So, I’m knocking around at the local big box, looking through a stack of birch plywood for a nice piece to make a bench hook and a shooting board (because, of course, you can’t use just any old hunk of wood for just critical bench acce...
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I'm just starting out working wood with hand tools. I've been a general handyman around the house, knocking out construction grade stuff using mostly power tools, but in my rapidly approaching dotage I'm trying to venture into a bit of fine woodworking. I don't plan to completely abandon power tools, although I don't have much to really abandon -- bench-top table saw, drill press and band saw pretty much rounds it out (but, I do have what I consider to be a fantastic router -- 3hp Triton -- and a self-built table). I'm looking for a bit of relaxation from the typical routine, and I think that this might be it given that I come from a long line of skilled tradesmen. I think it is in the genes.
Unfortunately, all this fun and relaxation is confined to my spare time, and considering that I have a university job and a 12-year old son, such spare time is at a premium. I hope to pick up an education on this site, perhaps helping me avoid some common mistakes that I would otherwise have to learn myself -- probably over and over again!
-- Kacy, Louisiana
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Warning … the following is just me thinking out loud (or, actually, in type), and the rambling nature of the post pretty accurately reflects that status of my brain on holiday! I’ve been thinking about moving to a real (i.e., not a ...