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Blog series by Texchappy updated 07-16-2012 11:33 PM 5 parts 8665 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: The Foreign and the Familiar

05-01-2012 01:01 AM by Texchappy | 3 comments »

The image is iconic and familiar; an infant makes his first stumbling steps. With a push from couch or table, the small feet take a giant leap into a new world. Now add to this picture the child holding a butcher knife (and please don’t try this at home). Scary scene isn’t it. As I imagine myself sawing and (worse yet) chiseling on a piece of wood, I feel just about this way. But yet I push off into a big new world excited about the possibilities. The first big decision, a...

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Part 2: When Did I become the Way Back Machine?

05-05-2012 10:00 PM by Texchappy | 3 comments »

I’m not sure when it happened. I’m not sure why it happened? The one undeniable fact is that it had happened; I became the Way Back Machine. The desire to make things out of wood unencumbered with cords or batteries has been with me for a long time. I have watched Roy Underhill on and off for years thinking some day I would give it a try. Likewise I’ve watched Norm Abrham’s go from machine to machine and felt not an inkling to give that kind of woodworking a whi...

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Part 3: Sub Tenders and Sawblades or a funny things happened on the way to the Choking

05-08-2012 10:20 PM by Texchappy | 1 comment »

I began this hobby highly intrigued and drawn to Japanese hand tools. My first carpentry tool order was all Japanese tools and one book – Toshio Odate’s “Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their tradition, spirit, and use” The first thing I did on getting the package is tear into the Odate book – figuratively and literally. I read most of it the first afternoon and evening. As I read about his history in Japan enduring hardships during the war while he learned his...

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Part 4: Consumer versus Craft

06-03-2012 05:08 PM by Texchappy | 7 comments »

There’s a list of stuff I feel I ‘should’ make myself… Bench hooks (already bought, $45) Shooting board ($130 – ouch) Marking gauge ($89) Panel Gauge ($85)Saw Benches (haven’t found to buy but my two tiny saws aren’t up to the task so yet another expense) mallet (could get a chester plane adjusting for $57 and a Chris Schwarz approve in-fill mallet for $185) moxon vise – $389straight edge – $$$ for a metal one as long as I could make f...

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Part 5: I’m not in the Witness Protection Program.

07-16-2012 11:33 PM by Texchappy | 1 comment »

I have been down for the count. When I signed in today I noticed it’s been about a month since I responded to anything on the site. My back/neck has been giving me fits. Today I got a nerve block so I’m hoping/praying/willing myself downstairs tomorrow to start the project I was about to start earlier – the straightedge from the New Traditional Woodworker series of projects. I have a board of walnut, a board of cherry, the book, and an incentive – an Old Street Jack in the mai...

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