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I'm new to wood working, I watch all the DYI programs they me have me hooked. I must say it's a lot harder than it looks LOL
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Welcome,

It is harder than it looks in some ways, but you can offset that by working slowly. Try simple things first. I also have collected a vast array of online woodworking videos using Flash Video Downloader (free) on my Firefox browser. You go to YouTube, look up woodworking +what you are trying to figure out, and there are buttons that appear under the video window including a download button. You can select the format you want it saved in and set up a folder to hold them all. I put the name of the tool or action (cabinet, router, etc.) in front of a descriptive title and save it so its easier to locate on a very long list.

I just made a warming box (Insulated plywood cabinet) with a temperature activated switch and a 15 watt bulb inside to keep the computer from freezing in my shop. Keeps everything at no colder than 60 degrees and keeps dust out. Open the door and pull out the laptop and watch whatever kind of project video that applies to my current project.

When I started I had no idea about tool setup and tuneup, so I collected those as well. I couldn't make anything right until I tuned up ALL my tools, table and band saws in particular. But planes, chisels and many other tools need tuning before they will produce good results for you. This was not so obvious to me when I started, but once I did it, everything fits together better, cuts are more precise. And I also learned that a pencil isn't always accurate when marking because of the thickness of the line. So I have a marking knife that REALLY helps. Don't believe the laser line on your saws, they will really mess up your work. I think this is old hat for the experienced folks, but it was a mystery to me when I first started. Don't forget dust collection and safety equipment such as the Gripper for table saw use. Get lots of clamps and learn about jigs, table saw in particular. You get much better results with jigs than relying on the factory supplied miters. Get the very best table saw you can afford right off the bat, it is your central tool. At least I find myself using it more and more.

Wood is another arcane subject that you can learn about online. Use MDF and nice ply from the big box stores at first, but find a supplier of European Baltic Birch for when you get serious and are producing nice results. Huge difference in working with it vs the crummy Chinese birch ply. The same supplier will also have hardwoods you will love using as you become better at this.

The free online videos cover it all after you dig them out. The problem for us new at this is that we don't know what we don't know and so we produce a lot of firewood at first. But hang in there because after you get past the first impediments and frustrations, there is nothing that takes your mind off of everything else like woodworking. So, welcome to the fun zone.
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Welcome,

It is harder than it looks in some ways, but you can offset that by working slowly. Try simple things first. I also have collected a vast array of online woodworking videos using Flash Video Downloader (free) on my Firefox browser. You go to YouTube, look up woodworking +what you are trying to figure out, and there are buttons that appear under the video window including a download button. You can select the format you want it saved in and set up a folder to hold them all. I put the name of the tool or action (cabinet, router, etc.) in front of a descriptive title and save it so its easier to locate on a very long list.

I just made a warming box (Insulated plywood cabinet) with a temperature activated switch and a 15 watt bulb inside to keep the computer from freezing in my shop. Keeps everything at no colder than 60 degrees and keeps dust out. Open the door and pull out the laptop and watch whatever kind of project video that applies to my current project.

When I started I had no idea about tool setup and tuneup, so I collected those as well. I couldn't make anything right until I tuned up ALL my tools, table and band saws in particular. But planes, chisels and many other tools need tuning before they will produce good results for you. This was not so obvious to me when I started, but once I did it, everything fits together better, cuts are more precise. And I also learned that a pencil isn't always accurate when marking because of the thickness of the line. So I have a marking knife that REALLY helps. Don't believe the laser line on your saws, they will really mess up your work. I think this is old hat for the experienced folks, but it was a mystery to me when I first started. Don't forget dust collection and safety equipment such as the Gripper for table saw use. Get lots of clamps and learn about jigs, table saw in particular. You get much better results with jigs than relying on the factory supplied miters. Get the very best table saw you can afford right off the bat, it is your central tool. At least I find myself using it more and more.

Wood is another arcane subject that you can learn about online. Use MDF and nice ply from the big box stores at first, but find a supplier of European Baltic Birch for when you get serious and are producing nice results. Huge difference in working with it vs the crummy Chinese birch ply. The same supplier will also have hardwoods you will love using as you become better at this.

The free online videos cover it all after you dig them out. The problem for us new at this is that we don't know what we don't know and so we produce a lot of firewood at first. But hang in there because after you get past the first impediments and frustrations, there is nothing that takes your mind off of everything else like woodworking. So, welcome to the fun zone.
Sage advise, Tom, well said...

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