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post #1 of 8 Old 07-18-2009, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie in every sense of the word

Hey folks!!! I've been perusing this site for a few days and decided to sign up.

I'm 30 yrs old, married, 2 kids (2 yr old girl and 3 week old boy). I'm originally from Indiana (hence the screen name), but have lived in Denver for about 10 years.

I'm brand new to wood working. Completely green. The only thing I"ve ever built out of wood (aside from the gate) was a clock in the shape of a baseball glove when I was in 7th or 8th grade shop class! lol

I just built a gate for our deck to keep our daughter from heading down the stairs. It looks great. It's very plain, but it did the trick! It's the simple things in life right?

My next project is to build some shelves for my kids rooms. My daughter has a collection of Disney Princesses and my son has a collection of miniature scale model sports complexes.

My questions (please be gentle lol):
1) Is there a site or a thread that rates wood? I don't know one wood from the next. I really don't want to make these things out of cedar...but I'd prefer something a little nicer then poplar too.
2) I bought my lumber for the gate at Lowes. What I didn't see when I was there was a large selection of different types of wood. I am presuming that there are specialty lumber stores out there, I just need to find them in my area? Would this be a correct assumption?

Please feel free to ask whatever questions you'd like. I don't know how much I will be contributing, but I will definitely be soaking up all of the info that I can get!
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Welcome to the forum.
I'm sure that in a city the size of Denver there are at least a few hardwood dealers. Yellow pages?
I use hardwood faced ply for shelving and the sides and top of self units. Use the same species hardwood to face the edges. Glue and clamps.

What tools do you have available to use?

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EDITED: Try this link to a bunch of Denver hardwood places
/http://www.superpages.com/yellowpage...S-CO/T-Denver/

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Welcome to the forums. My wife and I lived in Denver for three years. Good to see the woodbug biting; you've chosen an excellent hobby. Be sure to post your stuff.
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Gelcome to the asylum.

Use the right tool for the job.

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Welcome Hoosier, Like Gene said there should be a hardwood lumber yard or probably a few of them. Everything is going to be based on the tools you have available or the tools you are willing to purchase.

really though the plywood is a good way to go and you can face it with the same species as the plywood. My guess for the next step up after poplar would be Birch Plywood and birch or soft maple to face it, well around here it would be anyway. Give us a little more info and we can give you a better answer.
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Thanks Gene for the link. That was very helpful.

I'm certainly going to show my newbieness here and it looks like I need to pick up a few books from the books/magazines link I saw.

I was just planning on purchasing some wood, cutting to desired size, routing the edges, staining it to match the furniture in the kids rooms, and hanging them. Very generic and basic.

As far as tools, the tools I have are very basic...I don't even own clamps (they are next on the purchase list). I will buy things as I need them. I'm sure there's a list of tools that should be in a beginner's workshop, it's just the matter of find it.

Streamwinner...thanks for the kind words. Posting my work is rather intimidating when I see items such as the beautiful clock and the gorgeous hutch from the projects forum. Wow....if I could do work that is half as nice, I'd be happy! lol

Another embarrassing admittal....I don't know what facing is! lol

I should had paid attention to my father when he was building our deck 20 yrs ago...but as a kid, playing ball was much more fun.

Thanks again for all of the help!
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Thanks Gene for the link. That was very helpful.
Your welcome

I'm certainly going to show my newbieness here and it looks like I need to pick up a few books from the books/magazines link I saw.

I was just planning on purchasing some wood, cutting to desired size, routing the edges, staining it to match the furniture in the kids rooms, and hanging them. Very generic and basic.

As far as tools, the tools I have are very basic...I don't even own clamps (they are next on the purchase list). I will buy things as I need them. I'm sure there's a list of tools that should be in a beginner's workshop, it's just the matter of find it.
You NEVER have enough clamps

Streamwinner...thanks for the kind words. Posting my work is rather intimidating when I see items such as the beautiful clock and the gorgeous hutch from the projects forum. Wow....if I could do work that is half as nice, I'd be happy! lol

Another embarrassing admittal....I don't know what facing is! lol
"Facing", as used in the previous posts, is the piece applied to the edge of plywood to hide the plys. Glue, clamp, rout with a trim bit to even it up. When you get there, we can give you tips about trim bits and their uses

I should had paid attention to my father when he was building our deck 20 yrs ago...but as a kid, playing ball was much more fun.

Yeah, I got into WWing out of necessity. When it was still more fun to play ball. As I got older, WWing got to be more fun and less painful than ball.

Thanks again for all of the help!
Anytime!
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