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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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Howdy, quick intro: My name is Evan and I'm looking into construction and engineering.

My occupation is basically a white-collar, and I have been a programmer for companies such as kudos-intl.com. (Let me know if I'm not allowed to post links). The life of a programmer is pretty dull. I have been having trouble keepin' food on the table as my type of occupation is often on/off like a freelancer. Therefore, I had the craziest ideas to be a minimalist who supply himself with everything he needs.

The first thing I did is learn to fish. I've gotten pretty good at it and I am catching up to 40+ fish/crabs per week in Northern California.

Then I learned how to garden "artificially": and I have flavoring herbs in my greenhouse out back, and have a couple of vegetables.

Then I learned to cook. Now I can make my own food.

I am probably the weirdest person you will ever find. It is like being a hunter-gatherer all over again. I use the ocean nearby and my backyard my source of food, I feed off my neighbors internet, paying rent using my life-savings.

Anyway, you might be bored, and I'm bored myself. My goal on this forum is to try to find a teacher or mentor who can guide me into this field of construction. I currently sleep on an air mattress, and my main priority is to construct a bunk bed; then to construct chairs and tables, and probably surfboards since I live close to the beach.

So if a kind soul can show me the ropes, I would glady appreciateit.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-13-2012, 07:27 PM
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Hi Evan,

Welcome to the forum.

I would suggest that the first thing you do is add to your profile to show:
1. What tools you have at your disposal.
2. Any experience at all at wood working.

You will need to asses how much you are prepared to spend to achieve your ends.

It may be less expensive to go out and buy a bed instead of buying a set of basic tools to enable you to complete these projects.

Wood working can be an expensive hobby for a "minimalist"...

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Welcome Evan

Mininmalist tools would not require electricity So a rip and crosscut hand saws. An Adz, string for measuring, a straight edge, brace and bit for drilling, chisels, hammer, rasps and hand planes. Add a coping saw for cutting curves. And calluses
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I'm a bit confused here. You say you are extremely poor, but you use your life savings to pay rent. California is the highest rent district in the country. How long do you expect to last?
You steal Internet from the neighbors? Uh huh, OK, whatever.

Like Paduke mentioned, start collecting hand tools.

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Hi Even, I suggest you take a look at woodgears.ca .
He has simple plans for simple furniture that you require and there's a wealth of info on that site. You'll learn a lot there.
You can also learn a lot here, but you'll need to do a lot of searching and ask a lot of questions.

Also try Ana White | Free and Easy DIY Furniture Plans to Save You Money

She has a lot of plans for furniture that is simply constructed without complex joinery.
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I'm sure there are many around here willing to help
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If this is a legit request then yes folks would be glad to help.

The only thing that bothers me is the satement that this person is a programmer, my full time job is in IT, our programmers make 80-100K a year, and we are always looking for good talent. So i find it hard to understand about the hardship???

Just noticed the orignal post is old..... Duhh nevermind.

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If this is a legit request then yes folks would be glad to help.
The only thing that bothers me is the statement that this person is a programmer, my full time job is in IT, our programmers make 80-100K a year, and we are always looking for good talent. So i find it hard to understand about the hardship???
Just noticed the orignal post is old..... Duhh nevermind.
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Good talent is sometimes ignored when one is a bored at-will freelance programmer (his words).
No guarantees in the current U.S. job market with that combination.
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