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post #1 of 5 Old 02-01-2009, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy! I am relatively new to woodworking. I've yet to make the obligatory birdhouse, but I've made a few other more complex things. I'm glad to have found this site.

Just to give you an idea of what I have:

Tablesaw - Craftsman cheap model for now
Miter Saw - decent 10" compound but not sliding
Drill Press - benchtop model - again small.
Circular Saw
Jig saw
various hand tools and saws (Western-style rip and crosscut as well as a Japanese-style universal rip/crosscut saw coming in the mail soon.)
I've yet to get a hand plane. That will probably be my next purchase.

I've only made 2 projects that I would call woodworking projects (I've made several other rough carpentry items). I made a quilt ladder for my mom for Christmas. It turned out nice for a first project. I learned a lot on the way and will probably make another one in the next couple months. My mom is a quilter and sells her quilts at antique shops, and the ladders should help her displays. I've also made a rolling, foldable workbench for the shop/garage.

Right now I'm taking up the entire garage with my stuff plus the normal lawnmower and other items, but I'm going to have to consolidate down to a single half of the garage soon so my wife can have the other half.

I hope to contribute sometime soon.
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you are off to a good start. As you start each project, try to remember a few things:
Don't be in a hurry. Take your time to plan things before you cut.
Double check your measurements and take the little extra effort to make good cuts so things turn out square. Don't be in a hurry when you go to apply your finish. Everyone always wants to see what it's going to look like with the stain on it, etc. Sand properly, vac up the dust, tack rag, then finish. No matter how simple or basic you think the project is, make it look like a pro did it and you'll amaze everyone around you.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-02-2009, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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By nature, I am not a very patient man. That's part of the reason I've enjoyed getting into this. It requires a lot of planning and forethought. It requires me to slow down a bit and think before doing something. Thanks for the advice. I'm sure I'll be asking for more later.
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-02-2009, 02:23 PM
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Don't give up any of the garage! Haha, just kidding. Although you will likely find woodworking and buying tools quite addicting (if you haven't already), so you may miss the space later. I've claimed the garage when we bought our house, and in exchange my wife has claimed the entire closet in our master bedroom!

Worth it!!!

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