I am a complete novice to woodwork and wondered if there were any books,
videos, dvds or websites you could recommend.
I am interested in furniture making and toys.
I have a week long carpentry course starting soon and would like a head
Any recommendations most welcome.
Seriously, probably watching the guys on TV that make it look so simple
because they can build a curio cabinet in a half hour show is a good place
Half the battle is having the right tools. I suggest starting with something
simple like a book case or night stand. Use Pine since it is soft & somewhat
forgiving ( easy to sand anyway) . Birch plywood matches it pretty well if
you want to use it for the carcass. That's where I started.
Lucky you! Bet there are a lot of people here who would say they wished
they had started out in a formal class rather than picking up information
and skills by pits and pieces. Until your classes start you might check out
the contents of your local library. You'll get to look at lots of things
without cost and be able to consider buying the books your course may
recommend. Somewhere around here there is a list of books most of the
group would recommend - it usually pops up every few days.
Just do not understand the comments about buying bandaids and setting
the speed dial for the Hostital on your telephone....Seems to me the
posters who made those suggestions are a little immature or whatever
you waish to call them...helpful they are not...
Anyway I am glad you at least express an interest in woodworking...
I will admit that I never took a single class (excluding wood shop in
Jr. High School) nor read any books on woodworking before I got
interested in woodworking...I just had a need as a new homeowner to
"fix" a few things around the house...and discovered that I could "do
my thing" and have a a relaxating evening at the same time...
Over the years I most have picked up a book or two but honestly I can
not remember doing it...I just learned the hard way...make a mistake
correct it..move on and make another mistake..
BUT if I were smart I would have at least spent some time in the
library just looking at how things are constructed... A good book on
Joints ..their construction strenghts and weakness would have saved me
a lot of frustration...
Lots of luck... Top posted to make the Bandaid POSTER scroll down
aand down before he discovered I deleted his post....
=====================>Lucky you! Bet there are a lot of people here who would say they wished
I only saw the replies. The smartass had earned killfile status for
To the OP: Reasonable care and caution is merited, however, millions of
trees have given their all, with relatively few trips to the hospital. And
given that many of us are trending towards 'old fart' status, that says a
lot about the relative safety of the craft, particularly for hobbyists.
Work safely. Have fun. Make something. Smile frequently.
ps: Tage Frid teaches Woodworking, volumes 1&2 (combined printing), is an
excellent investment of your time. Even if your library doesn't stock it.
I've been using a 3M product, sort of a super glue for cuts. Stops
the bleeding, lasts long enough. Little bitty tube.
Otherwise, I have a tweezers (Loupe is in my tool box) and a bandana
and a big box of bandaids. Sometimes I just keep the bandaid box
right on the bench.
On Wed, 16 Mar 2005 14:38:27 +0000, Andy Dingley
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