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Forum topic by Walnut_Weasel posted 08-08-2010 05:47 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2010 05:47 PM

Well this weekend I took the plunge and made a considerable investment toward woodworking. I bought about $1800 worth of planes, chisels, blades, etc. from Lie-Nielsen. I am also in the middle of building a big heavy bench out of southern yellow pine ala Chris Schwarz. On top of that, I have cleared out a room inside my house for the bench and hand tools. I hope to get the bench finished by this fall so that I can hopefully start spending some serious time woodworking this winter. So far I have bought some 2×12x12 SYP and I have it all chopped and ripped down to a bunch of 2×6x6 boards that are inside acclimating to the A/C environment. I can’t say that I am looking forward to flattening all of the faces by hand – but at least I should be able to say that by the time I get them all finished I will be pretty comfortable with planing! No turning back now!

My new arsenal will consist of:

BU Jack Plane (two standard blades + one toothed blade)
BU Jointer Plane
BU Rabbetting Plane w/ Nicker
Scrub Plane
Small Router Plane
5 Bench Chisels
3 Mortis Chisels
Flat Spokeshave
Round Spokeshave
Thin Plate Dovetail Saw
24”x6’ bench with twin screw tail vise

Now I don’t have any excuses – add to that my bandsaw and contractor style table saw and I can build pretty much anything I want now.

-- James -

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#1 posted 08-08-2010 08:23 PM

Congrats on all of the new tools. We will be looking forward to some pictures of the projects you are doing.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 08-08-2010 08:32 PM

You will have to figure out new excuses for not making a project….LOL…..You have to be careful with the better half when you mention how much more “stuff” you can do with a new tool acquisition… lose a few of those great excuses for delaying items on the honey-do list….So let’s be careful out there..

In a serious note….sounds like you are going to have alot of fun making projects now….I enjoy using new tools. Especially good finnish tools….I always wind up wondering how I ever got along without them…especially planes….they are certainly much more refined then trying to smooth and flatten edges on a belt or drum sander…not to mention large flat surfaces like table tops.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 08:34 PM

Oh, No! This is a life long addiction!! LJ is not so much a support group as much as an encite group. I look forward to seeing some of your stuff.


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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