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  • What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

    I was thinking today what advice would I give myself 10 years ago when I started my production shop. If you could only give one what would it be???

    For me It would probably be...


    Don't be afraid of hand tools. They worked for thousands of years and they still do today.
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    Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

    Learn as much as you can before investing in tools. Prioritize what you purchase and purchase quality tools that will last even if it means you have to wait and budget.
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    • #3

      Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

      Learn how to sharpen chisels and plane irons. That opened the door to really enjoying woodworking and stepping up the level of quality.
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        Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

        Be VERY careful what you read on here as wood working is not that difficult.
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          We learn best by doing. Don't be afraid of making mistakes.
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            Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

            Don't get hung up on tool brands. Start with a decent, used contractor table saw if you have to (eg Craftsman, Delta, etc). Later your skills will develop and you'll appreciate the higher precision / quality stuff once you know where it's needed.
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              Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

              There's multiple ways to do every job and the only way to know which is the best way is to try it the other ways.

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                Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

                Originally posted by bogmer View Post
                There's multiple ways to do every job and the only way to know which is the best way is to try it the other ways.
                Add to that: the "best" way isn't necessarily the same way for everyone. Some will feel more at ease one way and you'll prefer another. Developing comfort and confidence for each type of operation is the key to getting ahead, not in trying to replicate what everyone else is doing.
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                  Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

                  Originally posted by guylavoie View Post

                  Add to that: the "best" way isn't necessarily the same way for everyone. Some will feel more at ease one way and you'll prefer another. Developing comfort and confidence for each type of operation is the key to getting ahead, not in trying to replicate what everyone else is doing.
                  You wouldn't know what is the best for you unless you try the others. That's what I was getting at. Sometimes people are just to hard headed to try.

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                  • #10

                    Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

                    Get a wood stove, your mistakes will keep you warm.



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                    • “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”Winston Churchill

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                      Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

                      Originally posted by redlee View Post
                      Get a wood stove, your mistakes will keep you warm.


                      Nobody will notice your mistakes in the ashes.

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                        Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

                        Learn how to dig slivers out with both hands.
                        Jerome
                        Canada's South Coast

                        Port Colborne On.
                        Every loaf of bread is a tragic tale of grains that could've become whiskey.......but didn't....

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                          Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

                          Take care of your body, you only have one. PPE!
                          sigpicToday's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut, that held its ground.

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                            Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

                            Be patient with yourself, things will get better with practise and be sure to pass your knowledge on.
                            My brain hurts!

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                              Re: What advice would you give to a new woodworker???

                              Buy quality tools. When you decide to move on from WW, they are much easier to move with the established WW crowd.
                              Although, General, Delta, and Powermatic are reduced to crap,there are very good brands and lots of the fore mentioned brands looking for homes.
                              Last edited by Mike in Waubaushene; 03-23-2020, 07:09 PM.

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