Got a hankering to do some woodwork:

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Old 02-20-03, 04:37 PM
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Got a hankering to do some woodwork:

Yeah, okay, I made a BIG mistake - should have taken Woodshop back in school - instead of band and sports.

Now that I'm 50 though, I have this urge to work with wood - make 'stuff' - but, alas, I have no shop teacher. Therefore, I'll have to resort to books to teach me the basics.

With that said, will you please recommend some good books on the subject of 'Basic Woodworking'.

Yes, yes, I can hammer a nail, saw a board, fix piddly little stuff around the house - but I want to learn about making things from scratch, reading plans, the correct way to use a table saw, router, etc.

(I can already hear you guys: "Okay, Bucky, not so fast! It don't happen overnight.")

Thanks,
DRMartin
 
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Old 02-20-03, 07:50 PM
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DR,
We all have to start somewhere.
Watch/tape every episode of Norm Abrams on PBS - NYWS. And the reruns are on TLC and HGTV. DIY on cable also has a couple good shows.
Subscribe to a couple good woodworking magazines -Wood, American Woodworker, etc.
Good luck, and be safe,
fred


PS - expect to spend a small fortune on all the tools you will want. Start with a GOOD table saw.
 
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Old 02-20-03, 08:22 PM
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It is such a great hobby. I have play with it most of my adult life. Have had a table saw, router, allthe hand tools etc. My next project is to make a new mantel for our fireplace. Made desks for my children that are all grown. they are still around some where. Made a bunch of beird houses for Christmas presents. Have fun and spend a lot of money.
 
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Old 02-20-03, 08:23 PM
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Those were bird houses.
 
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Old 02-20-03, 08:29 PM
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DRMartin:

There are a large number of sites on the 'net that make for good reading.

I have bought a few magazines but the amount of money I paid for them I could have bought that router bit set I need.
I have been printing articles on the 'net for reference which is a lot cheaper.


Here are a few links to some informative sites:


http://www.wwforum.com/faqs_articles/

http://www.newwoodworker.com/tipstrksdir.html

http://www.woodworkingtips.com/woodtips/index.html

http://www.woodzone.com/tips.htm
 
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Old 02-20-03, 11:19 PM
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To all of you who sent guidance my way - much thanks!

Yeah, I know what you mean - in a way, I'm creating a monster here - in that, I'll NEVER stop buying tools once I start - there'll always be some neat, new gadget to add to my collection.

But, oh what a GREAT hobby!

Sincerely,
DRMartin

Uh, suggestions on specific BRAND NAMES for power tools? Also - makes and models of table saws?
 
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Old 02-21-03, 05:59 AM
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Search the archives here and you'll find a number of discussions on various power tools and their manufacturers. Fewalt has one of the best ideas; Norm Abrams' New Yankee Workshop is excellent and it's done largely in laymen's terms. A lot of his projects are beyond novice work, but the principles of the various operations are the same regadless of the job.

I would add one other magazine - Shop Notes (August Home Publishing). Among other things they run tool comparison tests from time to time that are very informative.
 
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Old 02-21-03, 06:25 AM
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DRMartin:

I'm kinda partial to Delta but there are a lot of other good ones out there.

A saw buying guide:

http://www.wwforum.com/faqs_articles/con_vs_table.html
 
 

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