|Project by Steve Erwin||posted 10-13-2012 03:38 PM||16167 views||25 times favorited||17 comments|
2 years into woodworking with power tools, and the router scared me into hand tools :)
Routering dovetails, specifically, was the trigger. It took me 5 hours of set up and test cuts the first time I used a super fancy Leigh router jig before feeling confident enough to cut my actual project wood. Seeing Frank Klausz cut them in 2 minutes by hand made me think there’s a better way.
So I studied up on pretty much everything Christopher Schwarz has ever written, Jim Tolpin, Frank Klausz, Rob Cosman, David Charlesworth, and others. Read every back issue of Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking Magazines, watched Tommy MacDonald’s videos before he had a TV Show, and decided this is a path I want to go down.
I bought the Benchcrafted plans and vises and used Hem-Fir lumber from Lowes Depot (we live right next to both Lowes and Home Depot and we can never remember which store we were in when we saw something, so we always end up going to both, so… Lowes Depot). I think it was less than $150 worth of lumber, which was a conscious decision. If it turns out I don’t care for hand tool woodworking, I can resell the vises and I didn’t waste a lot of money on expensive hardwood.
But I’m hooked, so eventually, if I make another bench, I’ll invest a little more money into harder stuff and maybe gift this bench to the brother who got me started in woodworking in the first place.
-- I've been creating problems to solve since I was born.