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Location: Saint Helena, CA

I am teaching myself and my kids how to use hand tools. I was a power tool user, but I lost the tip of my finger in a wood chipper accident. I decided it would be safer and more fun for my kids if we used hand tools. I grabbed my father-in-law's Stanley #5, a cross cut saw, and some old chisels and started making stuff.

When I saw my son spend over an hour making a spatula on a shave horse, I found some ideas on YouTube and we built our own.

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir

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added project Side table 12-25-2018 06:56 PM
added project Carved Spoons 04-22-2018 03:45 AM
added project Tool Tray 04-22-2018 03:22 AM
commented on Batten Box 03-18-2018 03:34 PM
commented on Batten Box 03-11-2018 08:46 PM
commented on Batten Box 03-10-2018 09:29 PM
added project Batten Box 03-09-2018 10:28 PM
added project Rustic Toolbox 12-16-2017 11:21 PM
added project Milk Paint Box 12-01-2017 11:46 PM
added project Aldo Leopold Bench for Kids 06-06-2017 03:49 PM
commented on Kristin's Bench 04-03-2017 03:48 PM
added project Kristin's Bench 04-03-2017 01:36 AM
commented on Kids' Workbench 03-22-2017 09:34 PM
commented on Hackberry Bench 03-05-2017 03:37 PM
replied on Workbench thickness, holdfasts and vises 02-19-2017 05:28 AM

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 01-30-2017 07:43 PM

Welcome to LJ, Michael … YES, hand tools ROCK … that is ALL I use and have used for years! I look forward to seeing some projects.

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 02-24-2017 08:38 PM

Hi Ron,

Thanks for your comments about the shave horse. I am building a bench for my kids based on Roy Underhill’s “petite bench” and I’m wondering if you know what to use in place of a lag bolt to attach the legs to the bench top. I’ll post the bench soon so you can take a look, I’d like to remove the metal…


Perhaps a threaded dowel would work … assuming you have a screw box and tap.

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