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08-09-2018 01:55 AM

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 Hello! I’m new to the group. My family and I visited Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia this summer, and I fell in love with the cabinet shop there. I would like to get into that kind of woodworking, but have no idea how to start. Any direction would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-09-2018 03:39 AM

Welcome to LJ’s.

I am not a hand tool expert by any measure, but I watch one on YouTube by the name of Paul Sellers.

https://www.youtube.com/user/PaulSellersWoodwork

He seems to really know his stuff. While he probably owns every hand tool known to man, he has projects using little more than a single handsaw, plane, chisel and mallet. His videos and explanations are very clear. Just plain good stuff.

P.S. While Paul Sellers is a hand tool guy, he uses relatively modern hand tools (< 100 years old in most cases). So, perhaps isn’t the guy to learn Colonial Williamsburg woodworking from.

I have seen PBS videos for a show I think it was called the “Woodright Shop”. He’s stuff may not go quite that far back either, but it’s pretty old technology he uses. Not sure if there are YouTube videos of that show.

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#2 posted 08-09-2018 05:34 AM

”Please don’t follow me … I don’t know where I’m going.” ... as your closing intro.
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#3 posted 08-09-2018 11:32 AM

I asked same question on workshop page. GR8HUNTER gave me this link: http://lumberjocks.com/RonAylor1760/workshop

Want to send message but have to make 5 posts. Do I just ask this question again?

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#4 posted 08-09-2018 12:28 PM

Welcome Unplugged. Remember this…………..everyone of us started with “I want to do that” in his/her mind, and none of us have quit learning.

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#5 posted 08-09-2018 01:00 PM

I guess the first question is, do you have a workshop? If not, building one could really help you learn a few things about woodworking. Then think about the essentials; workbench, vise, storage, etc. Your bench needs to be pretty heavy duty since you will be doing a lot of pulling and pushing on it. Then comes the tools which you probably need to accumulate over time. When it comes to using only hand tools, consider purchasing the best tools (not the most expensive) by looking at the specs and reviews by pro who were not compensated by the company. Or ask others in the trade. Japan tools make some amazing hand tools but you probably want to use american made tools which can be a challenge. There are several individuals who make various traditional steel tools but I can’t think of any right now(youtube it).
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#6 posted 08-09-2018 01:10 PM

Start by trying to find u a work space. Once u get it research benches and find one that works for u and build it. There’s folks on here that have a couple car garage as a workshop and some that have a balcony outside their apartment. Whatever space u have you CAN make it work. Your set up will be highly influenced by it tho.
Check out some Paul sellers videos. YouTube is a wealth of information so find out what you want to build and research it. You can post any questions you have here since there are some highly talented ppl here that can help u out

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#7 posted 08-13-2018 07:51 PM

I want to send messages to some of the other members, but I have to make five posts first. I hope it’s okay to post this again. I’m new to the group. My family and I visited Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia this summer, and I fell in love with the cabinet shop there. I would like to get into that kind of woodworking, but have no idea how to start. Any direction would be appreciated.

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