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post #1 of 8 Old 11-14-2010, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all!

I have very little wood working experience , but I'm very interested in learning. I think the most I've made is a bow maker, which involved sticking wooden dowels in a 2x4. I love making things (especially useful items), and currently do mostly wearable items.

I have big ideas of things I'd love to accomplish at some point, such as a toy box/bench and a wet bar -- hmm... maybe even combine them... bet the kiddo will sleep well then!

Anyways, I don't really know where to start. We own really basic tools -- table saw, table top drill press, hand held jig saw... general homeowners tools. I have access to other things that may be required. (My father does anything from cabinetry to die making in his garage.)

I guess I'm looking for a push in the right direction... Do they make a woodworking equivalent of "Fun with Dick & Jane"?

Thanks for any help! :)
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Welcome from the east side of Michigan

You will find lots of great folks here willing to help and show off their many talents! A similar question and intro was posted recently and here is what I suggested regarding books, videos etc:
The books from http://www.finewoodworking.com/ are some of the best. There are specific books on jigs..for the TS.
www.Youtube.com is the place for videos on woodworking tools, jigs, machines, techniques..and it's free.
www.ptreeusa.com has a nice selection of books as does www.grizzly.com
http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi is a great place to look at finish work to get ideas.....That should keep you occupied for a few weeks!

Here are some sources for tools:
www.grizzly.com favorite place for large power tools,
www.ptreeusa.com tools, accessories, guide bars
www.rockler.com hardware, drawer slides, pulls
www.woodcraft.com tools, accessories,
http://woodworker.com/ some of everything
www.harborfreight.com budget stuff\
http://www.constantines.com/ cool stuff

I have no personal experience with either of these:
http://wwhardware.com/
http://www.cabinetparts.com/cabinet-hardware/
http://www.knobsandhardware.com/?af=...net%20hardware
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try this:http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&s...=&oq=&gs_rfai=
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Hi all!

I have very little wood working experience , but I'm very interested in learning. I think the most I've made is a bow maker, which involved sticking wooden dowels in a 2x4. I love making things (especially useful items), and currently do mostly wearable items.

I have big ideas of things I'd love to accomplish at some point, such as a toy box/bench and a wet bar -- hmm... maybe even combine them... bet the kiddo will sleep well then!

Anyways, I don't really know where to start. We own really basic tools -- table saw, table top drill press, hand held jig saw... general homeowners tools. I have access to other things that may be required. (My father does anything from cabinetry to die making in his garage.)

I guess I'm looking for a push in the right direction... Do they make a woodworking equivalent of "Fun with Dick & Jane"?

Thanks for any help! :)

A good starter project would be is a small box. It could be as decorative or any size you want. Something like a jewelry box. It has many woodworking principles/procedures to experience. There will the planning, layout, and materials/cut list. In doing the work, there are joinery decisions, and finishing. From a small project like that you will gain good insight for a larger project.










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post #4 of 8 Old 11-14-2010, 06:37 AM
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While I'm a huge fan of box making, an even simpler project, building on your bow maker experience, would be a coat/ hat rack. A simple 1X 4 or 1X6 with angled pegs, routed edges and a method of hanging it on the wall.
CAUTION.....once you start down this path, there is no turning back!
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Wow! So much help in just 8 hours! Thanks Guys for your insight!

Actually, I've been thinking about buying a coat rack and treasures box for my little boy, but making them sounds like a better idea.

And Bill, thanks for all those links! I'd have definitely fumbled around the internet lost.

I can't wait to get immersed!
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Welcome from across the lake. Sounds like you have a built in information souce in your father. The guys on the forum are a wealth of help and info. The big thing is start slow and and don't give up. A lot of woodworking is common sense, breaking a project up into a bunch of smaller projects, and take your time. With the right attitude you'll do great...especially with your craft backround.

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Welcome aboard the board .... now time to cut some!!

I'm new here too and everyone has been friendly on here!! Good Luck on learning an awesome trade ... I know I can't wait til I get good at it like some of the pros on here!

Don't mind me --- I'm just a Noob!!
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-15-2010, 11:53 AM
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Welcome from another Michigander. I went to Western in Kalamazoo. And often go to tracks near South Haven and Grand Rapids.

A box is definetly up your alley I bet with the crafts background.

Have Fun!
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