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Saw Bench #1: Rubbed Raw

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Blog entry by nurvreck posted 967 days ago 1153 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While I haven’t been spending a lot of time on here in the past couple months, I’ve started gaining back momentum. What I have noticed is that I seemed to jump on the latest craze/band wagon for many woodworkers without knowing it. While going to hand tools is nothing new, when I first started here there seemed to be very little projects or people with complete hand tool mentality. I could no doubt be wrong but everything I read, all the projects seemed to be done with all power tools and I saw very little with hand tool use.

A couple months back, I decided to slowly get rid of my power tools and gradually buy hand tools. Around that time I found Shannon Rogers’ The Hand Tool School and signed up. This is great for a guy like me; husband, father of 4 and Marine. It gives me great info and flexibility. So I’ve been buying some old tools from eBay, using his lessons, and I’ve started working with hand tools.

Here is actually my second project. You can see the first (some winding sticks) in one of the pics. I started a personal blog to just document going from power to hand tools which I’m sure many others have as well. You can read this specific blog here.

-- Dan, Sgt/USMC, Jacksonville, NC, http://thefamelesswoodworker.com



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 967 days ago

Uhmmmm, pics are where? I’d like to see!! :-) Ahhh have to go to the. Log for pics…

Check out the galoot index for projects, too! Looking forward to another hand tool guy’s posts.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 967 days ago

And a nice. Log entry it is, too. Looking good!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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nurvreck

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#3 posted 967 days ago

Thanks Smitty. Checked out your GI blog and it sound like a great idea. I’ll be sure to rate this when I’m done!

-- Dan, Sgt/USMC, Jacksonville, NC, http://thefamelesswoodworker.com

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ksSlim

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#4 posted 967 days ago

Sempre Fi, Congrats on the new addition! Hands sore, check stance+technique, more body less hands and arms. Keep up the blog and pix.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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nurvreck

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#5 posted 967 days ago

I definitely agree on the more body less hands and arms, ksSlim. The only issue with that is my high speed set up for a vise, or lack there of I should say. Since I have yet to build a real bench, I’m using a miter saw stand that I didn’t finish building before I sold the saw. I’m using a piece of scrap wood clamped or even a clamp itself as a batten for planing. When I plane, I do a little more chasing than I’d like to admit so that’s where the hand and arm usage comes in. My stance could definitely be better except when the batten is clamped, it sets whatever I’m planing further away than what a good solid stance would allow to effectively plane. Thanks for the advice and Semper Fi!

-- Dan, Sgt/USMC, Jacksonville, NC, http://thefamelesswoodworker.com

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#6 posted 966 days ago

Chasing material sucks! I still have and use a bench hook that we were required to make in a jr. high shop class in the mid 50’s. Chased my first bench around the garage one winter until I removed the sand bags from the pickup the next spring. Easiest place to store bags, shelf under bench. No more chasing. Homer Simpson moment, doh!
Check out some pics of old time craftsmens “portable” benches that they used for work site jobs. Most were very crude but effective for sawing planing or clamping.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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