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post #1 of 12 Old 07-04-2011, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Hello my name is Rocky I am 40 yrs old. I have a wife and 3 kids. I live in Ohio just east of Columbus. I am so new at this I have never made a thing. I am really interested in working with wood and would like to have the ability some day to make my own furniture and things like that.
I really have no clue where to start and would appreciate any and all advise, links, books to read, ideas on the best way to get started ect...
Thank you for taking the time to read this, have a great day. :)
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post #2 of 12 Old 07-04-2011, 01:05 AM
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Hello Rocky welcome. lotsa great people here with lots of knowledge. im just southeast of columbus.
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Hey Rocky...I'm only slightly ahead of you on the learnin' curve...but there's lotsa smart folk here.


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Welcome, Rocky.

You're at the point everyone here was at. There's great folks on this forum, enjoy.
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Welcome to the forum. My suggestion as to where to start is to pick a project that you want to make and then start asking some questions about how to make it. No question is stupid and I have yet to see someone criticized for a question they have asked. If the question has been asked 500 time recently, you may get a link to a recent post about that topic. Jump right in man. Ask away. Browse the project showcase or a section that you are interested in. Don't be shy with the photos either. We like pictures.

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Thanks everyone. I am going to start by giving a bookshelf a try. I will probably cheat a bit and have the wood cut to size. I do not have any power tools and such and to be honest I have no clue where to buy wood other than lowes, home depot places like that. I am going to buy some mahogany which will be pricey I am sure. Paying there prices for the size I want I figure I would just have it cut as well. I have read a bit on sanding and preparing the wood for finish. We will see how it goes. I will be asking questions for sure. Have a great day
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post #9 of 12 Old 07-04-2011, 10:56 AM
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since you are east of columbus there is a millwork place in westerville that isnt too far from you. i been buying my trim from them. the prices arent bad for what i been getting and they only charge 25.00 dollar delivery fee and im 22 miles away. they are called capital city millwork
173 heatherdown drive 939-0670. i havent bought any solid stock from them only plywood, sheets of mdf and some trim. they might have better quality stuff then the big box stores.
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Welcome.......I'd say start with something small.Be very mindful of your time.Some projects are very long drawn out affairs where it can be difficult to keep interest level don't go there.Try to set a pace on your first few projects that you're comfortable with.

You can also try reverse engineering........which is hard to define,but one definition is;start by planning out what finish you want,paint...stain....ect.

Then continue backing up or reversing the project.What grit sandpaper gets it ready for "finish"?What species wood?Throw in some thought here WRT tools/equip you have.........then back the project up some more.

Start doin sketches,and plotting/planning protocol......And now you've backed all the way to...What item you want to build?BW

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The first thing I would suggest is that you look for an industrial arts school in your area. These are frequently associated with the high schools. They provide job training for people who do not want to finish the regular school.

These frequently have very good woodworking classes.

They may also be associated with a local junior college.

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Welcome----Wood is available at local mills also at very fair prices---when you work your way up to bigger projects remember that.

Smaller projects are good learning tools---step stools for your youngsters can be made with little more than a saber saw and a sanding block.

Your kids will love whatever you make and will become your greatest supporters.

---Have fun---Mike----
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