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Forum topic by Northman83 posted 03-14-2016 12:39 AM 510 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Northman83

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03-14-2016 12:39 AM

Hi.

New woodworker here.. although I have not “started” yet.
33 years old, my hobby room is approximately 100 square feet. But, we are planning a wood shop in the the yard ( “Garage”.. wink wink.. ) that will be around 300-700 square feet, depending on how much “garage” we need.

My plane is to make in order:
Saw Horses
Bench
Tool storage ( wall mounted )
Sharpening station
Shaving horse
Book case for woodworking books
Small cabinets to hold smaller items/ papers
Pole / bow lathe
+++

Hopefully the “garage” is finished by then, and I can move all of these over.

My idea is not to make a living of this yet, but maybe selling a few items in the future. I think more of it as a stress-relif, concentrating on making a thing as good as I can.

Im pretty new to the whole thing.. actually just talked to my Grandfather, a cabinetmaker / carver / wood turner, about being given his old tools. I will have to look through, to see if anything is salvageable. Given he used mostly power tools, not everything will be of “use”, but I will most likely keep most of it. Thats why I am not that concerned about tools as of yet.. but most likely will purchase a good good deal from Lie Nilsen or Lee Valley..

But, I guess I will need most of these items:
Saws ( carcas, dovetail, tennon, miter, rip and crosscut, resaw ( make myself )
Handplanes ( course, medium, fine, block plane, shoulder plane, tongue & grove plane, router, scrub )
Chisels ( 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2”, 1” )
Mortise chisels
Drawknife and spokeshave
Bit & Brace
Eggbeater drill
+++

And the list just keeps on going it seems..

I will probably also purchase a band saw and a planer for rougher work, some in plywood and other that I don`t want break my hand tools on.

But, all that aside, I was wondering if any of you could give recommendations on hand tool woodworking books I should purchase??


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MinnesotaMarty

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#1 posted 03-14-2016 01:40 AM

Northman83,
Tools don’t make the craftsman. Doing it make one a craftsman.
IMO, I would take anything your Grandfather wants to give you. You may never use it. But, the one time you do you’ll be glad you got one. Don’t purchase junk but don’t turn down something someone want to give you.
I just gave my nephew a Delta power miter saw. About 20 years old. Still cuts square, its safe and works great. He bought a house and is going to town with his dad fixing things. At this point thats all he needs. He will probably get something nicer in a few years but he can’t buy anything for less that $150 that can’t do what that Delta does.
I like your list of projects. Saw horses are first. Do some Youtube viewing on saw horses. I would direct you to Mathias Wandel and his saw horses.
Not sure your relationship with your Grandfather or his personality but you might hang out with him for awhile to see what you can pick up. Now I know some guys just ain’t teachers. But, you still can learn just by watching.
Good Luck,

Marty

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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bearkatwood

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 02:23 AM

Go for the essentials and by that I mean

That ought to get you started.
For projects and inspiration try these

I like your list of build projects, sounds like you are in for some fun.
Best of luck.

-- Brian Noel

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JAAune

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 02:34 AM

To save yourself future frustration, read Hoadley’s Understanding Wood. It’ll teach you things you’ll be glad to know before problems bite you in the rear.

Start searching for sources of air-dried wood. If you find a supply, you’ll appreciate how much easier handwork becomes.

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JADobson

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 02:57 AM

I’ve found my local library to be a great source for woodworking books. All of the ones BearKat mentioned are in my library and most libraries have an interlibrary loan program to get things they don’t have in their collection. Save your money for tools and use that resource. Just a thought.

-- James

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Paul Maurer

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#5 posted 03-14-2016 05:48 AM

I liked Roy Underhill’s books. One of them contains plans for a spring pole lathe.

-- Psalm 62: 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work

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rwe2156

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#6 posted 03-14-2016 11:35 AM

Bearkatwood has an excellent suggestion list.

I would throw in videos, especially Paul Sellers. He’s also got a book out.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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bearkatwood

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#7 posted 03-14-2016 12:36 PM



I ve found my local library to be a great source for woodworking books. All of the ones BearKat mentioned are in my library and most libraries have an interlibrary loan program to get things they don t have in their collection. Save your money for tools and use that resource. Just a thought.

- JADobson

Bingo! This guy has it right. Only after you have checked the book out three times would I buy it. I have checked out “the fine art of cabinet making” by krenov from my local library about 8 times now and have been too lazy to order my own copy, but I always know if I want it I can go get it. Have you watched all seasons of the woodwright shop? Videos are a good help too. Do you know of other hand tool woodworkers in your area. Walking around their shop for five minutes can give you good info.
Let us know how it goes.

-- Brian Noel

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