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post #1 of 15 Old 12-29-2008, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hello All - Complete Beginner Here

Hi everyone. For some reason last night, I decided that I wanted to make stuff. I had those crazy...."ooh i could do that" thoughts right off the bat, but then when i sorted it all through, i realized i shouldn't start for the moon, and let's be realistic for a minute.

So I'm going to begin with some more realistic very beginner stuff i think.

And since i have no prior experience with really anything, I mainly just joined your forum to read around a little bit, and possibly ask a few dumb questions.

Will this stick and actually become the hobby I hope for it to? That question is of course yet to be answered. We shall see.

So I just wanted to say hi, as I will probably be lurking around your forums reading and trying to learn a couple things.

Thanks for the time!
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-29-2008, 10:33 PM
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Welcome to the mad house..

Do you have or can get any tools?? That is a big factor
in what you are able to do.

A hand saw and a square and you can make some book
shelves or a workable work bench.

How about space to work? How does your wife feel
about this?

Do you drink? Yet?


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Welcome to the mad house..

Do you have or can get any tools?? That is a big factor
in what you are able to do.

A hand saw and a square and you can make some book
shelves or a workable work bench.

How about space to work? How does your wife feel
about this?

Do you drink? Yet?
i own a hammer...a screwdriver,,,circular saw...used twice...um...a tape measure and the only thing the wife would let me buy, because i convinced her i could use it for other things too was a miter saw. which i just completed checkout, and should be here in a couple of days.

i have a garage, with an empty refrig now....so....the fridge needs filled too. :)

wife wont let me spend money until i can prove to her that i'm going to like it. so....i think she's not happy very much right now.

yeah.....will head to store - get more beer. check.
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I think I would start with a work bench and some
shelves for the garage.

Does your wife work in the yard? Maybe a nice
bench with a place for some garden tools?

You need a square BTW. And a yard stick, the tape
measure is fine for some things, but not wood working.
I have a six foot aluminum stick that I could not live
without.


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so square and yardstick....will take care of.

my first project has to be a toybox for the kids per wife's prompting.

and yes...have workbench...kind of.
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Welcome to the forum Krazy,
Now listen up, here's what you need to do. Build the kid's toybox like she planned. Make sure you do a nice, neat job on it. Get a neighbor or someone who is more experienced to help you when she's not looking. Once you finish it, make sure the kids like it and then invite someone over who you know will tell her (wink, wink) what a nice job you did on it and how lucky she is to have a husband that is so handy........ Then you will be able to buy what you want, after the beer of course.
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lol....no neighbors that know what they're doing.

i'm on my own on this one.
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Well then you might want to wait on the beer until the work is done for the day. If the toy box is the make it or break it, you want to make sure it looks nice when it is done. Once she gives you the green light then get hammered and have a party.
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And only 783 waiting to help.

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so i added a few items to the mix today while waiting for the new saw...

a square as was told needed.
a yardstick.
some drill bits.
sandpaper.
a chisel set.
a carving set.
clamps.
stain.
and..

oh yeah! almost forgot....wood!

so while waiting for the new saw to get here....i thought that i would get started on my letters this evening. as i'm going to make the word "TOYS" out of individual pieces, so that they are raised on the box. we'll see how this works out.

oh yeah.... i might mention...i picked up the beer too!
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Craigslist.org is a wonderful source for tools, starter on up to industrial.
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Welcome Krazyness, You'll find alot of help and sometimes a little BS to go along with it lol but for most part Ive been member since august 2008 and I enjoy reading the postings and getting advice from others when in a rut. And lot of knowledge to be taken in from alot of folks on here. Who knows you might just stumble on to an idea someone else had that you had a question of for your own project. Good luck on getting the tools you need and by way dont overload her too fast with what your gonna need to get the job done, You have to ease her into thinking its gonna be ok to get these items. By way make sure she not standing over your shoulder reading our postings of ideas on how to win her over as to how to get the tools or you might strike out.
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You have a nice assortment of tools; More power tools than I have. I love power tools lol.

I would add some pipe clamps to that list, and of course the 3/4 black pipe you need to use the clamps.
Actually, there are a bunch of different clamps you can use. Do some research and you will see what I mean.
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i really need a jigsaw i think...

i tried starting on my letter "T" last night....it broke trying to cut out the edge w/ my circular saw and then a chisel
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