A short break and a lot of thinking and some good news

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 01-31-2013 08:33 PM 2049 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Between the last entry and this one, I have moved from London, where I have lived since 1994, to a mid-sized town in the middle of Sweden. I have not yet established a space to work—it’s not so much the space, actually, as our total inability to clean anything as we have yet to unpack the vacuum and broom. I have though found all the tools (including my old ones!) and all the wood for the toolbox project.

In the middle of this I posted a cry for help on the forums, looking for good books that might teach woodworking with an emphasis on hand tools. I received several helpful replies and by some wandering process happened upon Paul Sellers’s books and videos. His approach really resonates with me and with the short woodworking course I took seven years ago at City & Islington Further Education College.

Because of that course, I had come home fired up to make myself a workbench and made a couple of mortise and tenon joints before realising I simply did not have the space in our tiny flat and put everything away.

Everything, you say? What is “everything”?

- 2 stanley planes, a 4 and a 5
- a Japanese saw which I no longer remember much about
- a swing brace
- a marking gauge
- a mallet
- a set of bevel-edge chisels
- some sharpening paper that I mounted on a flat tile
- a coping saw and extra blades
- a 6” combination square
- a tenon saw

And, in a lovely surprise, I found I also have a quick-release vise as well as a more traditional one. I recall vaguely that I purchased this from Axminster for the planned workbench.

And now I’m looking a Sellers’s book and thinking – hey! I have nearly everything I need! Which reinforces my feeling that the way he teaches is a good way for me to pursue. Plus I like his touchy-feely vibe and his passion for both woodworking and teaching.

And, the first projects in the book are stuff I would really like to make. You know, I can show off my spatula and my stool and stuff. Anyway, as soon as the 36 boxes which remain have shrunk to a more manageable number, and we have found the vacuum, I’ll be back on my toolbox project and hopefully will be starting with some projects from Mr Sellers.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#1 posted 01-31-2013 11:28 PM

Good luck on your new adventure, both in life and in woodworking.

My wife’s family is from Sweden and we got to go visit there a number of years ago. We really enjoyed ourselves. We got as far north as Lake Siljan. My wife is from Minnesota and it became clear during our visit why so many Scandinavians settled there, the two places are very similar looking.

-- Fergie in CO

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 12:49 AM

welcome to the cold northern hemosfere :-)
I´m sure you will find the space you need to
make woodworking its only take a small closet
if you want to carve with a 2×3 meter room
you can do alot … just look at some of the older blogs Mads (mafe)
has posted


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