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Location: Williamsburg, Va

Always been a tinkerer, haven't always had a

Rebooting my life from closer to scratch than I ever thought I'd have to after splitting from my wife. I'm a 38 year old undergrad about to start my senior year. My shop, which lived in a storage unit that graciously allowed me to work in that space, is mostly in Ohio living with my mom until school pays off (in a few years) and I can move beyond renting a room. I did discover that all of my possessions in the world will fit into a single minivan load and a 6x10 walled utility trailer, so that was something. Depressing at this stage in my life, but it has it's conveniences.

Currently my shop is a couple of Rubbermaid totes in the back of my minivan and a pair of sawhorses. that require no electricity or run on a battery pack (not giving up my drill/driver, and you can't make me!) are getting to be more important to me. I built a desk and a free-standing bookcase with what's in my van, so it's functional. But, I recently had the opportunity to use a replica 18th century hand plane in smoothing out some cyprus. The was the most rewarding 5 minutes of my woodworking life. The sound, the tactile gratification, those paper-thin strips of wood peeling out of the little plane.....I'm hooked now. Must have more.

So, I'm here to really begin learning about hand tools, particularly planes, chisels, and eventually lathe tools (God willin', I'm going to build a spring-pole lathe between summer and fall semesters while I'm visiting my mom).

That's more than anyone here probably ever wanted to know about

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 10:46 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

I bought my first hand plane from Don W on this site. Buying from him gave me the advantage of buying from someone I know and it arrived in tip top shape, razor sharp. It then became the benchmark for sharpening.
There are also many Lumberjocks who buy from yard/garage sales, and then rehab or refurbish older tools with great success.

I bought a box of old rasps/files a few years ago for $5 or $10 and I use them regularly

All the best.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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