Re: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Novice woodworking questions
> Hello!stash of cherry, oak, walnut, etc all free for me to use and abuse as I see
> I consider myself a novice woodworker as well. I have a pretty nice
fit. I started through the pile using Oak, since I could document it.
Bad idea. Oak is really challenging to work with. I then went to
walnut...better than oak but still not great for learning. I enrolled into
a continuing ed class through the local community college. I've been
taking an evening woodworking class there, off and on for about the last
>started here. I've been learning about tool safety as well as having all
> This class would have saved me a ton of lumber, sweat, and anger had I
sorts of power tools to work with. Plus, being in the north, it's heated,
well, lit, and clean. Oh, and yes, I've been working on projects. Mostly
chests, but a few other odd and ends.
>if I absolutely had to use something besides pine. That worked, although
> The instructor talked about woods to use, and suggested using soft maple
laminating the pieces to keep them from cupping took a little time. It's
also a process that needs to be learned. More recently the instructor
mentioned laminated pine boards available at Lowe's, Home Depot, Menards,
etc - any of the big home centers I guess. It comes in thicknesses of 1/2,
5/8, and I think 3/4 inch, and in sheets from 24 inches square to larger 4x8
sheets. It's very stable and very easy to work with, though the cost might
be a bit hard to swallow at first. Until you factor in your time in the
aforementioned laminating process.
>me to learn tool usage and woodworking techniques at large. I'd look to
> The chest I built with this went together quicky, sanded well, and allowed
your local community college as a starting point. Learn what tools you
like, what ones you'll use, and decide on someone else's tool budget if
woodoworking is something for you. You'll probably also make some contacts
there of people who are in a similar boat, and maybe even find someone
looking to upgrade their stuff who will sell you there used equipment.
>I'll definitely look into it. Thanks!
> I wish you the best of luck!