10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #1: Introduction to Joshua's 10 Steps

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Blog entry by WoodAndShop posted 04-15-2014 02:27 PM 2163 reads 6 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of 10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools series Part 2: |Step 1| Understand & Buy the Right Hand Tools »

Have you ever wanted to feel the ancient satisfaction of building beautiful wood furniture by hand? Like your great grandfather built? Have you felt a longing to be connected with your ancestors by common work?  Do you want to build a legacy that you can be proud to pass onto your children? Do you want to own and restore gorgeous antique tools that were made so well that they’ll be around for your great grandchildren to use?


I’m Joshua Farnsworth, and I have fallen in love with traditional woodworking with hand tools. Am I a pro? No. In fact, I only started a couple years ago. But I’ve taken classes from some of the great masters, read & watched everything I could get my hands on, and have practiced, practiced, practiced.

But during my self-taught “apprenticeship” I noticed that I couldn’t find any comprehensive resources for beginners; for people who want a simple introduction to woodworking with hand tools. Everything was so scattered, like a bunch of puzzle pieces.

I believe that it’s best to learn from someone who just learned about it, because they understand how confusing everything can be. So although I can’t offer you advanced techniques, I can definitely offer simplicity and can put the puzzle pieces together. And as I learn more, you’ll learn more. But don’t fret – I’ll also share videos, articles, and teachings from some of the masters of our ancient fraternity. So let’s get started!

Shortcut to Joshua’s 10 steps:
Step 1: Buy the Right Woodworking Hand Tools
Step 2: Setup Your Workshop & Tool Storage
Step 3: Learn how to Tune, Refurbish, & Sharpen Tools
Step 4: Learn how to Use Woodworking Hand Tools
Step 5: Learn how to Design Woodworking Projects
Step 6: Learn to Prepare Wood: Square & Straight
Step 7: Learn how to Layout & Mark the Wood
Step 8: Joinery: Learn how to Layout & Cut Joints
Step 9: Learn how to Assemble & Glue-up
Step 10: Learn how to Finish the Wood

-- Joshua Farnsworth - Free Traditional Hand Tool Woodworking Tutorials:

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#1 posted 04-15-2014 02:47 PM

Woah. I haven’t had a chance to dive into this yet, but at a quick skim, it looks like you’ve put A LOT of time into your site, and it seems amazingly thought out. Good job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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