So I have decided to get started in woodworking. I have built the occasional bit of furniture before, most notably a writing desk, inspired by this one, in my dad’s workshop, using his table saw and router, and mostly doweled butt joints.
But, since my dad’s workshop is quite a drive from here, I have decided to set up my own shop. Since I can’t afford power tools (and, in particular, I never liked the possibility to cut my fingers off), I will take the hand tool route. So far, I have acquired some wooden planes on ebay, and ordered this pretty tool set for career starters (since I figured, that this couldn’t be wrong for starting out, although I won’t make a career from this). I have tried sharpening the blade of the cheapest-looking plane (the right one) with the scary-sharp system, so far with promising results. (I couldn’t really test it. You can run into serious trouble with SWMBO, if you have sharpened a blade for the first time and try to plane random wooden surfaces in the kitchen).
For the better looking plane, I’m waiting for the water stone from the kit. Also, I found a large jointing plane in my granddad’s garage (no picture yet, and also not yet sharpened).
The most important issue at the moment is obviously the lack of a workbench. I have been contemplating to build one, and as expected from every aspiring bench builder, I have bought the workbench book, but I’m a bit afraid of the joinery, and, in particular, of glueing the bench top. The other option is to buy an old workbench and try to refurbish and polish it. More news on that soon, together with some pictures of the shop-to-be (which is limited in space, but can’t be topped in terms of location, as you will see…)
Oh, and the design of the blog obviously needs some work, but check back soon –