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Forum topic by Gambrell posted 03-08-2016 12:26 AM 586 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2016 12:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tool beginner recommended sites

Hey guys,

I am wanting to study hand tool usage and am curious if anyone has websites, or books, or video series that steps a beginner through a series of projects designed to cover the spectrum to bring someone from a beginner to an intermediate. I have found some YouTube Channels, and a couple hand tool only web sites but want to make sure I am not missing something I should be checking out. Any recommendations?

PS: I also have searched this forum for a similar question and didn’t see anything recent. I always try not to ask questions already covered.

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#1 posted 03-08-2016 12:41 AM

You might list ones you’ve found…

I’ve enjoyed several being a beginner hand tool user also. Most of these are YouTube and/or blog sites
- Paul Sellers
- Chris Schwartz/Popular Woodworking
- Rob Cosman
- Wood and Shop
- Rennesance (sp) Woodworker
- Wood Wright (active here also)

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 12:44 AM

Patrick leach’s Blood and gore is a great Stanley plane info site bud. Pretty much just stuff about planes.

Also, WKfinetools is a mixture of history, tips, and a variety of other stuff.

I think hotbyte nailed most of them.

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#3 posted 03-08-2016 12:53 AM

Studying is good but don’t forget to get a piece of wood and try things on it

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 12:59 AM

Might check this thread. A lot has been covered there

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#5 posted 03-08-2016 01:21 AM

Paul Sellers is my favorite – by far the most focus on methods and simplest/cheapest tools instead of trying to sell something. I have a lot of hand plane refurb/sharpening info in my LJ blog.

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#6 posted 03-08-2016 01:22 AM

From the other thread linked, I missed Tom Fidgen…even the wife enjoyed his videos.

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#7 posted 03-08-2016 01:57 AM

I’m new to woodworking too and I’m also more interested in the hand tool part of it. I wouldn’t even consider myself a beginner as I’ve hardly begun. So advice from me is maybe not what you’re looking for and I feel a bit funny giving it, but I’ll give it a go anyhow.

I second the notion of looking into Paul Sellers site. I’ve been enjoying watching (and hopefully learning from) him.
Check out his youtube channel, lots of free videos there. Lots of free videos on his personal site as well
Tons of info from him on tools, technique and refurbishing/sharpening and plenty of projects and inspiration to be found. Maybe even more important for me are his thoughts regarding the trade, makes me even more interested in acquiring skills. I like to think I’ve learned a lot form him. Even though I certainly make a lot of mistakes I think I’ve got an understanding of why things go wrong. To me thats invaluable. I’ll be giving his workbench build a go this summer. I’m hoping I’ll be even more thankful of him come autumn.
He just released a book coupled with dvds, I’ve ordered them but not received them yet but I’ve no reason to think they’ll be anything but great.

I’d also like to give a shout to Richard Maguire, his premium videos (which you have to pay for, but are well worth it in my opinion) are the best produced and most enjoyable woodworking videos I’ve seen.
His Spoon Rack series is brilliant (one of the ones you have to pay for). The point of it is not making a spoon rack but that once you have he has taken you through all the techniques and joints you probably would be able to give it a go to build something you really want.
There’s plenty of free equally enjoyable and informative check out his site. Great guy as well. I’ll be keeping an eye on what’s coming from him in the future.

You probably are familiar with , I seem to have developed a habit of checking the various blogs on there every day, as well as lumberjocks.

My first post on lumberjocks btw. Been here for a year to find inspiration and learn. I have found plenty inspiration and even more to learn. I’d like to thank all the good people who contribute to this place. Lots of knowledgeable good people on here. Thanks you you all!

Good luck on your journey Gambrell, and I appreciate this thread and the advice given.

-- - Otto

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#8 posted 03-08-2016 01:09 PM

“The New Traditional Woodworker” by Jim Tolpin is a good perspective on both power and hand tools.

For videos, I would add:
Doucette and Wolfe (just to see what’s possible in the real world)
I like Garrett Hack, Phil Lowe, Steve Latta (Fine WW’ing webstite)

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#9 posted 03-08-2016 01:36 PM

WOW…nice work.

Doucette and Wolfe (just to see what s possible in the real world)
- rwe2156

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#10 posted 03-08-2016 04:47 PM

Thanks all for the excellent responses.

I have spent a few hours looking at these links. I am leaning toward starting with projects from Richard Maguire (The English Woodworker). Anyone done his premium videos?

Anyone have opinions on his premium workbench?

I do not have a workbench and this needs to be one of my first projects. What do you guys think of this one?

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#11 posted 03-10-2016 12:49 AM

The Naked Woodworker.

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#12 posted 03-10-2016 01:06 AM

I like Ralph’s blog:

He’s active on here as well.

Close Grain is another:

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