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    Just getting started, not sure

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  1. +1 everything said in this post, speed-induced or not
  2. Got a finished pic? Looks great, love the comment about the bottle lol - that was my first thought when I saw the pic of it on the table. Nice. I also recently saw a mallet build recently by John Heisz (sp?) Where he wrapped the handle with string and then dipped it in urethane to harden it up - had a very cool look to it.
  3. A friend recently bought a classy looking mid century modern desk that was advertised as being solid oak. 95% of reviews said it was great. 5% said it was mdf. It arrived a few weeks ago - clearly mdf. Not even veneer - just a bad laminate. It doesn't even take a master craftsman to figure out some of these tricks... my friend caught right on. But when all you're going off of is online reviews, it's easy to get duped. I guess that's why I like the idea of a website dedicated to the sale of high quality craftsmanship. My friend has good taste and likes quality pieces, and he'll pay for them, he just doesn't have a reliable source for good stuff. And a lot of people in my circles are in the same boat.
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    Lord of the Rings was the best. OG Star Wars was the best. These sequels/trequals? nonsense.
  5. I'm fine with IKEA furniture - it's efficient, practical, and on a contemporary level, pleasing to the eye. So it's not too shocking. It's just lame that it feels like John Henry vs. the Machine if you're a craftsman attempting to compete with Big Furniture. I guess if you were exemplary of the majority of people who are furnishing their homes it would be alright. But most people, at least in my circles, seem to be fine furnishing their homes with a mix of IKEA, family hand-me-downs, and craigslist finds. Which doesn't bode well for custom furniture makers.
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    I was so disappointed by the Hobbit Trilogy that I'm not watching ANY of the new Star Wars movies until they're all available on dvd. or whatever the future form of media consumption happens to be. ...that's how this thread works right?
  7. Had I raised my wife from infancy and counted diapers, I think Daisy wins that battle. As for the second, the dog indeed loses. Still doesn't make me paint walls, though.
  8. this is why dogs > wives. Daisy has never asked me to help paint any walls.
  9. This is something I've been wondering about since I took an interest in woodworking/potentially making a bit of side-money off of it. From all of the podcasts/videos out there (at least the ones I've seen), the basic idea seems to be that you have to find the right clients, get passed around by word of mouth, and hope you stumble into a few high-tasted folks with deep enough pockets. Then you start making a decent $/hr. As a maintenance technician, people in my field did this for a long time until sites like angie's list/home advisor/craigslist came around. Finding jobs became much easier if you got a decent enough rating. But again, these usually end up being low-bid services - If two guys say they can fix your toilet, you go with the guy who can do it for less. After all, it's just a toilet. But woodworking leans a little further in the artistic/craftsman/quality direction than home repair services. And therefore, it should come with a higher price tag. But when you've got people spending thrifty at Ikea for MDF laminate and potentially not even realizing they're not getting solid wood, you can't really expect to peddle your wares in the currently available markets. What people want (easy, cheap, effective for now) is not what we're selling (quality, long lasting, pricier). So what I'm wondering... Is there a place on the internet, or an app maybe, where buyers are entering into this transaction specifically looking for high level craftsmanship and are willing to pay the cost for these products/services? Obviously, something like this could turn into a low-bid situation just as much as a craigslist/home advisor, but at least it could have a more reasonable bottom dollar floor assuming the shoppers are truly shopping for quality. I don't know if this place does or can exist, but maybe it's a potential solution for guys who are making stuff that they can't find a market for.
  10. Thanks for the thoughtful responses, guys. I was thinking more along the lines of funny goofy stuff when I thought of writing the post, but it kinda turned into an advice request. I'll keep bashing my way through the beginning stages and see how things go. I do like prov163's idea of finding a style and sticking to it. Is that something others can recommend? I'm not even sure stylistically what I like, or what's even available. My house is full of mid-century modern stuff, and it looks pretty cool, but that and "Ikea" are all I'm consciously aware of as furniture styles. I wouldn't know where to start on broadening those horizons (beyond googling "furniture styles"), much less narrowing down to one. Any specific advice or direction?
  11. I'm a gamer, and a few years ago I got really into Skyrim on the Xbox. If you're not familiar with it, it's a very deep/rich game with almost uncountable items, weapons, quests, characters, guilds, etc... Sort of like woodworking and its ACTUALLY uncountable woods, tools, builds, youtube personalities, guilds, etc... Anyways, after MANY hours of playtime, I was at the top of the Skyrim ecosystem. Then I got bored, and as many gamers do, I decided to start over. So I clicked New Game. It was refreshing to start over from "Level 1," and the nostalgia-factor was fun. But the thing that stuck out from that second playthrough was all of the dumb stuff I realized I had done (or hadn't done) during my first playthrough. I chuckled at my past-self as I realized how much time I had wasted doing so many weird, pointless things. At the time, spending 4 hours obtaining enough coins to buy a horse made perfect sense. In retrospect, I could have gotten a much better horse in half the time for free later in the game. ... DOH! Oh silly, misguided, uninformed me. Why did you do such strange, hilarious things when you started? And... why DIDN'T you do so many ACTUALLY important things? I'm sure by now you know where I'm going with this, haha. So here's a thought experiment to bring this around to woodworking: Pretend Woodworking is a game. Start over from "Level 1." Erase your tools/shop/funding. You've got your know-how and your bare hands. Play through the early stages of the woodworking game as you would play them now. During this "second playthrough," think about how differently you played it the first time around. What things that "past you" did make you chuckle in retrospect? What things make you cringe? What would you do differently? What would you do the same? Don't get too intense; just let the nostalgia take over and see what surfaces. Quick caveat: I am a beginner woodworker, but I'm not looking for a quick-start guide or a cheat sheet to hang in my shop. There's plenty of that on the internet. Also, I get that making mistakes is part of learning. Just thought some bits and pieces of "second playthrough" reflecting by the "higher level players" would be a fun read.
  12. @JosephThomas Thanks! Yeah, I just like making things. The desk in my cover picture was made with a Stanley FatMax Crosscut Saw and a bunch of books (not as sources of information, but as clamps). Wood can make so many things and I've got plenty of time to make them. The more expensive tools can wait for the more expensive future.
  13. @TIODS Haha don't I know it. I came in with some basic tools because I work in Maintenance and assumed all I needed to add to my tools repertoire was a table saw (which I got, and love). Now I'm looking at routers and planers and jointers and drill presses like a kid in a candy shop. Someday - one step at a time. Sent from my SM-N910P using Tapatalk
  14. My name is KJ and I'm from West Michigan. I got into woodworking a few months ago and have built a desk, a garden gate, and a bat house (all very rudimentary, haha). I started listening to WTO a few weeks ago and am now on Ep. #73 - the one where they tell you to join this community, so here I am! I'm not really sure what kind of woodworking I'm interested in yet, since there's so much I haven't done. What categorical options do I have? Furniture/around-the-house stuff? Lathe-ing seems interesting, and hand tools look cool... I've been falling asleep to Paul Sellers' videos for the past few nights since discovering his stuff, lol. So relaxing. Anyways, "Hello," again, and I look forward to checking the community out and seeing what's up!