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My name is Shaun and I live in Maryland, near Baltimore. I'm new to the forum and thought I'd say hi. I'm also pretty new to woodworking. I was given a few power tools for my birthday, but until recently haven't used them for anything more than hanging a board on a wall for a shelf. I just finished what I would call my first project last weekend. It is a clock I made for my dad's birthday. It is far from perfect, and I have a lot to learn, but it was great fun to build and I know he'll love it. I can't wait to give it to him this weekend. I've already learned a lot from browsing this forum and I'm looking forward to reading more, and for my next project!
 

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:yes:Hello from Maryland the names is TOP i also live in md the eastern shore i no you will learn a lot on this forum have fun , by the way that is a nice looking clock:thumbsup:


"THE SHOP OF TOP"
 

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Shaun, that's a darn nice clock for a newbie! Good Job! Welcome to the forum. There are a lot of knowledgable craftsmen (and craftswomen) on this site. If you hang around here, you can't help but learn something.
 

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Shaun, welcome to woodworking, and to woodworkingtalk.com

Man that is the way to introduce yourself to a woodworking forum, with a finished project! That appears to be a very well executed project, your dad is going to be proud of that.

You didn't ask for any but I am in the advice-giving mode this morning haha. My advice to any new woodworker is to DO NOT neglect to spend a s much time learning all about the various finishes and finishing techniques early on. Charles Neil said that "Your finishing work should begin before you ever start building the piece" or something like that.

What he was saying was, when you are building a piece and have decided all the particulars of that piece, you then choose the type of finish you want, and every other aspect of it. Where it will be used and how. If it for a customer or yourself does not matter, but you want to experiement with the wood you are using with several different finishes to make sure you are going to like that finish on that species for that application.

Thast is some of the wisest advice I had heard and I like to pass that on to young woodworkers, because 9 out of 10 woodworkers neglect to adequately educate themsleves about finishing. My hand is raised high. I had been resolving that weakness over the last couple years slowly, but seeing one of his finishing videos gave me a little more motivation to kick it up a notch. I still have much to learn of course. It will make or break the project.

Okay my unsolicited advice is "finished". ;)
 

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Welcome to the forum.

Nice clock you have there. You'll find out that around here we love pictures, so please feel free to post them of any projects you have going.

And don't worry about TexasTimbers, he goes off like that once in a while. After he takes his medication, he will be back to normal in no time at all. :laughing::laughing:
 

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hi there i'm justin from MO and i'm new to this forum i have been into wood working for about a year and a half
i love making pens and whatever else i have an idea to try
 

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Welcome to all of you. Geoguy said it all. This is a great place to learn and share knowlage.
 

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Hi Shaun,Very nice looking clock. I made afew myself yrs ago 2 with swinging pendelums have to dig out my photos and get them downloaded also.I been involved in woodworking since highschool many moons ago and have taught 4-H woodworking during yrs my kids went thru 4-H. Yeah you'll learn alot on here special types of tools to purchase everyone has an opinionated advice on what to purchase and thats not bad deal. welcome from chevyll
 
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