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Forum topic by Holbs posted 01-19-2013 08:42 PM 1731 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2013 08:42 PM

it has been blistering cold here in northern nevada for the last month. with no end in sight. highs in the 20’s. brrr.
i was trying to furiously finish my attached 2car garage and put insulation / reznor gas heater in, but finances ran dry (xmas duties), and the frigid temps have kept me out. to keep me “frosty” (ha!), i have read up on thousands of forum posts, projects, reviews, and blogs here on lumberjocks. i’m very eager to start my first year of wood working. i’m itching and cant wait any longer.

so, being a single bachelor in my house.. i have the option to do some minor wood working training in my kitchen, because well… i am the king of my castle and i do what i want :) so i can be making an omelet while hand planing a board. who could say that?
i bought some kind of european wood working school training bench similiar to:

most wood working training will be via hand tools, learning tenons and mortises by hand, miter cuts, dovetails, and planing.
what other hand tool training is a desired skill to add to my beginner wood working resume?

PS: i’m assume hand sawing and such will create alot less dust (at least, manageable) than power tooling. i already bought a 10’x10’ utility rug to lay ontop of the kitchen tiles.

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#1 posted 01-19-2013 09:03 PM

A few that comes to mind:
Cutting miters so that when the box is pulled together there are no gaps and everything is at 90 degrees.
Reinforcing and decorative splines in box corners (both 90 degrees and angled).
Dados, grooves and rabbits.
Cutting a consistent chamfer or round-overs along the length of a board.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 01-19-2013 09:09 PM

No way would I do that in the home.
Ya wanna deal with my sweety?
Didn’t think so…...
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#3 posted 01-20-2013 01:08 AM

is possible to do dados & brooves and rabbits without power tools?

and yes bill… this is just 30day temporary :) once it becomes bearable in my garage workshop, i’ll start out there. for now, simple hand tools training, mortise / joinery training… if time, then as jesse said, miter cuts, dados, etc by hand.

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 01:14 AM

I would increase the MERV rating on your air filters for your furnace/air handler and stock up on them.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 01:18 AM

does using hand tools create that much dust that it’s a health hazard? i imagine i’ll be doing small scale sawing, chisels pounding. no sanding.

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 01:24 AM

Holbs, dados, grooves and rabbets can absolutely be done by hand. A couple of different ways. Rabbets can be cut using hand planes (rabbet plane, and moving fillester). Dados can be cut using hand saws and chisels or a plough plane. Grooves same as dados. Combination planes, such as a Stanley 45 will cut them all (except for stopped dados and grooves).

I have cut all of them by hand. You will want to be able to cut these as they are common in many projects.

Hand tool use creates significantly less dust than power tool use (one of the reasons why some of us use hand tools). However, I would not do any woodworking in my house though; there is still dust created and it will get on stuff. Some dust can be a hazard.
Welcome to the world of handtools! Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#7 posted 01-20-2013 01:32 AM

Would you want to add hand sharpening???

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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#8 posted 01-20-2013 02:06 AM

again, this is just for… a month or less til the frigid daily 20degree high’s pass to a more manageable temp for working out in the garage.
i do have a kerosene torpedo 60k btu heater… but no insulation installed yet.
so considered doing some simple “training with wood” excercises starting with mortise/tenons for a week or two and then other low dust / MUST learn items for beginner wood working.

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#9 posted 01-20-2013 02:30 AM

In a heart beat. Nice thing about not having a wife is that you can work on a Harley in your kitchen and use the sink for a grease cleaner : ))

Hand tools, like saws, chisels, planes, I wouldnt blink an eye to make shavings.

Truth be known, my place is paradise, every room serves a function related to, and or the practice of woodworking with the exception of my bedroom and the TV room, and even the TV room coffee table acts as a bench at times

people come, and are most often in awe

maybe I’m lazy but at least I’m warm : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 01-20-2013 03:03 AM

paratrooper… i’ve always had a uncanny fascination with hand tools. something about more sweat and blood into a project, the more personal it is. can you list some books i should buy for working with what you mentioned about hand tool’ing? i already listened to others here about buying the Gary Rogowski “joinery” book which is what i’m about to follow (at least, try every illustration from start to finish).

mr. moron… i’m still a bachelor. gotta have the living room, at least, “suitable” for romantic interludes! hmm… would a sexy roubo bench impress the ladies as a coffee table in living room? i’ll look into it :)

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#11 posted 01-20-2013 03:51 AM

the way to a woman’s heart is for her to see through to what you are

trust me

no worries

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 01-20-2013 04:59 AM

same shit

different day

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#13 posted 01-20-2013 05:23 AM

I think the first requisite step in your mastering hand tools is to joint and thickness a rough, warped plank with a pocket knife. Then we’ll see about letting you use more sophisticated tools such as planes.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#14 posted 01-20-2013 06:20 AM

all things are possible

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#15 posted 01-20-2013 05:11 PM

Bachelor, eh? Perhaps your time would be better spent chasing women than cutting joints.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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