3 January 2013 at 8:02 pm #6111Ron HarperParticipant
If you have seen some of my early posts , you will recall that I am recently retired, have moved my shop,and have converted to basically hand tool woodworking. In my old life, I did not use hand saws much. In this new life they have become very important. Three months ago I was somewhere south of mediocre, especially in grtting my cuts plumb. Much, much better now. Message? … Keep at it. These are skills that require the buildind of muscle memory. Requires lots of reps.. Success will come with the reps. Made several cuts this morning. More than half cuts dead on. The ones that were off were close and need onlt light swiping with my number 43 January 2013 at 8:09 pm #6112Joseph SellersKeymaster
That is really great to hear. Thanks for posting!3 January 2013 at 8:09 pm #6113AnonymousInactive
Well said an very true. I officially retired last month, now to make the most of whatever time I have. I’m planning on working wood for a long time yet 🙂3 January 2013 at 11:03 pm #6121Ron HarperParticipant
I have at least 20 years of projects in the queue.4 January 2013 at 2:33 am #6130Steve FollisParticipant
Your comments are appreciated and well received.
Memphis, Tennessee4 January 2013 at 6:04 am #6134AnonymousInactive
That’s great Ron. Mine are getting better as well, although its taking a lot more planing. Problem is, I’m still learning to plane square as well. I’ll get it though. Thanks for the words of encouragment.4 January 2013 at 8:34 am #6136JerryHParticipant
Thanks for the encouragement Ron, I look forward to the day when I can saw straight down a board with a panel saw ( a long way off in my case ), as it is at the moment I leave myself a huge margin for error and end up with quite a bit of plane work to get it down to the line.5 January 2013 at 4:57 am #6157MickAParticipant
Great sharing folks. I was on the recent month long course at Penrhyn Castle, and I recall a moment of revelation that happened one day. I saw (no pun intended) that I could make accurate cuts if I wanted to. Things improved greatly. Of course I still make bad cuts, but fewer (my concentration wanders at crucial moments, and the saw cut wanders with it). But it is getting better, and this year I am determined to et to te point where accuracy is the norm.5 January 2013 at 7:03 pm #6166Dan PetersonParticipant
Thank you Paul and Joseph for putting this video together.5 January 2013 at 8:11 pm #6169STEVE MASSIEParticipant
This is good here, I am in a similar position. I retired 3 years ago and until then I was Power Tool Junkie Thanks to Norm Abram “The New Yankee workshop”. I still like Norm and have several of his plans, but since retiring I am into Hand Tools mostly with occasional help with my Band Saw or Drill Press.
I am getting better with my saws but still have a ways to go, I also have several that need some serious attention de – rusting, sharpening repairing handles etc. This is another part of this hobby I love and that is to learn how to use but fettle Hand Tools. I am hoping I have a little more time in the shop this year and anxious to get my bench finished which is a copy of Paul Sellers all done so far with Hand Tools.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US
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