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post #1 of 5 Old 01-07-2019, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Just learning the trade...

Hey guys -

I'm a new hobbyist woodworker. I've really only been woodworking for a little over a year now. I've always been a DIY guy and built various things (shelves, storage racks, bins, boxes) but mostly just rough stuff and just took on the trade to more 'fine woodworking'. I've built a couple of toy boxes for my kids, built my workbench, and finishing up a picnic table now. The toy boxes were mostly plywood and pre-planed lumber, my workbench is made of southern pine that I planed to square and thickness, and my picnic table is really the first project I've taken on from all rough sawn lumber (cypress). That's about the extent of my experience!

I enjoy working with hand tools and that has been something I've really taken on more of lately. I'm still building my arsenal of hand saws, planes, chisels and the like, but I have enough for most projects. I have a couple young kids, with another on the way actually, so not a ton of time to dedicate to the craft, but I do what I can. I've learned to take my time and just enjoy it.

I look forward to learning anything from the experience on this forum and will contribute anywhere I can!
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Welcome to the forum, lots of good advise here

All my tools are hand tools too, you need hands to turn them on and off

But I did learn how to use hand tools when I was in Jr High wood shop, in high school we got electrified, and decided that would be my route

There is no app for experience
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Welcome, Paul Sellers has hundreds of videos on YouTube if you want to learn from a master craftsman. He uses hand tools mostly, and teaches you as though you are his apprentice.


Woodworking is like wetting myself....Only I know that warm feeling!
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I hope you post some photos of your work. I get good ideas from other people's work. :-)
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Wlodyd ~ you mentioned in another thread about your cypress
picnic table turning to the silvery gray if not coated with anything.
here is an example of raw cypress that was just left alone.
I made this large sign a few years ago out of Bald Cypress located
in Southeast Georgia. it is 2x8" boards with routed letters facing due West.
it took about 5 years to turn the nice silver gray that the customer wanted.
I think that even with a clear coat or preservative, it would still have
turned gray without any maintenance over the years because it is rough cut.
cypress wood that has been planed down and sanded smooth will hold a finish
such as varnish a lot better with longer lasting pleasing results.
just know that ANY clear finish requires maintenance at least every 2 years.
[if you look closely, you can see the wood shrunk about a 1/4" between the boards].
looking forward to following your journey.
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