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10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #2: |Step 1| Understand & Buy the Right Hand Tools

04-15-2014 03:01 PM by WoodAndShop | 6 comments »

1.1 Which Hand Tools Do You Need? After woodworking for several years, conducting “research”, and attending Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School, I’ve compiled three lists of hand tools: (1) urgent (what you need to get started), (2) semi-urgent (what you need to do more than just basic projects), and (3) non-urgent (improves convenience, tools for advanced projects, or items that are fun to have, but not vital). Used vintage hand tools are better in most cases (and less expensive), alth...

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

04-15-2014 02:27 PM by WoodAndShop | 1 comment »

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 lo...

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New appreciation for hybrid woodworking

03-29-2014 08:04 PM by Steve Diogo | 8 comments »

Just finished ripping a 5-foot 2×4 for an artist’s easel, and Holy Crap was that a workout. I’m hella proud of the straight cut, but I think I have a new appreciation for the hybrid approach. It’s enough to make a guy want to break out the credit card for a table saw, but I like my marriage too much. Got the one piece ripped and dressed, but I think that’s enough for today. The second one will have to wait. I need a nap.

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Stanley plane cleanup #1: Getting down to business

03-15-2014 04:57 PM by BJODay | 6 comments »

A year ago I cleaned up my two planes. One was a Stanley block plane. The other was an Ace Hardrware knock-off that I had purchased a few years ago. They cleaned up well and are usable planes. After reading information here and on other sites I decided I should really try to find a used Stanley #5. The knock-off was similar to a #4. I thought this would be enough to equip my shop for my needs. I started cruising CL and Ebay. My wife began wondering why I had a desire to walk through ant...

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Help out a new woodworker

03-08-2014 01:27 AM by mptap | 10 comments »

Hello to all lumberjocks! As the title says, I am pretty new to woodworking. I have a lot of questions about techniques, tools, and ideas for projects. It seems as one question gets answered another one peaks my interest. Right now I am interested in getting and learning how to use hand tools for joinery, planing, and the like. I don’t have a planer or really any good hand tools yet (I borrow my grandfather’s tools, but even his are limited in the hand tool department). My firs...

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The Journey #1: Starting the Journey

02-04-2014 06:59 PM by jasonburr | 1 comment »

Since this is my first ever blog post of any kind, I thought I would start out with some background. This will be a document to my journey to understand woodworking and it’s effect on me. I have been enamoured with woodworking on and off for the last 10 years. I have never had the ability to devote any amount of time or space to it. I have owned a table saw and a planer as far as big tools go, used them seldomly and sold them. I always had a fear of them as well as I did not look forward to a...

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Tool Picking #10: New Nut Drivers at a Nice Price

01-20-2014 12:34 AM by TrBlu | 1 comment »

I had to run a small errand to Sears for the Mrs. While there I took a stroll through the clearance section. Spotted this set of nut drivers 75% off original price, now $9.97. Take my find to the checkout and the nice lady working there asks if I would like to apply my rewards to the purchase? Sure!! That said, I just got a brand new set of nut drivers for FREE! I LIKE FREE!!

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What to do when the wind chill is -53C! Mollegabet long bow?

01-02-2014 03:43 AM by Mark Shymanski | 6 comments »

Just before Christmas we had a warm spell pushed on by an Alberta Clipper it was about 4 degrees Celsius when normally it is -15 or thereabouts. The last several days we’ve seen -38 with -53 windchills…I love winter but even that is a bit much to be out and about in. So what does any sane lumberjock do when it is -15 in the shop with the wind saying there is no hope of you heating your shop to something where you can actually dare turn on the flourescents in the shop (for you wa...

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Chest of Memories - Grandfather's Tool Chest

12-18-2013 09:59 PM by summerfi | 13 comments »

I’ve recently been cleaning up some of my old hand tools to stock a tool chest built by my grandfather sometime in the early part of the 20th century. I inherited a number of my grandfather’s hand tools in 1974 following his death. When my dad died in 1996, I inherited a portion of his tools (Mom sold his power tools to help support herself and the hand tools were either sold or divided among six children). I’ve used these tools, sometimes used them very hard, over the d...

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Journey into Handtools #1: Why the change

11-05-2013 07:13 PM by chopper6322 | 13 comments »

So I have decided, with great agonizing, to become a Neanderthal. I will be relinquishing my power tools at the end of my current project due to a time constraint on the commission. With any luck I will be sweating and frustrated by Christmas. There are several valid reasons which justify this move for me; thus the reason for the blog post. As I worked through this decision, I realized that a great deal of information is available for the power tool woodworker, the hand tool woodworker, or...

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