Thanks for the encouragement Ken! You might be right.
I’m not making excuses but, my vise (that I just finished making yesterday) also needs some work. It needs better handles. I wasn’t able to tighten it down enough. So, the work piece kept sliding in the vise as I tried to saw it. …yeah, that’s the ticket! 🙂Anonymous1 January 2013 at 6:00 am #5973
I have the same problem buddy, till I get my bench finished and a vise fitted. I found a bit of non slip router mat, or drawer liner helps for now.
I’ve made several of the projects from the book. I have to say, they have all been fun and very instructional.
The 3-legged stool isn’t finished yet, I have some more fine tuning on the parts before I glue and finish it. I’ve made two of the candle boxes, one in Canary Pine and one in Cherry. These are a lot of fun to do. It helped my with my dovetail technique, and also with laying out and cutting hinge mortises.
I’m thinking I’ll make the bookcase with my 12 year old son for his room, maybe starting this weekend. I’ve been documenting the step-by-step on these on my blogAnonymous11 January 2013 at 1:23 am #6383
Nice work Joe, and a great blog
If anyone hasn’t made a few projects from the book I’d strongly recommend it. None of them require a huge investment in tools of lumber, they are fun to make and very instructional in technique.
My brother-in-law is a DIY kind of guy, although not a woodworker by any stretch. I gave him Paul’s book for Christmas. I knew I liked the book, but before I bought it for him I looked at several other books in the same category: “New Traditional Woodworker” by Jim Tolpin, “Made by Hand” by Tom Figden and a few others that escape me at the moment. They are all wonderful books, but Paul’s has the best combination of basic information about wood and necessary tools, interesting but approachable projects, and in-depth information on sharpening. If one works through the projects in the book I think you’ll have the basic skills to take on much more advanced/complex projects.
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