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  • #136196
    Mark68
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    Hello

    I am 47 years of age and I come from South Wales. I’ve decided to take up carpentry to help me out as a sort of therapy due to mental health issues I have (PTSD among other things).

    Now and again over the years it’s struck me that carpentry might be an interesting and worthwhile hobby/trade, but I never actually made a decision (much to my regret) to actually participate in wood working. Better late than never I guess.

    I hope to learn from those more experienced than myself, and make friends along the way.

    Thank you

    "Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."

    #136197
    Craig
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    Mark,
    Welcome, You’ve certainly come to the right place to get started.
    In addition to the unsurpassed instruction videos, there is a great support community on the forums that are in various stages of the same journey. Some have a significant level of experience and others are just getting started.
    Everyone tries to be helpful-We’re all adults, feel free to ask for help.
    There is no “starting late”—Just start.
    In addition to this site, Paul has written an excellent book, Working Wood 1&2 available here (among other places):
    https://www.classichandtools.com/cgi-bin/sh000003.pl?REFPAGE=https%3a%2f%2fwww%2eclassichandtools%2ecom%2findex%2ehtml&WD=books&SHOP=%20&PN=Working-Wood-1-2%2ehtml%23a1_21PS_2dSET#a1_21PS_2dSET
    Best,
    Craig
    PS I’d just buy the book. Most all the rest on the DVD’s is covered here or on Youtube.

    SW Pennsylvania

    • This reply was modified 6 years, 8 months ago by Craig.
    #136199
    Mark68
    Participant

    Thanks for the advice Craig

    Would the Working Wood 1&2 be more for beginners than the Essential Woodworking Hand Tools book? I intend to get them all, but not sure which would be the best to read as a beginner.

    "Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."

    #136200
    Craig
    Participant

    Mark,
    I’d start with the “Working Wood 1&2”.
    Best,
    Craig

    SW Pennsylvania

    #136201
    Mark68
    Participant

    Ok thank you

    "Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."

    #136202
    Eddy Flynn
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    Hi mark I’ve sent you a PM, but just wanted to say I’ve been a member here for years and I can’t tell you enough how helpful the members are, whether its project advice or where to get products, IMHO you won’t go wrong with Pauls new book Essential Woodworking Hand Tools, Eddy

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
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    #136213
    Mark68
    Participant

    Thanks Eddy

    I want to start with Working Wood 1&2 but along with the DVDs it starts getting expensive. The book is £29.90 on Amazon, which isn’t a problem, but the DVDs are £129. I appreciate it all adds up to a course of woodworking by a master craftsman, but I can’t really afford that, not when I have to buy tools and get wood as well. Craig assured me most of the DVDs are on Youtube (I’ve watched a few and I enjoyed them), but I’d need them all for the sake of completion and so I don’t have any gaps in my knowledge.

    That said, I’ve got two books coming, both by Charles H. Haywood (Complete Book of Woodwork and Carpentry for Beginners). Perhaps I’ll read through those first and then buy the ‘Essential Woodworking Hand Tools’ book by Paul.

    "Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."

    #136219
    Ed
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    @mark68, Are you signed up for the videos here on masterclasses? If so, I don’t think you need to buy the videos for WW 1&2. The only one I’d consider in that case is the sharpening video, but even most of that is covered here, now.

    I don’t remember if Masterclasses let’s you buy just one project. If so, the toolchest with drawers ( https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/2013/07/tool-chest-project-info/ ) teaches a huge amount. You would learn dovetails, mortise and tenon, panels, carcass, drawers, and even a simple through tenon. If you watched Paul cut dovetails for the carcass, you could go off and make some practice dovetails with what he shows, maybe even a little box, if you did not want to go right into the project. Same again for the mortises.

    #136220
    Mark68
    Participant

    Hello Ed

    I don’t think I’d be able to manage building that. I’m a complete novice.

    "Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."

    #136221
    Derek Long
    Participant

    Welcome, Mark!

    I will echo Ed and Eddy’s comments. Much of what you need to learn to get started is available from Paul for free with a free membership on Masterclasses, or Paul has on his Youtube channel. Watch the Youtube videos on the three basic joints: dado, dovetail and mortise and tenon. Watch Paul’s chisel and plane blade sharpening videos. And watch his Youtube videos on box making and the clock. That is a fantastic start for anybody. Most of those videos are here on Masterclasses as well.

    Paul’s blog is a great resource for advise on buying tools, too. Jump in, start basic, and practice, practice, practice.

    Enjoy!

    Derek Long
    Denver, Colorado

    #136222
    Mark68
    Participant

    Hi Derek

    Yes I’ve watched a few of Paul’s videos. The dovetail, workbench, how to set a saw (if that’s the right terminology), chisel sharpening too.

    I think I’m going to have to buy his new book because it deals with exactly what I need right now. Which tools to get and how to maintain them.

    "Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."

    #136223
    David R.
    Participant

    IIRC the wallclock project is freely available on youtube as a project series. It should be a good place to start. Also all tool videos should be accessible for all free members (https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/tool-technique-videos/).

    Regarding the books, I think the Woodworking 1+2 book is more project centered, whereas the Essential Woodworking Hand Tools book seems to concentrate on the tools.

    I would just start with a project and watch the videos and both together should help you along getting started nicely. The workbench is a good beginners project too, since it’s larger, not excessively complicated and doesn’t require as fine a skill. And it will make the following projects much easier.

    All the best.

    David

    from Germany

    #136225
    Mark68
    Participant

    Thanks for the advice David

    I’m considering making a workbench before anything else as it goes. As you say it doesn’t require too fine/precise a work, and it is pretty central for woodworking.

    "Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."

    #136269
    Mark68
    Participant

    Well, Paul’s Essential Woodworking Hand Tools book just arrived; very speedy delivery.

    Only just opened it up and read the introduction. I’ve flicked through some of the pages and it looks ideal for my needs.

    Looks a fantastic book

    Thanks for writing this

    "Sawdust? I think you'll find that's man-glitter."

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