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Hello to all,

My name is Diogo and I made an account a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

I consider myself a bit of a Volcano because I have lived in many places, but don't feel at home in none. I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil and I have lived due to work or study in Bismarck, MO (St. Francois County), Buenos Aires, Madrid, Kobe, and I have been here in southern Italy for the past 8 years.

Other than preferring Star Trek to Star Wars (there, I said it!), I have always had a connection with 3 smells: sawdust, ocean breeze, and grass.

What introduced me to sawdust smell was my grandfather, who made wooden boxes during his retirement, and my father, who was a cabinetmaker.

As for the ocean breeze, I like to bike near the sea. The feeling of freedom that gives me cannot be compared to anything else in life!

And as for the grass, well, let's credit that to home ownership and a big lawn that needs constant work. It looks good once everything is done, it smells great after all the sweat, but it sure sucks up a lot of my time!!

I guess I'll be seeing all y'all around. Have a great Friday.
 

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welcome Diogo...
let me suggest that you pave over the lawn w/ green concrete...
that will free up a lot more time for the shop and woodworking...
blend up some fragrence oils and toss them in the crock pot and you'll think you just mowed the lawn on the sea shore.....

now that's is taken care of...
what else is there???...

so what do you craft???...
 

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@Stick486 great suggestions! I almost spilled my water :lol:

now that's is taken care of...
what else is there???...

so what do you craft???...
Currently I am planning a set of furniture made of plywood and cut on a CNC. Simple stuff for my next home - God willing, I'll be able to move soon.

What I'm looking for is to 1-) escape Ikea & alike and 2-) design some furniture inspired by mid-century modern design.

I'm inspired by so many people building their own furniture and sharing what they make, I bought a couple of books to get the proportions and angles right, and I am currently scribbling first drafts on good old paper.

Thanks for the message!
 

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which books???
 
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@Stick486 great suggestions! I almost spilled my water :lol:



Currently I am planning a set of furniture made of plywood and cut on a CNC. Simple stuff for my next home - God willing, I'll be able to move soon.

What I'm looking for is to 1-) escape Ikea & alike and 2-) design some furniture inspired by mid-century modern design.

I'm inspired by so many people building their own furniture and sharing what they make, I bought a couple of books to get the proportions and angles right, and I am currently scribbling first drafts on good old paper.

Thanks for the message!
Welcome to the forum. If your comprehension of the English language is anything to go by you are going to be a skilled woodworker in a very short time and in addition to asking questions will be answering those from other members.
 

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Welcome Diogo. As you've been in the shadows you already know a good deal about us and our liking pictures. I can't imagine any question you might have not being able to be answered many one of the fine folks. This group has some extremely talented craftspeople to draw from.
 

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Welcome Diogo. I`m glad you decided to come out of the shadows. There are lots of ideas to be had from the internet for designs. H. H. Windsor`s designs are available for free download: https://manybooks.net/titles/windsorhh2399123991.html His designs were featured in the Popular Mechanics magazine about 100 years ago and were meant to be build with few tools and modest skills. I find some of the designs a good starting point. And then there was Greene and Greene which was more interesting but also trickier to reproduce: https://www.pinterest.ca/hikerrob/greene-and-greene-furniture/
 

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Hi, glad you decided to come out and play. Sounds like you've been traveling a lot, so you've probably seen many different styles of furniture. Just in case you haven't seen it yet, I've attached a pdf document about the 18 things that helped speed up my learning curve. A few expensive lessons in there too--I can laught about some of them now. It has some pictures and although it is written about North America, most of it applies anywhere.

My father was a landscaper and all four of us boys had to help cutting the grass, and I developed hay fever (allergy) to cut grass, so I didn't do it for long. I've never lived where I had to cut the grass.

Where abouts in Italy do you live? Some parts of that country are quite beautiful.
 

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Welcome to the Router Forums Diogo. I look forward to seeing what furniture designs you come up with.
 
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I got three books. (I have added spaces in the links to avoid the forum trigger.)

- Projects for your shop by Matthew Teague (ht tps://ww w.amazon.com/ /dp/B00AK3RN1G/) I really liked, it's simple and accessible. Tools are simple, lumber isn't fancy, it's very newbie-friendly.

- The Minimalist Woodworker by Vic Tesolin (ht tps://ww w.amazon.com/ dp/ 1940611350/) I bought this one because of the opposite approach on hand tools. What I liked the most about this book is reading his approach about not needing so many tools and still build things you can be proud of. I need to be mobile, I have family scattered in 3 continents, so it was refreshing.

- Contemporary Furniture: 17 Projects You Can Build by Popular Woodworking (ht tps://ww w.amazon.com /dp/B01C9GRT9C/) I bought this one because I thought I had liked the designs. Honestly, I got buyer's remorse on this one. I didn't like the designs that much, plus they seem more advanced than what I can accomplish (at least right now)

Welcome to the forum. If your comprehension of the English language is anything to go by you are going to be a skilled woodworker in a very short time and in addition to asking questions will be answering those from other members.
Hi Harry. Thanks for your words!

Funny thing is, I was just speaking to my mother the other day and we were considering to move to Australia. My father recently passed away, I had moved back with them a few years ago for a mix of work and (his) health reasons. I'm an only son and I'm not married yet.

Australia makes a lot of sense to us, it's as if Brazil were a serious country and most things worked. Plus you have summer by the end of the year, so Christmas time is BBQ time.

Hi, glad you decided to come out and play. Sounds like you've been traveling a lot, so you've probably seen many different styles of furniture.
Indeed. In terms of craftsmanship, I really liked the wooden temples in Japan. Here in southern Italy, I made friends with the owner of a furniture store, and he owns several antiques from the 1800's. They aren't much my personal stile, but the quality of the work is undeniable.

Just in case you haven't seen it yet, I've attached a pdf document about the 18 things that helped speed up my learning curve. A few expensive lessons in there too--I can laught about some of them now. It has some pictures and although it is written about North America, most of it applies anywhere.
I just read it all. Funny you mentioned you download YT videos, so do I! I watch a few of them more than once, and often I (re)watch an YT video prior to going to bed. They really get me out of the everyday concerns and help me relax.

Thank you for sharing, especially the lessons you learnt the hard way.

My father was a landscaper and all four of us boys had to help cutting the grass, and I developed hay fever (allergy) to cut grass, so I didn't do it for long. I've never lived where I had to cut the grass.
And now the Desert Rat part of your name makes complete sense.

Where abouts in Italy do you live? Some parts of that country are quite beautiful.
I live in Eastern Sicily in the slopes of Mt. Etna, in Catania province. The construction here traditionally uses lots of black stone due to the volcanic activity. Main woods are pine, oak, and some olive tree as well.

Welcome to the forum, Diogo! As you no doubt have learned, we like photos. You can show us your shop, tools, yard, bike, projects, etc. whenever you're ready.
Thanks, David! Right now I am in between places and most of my stuff is in storage. It's nothing to write home about, mostly some cheap Chinese tools that I gathered gradually whenever I needed something in particular for fixing stuff around the house.

As for all the others, thank you so much for the welcome. I have been part of private groups, mail lists, forums, and this is probably the most welcoming place I have ever jointed on the internet. What a great group of people!
 

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Hello and welcome to the router forum, Diogo
 
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Welcome to the Router Forums family Diogo. Hope you enjoy your stay!
 

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Welcome to the forum Diogo.
 
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