Getting Up To Speed #1: First Steps Complete

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Blog entry by ChadE posted 02-19-2012 02:53 AM 6939 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I have started my wood working journey in the last couple of weeks. I’ve gathered some of the basic tools; Table Saw, Band Saw, Miter Saw, and my favorite… Hand Plane. All of my tools have been used so I have spent the last few weeks getting them back in shape and they are now in a usable state, except the rip fence on my table saw. It sucks but but I’ll to put up with it for now.

Several weeks ago I bought a Stanley No. 5 Jack Plane. I believe it is a type 11 which possibly makes it 100 years old. After a couple of weeks spent tuning it up I was able to put it to work tonight. Wow! How much fun is this thing? I have a pile of rough lumber and it is just amazing to see the beautiful wood appearing after planing off the surface. It is definitely a work out though, which is a good thing for a fat boy.

I guess for the next few weeks I’ll be practicing with my new toys, I mean tools. I need to retrofit a new top and some vises on my existing work bench. I better get busy, my fiance has a long list of things for me to build for her.

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 06:30 AM

I see you have entered the slippery slope of hand tools. I started cuse of space issues but, once I got a couple of planes and saws into shape my power tools don’t even get plugged in even for home maintenance type chores.

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 05:57 PM

A slippery slope indeed. I’m already looking at a couple more planes and I’m very interested in hand saws. I find great satisfaction in taking an old tool and and making it functional again.

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