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post #1 of 9 Old 11-06-2017, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hope to learn a lot

Hello everyone,

I know very little about woodworking, never took a class or learned from my dad. I mean I know basic tool usage from him but, I'm really hoping I can use these forums and gain some good knowledge on something I've been really drawn to do for so long but was turned away at the thought of investment costs into a hobby. Recently my mindset has shifted towards starting it out with strictly hand tools, and who knows I might love it. Honestly though I don't know where to begin, I've already got a project I would like to be my first which is a bed frame for my girlfriend and I's new bed, but I'm here to find out what I need to start and where to learn the skills to be able to use the tools. Anyhow, that's basically me and my motivations hope everyone else out there is having a wonderful day.
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Welcome

Yeppers, there's a great amount of knowledge from the pro's and hobbyists here (I don't happen to be one of them LOL), so I'm sure you'll learn quite a bit from them.

I've been here awhile and have learned volumes, and am surprised they haven't turned off my access due to the amount of questions I ask - proof they also have lots of patience
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Welcome Aesthler. I am also self-taught. Lots of resources around these days from this forum to magazines, libraries, and of course YouTube. If you search this site you will find threads on bed construction.
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Welcome, just a heads up, the more specific you are in your questions the better answers you will get. Some of the best DIY projects I have witnessed were made by friends with no previous experience.

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Hello everyone,

I know very little about woodworking, never took a class or learned from my dad. I mean I know basic tool usage from him but, I'm really hoping I can use these forums and gain some good knowledge on something I've been really drawn to do for so long but was turned away at the thought of investment costs into a hobby. Recently my mindset has shifted towards starting it out with strictly hand tools, and who knows I might love it. Honestly though I don't know where to begin, I've already got a project I would like to be my first which is a bed frame for my girlfriend and I's new bed, but I'm here to find out what I need to start and where to learn the skills to be able to use the tools. Anyhow, that's basically me and my motivations hope everyone else out there is having a wonderful day.
Most things to do with woodworking you have to use common sense and come up with your own answers. Where training would be the most useful is safety. Things can go south in a heartbeat and you could use training to prevent yourself from letting something bite you. Even with experience from time to time a board will kick back or remove a knot and throw it at you. You just have to have a plan worked out ahead of time and be ready for it. My brother in law went to work for a shutter company and in only two weeks he was put on a table saw without a guard and the saw kicked back and he managed to sit his hand down on the blade cutting it in two up to his wrist. Then I worked with a guy that was cutting a used piece of wood that had a staple sticking out of it and when the staple reached the saw table it stopped so he reaches behind the blade to lift the board and when it kicked back it drew his hand through the blade cutting his thumb off. You just never reach behind a blade while it is between the blade and the fence and very careful reaching over the saw after the board is behind. Myself when anything goes wrong I automatically let go and raise my hands up. The saw might throw the board at you but that is better than getting your hands cut.
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I was just going to say welcome... But Steve went straight for the horror stories. So with that in mind, even it it may not seem like the most effective or fastest way to do something always do it the safer way especially if you're new. I work with a guy missing his left pointer finger and I'm missing a chunk off the side of my left hand. I see new guys shoot themselves with nails guns all the time because they don't think anything can happen. Dumb mistakes can have serious consequences and we all have the scares to prove it. I'm not trying to scare you away or anything just make sure you prioritize safety. You can always get a new piece of wood, but you can't exactly get a new hand. Be safe mate.

On a way less serious note a bad frame made solely with hand tools sounds not only like fun but a heck of a challenge. I'm eager to see what you come up with!

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I am a novice too.

Great points about safety above. Before you do anything with wood, be sure you get dust masks. Before you do anything with power tools, be sure to get eye protection and hearing protection in addition to the dust masks. You don't have to spend a lot of money, but be sure you budget for them.

For learning, our public library has been a fantastic resource. Woodworking hasn't changed that much. Even the older books are incredibly helpful. (Unlike computer topics, where the library can never keep up with the changes.)

Welcome, and stay safe, and best wishes, and good luck!
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There is a book available: Beds
By: Jeff Miller
Taunton Press publication.
With complete plans and instructions for 9 types of beds.
I think you will find it very helpful.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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That is a good book. I have it sitting next to my reading chair right now actually. I borrowed it from my local library.
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