-2014, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from the hot southwest

Hi there everyone.

Not new to this site, I joined up a while ago to ask about a desk build I was doing (that I now want to rebuild, if the wife allows it); but I thought I'd post an introduction anyway.

I'm Drew, currently living southeast of Phoenix. My woodworking experience only started a few years ago, and I've only made some basic box furniture for our house, my desk, and a craft table for my wife. Everything has been loved by my wife; but I've always been less than totally happy with it. Part of that has to do with the cheap wood I've used for most of it, but part is my lack of any real experience or training other than a single shop class in 6th grade (which was a long time ago).

For example, I've never done anything other than butt joints. I Kreg jig for Valentine's day from my wife, but I've never used it. I'm going to pick up a drill press from Harbor Freight this weekend so I can use a gift card from my in-laws.

Hoping to pick up some good tips for my next projects. I'm insanely jealous of the quality of a lot of the "first" projects I've seen. Hopefully someday.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-03-2014, 09:00 PM
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I've been fairly self taught myself.....and here's what I'd recommend. Start somewhere (but joints)......on your next project.....try something the kreg jig for example. After you finish that project......try using dado's in your next project......miters in the next one.....try mortising the next project....ect.

I always make sure I try something new and more complicated on every project.....

The tools don't make the craftsman....
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Welcome! The only way I learn is too it for practice first then put it to use in a project.

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If you fill out your profile in your "User Control Panel", you can list any hobbies, experience or other facts. You can also list your general geographical location which would be a help in answering some questions. In doing that your location will show under your username when you post.

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Thanks everyone!

I know that experience is the best teacher and I try to find projects I can work on to gain that experience. Next on my list is going to be a proper workbench, after I clean out my garage. My wife and I have given up on putting both cars in the garage and as much as I'd like to build a separate shop, I don't think the lot our house is on is big enough.

I may hold off on the workbench and build a rolling cart for the drill press first.

I will fill out my profile info the next time I'm on my computer. I don't think I can do it on the tapatalk app.

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