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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-21-2012, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Several weeks ago I joined this forum not knowing what would come of it. I am writing to those that have been reading my threads and/or posts to say what I have been learning, not only about woodworking, but about myself. First of all, it has become obvious to me, as well other members of the forum, that I open more new threads than any other member. The reason is probably due to several reasons. First of all, due to the heat here in West Texas I am inside under the A/C most of the day so I have time on my hands. I am retired so I don't have a job to go to work like many of other members do. Also, my wife is dealing with a health issue and is heavily medicated causing her to sleep a lot so I spend a lot time alone since it's to hot to be in the shop I just have time on my hands and this forum is really a great time filler for me. Thanks for putting up with me.

Another thing that I have learned to is that I seem to be more interested in learning how to do things rather than actually making things. When I first got interested in woodworking, my interest was in the construction of picture frames. This intailed learning about the difficulty of cutting perfect 45 degree miter cuts which let me to Incra Tools and their miter gauges. I spent a lot to time in the quest for those perfectly cut miters, but once that had been accomplished my interest in picture frames faded and I became interesed in learning about how to cut dovetails and make boxes, that took a lot of time and there was a so much to learn, but then came the issue of finishing wood, and while . do not profess to have become accomplished in that endeavor, I am able to finish well enough for my purposes for the time being, now I am trying to learn to make desk tops and to get them edge joined so that they look good and the jointing is such that only a minimal amount of sanding is required to finish the job. Along the way I have added a lot of tools and woodworking machines and learning how to operate them has occupied my time and given me great enjoyment, this is something that I am sure most of you reading this will relate to. The quote that is added to so many of the thread that reads "Learning Is A Gread Adventure" is sure good and so right. I love it and sure do thank those of you that have written back to me and encouraged me. This fall, when the weather cools, you probably won't have to put up with me like you have during these summer months. Anyway, thanks again, you have helped me do much.

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You ask a lot of good questions Jerry and that benefits everyone here.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hi Jerry

In answering questions I find myself refreshing my memory of techniques I may not have used for a while as well as pondering on whether or not I could do things better/cheaper/faster in future. Whether or not I answer a question I often find something to take away from a thread - be it a different approach to a problem, a new technique or tool I haven't seen before or just confirmation of my own approach. All useful

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