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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Just a hello message. I am a retired guy in Snellville GA who has accumulated a ton of tools but not a ton of skills. I would like to improve the quality of my woodworking projects instead of using the brute force method of woodworking. "If the peg is too big make the hole larger".

I am not too much of a poster and will use the forum as a resource where I can lurke around and pick up things to try. Currently my projects are either fix something or try something to learn how the tools work (routers, saws stc)

I have a router table with a Bosch 690, a second Bosch 690 set up as a plunge router, and a small Dewalt that has both fixed and plunge base.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 11:51 PM
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Welcome Ken.

Currently my projects are either fix something or try something to learn how the tools work (routers, saws etc)
Same here...

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I don't mind if other members disagree with my comments.
I don't profess to know everything, and I may learn something new.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-27-2012, 10:16 AM
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Welcome Ken! We are glad to have you become "one of us". Snellville is about 20 minutes away from where I live in Auburn, GA (using the recently completed Sugarloaf Parkway Extension). I've been a member here for just a couple of years, but I have learned a lot and also have been able to ask questions and share ideas. A good deal of the members here build furniture, and can do some really amazing and beautiful work. There are also people in the membership who do a lot of "hands-on" construction work. Although I am personally unfamiliar with the specific tools you listed [above], I use my routers as fixed base, plunge base and table-mounted. A good percentage of what I make does not need to look nice, but it does usually have to be dimensionally accurate. If any of us can help you we are glad to do that. This is a very friendly and helpful huge group of people from all around the planet. It will take you just 10 posts to be able to realize the full benefits of membership and I strongly urge you to get that done sooner than later so you can ask questions and share solutions. The fingertips you save may be the very ones that you'll need for computer usage! Take care my neighbor! Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, GA


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Hi, this is a great group for help with problems. Not sure what you mean about your skills, but as a guy whose only been doing serious woodworking for a few years, I thought I'd share a couple of things that drastically improved the quality of my projects. First, I've downloaded a ton of videos, which I keep in a computer in my small shop. These contain a lot of tips to make things nicer and more accurate.

Second, I've ordered a great library of woodworking books from used book sites on Amazon. Some are only a couple of bucks each and studied the ones on tuning up tools very closely.

Third, I took the time to learn how to tune up my power and hand tools. This took a lot of careful reading and micro adjustments. I also found lots of youtube videos on the topic, particularly for band saws. Every time I start a project, I make sure the fences and blades are set square. This made the most difference in projects looking good and fitting precisely.

Although not a lot of fun studying and tuning tools up, it has made woodwork better looking and fitting, and a heck of a lot more fun doing projects instead of making firewood.

Enjoy yourself and hope this info increases you enjoyment of this great hobby.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 02:14 AM
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Hi Ken, welcome and let's learn and progress together
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