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Blog series by Jimi_C updated 12-27-2010 05:45 AM 8 parts 12240 reads 58 comments total

Part 1: My First Attempt at Jointing

08-14-2009 04:19 AM by Jimi_C | 8 comments »

Hi all, my first wood working blog entry. I’ve been looking to start getting into wood working for almost a year now, since I got a $6500 quote for stock cabinets for my tiny kitchen and thought, “They’re just plywood boxes!” So, I’ve started collecting tools slowly, but surely (slowly due to the fact that my wife and I are still paying off our wedding from last year!). I’ve passed the time reading books on cabinet making, wood working in general, and a ...

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Part 2: My First Wood Purchase and Adventures in Hand Planing

09-05-2009 09:01 PM by Jimi_C | 6 comments »

Got back a little while ago with my first hardwood purchase (which is, ironically, soft maple): And a close-up: The really cool thing about this is the top three boards, which are 11” wide each and 9’ long. I am surprised I got these boards for $2/bf :) These three boards are all obviously from the same tree, as the grain is very similar and they’re nearly identical in size. The only bad thing about this is I’m going to have to cut all these down to be...

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Part 3: First Handcut Dovetails

01-08-2010 07:55 AM by Jimi_C | 11 comments »

After posting my review of the Grizzly T10010 wet grinder, having a set of nice, hair-shaving sharp chisels (and a freshly shaved hand…), I decided to put them to use. I grabbed some scraps out of my wood bin and started marking out some dovetails. I’ve laid them out several times, and gotten them to the point where the majority of the material was removed from the joint, but I never had a sharp enough chisel to pare them down – I was basically butchering the wood… ...

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Part 4: Cheap Tools

05-15-2010 03:26 PM by Jimi_C | 4 comments »

I commented on Dustin's blog entry yesterday that, as a beginner, I like cheap tools because they give me the ability to learn without making a huge investment – because, as we all know, there’s always one more tool that you need… Last week, I finally got around to properly tuning up the Grizzly smoothing plane I had bought a while back, and to sharpen the blade on the wet grinder as well (I really should ask Grizzly for an endorsement… :D). The pics below show the...

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Part 5: My Future Workshop

06-24-2010 01:37 AM by Jimi_C | 11 comments »

The last couple weeks have been insanely busy – we bought a new house and moved! The good thing is, the laundry here is on the first floor, so I’ve got the 1300sqft basement all to myself :D Here are a couple of pics, with tools and workout equipment strewn all over the place from the move-in: I cannot wait to start getting things setup. So far, the only problem has been that it’s not a walk-out, so getting my one large workbench (the one I dumpster-dove for)...

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Part 6: New Toys

07-01-2010 06:50 AM by Jimi_C | 5 comments »

Well, one of these I actually got a while ago, I just haven’t had any time to play with it… I got the #8 late last year, and it has sat around due to the fact that it had a lever cap that was cracked in half (in the picture, it’s in the bottom right). Well, I finally snagged a new lever cap off of ebay, the same day I finally won a #71. I’ve dated the #8 to 1910-1918, based on the patent numbers, adjusting knob size, etc., and the seller of the replacement l...

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Part 7: I injured myself on a SawStop today...

10-04-2013 06:35 PM by Jimi_C | 10 comments »

Go figure. I was at the local Woodcraft, picking up some stuff for my dust collection setup when I noticed a SawStop in the back – so I thought I’d check it out for a bit, not really having a chance to when I’d been in the store before (I usually hit it on my lunch break, since it’s around the corner from my work). I had read that it had a tool-less riving guard, so I popped the ZCI out and poked around, seeing that it has a twist lever for release. The force to use...

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Part 8: Belated X-mas tools

12-27-2010 05:45 AM by Jimi_C | 3 comments »

Got home a little while ago with gifts from my in-laws – Christmas was belated this year as my wife is a nurse and had to work last night, so we went over to her parents house tonight. The tools I’m really excited about are the two new Lee Valley/Veritas plane blades I got. The #8 I bought had a blade that was extremely pitted and pretty much un-salvageable, so I put a 2 5/8” A2 blade on my list alone with a 2” for the cheapo #4 I have (on the premise that I’ll...

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