my journey #1: attending class/buying wood

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Blog entry by richardmylove posted 10-09-2007 09:30 PM 714 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i have finally started my woodworking class as the Eliot School in JP (Boston). The class is a very intimate setting with two very knowledge filled teachers and a ta who seems on the up and up. there are about 14 people in the class which is nice but will prove otherwise once the tools begin to fly, there is only one planer and one jointer. luckily my first project is a basic wooden box with dovetail joints and a basic hinged lid.

i am still on the fence about bringing my own gear to the class to further increase my comfort and skill with my personal tools, i just know someone will use my dovetail saw for something not so nice or my chisels for banging something.

to prepare for the class/project i hit Rockler up in Salem, NH. the store was pretty good but actually smaller and less stocked then my usual haunt, Rockler in Cambridge, Ma. i purchased a few board feet of curly maple to begin with.

after talking to a few other woodworkers i was given advice to buy rough cut wood that i would have to plane and joint myself but at a much more reasonable price, i think that is my plan for my next wood purchase.

-- wood is good

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#1 posted 10-10-2007 12:02 AM

Sounds like a fun class. Are you able to take some of your tools to and from class with you? I agree using your own tools would be nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-10-2007 02:37 PM

i am going to find out if i can/should bring my own tools this week, i will just be using the planer/jointer/table saw this week but once i start on the dovetails it might be nice to have my owe gear.

-- wood is good

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 04:13 PM

Hey Neighbor!... if you head back up to NH, try Highland Hardwoods in Brentwood – and since your in the area, might as well hit Woodcraft in Porstmouth too.

when looking for places to take classes, I never came across Eliot – and my aunt lives (well just moved to Philly) from JP! Granted, like everywhere else, North Bennett, Worcester Craft Center, McLaughlin Woods… there all an hour or so away :(

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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