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    Default Ideas for "beginner" project with only hand tools!

    Hi all again,

    Does anyone know of any good book/videos on making furniture with only hand tools. I have seen a bit on using hand planes to square up a board etc but have not found any projects that would be suitable for hand tools only.

    Also as a newbie, can someone please explain how I go about ordering my timber etc. if I have a plan from Australian woodsmith magazine my thoughts are that asking a timber yard for the timber in the cut list they supply isnt sufficient?

    thanks all in advance.

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpatman View Post
    Hi all again,

    Does anyone know of any good book/videos on making furniture with only hand tools. I have seen a bit on using hand planes to square up a board etc but have not found any projects that would be suitable for hand tools only.

    Also as a newbie, can someone please explain how I go about ordering my timber etc. if I have a plan from Australian woodsmith magazine my thoughts are that asking a timber yard for the timber in the cut list they supply isnt sufficient?

    thanks all in advance.

    Mark
    Hi Mark, and welcome to the slippery slope! At this link you will find many pdf's of old books with projects. There is lots of fascinating reading there, and they are free! As far as ordering timber, it depends on the patience of the timber yard, but its best to make up a list and check it twice before going in. This makes you become familiar with the plans and ensures you get what you want.

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    Excellent site Mic-D, thanks.

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    Thanks,

    that website looks great!

    Quote Originally Posted by mic-d View Post
    Hi Mark, and welcome to the slippery slope! At this link you will find many pdf's of old books with projects. There is lots of fascinating reading there, and they are free! As far as ordering timber, it depends on the patience of the timber yard, but its best to make up a list and check it twice before going in. This makes you become familiar with the plans and ensures you get what you want.

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    Mark

    it depends on where – between a serving tray and veneered and carved secretaire – you want to start

    I struggle to think of a project that would not be suitable for hand tool only user. Maybe one involving lots of veneered chipboard?

    I suggest you look through Derek Cohen's In the Wood shop http://www.inthewoodshop.com/
    Derek builds most things entirely with hand tools and uses his site to show how particular tools work, to compare similar tools from different manufacturers, to show different techniques, etc

    If you're a total begineer, I suggest you start with something small — I have plans for a serving tray if you're interested.

    As to timber from a timber yard — be aware that supplying a cutting list with exact dimensions will cost a fortune as the yard will charge you for the next largest "standard" size and then charge some more to turn the excess dimensions into chips and dust.


    ian

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    I supose as a real newbie, my initial concerns would be things like how does one resaw a thick bit of timber? I am guessing that i will be needing lots of practice with saws to get it right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpatman View Post
    I supose as a real newbie, my initial concerns would be things like how does one resaw a thick bit of timber? I am guessing that i will be needing lots of practice with saws to get it right!
    Normally you would use a bow saw, I think Derek has pictures showing how.
    Initially, your kerf will be rough, but with practice your kerf will be straight and there'll be minimal clean-up.

    BUT whay not start by buying timber near the right thickness and plane it down to size?

    Do you have a 1st project yet?



    ian

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