I have been amazed at all the heat that Christopher Schwarz gets on the web. One of the major complaints seems to be that he has an opinion. Yes he does, but almost always, he says feel free to do it another way if it works for you. I am a hand to...
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Location: Kokomo, In
I am a newly retired guy who has returned to making furniture after a ten year hiatus. However, I have gone from a fully equipped power tool shop to almost exclusively hand tool wood working. I made this change for several reasons, but the first five are " because I love it". It has taken a while for me to gain confidence with my hand saws, but I have gotten to the place that I can rip a straight line that requires only a little clean up with a plane. I have spent the last couple of months setting up a shop in my basement. I have also done a few projects for my wife and stepdaughters. I will post photos over on m log as soon as it gets up and running. I have signed up for the Paul Sellers on- line classes and I find them wonderful. Some of the stuff, I already know how to do, but I find it to be a wonderful refresher. I also think he is a marvelous teacher. I recently got to meet him at a Woodworking Show, and I find him to be. Very nice and thoughtful man. I would be very interested in an Indiana Hand Tools guild, ifvthere are other kindred spirits out there.
I find that I resonate very strongly with Christopher Schwarz , and Pul Sellers who teach that you really can build a lot of beautiful things with very few tools. I am finding this to be true, even though I must confess to having way more tools than I need.
Thanks for stopping by. Now go build something.
-- Ron in Kokomo
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This little guy is supposed to be a box opening hammer. In my shop, I open very few wooden boxes. I had this little guy on a shelf and one day, I picked it up and tried to make a fine adjustment to the lateral position of a plane iron. I found...
Recently built joinery bench with twin screw vise using screws that had been made into a lamp at an antique mall. Was really having trouble using the vise. I posted a query over on Wood Central and William Duffield explained what I needed to...
The clock is part of my work for the Paul Sellers online class. The marking gauge is for long grain work to lay out rip cuts. No, I really did not need another gauge , but I wanted to make it. It is Ziracote and curly maple. To stop any sma...
I have been doing some volunteer work at the Conner Prairie living history park. I am really looking forward to the opening of the park for the season, and working in period garb in the Carpenter’s shop. My volunteer time has thus far has be...