Ken, like with any tool there is a learning curve. Don't give up, just set it aside for a while and go back to it when you are ready to try again. It really helps to work with someone who has experience on the tool you are learning about. They can tell you how to avoid the pitfalls and show you what works best for them. Have you searched for woodworking clubs in your area?
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