my journey #2: step it up!

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Blog entry by richardmylove posted 10-16-2007 03:48 PM 672 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well as one would expect about 5 of the 14 students in my class did not show up for the second class, which is nice considering there is only a small amount of power tools to student ratio, one planer and one jointer. Plus the smaller class led to a more one on one feel with the teachers.
I used the three major woodworking machines that I have never used; tablesaw, jointer, and planer. They were all great and now I think I need some of my own! (Which will be impossible as I live on the third floor of an apartment building)
I feel as though my woodworking knowledge has already increased ten fold with the use of these machines. The project that I am making, simple box with dovetail joints out of curly maple, should be done quickly leaving me time to begin a second project. I was thinking a nice toolbox in the like of H.O. Studley, an item I greatly need as I will be transporting my handtools to and from class on my bicycle (a 15mile round trip). I already know that the toolbox will be an ever evolving piece that will grow with my tool collection.
I have also been working on a rough version of the toolbox out of cheap pine until I can step it up with a more impressive wood. The idea of my tools bouncing around in my backpack is enough to make me step it up, I did buy a toolroll for my chisels and I made a pretty make shift case for my dozuki, the other tools will just have to wait.
I also will begin my search for some hand planes of my own, I was told that the older stanley ones are the only way to go, so I will be keeping my eyes open!

-- wood is good

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#1 posted 10-16-2007 03:57 PM

Sounds like a fun class. Good luck on the plane hunt. Suggested planes are #4 or # 4 1/2 Smoother, #5 Jack, #7 or #8 Jointer, and a good low angle block plane #60 1/2 or #65.

Check out this web site for info on Stanley planes.

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

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#2 posted 10-16-2007 06:23 PM

sounds like a great class! definitely worth the 15mi trek

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 06:26 PM

Sounds like you’re learning and haveing fun. Listen to Wayne on the tools. He’s right.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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