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Hi and hello

Hi folks,
My first post here, so I thought I should introduce myself. I'm a horrible wood-worker that pretty much as no training and/or skill. But that's why I searched out this, and other forums. To learn.

I have some space in my basement which will make and awkward and cramped workshop over the winter. My first project will be something for my office, likely drawers for fly-tying materials.

I have a real passion for what some of you expert hobbies can create and hope to achieve similar over time.

I'm sure it will be nice to get to know all of you and thanks in advance for the pointers and assistance.

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Tim from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Welcome Tim. I've been here less than a week and I'm already addicted. Evidently you're a fly fisherman so maybe you'll like the lamp I made for my fly fishing stepson. You can see a picture in my album.
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Sawduster,
Hi back at you and yes, I do like the lamp. It looks like something that I would want in my office, which is my flytying room. haha. Maybe I'll have to try to build something similar.

I have a list of questions, such as posting what tools I own and getting opinions, posting a floor plan for my work-shop and getting recommendations, and asking what are the basic manditory tools for the shop, given I want to focus on drawers and desk builds. Maybe someone can tell me where the best spot to post these questions would be? I won't overwhelm the forum with the entire list of questions.. haha... but I am itching to get started.

Again, very nice looking lamp Sawduster!

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Tim,
Welcome to the forum. Don't worry about your skill levels whatever they may be. Look at it this way, the only way you have to go is up. Anybody that fishes can't be all that bad, course I don't know about that flyfishin' stuff. Never could get a fly to bite.
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Teach a man to fish, and you'll never see him at church again on a sunday morning."
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Welcome aboard, Hookup. As far as your questions, I would recommend:

1. The tools I own and opinions on them = Hand Tools forum or Power Tools forum

2. Floor plan recommendations = Design and Plans forum

3. Basic mandatory tools for the shop = General Woodworking Discussion

I'm sure you'll get some good advice here.

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Welcome to the forum. Red

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What,,,,, horrible woodworker with no training and/or skill. You'll fit in nicely here. That pretty much describes me perfectly and I've been here for almost a year, and they haven't run me off yet. Welcome.
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Thanks for the welcome. I'll get to the questions in good time. Here's the canopy i just finished for my aquarium.. i know, but it's something...

I used a scroll-saw that I found in the garage (long story) and some other tools obviously... Stain has yet to be applied to the front...

Anyhow, just throwing this out there to see if I'm still accepted...





The black lines are silicone to stop light from leaking thru the "seams".

I have to admit, I would have rather had a NON-CURVED project to start.. LOL. Looked at lots of options, Kerf cutting, steaming, laminating (ok i know the word didnt investigate it much)... but settled on using a scroll-saw to cut the door-supports out of scrap 2x4's. Took me 2 goes at each door, but I got it to a point where i can live with it... till my skills improve (or I get a bigger fish-tank...)

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Hello and welcome. That is one cool canapy.

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Pretty darn nice for a horrible woodworker with no skill and/or training! Looks great and also gets extra points for function. You could have built it out of popcicle sticks and would still be accepted here. And you're right - curves are tough, especially for your first project. That's why I build mission-style stuff - because it has very few curves. However, I've found that "straight and flat" can be as challenging. Can't wait to see photos of your next project.
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Thanks Jonathan & Geoguy for the complements! But as the person who built it, I do not see the "good parts" only the parts that could have been better... I'm sure that is common in this or any craft with a creative side. At one point I just had to call the project done.

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Hookup - your project looked good to me. I think sometimes we are our own worst critic.
You will find faults with your work that no one else sees. But then again - I think that is
what make a woodworker strive to get better at his trade or hobby.

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Larry, like your signature, you obviously love your pet. You're not asking Hookup if he hugged his pet today,,, right???
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