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I'm basically learning by doing and making a lot of mistakes, and then I try to recover from them.

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I have always been exposed to some sort of woodworking since I was a crawler. My Father was always renovating each house we moved into. I made boats and swards and skids etc with scraps and bent nails and left overs. Heck, I've been making different mistakes as long as I've been alive. I got a shop class in wood shop, Grade 10. All other larnin has been through magazines, videos, TV shows, YouTube, personal experience and right here on Router Forums, THANK YOU ALL!! I still have my first router, bought from Sears in 1970. Basic tools are all inherited from my Father. The mistakes are all my very own. Now after so many years, the finished product is starting to look pretty good. That might be misleading if my eyesight is as bad as they say!!!
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I had a lot of teachers. The first was my grandpa. He was followed by an 8th grade woodworking class where a Stanley manual plane was the most dangerous tool we could use, a sophomore wood shop class in which we used almost everything but the table saw, a brief stint as a pattern maker's apprentice, a LONG hiatus, 20 years of watching Norm and finally the investment in my own shop tools and designing my own router table. And it didn't hurt that my stepdad was in the home construction business for 54 years (but I only worked for the company briefly as a teenager). But I'm still learning and I give a lot of credit to people here.
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What's all this talk about mistakes? I NEVER make mistakes, although I do often have to deal with UDMs ... Unplanned Design Modifications. But really, UDMs are good for you. They force you to think about how to fix ... uhm ... I mean adapt (yeah, that's the word, ADAPT) these new modifications into your project. When done, just say, "Hey, I meant to make it that way."
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I first started woodworking when I found my dad's hammer and a can of nails when I was about 5 years old. I proceeded to hammer nails into the basement stairs that my father had just made. He was building the house we lived in so I assume now that watching him got me interested. Needless to say he and my mother weren't happy.

I loved shop class in elementary school and I took an optional woodworking class in grades 9 and 10. I worked part time in a woodworking shop when I was in high school and learned a lot there. My first project was a 4X8 pool table that I made when I was 16.

When I got married in 1976 and bought our first house I renovated the entire first floor and moved the kitchen to a new location. I justified buying a 9" Beaver Rockwell table saw to my wife by promising to make her new cabinets. I used that saw for another 25 years.

My job took me from Toronto to New Brunswick where I bought a house that had an extra 2 car garage. I used this to build my first dedicated workshop. I'm retired now and trying to find more time to spend in the shop.
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What's all this talk about mistakes? I NEVER make mistakes, although I do often have to deal with UDMs ... Unplanned Design Modifications. But really, UDMs are good for you. They force you to think about how to fix ... uhm ... I mean adapt (yeah, that's the word, ADAPT) these new modifications into your project. When done, just say, "Hey, I meant to make it that way."
thanks Oliver...
UDM's it is...

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When done, say nothing...
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My dad was not a wood worker. i remember making some boats out of the end of boards that fruit came in. I cut out some animals with a coping saw which I still have some of. a lot of what I learned was by just doing it. a lot of house repair and books and magazines and now a lot from all off you on this form.
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Default Self Taught....which means slooooooowly...

I must say the thing that grabbed my eye was the router in this picture. My first, still have it on my shelf. Within the last week I got a Kreg Precision Table and Incra Master 2 lift...and have started my first project with them. It's nice to be back!
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