Hand Tool Usage #1: Just a query to test the water

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Blog entry by roninkokomo posted 02-01-2011 08:46 PM 3927 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As indicated in my profile, I am returning to the craft after a too long hiatus. To give you an idea… I have nade several large pieces of furniture and for a while folks were asking me to make stuff for them. I have lots of the “gizmos” dovetail jigs of various kinds, all kindsa routers and router bits. etc, and so on. When I stopped woodworking, I was becoming more and more interested in woodworking with hand tools, after the initial thicknessing and rough dimensioning was done. I love green woodworking with draw knives and my shave horse. I have used hand planes to make mouldings and trim. I love making elegant boxes with hand joinery and using hand saws, planes and chisels to get the joints as perfect as possible. I have experimented a time or too , sort of satisfactorily, with parquetry as a way to decorate my projects. I would like to learn more about this stuff and have guys to bounce stuff off of. I love watching Roy Underhill and old videos by Jim Klingshott.

The other web sites that cater to hand tool guys are more “tool” focused , i.e. patent dates, and when the factory moved, how thick the plates are on Western Saws compared to Japanese saws, and how much better A 1 steel is than O 1. I don’t care about any of that stuff. My interest is how to use the tool to make beautiful things without causing clouds of dust, endangering my digits, and obscuring the blues and southern gospel music on my shop radio.

Any body else out there like me.


-- roninkokomo

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 08:53 PM

I enjoy using all of my tools but I use the hand tools the most. I like to keep them sharp and extremely functional. I have a Rockler dovetail jig and anybody that wants to buy it for $50.00 and shipping can have it – make them by hand, its more fun. I don’t work with green wood, have enough to do already.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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2737 posts in 2970 days

#2 posted 02-01-2011 08:58 PM

Yeah there are quite a few of us on here, but sometimes the science person in me wants to make a study of the tool details too ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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1276 posts in 2888 days

#3 posted 02-01-2011 09:05 PM

Welcome, check out the projects. Most LJs appreciate fine craftsmanship. I like to see not only the finished project, but some steps between start and finish. For hand tools galoots, checkout the “build a bucket” blog.

Again Welcome, there’s a lot to learn here.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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3320 posts in 2775 days

#4 posted 02-01-2011 09:12 PM

This place covers the gambit and can get very detailed. Just ask the questions and you are likely to get a full range of answers from just about every perspective.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Kerry Drake

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 09:25 PM

You might want to check out Shannon Rogers online Hand Tool School

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 09:33 PM

Lots of handtool workers on LJ’s, even down here…


-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 10:19 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. You may want to check out Dilo Fernandino in Brazil. He is here on LJ. Maybe one of the LJ’s that knows how to, can post his LJ site.

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