Doug Dipper

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    I forgot to mention that I have a dehumidifier in the basement that runs in the summer as the humidity can be awful sometimes.

    Thanks for the reply and the link in it.

    I will look into it.

    Doug Dipper

    I would agree with the others in the forum. I have made a clock years ago in high school and it used machines to make it. I enjoy the hand tool method much better, the point is though that you will make mistakes. You need to realize that you are human and not alone.

    My first attempt to make a router plane base and it has turned into a lovely door wedge or door stop. I have a lovely piece of wood with no real function to it.

    I have a saw horse following Paul’s method and it doesn’t have level legs and looks awful but it’s my first attempt. My wife looked at and said the first time is always the learning phase. I have learned that practice will make you better.

    Planing like Paul is like trying to walk when you are only a week old. It’s an acquired skill you’re not born with it. I highly doubt that anyone was born with the ability to plane straight, true and level. Paul probably has things when he started out that looked embarrassing but he kept at it and got better.

    I need to make saw horses to make the work bench but I have the next one ready, I have a bit more experience now and will be more consistent with my sawing and layout and marking. My error was cheap with the cost of wood here in Canada so I went and got more.

    I think the bench top looks good and just a bit of remedial work. You have someone who is offering a thickness planer, so if you can take the offer. Offer to return the favour in kind, or offer dinner out.

    Good luck and keep at it.

    Doug Dipper

    Hi there everyone.

    I just thought I could help the beginners with my own journey. When I was in high school years ago I built a clock using power saws and other stuff. It was loud and not really skill building.

    I have had my own not so great stuff. I have made a wood base for my router plane and it will make a great door stop. If you ever watch Monty python they have a skit where a guy buys a dead bird from the pet shop. The owner keeps saying beautiful plumage and he knows the bird is dead. Thats how my first wood base turned out.

    We make mistakes and learn from it. I made another one and turned out well. I am in the process of making saw horses like Paul’s blog. I am going to make the work bench that is on YouTube.

    It’s great to watch Paul and it’s a great time to learn and he’s very patient. He’s also been doing this for 55 years now. It’s great to aspire to the level of Paul. I am sure that Paul has done his share of not so great projects too.

    Just keep at it. I have done things with scrap wood to build and practice on to develop my skill or to make a rehearsal run before the final job is done.

    I hope this helps all of the beginners in the group.

    Doug Dipper

    Just a quick note on handles.

    I usually try to have my rip saw handles in beechwood and I have crosscut handles in walnut or applewood. That way I have a good idea as to what saw I am using with the task at hand. It helps a lot if you are really distracted or get an interruption while working.

    Just thought this would help others.

    I usually make my own saw handles. I just use thin plastic cutting boards that I can get from the dollar store. They’re flexible and you can make an error or trim it the way you want to get your pattern.

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