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So it seems these days that there are just never enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished that one would like to.  I started this blog to follow and document my progress, but it seems to be stalled for the moment.  Part of this is due to the fact that there really just isn’t enough time in the day, but also in part because my progress hasn’t shown anything major.  I’ve spent a few hours in my shop (garage) on the weekends but come out with nothing really built to show for it.  Am I lazy?  I’d like to think not all the time.  The truth is that most of the work I’ve done just hasn’t been on a final project or really brought about any tangible evidence of me working.  So what have I been doing?  I cleaned and reorganized my shop, hoping it will help speed my progress when I do get time to work on my first real project.  Also, I’ve been gathering knowledge and insight along the way through various mediums.  I’ve read a great book  for beginning woodworkers, read some articles online, watched some tv shows (like The New Yankee Workshop, which sadly is coming to an end as the  host Norm is retiring), watched numerous online videos on techniques, tips, construction and jig making, searched for plans and ideas for construction methods, and began testing out my own skills on making different types of joints before using them on my projects.  Now, I do have some scrap wood lying around with holes drilled in them or dadoes or mortises cut in them as I practice, but posting pictures of those on my site just didn’t seem exciting or noteworthy.  Now I have purchased the materials for my first major project, and will be starting construction soon.  I will probably post my designs on here for everyone to see and maybe get some feedback, and then start building and updating with pics of that process along the way.  Well, that’s it for today.  Off to the shop!

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So, where do you start in a new hobby like woodworking?  What do you need to be able to start building wonderful pieces of furniture or decorative cabinets?  Well, I too came across this same question and searched around for some answers.  I came across a video series on a woodworking website that I have linked under Resources.  The series is called “Getting Started In Woodworking“.  It starts out with showing you how to set up a simple shop, and some of the tools you may need and then walks you through a few simple projects.  It even has a good design for a workbench, which is a great place to start so that you can have something to build on.  I completed this workbench as my first project and have some pictures in the Projects tab of my results.  All in all, it is a great little introductory series into woodworking and I’d recommend checking it out.  I’d also recommend browsing a few different woodworking websites and checking out some joinery techniques as joining your wood, along with cutting your material accurately, is the basis of woodworking.  So, check out the videos and Get Started!

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