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Welcome Steve. Please post your project. You may get constructive criticism but you won't get negative comments. We all started from scratch at some point and had first projects. You'll get a lot of great feedback and encouragement here. 

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9 minutes ago, Steve B Anderson said:

Couldn't live with out her. On another note, I'm trying to get the nerve up to post my project in the journal section but I'm a little intimidated by the high level of skills presented by our members. My project would be rookie at best.   

Please don't hesitate, we'd love to see it!  We all started where you are at.  

Welcome to the forums!

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11 hours ago, Steve B Anderson said:

 I'm trying to get the nerve up to post my project in the journal section but I'm a little intimidated by the high level of skills presented 

On the same note, I get the intimidation. With that being said, this group has a lot of talent and have seen a lot of first time projects. I've yet to see someone bashed for it. Given a few tips or criticisms, yup. Come away with some more complex understanding of what some find appealing, yes to that too.

Congrats on entering a great hobby.  The wife sounds like a keeper. 

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11 hours ago, Steve B Anderson said:

Couldn't live with out her. On another note, I'm trying to get the nerve up to post my project in the journal section but I'm a little intimidated by the high level of skills presented by our members. My project would be rookie at best.   

Don't worry about that!  Just take a look at my recent journals.

At the very least I found it's a great way to confront any mistakes you make on the way.  If you are by yourself (don't read this next section @Eric). you can ignore small mistakes and gloss over them.  By posting your work as you go, I've found it forces me to admit and fix them, or at least learn more from the error.  At the end of my journals I've been posting an "after action report", where I go over the good and the bad, what I learned from that project, and what I can do better next time.  I feel that if I lay my learning process out bare for all to see, another person just starting off may read that and help them along their path.

It also forces me to stay on point.  I know those who were reading my journals were doing so with some trepidation, as they were not your normal projects found here.  But by posting, I felt obligated to complete the project in a timely fashion, and to the best of my ability.  I have quite a few unfinished projects sitting on my shelves that I either ran into some roadblocks, or just not happy with they way they were going, so I let them die off.  Having the journal helped me stay focused on making a quality project.

So don't view the journals as a way to show off your work, that's what the showcase section is for.  Think of it of way to let the WTO community into your shop and help absorb their knowledge as you go. 

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Just caught up with this.  Thanks for the story Steve, made me smile.

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“So you buy boards that are too big, spend all that time with your machines making them small, and then glue them back together to make them big again?”

Classic! :D

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Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome and the encouragement.  I'll be posting my progress in the journal. I did not document the material prep (making big boards into small boards) but after speaking with a Mr.Cooper here on the forum a while back, I started documenting about half way through the M&T joint process. I still wasn't sure if I was going to post it after looking through the work on here but everybody has convinced me to go for it. 

Thanks again for the support.

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Great (and funny) introduction, Steve. Really sounds like you're well on your way having the basic understanding of flat and square. That is half the battle for new woodworkers. I must say though, you missed a perfect opportunity to get the wife to agree to a 12" jointer purchase there! :P

 As the others have said, don't be shy about posting journals and project pics. You'll miss out on some of the best advise and learning experiences you'll gather along your journey here if you're shy about that. No ones here to judge, just share advise and learn. 

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On ‎5‎/‎20‎/‎2017 at 7:21 AM, Janello said:

 I must say though, you missed a perfect opportunity to get the wife to agree to a 12" jointer purchase there! :P

 

Janello

My knees are still healing from the begging it took to get what I have. A 12" jointer may be too much for now but I almost have her convinced on a band saw :D

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On 5/19/2017 at 9:16 PM, Steve B Anderson said:

He has been associated with my family for many years, and he is older than me:)

Steve's grandmother and grandfather once owned a fabulous hamburger stand ( back in the days when there were real malts and shakes) and we would go there everyday after our paper routes. When Steve first started posting here, I noticed he was was from Texas and we chatted a couple of times and one thing lead to another and he mentioned the hamburger stand and come to find out, I knew his grandmother almost before he did! The beautiful lady passed a month or two ago at the age of 102 I think. And Steve's uncle was my " route mgr.", boss when I threw papers. Darn small world!

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1 hour ago, Steve B Anderson said:

Janello

My knees are still healing from the begging it took to get what I have. A 12" jointer may be too much for now but I almost have her convinced on a band saw :D

Good choice, a good band saw is a game changer. Go 3hp for resaw capability if you can !

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On 5/19/2017 at 9:16 PM, Steve B Anderson said:

He has been associated with my family for many years, and he is older than me:)

Well why in hell didn't you join Ken and a few of us in Iowa this past weekend. Any friend of Ken's is a friend of ours.Oh, And welcome, you're gonna like this bunch.

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