Setting Up Shop #10: No More Excuses...almost.

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Blog entry by DylanC posted 02-02-2016 10:31 PM 540 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I started this blog almost exactly 5 years ago, I’ve really only half-heartedly added tools to my collection, and generally just tinkered around with projects. As you can see, I’ve not posted a single “Project” here at lumberjocks. Until recently I kept telling myself that I couldn’t tackle anything substantial because I didn’t have the right tool(s). I’d say to myself, “If I only had a [bandsaw, planer, spindle sander, dovetail jig, etc.].” Well, no more.

A few months ago I came across Paul Sellers (PS) and his posts on YouTube and his blog. As I started reading and watching his posts, I got more interested in learning to use hand tools. Web browsing topics like planes and saws introduced me to a whole new view on woodworking. So, I decided to quit making excuses. I found the list of tools used during the 2-day introduction course taught by PS and started going down the list. (PDF of list here)

Some of the tools I had, others I still needed. Over the last 2 months I’ve managed to fill in the gaps and obtain basically every tool on the list (plus two spokeshaves included on the list for the 9-day course). Some of the tools are new, some are vintage, but all of them will get the job done. The tools on this list plus the power tools in my shop mean that I can’t use my same old excuses anymore. There isn’t a project I can’t tackle, as long as it’s within my skill level. Now if I could only find the time to get back to the shop…

-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...

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