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Blog series by YooperCasey updated 01-15-2008 01:09 AM 9 parts 11382 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: What I have and What's Next!

11-30-2007 05:13 AM by YooperCasey | 11 comments »

Hello and welcome to my first Blog! The intent of this blog is to track my entrance into the world of woodworking. There seems to be a gap between the people who are just getting into woodworking, and those who have been enjoying the hobby for ten years. So, this is my attempt to fill some of that gap. You’ll get to watch me make mistakes, buy some bad tools, and hopefully you’ll learn from my mistakes. First off is my mission statement, the “why am I doing this?”...

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Part 2: Buy good tools, and know how to sharpen them!

12-01-2007 03:53 AM by YooperCasey | 1 comment »

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve seen so far when it comes to tools is to “Buy good tools, and know how to sharpen them.” I’ve reached the point where I can now gaze above the forest of junk, beyond the sea of low quality mass produced woodworking equipment. The companies name is fitting. Veritas. Truth. When in college, while dirt poor, I use to get the Lee Valley catalogs and sit for hours on end neglecting homework thumbing through those beautiful catalogs. ...

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Part 3: Christmas and new tools

12-27-2007 04:52 AM by YooperCasey | 5 comments »

Hello folks! Hope all have had a wonderful Christmas. Mine has been hectic but overall a great year. I’ll keep it brief as it is late… I received two notable woodworking gifts this year. The first is a Bosch CS20 Circular saw. A circular saw has been on my list as a future purchase and I had no clue I would be getting one. It came from my grandfather and all indications so far show it to be an excellent piece of equipment. It is stout unit and I look forward to making som...

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Part 4: Plans for the New Year! (Purchase Plan)

12-29-2007 02:25 AM by YooperCasey | 5 comments »

A new year is almost upon us and I’m going to tell you folks about my tool purchase plans for this year and see if I can get some good advice. Also, as a chance to pat myself on the back, today is my one year anniversary of quitting smoking! If I would have saved what I spent for cigarettes if I would have smoked, I would have $3650 to purchase a woodshop with. Then it’d be all Festool and Gold! The first task I had was deciding what major tools I would want. I’ve manage...

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Part 5: Bench, Chisels and First Project

01-07-2008 03:01 AM by YooperCasey | 3 comments »

Last time I laid out my equipment purchase plans. No progress on purchases though I have decided on the Ridgid TS3650 contractor saw. I see the Woodworking show is coming to Milwaukee in February and that is only 5 hours south for me, so I may see what kind of deal I can snag there on a table saw. I’ve spent the last few evenings working on my core skills. Marking out, cutting, fitting and basically getting used to how certain things behave. This includes trying out my new Bosch CS20...

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Part 6: Reflections

01-08-2008 06:24 PM by YooperCasey | 5 comments »

So here I sit, less two wisdom teeth, browsing through Lumberjocks gazing at projects, reading the forum, checking blogs and taking stock of where I am at. My journey as an amateur woodworker has barely started and I have been exposed, through this site, to more methods, techniques and projects than would normally be possible even in traditional education. Now I’m not saying that the education I’ve gained here passes up what I would get at Inside Passage, or College of the Redw...

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Part 7: Stanley's Finest and Refinishing

01-11-2008 02:02 AM by YooperCasey | 3 comments »

So enough with the microscope for today and on to my newest tools purchases and a project! (Finally they say!) There you see a Stanley block plane, small Stanley hand saw, and a piece of granite. The block plane will be functional with some loving on the jig. The saw is to replace my japanese pull saw until my new one arrives from Woodcraft. The one I have now is losing teeth (an Irwin pullsaw), though I can’t fault the saw, it has done everything from treated lumber to hard mapl...

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Part 8: Router Table!

01-13-2008 07:08 PM by YooperCasey | 2 comments »

I spent last evening making myself a router table! This is my first “major” project that is beyond anything small and simple. I had nothing but a circular saw, corded drill and hand tools to make it with and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. When I started I was stuck with a bit of a problem. I have no sawhorses or any other way to handle large stock such as 2X4s. I had to balance them on a small tool box and a beer cooler! To make sure the cuts were straight I c...

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Part 9: Router table thoughts and the future

01-15-2008 01:09 AM by YooperCasey | 7 comments »

So I have spent my free time lately just cutting dovetails, rabbets, and grooves with my router table. So far I like it alot, but I’m going to get that formica on quick. The coating on it definitely wears quickly. I’ve been playing with my dovetail bit today, I love sliding dovetail joints, and man, now I can do it! The fine adjustment of the fence has been getting me lately. So now I am looking at the Incra Jig Ultra Lite Router System. See if I can Incra-ize it for some addition...

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