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Thread: List the three most relevant things you learnt thus far in working wood.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    List the three most relevant things you learnt thus far in working wood.

    With recognition that there are many newbies to woodworking and many advanced woodworkers here, i thought it would be great to list our three most relevant lessons learnt to date in our woodworking life.

    To date for me :

    1) Sharpening has to be my biggest.
    2) The value of a woodworking workbench.
    3) Beginning to start down the long road of learning to finish. (thanks to many of you here this road has been made much easier)

    So whats yours......

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    For me, the following have proven to be most relevant, I think:

    1. If you want to do it, you probably can!
    2. Talent, not tools, create a project.
    3. Sharp tools are safer tools.

    Number three might be counter-intuitive but I've hurt myself more with a dull tool than one that is properly sharpened!
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member
    Member of Mensa
    Live every day like it's your last, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

  3. #3
    1. It's not a mistake if you can fix it.
    2. There's nothing that I can't build.
    3. There is more than one way to build a project and there is no such thing as one way being the correct way to do it.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Slow down, it's not a race
    What I thought was sharp, wasn't
    A good workbench is the most basic tool I need besides my two hands
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN
    1 I'm my biggest critic
    2 Enjoy the process like Stu said it's not a race
    3 I'll never have time to build all the things I'd like.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway
    Figure out how long something will take. Then double it, and add an order of magnitude. If it *should* take one day, budget two weeks...

    No amount of skill or enthusiasm will replace a good tool.

    Accuracy is worth everything required to achieve it.

    And the one immutable rule: I should never underestimate my own capacity for foolishness!



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    recheck all my measurements several times
    buy quality tools. either new or used.
    a poor finish can ruin a great project (thanks to Larry for beating this into me)
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    1. Slow Down!!
    2. Get out of the shop if you feel tired.
    3. If you feel in any way it is unsafe, it is. Stop, rethink, do it the safe way.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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    2. Remember that whatever task you are working on at that moment is the most important thing in the attention.

    3. Asking a question at Family gets a reponse, not ridicule. (no Question is stupid)
    Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!

    The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Buse Township MN
    1) Always, always, always think safety!

    2) Learn to do it the right way the first time!

    3) Buy your lathe first, then you won't waste money on other tools.
    Every child deserves a family. Adopt. Foster. Get involved.

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