New Years Resolutions

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 12-26-2009 05:29 PM 1222 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that the initial Christmas season is winding down, I finally have a little room to breathe and I can think about setting some concrete goals for the next year. Oddly enough, I never fell into the whole New Year’s resolution ritual but I think now that I am reaching an age of maturity, I am starting to understand the importance of setting some goals for the next leg of the journey we call life. Sounds “philosophical” doesn’t it :)

This last year I have worked on setting up shop and I have things fairly organized. I have worked enough with the tools I have to get a good idea on how they work and how to take care of them. I have looked through some of the old forums on here and picked up some tips and knowledge that isn’t stated in black and white in the tool manuals. I picked up a can of Johnson’s wax a couple weeks ago and have my tool tops ready to work. I am becoming more conscientious of planning and layout. I think layout, sharpening, and finesse tools, will be my emphasis for the year. I picked up some cabinet scrapers, calipers, french curves, and a layout miter gauge. I will be working on training myself on sharpening techniques. I have some cheap chisels I can work on for technique and once I have it down will invest in some better shop chisels. Now that I am covered in the jointer and planer area, I can start working with a better variety of wood.

Christmas has taught me one additional thing. If I truly want to be prepared for the next season, I better start now :)

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 12-26-2009 06:14 PM

Go for it David!

Happy New Year

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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Rob Drown

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#2 posted 12-26-2009 07:35 PM

Have you checked out water stones? If you keep them flat they produce a very sharp edge fairly quickly.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#3 posted 12-26-2009 07:39 PM

David, I like your outlook for the new year and I think you’re off to the right start. I know I need to step back long enough to take a deep breath and start the year off right. Hope everyone has a Happy New Year.

-- John @

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#4 posted 12-27-2009 01:17 AM

David, check out the scary sharp method of sharpening. Since you use sandpaper instead of stones your initial outlay is considerably le$$ Also look at the reviews on narex chisels its a very high quality at a very reasonable price. I think that you will find this a combination thats hard to beat all for less than $100.00. Many of the articles on ‘scary sharp” have you using a piece of glass under the sandpaper to assure flatness. A piece of hardboard works equally well and again is le$$.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#5 posted 12-30-2009 04:10 PM

Thanks for the comments all. I have looked into the water stones Rob and have considered them along with the bench diamond stones. The diamond ones are a little pricey but will never groove or hollow. Rtb, I seen a video by Wood Magazine that demonstrated the method I believe you are talking about. The demonstrator finished the video by shaving the hair on his arms with the chisel as a final demonstration (I had a brief mental image of him coming home to his wife every day with a different patch of hair removed from his body. Spouses have to deal with alot of craziness don’t they?). The narex chisels look interesting, I will definitely check it out. I think I will also look at getting the veritas chisel sharpening jig as well as the wolverine jigs for the grinder. I am going to visit jockmike2 in the next couple weeks (after his hand heals some). I learn more quickly when I can watch someone do some of the maintenance tasks rather than trying to figure it out for myself with a book in hand.

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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