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post #1 of 3 Old 08-05-2008, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from SW Florida (complete beginner)

Hello everyone. Been lurking about for awhile, decided to introduce myself and hopefully solicit some advice.

I live in an apartment in Southwest Florida (Naples/Fort Myers area), so no shop to speak of. Or tools for that matter.

I'm a complete beginner looking to try out this hobby. When I was a kid, my dad was an absolute pro at starting woodworking projects, though some of them are still in my folks' garage some 20 years later. Sadly, they live in Chicago, so spending some time with my old man in the garage using his plethora of gear isn't quite feasible.

I was hoping you all could point me in the right direction of finding either woodworking clubs or shops, or any other means to acquire some basic skills. While I would some day like to be able to build furniture or cabinetry, I'm not willing to sacrifice any limbs or digits today as a learning curve. I'm a computer jockey by day, so I kinda need my fingers.

I've looked around the Web and haven't come up with much. I was living in Arizona this time last year and was about to sign up for a basic woodworking class at a junior college when job considerations dictated I move back to Florida. Unfortunately, I've had no luck finding any similar sources of instruction in this area.

What would be your advice to a complete novice (sadly without workspace for any tools at the moment) to dabble in woodworking and hopefully learn a thing or two?

Any help or guidance you all can provide is greatly appreciated. And thanks for such a useful forum.
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One thing I would recommend is looking at local community colleges or trade schools. While their emphasis might be on construction - home building - it will still give you some good basic background. There, you might just run into someone who has a shop and would help you get started with cabinet making just for the help.

I cut that board three times and it's STILL too short!!!...
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My first real woodworking exposure was in a class I took at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock. Not only did I learn woodworking, but I learned it from real artists.
Wish you luck.

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