Hand Tools doings #8: It's a start, first all hand tool project

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-16-2008 04:01 AM 1719 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: ohhhhh I've really done it now! Part 8 of Hand Tools doings series Part 9: Rabbetted box »

I know this is really, really small, and it’s only butt joints. However, each piece was hand cut, then squared on the shooting board, then chamered using my plane as a jointer. I put two coats of water lox and some wax to finish it off. So here is my brilliant first all hand tool project. It’s just a hair over two inches tall.

Front view. I should have shot straight on as this angle makes the one side look funny.


Side view – i set the sides back a bit.


And why make something this small? To house my favorite Rhino of course!


It’s not much but it’s a step up from my rectangle in my last post!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-16-2008 04:33 AM

Pretty good for hand tools. Are you feeling any better now that you got your blood flowing with woodwork?

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-16-2008 05:24 AM

Woodworking does help. I’m glad I’ve dove into hand tools because I can do something even when I’m ill and not be afraid of loosing any body parts. The most I could get would be a bad cut. I’d never think of going out to the power tools when I’m down like I have been. But I am getting better. I have my last test this Thursday and hopefully that will turn out OK.

thanks for asking. A box is next!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 03-16-2008 05:26 AM

Very good. Sometimes when we are involved with a long tedious project, such as you are with the dovetails, we need to step back and just complete something. It breaks the tedium of doing the same thing time and time again.

Nice post. And I am sure your rhino feels right at home.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-16-2008 07:13 AM

He certainly looks happy in his new digs, Betsy!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 03-16-2008 04:57 PM

Nice job. While I’ve been putzing with hand tools, making mostly shavings and sawdust, I’ve yet to do an entire project. You have encouraged me to give it a try. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#6 posted 04-01-2008 07:07 PM

Great job. Hand tools can be a pain sometimes but for somethings they are really satisfiying.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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