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Woodworking Beginners: Secret Tips To Start Right

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Woodworking: Where To Start – Tips From Experienced Woodworkers

Woodworking encompasses a broad area of skills, specialties, and applications. Some beginners take on too much too soon or blow their savings on expensive woodworking tools and machines that they don’t know how to use and might not ever need. And even some basic techniques can be confusing or easy to do incorrectly. Experienced woodworkers have some simple, but insightful tips to help you get off to a good start.

Do Your Research

Initiative, courage, a sense of adventure, these are all good things, and many fine woodworkers learned their skills by just jumping in and trying to build something. Chances are whatever they chose for their first project, it came out better than they thought, but not really nice enough to use or display. Even those brave souls that start from scratch with no preparation often end up seeking out some books, magazines, or experienced woodworkers to figure out how to do it right.

The woodworkers we talked to stressed that a person can save themselves some time and frustration by learning about the different aspects of woodworking before starting a first project. Many suggested finding some good books or magazines, either at the library for free or at the bookstore. Start with the basics and learn about different forms of woodworking, types of trees and woods and how they are used, various tools, etc. – just the kind of information presented here in this article.

“I have an entire corner of my garage filled with books and magazines,” shared Paul Johnson, who has been woodworking since he was a young boy. “I subscribe to a couple and keep those that have projects or techniques that I would like to try. I also buy a couple new books every year. When I first started woodworking, I bought them left and right; whenever I came across one that was recommended or had information I wanted to learn. They help give me ideas for projects,” he added. “I especially like those that come with patterns.”

After learning about the basics, you should have an idea of what type of woodworking interests you, and you can move on to books or even classes that teach hands on skills in that particular area.

Take Some Classes

In fact taking classes was recommended by several of our experts. Whether it’s a beginning class through the local college or something taught by an experienced woodworker, it will typically give you a good overview of different tools and woodworking safety. Some building centers and lumberyards also offer classes on basics or teach you how to make a specific project.

If you aren’t big on classes, but you know a person who is skilled in woodworking, ask if they would let you assist them with a project, or perhaps just sit and observe. Most woodworkers are pleased to talk about their art and share it with others. Chances are they will be happy to oblige.

Keep It Simple

The answer, “Keep it simple,” came up over and over, when asked for advice for new woodworkers. Start with simple projects, preferably those that use only hand tools. This way, you will learn how to do the important things like measure, cut, shape and join. Getting good at those basic skills is extremely important.

If you are brand new to woodworking and haven’t used tools much before, you might want to consider starting with a precut kit. Most kits consist of wood that is already cut in the appropriate shapes and sizes. It is up to you to follow the directions and put the pieces together. These kits typically require nailing, screwing, gluing, sanding, and finishing. You can make birdhouses and feeders, benches, plant holders, and many other fun items to get you started.

Even as you advance to more complex projects, don’t worry about planning and sizing your own lumber until you feel comfortable and confident. You can buy lumber already prepped and cut in many different widths. And table legs, chair spindles, and other turned pieces are also readily available pre-made. Ease into some of those more difficult projects over time, adding greater levels of difficulty to each project.

Tool Tips

The suggestions to keep it simple applied to woodworking tools as well. Most people interviewed recommended buying tools as you need them and adding to your selection as required for new projects. If a project is purchased as a kit, or with printed instructions, the list of tools needed is included. Depending on what type of projects you choose to start with, you will typically need hammers, tape measure, clamps, a square, saws, hand drills, and a set of chisels. These will probably cost you around $200-$300 dollars.

Some woodworkers said that investing in a good table saw early on was important, but only if you will be doing projects with many cuts, especially those with different types of angles. For most beginner projects, a handsaw, or perhaps a circular saw will suffice.

It is strongly suggested that you begin by buying good tools, but not top grade until you decide for certain that you want to stick with woodworking. If it becomes clear that this will be an ongoing interest, then consider buying the best quality tools you can afford. Best quality doesn’t always mean the most expensive, and you will have to do your research.

Kevin Warner, who has been teaching high school shop for over twenty years, had this to say about woodworking tools. “At school, I have a limited budget for tools, but I would rather buy a few high quality tools and have the kids share them than spend my money on cheap equipment. There’s nothing that will turn a young beginner away from woodworking quicker than a crappy tool that doesn’t do what it should.”

The same is true for home woodworking. Our experts recommended spending as much as you could afford on the basic tools like hammers, saws, screwdrivers, drills and bits. “These are tools you will need around the house even if you don’t pursue woodworking,” Sarah Greeley pointed out. “If you spend the money up front, and care for them correctly, these tools will last you a lifetime because you bought quality to begin with.”

If you have a tight budget, consider purchasing tools at an estate sale, auction or garage sale. Some may have worn handles or look like they are rusty or dirty, but if they are quality tools and generally sound, you can clean and repair them for less than it would cost to purchase new.

In general, you get what you pay for with woodworking tools, but sometimes you pay for the name, or for features that you may not use in your particular type of woodworking. So again, you will need to refer to books, magazines, Web sites, and other woodworkers to learn more about different types and brands of tools. And so you see, the tips have brought you full circle, back to the research and learning, which is what so many woodworkers stressed the most.

There is much to learn and, as has been said, it is an ongoing process. But thanks to the wealth of information out there about different aspects of woodworking, and the many Web sites and Internet resources, it is easy to research your questions. You just have to take the time.

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How To Nurture Your Music Hobby

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Music is the voice of the soul. Listening to music works as a remedy potion to our flagging soul. Developing, listening to, or practicing music as a hobby helps in boosting you from your threadbare boring life. Also, listening to or practicing music has its own health benefits. According to some researches, musical training improves your concentration power. In fact, it allows you to nurture your ability to be imaginative. Music lets you unleash your creativity in the most effective way. When you play or listen to your favourite music, it keeps your brain healthy. It also helps in increasing memory and mental sharpness. So nurturing a hobby like music is not a bad idea. And developing something as a hobby that helps in releasing dopamine, which is known as the feel-good chemical that causes feelings like happiness and joy, cannot be a bad idea at all. Now the question is how to nurture your music hobby? Well, there are several effective ways to nurture your musical hobby.

Find out what you love:

The most important thing about your musical hobby is to find out what you actually want to nurture. While some people are fond of singing songs of different genres, there are others who like to play instruments like piano, flute, guitar, drums, etc. Finding out your proper taste of music that you love to listen to, play, or sing helps you focus on that and properly nurture it.

To grow passion and nurturing it:

Growing passion and love for your hobby helps you in engaging in it that works as the catalyst of the nourishment of your hobby. No matter whether you are born with it or not, being passionate about it or working a bit harder and longer helps you in achieving a nice and pleasant tone and perfect control over your instrument. And in this era of the internet, you can learn anything without even possessing a musical training course. All the classical instruments are hard to play, but with the help of proper guidance and training, playing them doesn’t remain hard anymore. For example, if someone wants to become a piano hobbyist, there are appropriate ways of nurturing. Music book like Accelerated Piano Adventures comes in the form of compact disc that contains two parts in which the first part contains slow practice tempo and the second part includes the performance tempo that allows the beginner to become a featured performer. Also, a book like AMEB piano grade 2 provides a solo piano format for those who love to play it during their leisure times.

Wrapping Up:

There may be several ways that can be suggested for nurturing your hobby, but the most crucial point about nurturing it is to make time to pursue it and engage with it regularly. Cheap music books like Accelerated Piano Adventures and Ameb piano grade 2 are always there to help you in providing the proper music lessons and nurturing your hobbies. But it’s your passion and love towards your hobby that works as the most important ingredient for your nurturing – as we all know that ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’.

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Clutter Wars – It Is Mind Over Matter, Literally

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We all have a clutter issue to a varying degree. I admit, some have it much more than others. However, no one is immune to it and the causes are numerous and with no boundaries. Whatever your sticking point is, look for the reason behind it and question your motives. The answer could be as simple as you just never thought about it or took the time to deal with it. It could be a little more difficult when emotions are involved like being overly sentimental or having a fear of loss. Once you determine the reason, you are better prepared to deal with the issues. The important thing is to be honest with yourself. Determine if the effort on your part is worth the reward. Chances are it will not be for a lot of those personal treasures when you take into account factors like limited space, extra time required to locate things if you can find them at all, and more time needed to take care of them or at least clean around them. Let go of what you can, especially all of that stuff that you forgot that you had. You most likely will live another day without it. The key is to balance your peace of mind with the matter at hand.

Nothing is ever out of place if it never had a place to begin with. Everything needs a home and it needs to be a logical and convenient one at that. It should be where you will look for it first and where you will also put it back with minimal effort. The path of least resistance often gives us the best results. While this is a basic concept, it tends to be a big hurdle when it comes to getting organized. It takes a lot of extra brain power and effort to try and find a place for every item that gets out of place during the normal course of a day. As a result, it more often than not gets thrown into a corner with an empty promise that it will be dealt with later. And as you well know, later never comes and the problem just has a way of snowballing. Once you have a system in place, it is just a matter of time before you will not mind tidying up nearly as much.

None of us live in a perfect world or a perfect house. We all need a temporary place to stash a few things. Set aside a basket or a drawer for that purpose but live by the game rules. Keep the size reasonable and clean it out once it is full, if not before. It is always best to mind your matters.

Once you identify the underlying reason or reasons for all of the clutter, face your fears and tackle the problem. The organizing process will come much more easily once you realize that your value as a person does not lie within your possessions but within you. At the end of the day, it is your mind and your heart that really matter.

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The Miracles of Gratitude

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Many of us are looking for our pot of gold. Others are just envious of our neighbors’ wealth and happiness. We go to work every day trying to make ends meet, and we seem to always just get by, by the skin of our teeth. We wonder what we are doing wrong. We do what we are told follow the speed limit, punch the time clock, eat our fruits and vegetables, mind our p’s and q’s, and still we don’t feel happy. Something is missing. How can we find our illusive dream: Is it in the genie’s bottle, the Cracker Jack box, or is it true that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence?

We tell ourselves if we only had that new dress, that second car/home, some new toy or that special relationship our life would be complete. Have you ever found that once you’ve obtained your “dream” you’re still not satisfied? So what do we do? We go look for a “better dream”, or we submit to the mind numbing routine of everyday life. There are others among us who choose to whine, moan, and complain about their life. Somehow, this way of life seems profoundly unsatisfying and unhealthy. Sometimes, unfortunately, this existence causes us to have a “dis-ease” or a block to your prosperity.

There was a time in my life when I was a whiner and a victim of circumstance. I suffered from many ailments from kidney disease to pneumonia. I was always complaining, I was never satisfied, and I was a stranger to joy, enthusiasm and prosperity. During my search for a more meaningful life (I knew there had to be something better than continual suffering) I discovered the attitude of gratitude. It started one Thanksgiving when a mentor of mine gave me an assignment, “Write 1,000 things that you are grateful for “she said, immediately my mind freaked out! How could anyone think of 1,000 things to be grateful for? I was insulted and confronted by such an assignment. However, I was committed to having a breakthrough so I started thinking about what I was grateful for. Once I got started I was taken aback by all the things I took for granted, and was not grateful for.

Are you grateful for your eyesight that is enabling you to read this article or do you take your eyes for granted? What about your hearing or your fingers that enable you to write and eat? The list of just what we are capable of is extensive. Have you recently taken the time to be grateful for all the things you’re capable of doing? Such as: eating, sleeping (in a warm comfortable home), running, jumping, driving, having hair, and being able to walk or talk? A small challenge, can you can think of at least 500 things you are grateful for?

Did you know that the miracle of prosperity is released through thanksgiving”? It happens because the deliberate act of giving thanks frees certain potent energies of the mind and body that are not otherwise released. Through the act of praising and thanksgiving, you can activate the dynamic powers of the subconscious part of the mind, which then acts rapidly on your behalf! It is possible through the deliberate act of thanksgiving to completely transform your life. Yes, thanksgiving can cause miracles of abundance in the areas of wealth, health and happiness. The attitude of gratitude brings prosperity.

The trick is to be grateful first, before there seems to be anything to be thankful for. Always look at your cup half full not half empty, be a Pollyanna if you dare! When you dare to do this your mental acceptance is accelerated. Your good is stepped up, and it manifests quickly. Many times people forget to be thankful for a long time, and very often things begin to get difficult for them. Could it be that we have hardships because we have neglected to be grateful?

There was a time in my life when it was difficult for me to pay my monthly bills on time. I was always angry and frustrated. I worked hard, but my cash flow and prosperity was somehow blocked. My new awareness of how ungrateful I was created a paradigm shift for me. From that moment on I realized that my “dis-ease” and blocked prosperity was caused by my ungrateful attitude. At that moment I decided to develop an attitude of gratitude in my daily living. Now every day I devote a given amount of time (usually as soon as I awaken) to my gratitude practice. I begin by calming my thoughts and getting quiet. Then I give thanks for all I have now and then I give thanks for all the good I am entitled to as a spiritual being. An affirmation you may want to use is “I have thanks that Divine Substance is at work for me now. I give thanks that the perfect results of Divine Substance now quickly appear in my financial affairs.” (Catherine Ponder) Try it! You’ll be amazed by the results.

Another method that I have found very powerful is the “Thank You Box”. Find a beautiful box or basket and write down the blessings that you wish to receive and place them in the ‘Thank You Box”. Once a week go through your requests and note how many of your requests have been fulfilled. One time I wanted a new sports car but I knew I couldn’t afford it, so I gave thanks for my new sports car and put a picture of it is my “Thank You Box”. Within a week I was the proud owner of a red sports car, a car I had always dreamed of owning. It was true that I couldn’t afford a new car, but this used car was only 2 years old with only 30,000 miles, and it was in mint condition. I am pleased to say I owned that car for 9 years (the longest I have ever owned a car), and I am extremely grateful for it to this day. Remember the ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE BRINGS PROSPERITY!

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