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Hand tool workbench #1: Real Woodworking

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Blog entry by Vance100 posted 389 days ago 1211 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m building the workbench from Paul Sellers’ book. I’m using hand tools out in the front yard, planing “whitewood” stud 2×4’s from the blue big box store. If you have ever seen Paul Sellers on youtube, it should look familiar.

The tools:

I’m using a Stanley corrugated #4 that I purchased along with a Millers Falls #18 from a friend at work for $75. He tried to use them a couple times and couldn’t get them to make shavings. They were rusty and the blades were dull. He said they were sharp when he gave them to me. He also had the blades in the plane bevel up, which probably did not help. I lapped the planes on sand paper for about 12 hours to get them flat. The Stanley took me 8 hours. I sharpened the blades using the convex bevel, freehand method on diamond stones and strop. The planes will make wispy shavings now.

The saw is a Disston D-8 panel saw with 11 ppi. I bought at a flea market in Lewisburg, Pa for a dollar. It was still very sharp and looked like it was hardly ever used. It was jammed in an old wooden box in the corner of the building along with a couple other saws waiting to be revived. It was very rusty and I had to clean it up with sand paper and wd-40. It now works fantastic and It was a fabulous score.

I feel a lot of satisfaction using the hand tools and they are so much more relaxing. My daughter and wife were even able to have a conversation with me as I worked. I also don’t feel like I have to watch my fingers every second as I work.

I really enjoy hand tool woodworking and will keep you posted on the bench.



6 comments so far

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PurpLev

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#1 posted 388 days ago

Looks like a good start.

Real woodworking: Anything you make with wood – don’t narrow your perspective and views with labels and definitions.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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WayneC

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#2 posted 388 days ago

You are off and running. Looking forward to seeing progress on the bench.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Airframer

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#3 posted 388 days ago

Looking good so far. Continue to watch your fingers… I nearly took the tip of one of mine off with a chisel the other day just cleaning out a mortise.

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 388 days ago

Looking forward to your next postings, check out the workbench smack down thread. Lots of help there

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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rfusca

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#5 posted 387 days ago

The largest scar I have from woodworking is from a hand tool – a chisel that slipped and gouged into a finger. Hand tools are safer but still dangerous at times!

-- Chris S., North Atlanta, GA - woodworker,DBA, cook, photographer

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sgmdwk

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#6 posted 387 days ago

Look forward to seeing more posts about your bench. While Paul Sellers does everything with his No. 4, he has skills most of us can only dream about. You might find your efforts easier if you can find a No. 7 or No. 6. The longer bed and greater weight will make it easier to joint a true edge on your boards.

-- Dave K.

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