But surely I will be able to call Lowe's or something and tell them what piece of wood I have and how I am told it is supposed to be cut and they can tell me the best thing to use right? And actually, when I buy the wood, I should be able to get it cut there in the store. Would just have to have all that stuff together before I went to buy wood and tools. Would eventually like to build furniture for every room in my house, but I am thinking that is a little much to try and swallow right now. The bed will be a huge project to begin with.
I am in Killeen, TX near Fort Hood. There really isn't much down here in terms of help. I found a site that I can do some reading on for Professional Carpentry, but it's just the basics. different types of nails and screws and what each are used for, different type of hinges and blue print layouts. As far as I know there is no Rockler or Woodcraft anywhere near here. I am going to call a friend of mine and find out if he does this type of stuff, I haven't talked to him in ages (8 or 9 years) but I think I recall him having a lot of tools. Maybe he will be willing to help me out.
There is a Woodcraft store in Austin:
8904 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: 512-407-8787 or toll free 1-866-507-8787 firstname.lastname@example.org
A place called "For Woodworkers" in Waco
1209 Washington Ave
Waco, TX 76701
There is a woodworking school nearby:
Center for Essential Education School of Woodworking
608 Day Creek Road
Waco, TX 76705
The Center for Essential Education School of Woodworking is dedicated to establishing foundational skills in all areas of traditional woodworking by providing hand-on instruction through week-long and apprenticeship courses in general woodworking, fine furniture making and woodturning. Contact Paul Sellers, director. http://www.cfeeschool.com
Not sure about woodworking clubs in the area. This should give you a start, though.