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post #1 of 8 Old 11-23-2016, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone,

As the title mentions, I am very new to woodworking and the forums. Have always wanted to make things from wood but have been intimidated. So many tools....so much to learn. Some basic DIY projects around the home have been quite frustrating but that was mostly due to not giving it the time it needed. So here I am in my mid 40's starting this venture. Was never taught anything by my largely absent father, and with two sons did not want to make the same mistakes. Both are of this generation where they want instant gratification and will just by some foreign made piece of junk. So wanted to instill in them a sense of being a maker. To create things with your own hands. The pride that comes from that.

That said have started this journey on a budget. No I don't have the most expensive tools. I had an older 6" jointer donated from my brother -in law. Picked up an older Craftsman contractor table saw. HF compound sliding miter saw. Delta belt / disc sander dirt cheap off Craigslist. Bosch Drill/ Driver. Makita random orbital sander. Dewalt reciprocating saw....major discount. And so on. I still need to get a planer, drill press and a router for some of the projects I want to do....but in good time. Also picked up a HF pancake compressor and brad nailer.

I definitely love the rustic feel of reclaimed lumber projects. Have amassed a lot of wood from pallets. Have processed about 100 pallets to date with the help of my sons. They are even marveling at specific boards with incredible patina when at first they grumbled. Really started all of this out of wanting to build a pallet wall. Processed all of the boards....sanded.....stained and then stalled. the next step of actually putting them up was intimidating.Eventually got up my nerve and up it went. The air gun was a lifesaver. Love the way it turned out. This very quickly turned into putting up wood valances over the windows. Creating Holiday Christmas projects and I have so many ideas moving forward. I simply love it and love showing my sons how to do these things.

I have so much more to learn and I have learned so much just reading these forums. I look forward to seeing everyone's journey and sharing my own. Thanks for all the wisdom you all have imparted thus far!! Including a few pics of some projects I have done thus far.
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A few more projects thus far. The first one is hilarious. It is technically my first project. Made a work space out of a pallet that was perfect. Built it pretty tall as I am 6'5 and didn't want to bend over finishing a project. Leaned it up against a support beam in the basement so I could attach a cross support for the legs. Well.....it took me a second to realize my oops. Laughed hysterically and called the wife down.......as you can see from her reaction she was very supportive.....lol
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-23-2016, 09:29 AM
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a lapse in focus ....

Somethimes we get carried away in the "fog" of building, and while I've never done this exact thing, I think I built a panel saw in my shop which I can't get out. I donno, I haven't had to yet, but it could be a problem, should I move or sell it. That is too funny.
What is the current status of that project? It it just a little shorter after cutting off the horizontal pieces? Got any new photos?

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Somethimes we get carried away in the "fog" of building, and while I've never done this exact thing, I think I built a panel saw in my shop which I can't get out. I donno, I haven't had to yet, but it could be a problem, should I move or sell it. That is too funny.
What is the current status of that project? It it just a little shorter after cutting off the horizontal pieces? Got any new photos?
I just unscrewed the support and put it back on once the legs weren't wrapped around the beam < facepalm> The finished bench is in the first post.....3 pictures down. It is fairly sturdy for just using a pallet top screwed directly down onto 2- 2x4's that were were screwed and glued to each other for each leg. Here is a pic of my helper testing out the structural integrity...lol
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Ahhhhhhhhhh, the Viking seat - most useful. Are you a member of the SCA?
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Ahhhhhhhhhh, the Viking seat - most useful. Are you a member of the SCA?
YES....wasn't sure if anyone knew what that was. I am not familiar with what the SCA is......so the short answer is no. I am curious though....what is it?
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Being new to things can be intimidating, but is not always a particularly good reason to not try. Just keep the things you learn in the back of your mind for the next project.
Most everything I've ever built has some element of not knowing what I'm doing and I try to incorporate what I learned into next project if that makes any sense..
I remember when I first gave a go at auto body work. At that time I really had no clue and did all of the sanding by hand out in the backyard. Fast forward about 10 years and suddenly I owned an air compressor and a bunch of Hutchins Sanders and that first car I spent all summer working on would have taken an afternoon.
Don't look at mistakes as failures, but as learning experiences.
You're well on your way and the wall looks good..
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Thanks, AllPurpose. Wise advice. Definitely not intimidated much any more after a few "successful" projects. I have definitely become able to look at projects and envision how they can be done and have even tweaked some plans to work for my skill set and available tools. I'll just keep plugging away. Having too much fun at this point.
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