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post #1 of 8 Old 06-12-2012, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there -- been lurking here for a while now (so much good info in these pages) and finally decided to start posting after getting my first hand plane. I'm located in South Florida and have not been at it for very long -- less than a year, really. Always did repairs around the house and built things, but didn't do any woodworking until I got a free table saw by chance. After fixing it up I got more and more into it and the wife keeps requesting more and more projects (if I actually get to them is a different thing). I am an engineer in an IT company where I get to design and build complex systems -- I really like that with wood I can design+build and later on have something "real" that I can touch. Unfortunately the closest woodworker's guilds/clubs are over 70 miles away, so it looks like I will be doing most of my learning via books/internet and trial and failure. There are no shops geared to woodworking in town either (as far as I know). Could be worse though! I also have an almost 3 year old boy who takes up most of my free time outside of work. He loves to nail together boards and build towers out of scrap lumber.

Anyway, looking forward to learning more from you guys.
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post #2 of 8 Old 06-12-2012, 06:57 PM
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Welcome ftk

No such thing as failure if you learn from your experience. Ok well almost no such thing as failure. Looking at your location description I could swear you are my next door neighbor lol. Only I'm in Australia. Looking forward to seeing some of your work as it begins to unfold.

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Welcome ftk. We all learn together here. Glad to have you with us.
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Welcome FTP
Let me recommend some of my favorite references:
ShopNotes (magazine) has lots of practical projects.
Fine Woodworking has inspirational pieces from some of the best craftsmen working today.
And one of my favorites, Practical Cabinetmaking, How to Design and Construct Furniture thar Works, by Bill Hylton
Good Luck and Happy Woodworking
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Welcome ftk

No such thing as failure if you learn from your experience. Ok well almost no such thing as failure. Looking at your location description I could swear you are my next door neighbor lol. Only I'm in Australia. Looking forward to seeing some of your work as it begins to unfold.

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It's probably just as hot down under as it is here! Makes for sweat drops falling in the worst places during finishing
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Welcome FTP
Let me recommend some of my favorite references:
ShopNotes (magazine) has lots of practical projects.
Fine Woodworking has inspirational pieces from some of the best craftsmen working today.
And one of my favorites, Practical Cabinetmaking, How to Design and Construct Furniture thar Works, by Bill Hylton
Good Luck and Happy Woodworking
Thanks for the recommendations, checking them out now.
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It's probably just as hot down under as it is here! Makes for sweat drops falling in the worst places during finishing
Yeah it gets hot. Christmas a few years back it almost hit 120 deg twice. I drove 45 miles to the closest shopping mall and spent the Ravi there enjoying their air conditioning. Thinking of sticking a wall unit in my new shop when I get or set up. And I'll have a pot belly stove for winter (no one will ever know about my disasters lol )

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