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    Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Doing a few projects this summer. Working on a entertainment center now and then a moveable bookshelf later on.

    Thought a social group may be a good place to get some tips and other help.



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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Try www.woodmagazine.com. It has very active discussion groups and is sponsored by WOOD magazine which is published in Des Moines by Meredith.



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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    I built a bookshelf and a closet organizer for my daughter. If I get the country home I'm looking at, I will build more.



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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone83 View Post
    Try www.woodmagazine.com. It has very active discussion groups and is sponsored by WOOD magazine which is published in Des Moines by Meredith.
    Yeah - I subscribe to Wood mag. It's one of the better ones out there. I just thought this might be a more "friendly" forum, perhaps. A couple of those sites - well, it's too easy for Norm Abrahms wannabe to get involved.



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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Measure it three times, check it twice, cut it once. Take your time and keep your digits.


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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Some cabinets I have been making for the garage.
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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Doing a few projects this summer. Working on a entertainment center now and then a moveable bookshelf later on.

    Thought a social group may be a good place to get some tips and other help.
    I lathe MLB bats for Rawlings. Not sure that helps.



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    I built one of these in College in the 70's.......
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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Quote Originally Posted by coachdags View Post
    I built one of these in College in the 70's.......
    can you give me the schematics on that project



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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    I worked at a cabinet shop for a summer.

    One of the things I learned is before staining, look at any joints or places where you glued or nailed wood together. What you are looking for is cross grain marks from sanding.

    Sand those OUT before staining, otherwise the corners will look like Crap, no joke! look at it at all different angles in the light, cuz some are tricky to see, but they do show after you stain something!!



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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    I know somebody who does some work here in Central Iowa if you are interested PM me



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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    One of my favorite woodworking message board sites:

    WoodNet Forums: Viewing list of forums

    If I remember correctly, this site is run by Woodsmith magazine from Des Moines.

    I have been working on the house for the last couple of years and haven't had time to, but I am planning to finally get back to woodworking this summer. We are still using the same bedroom furniture we had in college 10 years ago (garage sale and auction finds), so that will be the target for this summer's building projects.



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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Built some bunk beds for my kids about 2 years ago. Pretty limited with tools (wifey seems to think groceries are more important than a plunge router). But it was pretty cool to figure out how to make my limited tool inventory work for the project. All in all, woodworking is one of the most relaxing things I can do, aside from fly fishing.


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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Woodworking is great, now that I have a garage I can build up my shop.

    What are the needed tools that should be in a shop when starting out?

    I have most of the powered hand tools (router, drill, biscuit jointer, circular saw), just looking for opinions on other tools. For starters I'm thinking a table saw, router table(just the top and will build the base), jointer.

    Experience wise I have used most tools that are out there, just always been at a school or have been someone elses.



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    Re: Any woodworkers on here? Amateur or otherwise?

    Have you been to the Woodsmith store in Clive?


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