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As a small girl I watched my Grandfather build a speed boat from his basement as well as bird houses and other projects. I remember the smell of wood, loud saws, and his precision work. I could only watch if I sat in "the chair" and didnt wonder around which of course was for my safety. I never moved from that spot and watched quietly as he worked. I will always remember Grandpa as a great woodworker. My father too, enjoyed wood working but had little time to do so.

Upon the passing of my Father this last year, I had the dubious task of going through all of his things. I have lots of woodworking tools of which I know nothing about. The Craftsman Table Saw #137.248880 lead me to this site to learn more. I've decided I am going to learn how to safely use all of the tools at least once in honor of my Grandfather and Father. My first project will be to replace the bird house Dad built for me. Can anyone recommend a good instructional book to get me started on this project?
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WELCOME TO THE FORUM

We've got a birdhouse officianado by the screen name cranbrook2. Here is a sample of his creations. If you do a search of "birdhouses", all the threads that have birdhouses in the thread will show up. You may find some good info there.






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Welcome Wannabe!

It's great to hear your interest in WW (that's short for Wood Working) . You will find some acronyms here that we use as shorthand to name things or processes. There is a list of them. Best of all you've come to the right place.
There are experts here on everything from restoration of old equipment, like you've already found out, to bird houses and everything in between. It's nice that you want to honor your dad and grandpa with their hobbies. As Norm Abrams say "Be sure to read the owner's manual and wear these safety glasses when working with power tools"... or sumthin' similiar! There are no "stupid" questions only opinionated answers, plenty of which you will find here. bill
Here's the link to acronyms:
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f15/l...ist-lol-11064/

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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I would recommend going to you local book store and looking at some wood working magazines. Many of them have a lot of simple projects. You may also check out books available at library. Peachtree Woodworking supply has a good selection of books and videos on woodworking. I just looked in their catalog and they have a book "Getting Started in Woodworking". That might be a good place to start. I have never purchased a book or vedio from them but it looks like they have a good selection. You can order online at www.ptreeusa.com.
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Welcome to the forum ,there are a lot of good people here.
Have fun and don't be afraid to ask questions.

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If you dont mind the suggestion I have one.I would go online and ck on all the safety rules for each tool your going to use,or maybe go to a community college and take a wood shop class there.It may help ya save some fingers.I dont mean to scare ya or anything but there are certain ways you do things and things you dont want to do.I think my first project was a table saw sled for crosscutting boards on my table saw.Utube also has a lot of video's under woodworking you may find helpful.Good luck in all you do.Itchy
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Welcome to the Forum

Check with some buddies of your granddad. I'll bet some of the guys here are close and can answer a few. Also don't think because you ttestosterone count is low that you can't do this
I have seen some outstanding work. done by ladies. Check with some of the community collages in your area. A lot of them have adult courses.
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Welcome to the forum.

If you need a place to look up wood working terms, try here:

www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/_glossary.htm

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www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/
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my daughters help me in the shop since they were little, i would give them a nail gun and some scraps and they would just nail it all together into one big pile, then they found the glue, what a mess, but one day they wandered in, and seen theyre beloved project heating the place they were horrified, what was i thinking lol thats almost as bad as clearing the refrigerator lol, they are in theyre teens but still work with me when they can,you can do it just take your time
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my daughters help me in the shop since they were little, i would give them a nail gun and some scraps and they would just nail it all together into one big pile, then they found the glue, what a mess, but one day they wandered in, and seen theyre beloved project heating the place they were horrified, what was i thinking lol thats almost as bad as clearing the refrigerator lol, they are in theyre teens but still work with me when they can,you can do it just take your time
Hey you are telling stories of me and my daughters!
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Maybe he got his bird house finished? bill

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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If you dont mind the suggestion I have one.I would go online and ck on all the safety rules for each tool your going to use,or maybe go to a community college and take a wood shop class there.It may help ya save some fingers.I dont mean to scare ya or anything but there are certain ways you do things and things you dont want to do.I think my first project was a table saw sled for crosscutting boards on my table saw.Utube also has a lot of video's under woodworking you may find helpful.Good luck in all you do.Itchy
Itchy Iwould not recommend anything on Utube to a newbie asking about safety. I know they have some good stuff on there but the vast majority have many safety issues themselves and a good amount is dangerous people trying to get there 5 min of fame.

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Maybe he got his bird house finished? bill
Bill first off he is a she. First words in her post were "As a small girl I watched my Grandfather". However I guess she changed her mind.
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Maybe he got his bird house finished? bill

Bill...hate to tell ya, but there's about 2500 members that posted only once.






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Bill...hate to tell ya, but there's about 2500 members that posted only once.
It is for things like this, that some people are sceptical about replying to first posts. They can be either spammers, or one time visitors just looking for one answer. I was a first poster once. Now, I'm just old news and a PITA.

I'll throw an answer into the pot though. How about Woodworking for Dummies. A lot of good tips on tools and techniques. Everything from hand tools to power tools and a great book for a newbie looking for a lot of general information.

There is a very fine line between a "hobby" and a "mental illness"
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Hi, I just signed on today. I have just retired and would like to start woodworking in my garage. I went to amazon and bought a couple of books on woodworking. I would recommend amazon because you can read the reviews about the books before you buy them.

I also have a question about what tools I need to get started with if anyone out there could help?

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