My Woodworking Journey

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Blog series by Gerald Etto updated 05-07-2021 02:11 AM 5 parts 3907 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Having The Right Tool for The Job

10-05-2020 02:16 PM by Gerald Etto | 2 comments »

When I started woodworking as a hobby almost three years ago, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I started with a lathe, and invested a lot into chisels, grinders, chucks and other lathe tools. Then I wanted to learn flatwork. So I invested in a table saw, drill press, hand drills, random orbit sander and a belt sander. A lot of money spent, while not really getting anything back in terms of sales. The frustrating part of machine tools is accuracy. I soon realized, only hand tools...

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Part 2: Building a Second Workshop on My Balcony

12-17-2020 11:20 PM by Gerald Etto | 1 comment »

When COVID hit, I knew things had to change. I used to run my own IT company for a good 8 years. When the business went down the drain, I had scaled everything down and let everyone go. Working by myself in a large area, I started woodturning and eventually woodworking, collecting stuff every month. Soon, my “IT office” on the third floor had a makeshift workshop with a lathe, table saw, drill press, a workbench, belt sander, and a whole lot of other tools. I kept paying th...

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Part 3: Completing My Workbench with Storage Drawers

01-29-2021 09:38 AM by Gerald Etto | 4 comments »

In my previous post, I talked about creating a compact workbench to enjoy woodworking from my apartment. In the past week, I managed to complete it by adding storage drawers. I don’t really have much experience building cabinets, so I took a different approach. I build the drawers how I made my boxes, with miter joints. The tricky part was getting the drawer measurements right. I made the drawer fronts from Southern Yellow Pine and the drawer pulls from Acasia to match the rest of...

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Part 4: My First Table From Two Years Ago

02-03-2021 01:49 PM by Gerald Etto | 2 comments »

Throwback to September 2018, when I made my first table after enrolling in Steve Ramsey’s The Weekend Woodworker course. There are 101 flaws with this table, but I remember feeling good at the moment. I made something, instead of consuming something. That meant a lot. I have since recycled this table into a cyclone dust collector cart, but I did use it for over a year. My daughter did her artwork on it when she was 7 and got paint all over it. I cherish those memories and perh...

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Part 5: Veritas Medium Router Plane - My First Premium Tool

05-07-2021 02:11 AM by Gerald Etto | 2 comments »

Since I started getting into hand tools, I’ve mostly bought used Stanley or Record panes from eBay. I got a lot of them at amazing prices, from as low as $9 for the Stanley #4 which worked beautifully. However, I noticed that some vintage / classic planes were getting really expensive, sometimes even more expensive than a Veritas or Lie Nielsen. I already had a Stanley 71 router plane, which I got in complete and proper condition. I restored it a little bit and made a nice box to hou...

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