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post #1 of 5 Old 08-26-2011, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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New to wood working...any help for a newbie?

Hi everyone! For a long time I mainly been a book worm interested mainly in the world of ideas. Recently, however, I have completed college and am now working for a non-profit in Kentucky building and repairing homes for low-income families in the region. This has led me to become extremely interested in what I shall call the physical arts. I am not sure how prepared I am for wood working. I have been building floors, ceilings, decks, railings, and wheel chair ramps. I also have a ready access to a variety of tools.

I really want to be able to make my own chess sets and wooden pens. I think that it would be great to make things such as chess sets and fine wooden pens. I am even considering if it would be good to sell them for charities. I wanted to know if:
a) a beginner like me is in a decent position to start making things such as chess sets and pens
b) if there are any good guides out there for makign such things.

Thank you all very much and I am very happy to have found this site of craftsmen!

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Karl, Look on the net for pen making. It is pretty simple to get started. A lathe, 3 tools and some pen sets. You can do it in an apartment if you want. Finishing the pens is not hard. All this, like anything else, take practice to get good.
I have been wanting to make a chess set for a few years. I could never figure out how to made a knight on the lathe that looked good. I do not carve. Tooooo many cuts to the hands. I see some good looking pens on this site. Look under "New Posts".
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OH, wait a minute ............Yep!.............That's what he said!

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You can get help from the forum, and there are many sites and videos that will show step by step methods.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-26-2011, 04:23 PM
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If you are in Louisville there are a couple places you can go for turning classes. Woodcraft has them every so often and there is a small local shop called Choice Woods that offers teaching. I haven't taken one at the latter but they seem really flexible - you just call and schedule a time and they teach. Rates were good as well. I'm sure the other major cities have similar places. If you just want general woodworking classes that are really good - check out Ted Harlan's shop in Louisville. I'm currently taking my second class from him. Very good teacher and a good class environment.

The big advantage of pens that I can see is you can buy benchtop equipment instead of the big floor mount tools. They tend to cost less

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