10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools

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Blog series by WoodAndShop updated 04-15-2014 05:01 PM 11 parts 24585 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Introduction to Joshua's 10 Steps

04-15-2014 02:27 PM by WoodAndShop | 1 comment »

Have you ever wanted to feel the ancient satisfaction of building beautiful wood furniture by hand? Like your great grandfather built? Have you felt a longing to be connected with your ancestors by common work?  Do you want to build a legacy that you can be proud to pass onto your children? Do you want to own and restore gorgeous antique tools that were made so well that they’ll be around for your great grandchildren to use? I’m Joshua Farnsworth, and I have fallen in lo...

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Part 2: |Step 1| Understand & Buy the Right Hand Tools

04-15-2014 03:01 PM by WoodAndShop | 6 comments »

1.1 Which Hand Tools Do You Need? After woodworking for several years, conducting “research”, and attending Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School, I’ve compiled three lists of hand tools: (1) urgent (what you need to get started), (2) semi-urgent (what you need to do more than just basic projects), and (3) non-urgent (improves convenience, tools for advanced projects, or items that are fun to have, but not vital). Used vintage hand tools are better in most cases (and less expensive), alth...

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Part 3: |Step 2| Setup Your Workshop & Tool Storage

04-15-2014 03:06 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

I’ve always loved planning what I’m going to do with a space, and my first traditional workshop was no exception. I feel very fortunate to have a walkout basement with nice natural light, but my space is very limited to say the least. But that’s the great thing about traditional woodworking! All you need is space enough for a workbench and some storage shelves. I hope this guide inspires you to create a traditional woodworking workshop where you spend countless quality hours creating beaut...

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Part 4: |Step 3| Learn how to Refurbish, Tune, & Sharpen Tools

04-15-2014 03:18 PM by WoodAndShop | 2 comments »

My wife loves to say, “hun, I think you love restoring hand tools almost as much as woodworking!” I think she’s right. There’s something magical about taking an antique (and very well built) woodworking hand tool and bringing it back to working order. Removing the rust, tuning up the parts, and sharpening the blade gives a feeling of satisfaction; especially when seeing the finished result. I get a feeling of a connection with the past, with my ancestors, with a time when things were made ...

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Part 5: |Step 4| Learn how to Use Woodworking Hand Tools

04-15-2014 04:05 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

Step number 4 gets into actually using your new or old traditional woodworking hand tools to create something! But just like a bike a car, or a sword, these tools will work properly and get you where you want to go (e.g. building something beautiful) if you learn how to wield them properly. So check out these videos, and come back for more…I’ll be adding more and more videos over time; beginning with the fundamental tools and moving onto the specialty tools. 4.1 How to Use Hand Planes ...

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Part 6: |Step 5| Learn How to Design Woodworking Projects

04-15-2014 04:12 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

You can definitely find plans for furniture and projects that other woodworkers have built, but I personally love the creative bliss that comes from designing my own projects. I also love looking at furniture in antique stores and on Pinterest to get ideas (See my Pinterest photos). But I always customize for my available space. Use Free Woodworking Design Software Ever since I was a kid I have drawn my “inspired” furniture sketches in a sketch book (or the back of a napkin), but...

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Part 7: |Step 6| Learn to Prepare Wood: Square, Flat, Straight, & Smooth

04-15-2014 04:16 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

In order for wood joints to fit together properly and for edges to glue together tightly your boards need to be perfectly square, straight, and smooth. Although this process isn’t as quick as “milling” boards through power tools, it doesn’t take all that long, and is much more satisfying. Check out the video tutorials below, and choose your favorite! My Favorite Videos about Dimensioning & Squaring Boards with Hand Tools: Here are a few of my favorite videos about squaring and pr...

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Part 8: |Step 7| Learn how to Layout & Mark the Wood

04-15-2014 04:20 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

Before you can accurately cut joints to fit your wood together, you need to learn to accurately measure and layout your work pieces. My below videos will help you understand the different marking, measuring, & layout tools. They’ll also show you how to use them! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t worry…I’m always adding more videos! Understanding Marking, Measuring, & Layout Tools: Precision is a major key to enjoying woodworking with hand tools. But, like all...

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Part 9: |Step 8| Joinery: Learn how to Layout & Cut Joints

04-15-2014 04:52 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

People called “Joiners” cut joints in wood, in order to get the wood to fit (and stay) together. There are many, many different joints for many different applications. I’ll keep adding joinery videos below (I’m starting with the more basic joints and will move on to more complex joints), so keep checking back. Before watching the videos, checkout this cool woodworking joint chart! (credit: David Royce). 8.1 Learn How to Cut Dovetail Joints Here’s a very detailed 15 step video t...

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Part 10: |Step 9| Learn how to Fasten, Assemble & Glue-up Woodworking Projects

04-15-2014 04:58 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

Every project has different requirements for assembling, gluing, and clamping, but these videos can help with some basic tips. It’s important to have plenty of clamps so you don’t miss clamping a vital area of a project. 9.1 Fastening I used to think that using nails, and other fasteners, wasn’t part of traditional woodworking. But then I took a week-long class at Roy Underhill’s “Woodwright School” and learned that cut nails and other fasteners is actually very traditional. And it’s...

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Part 11: |Step 10| Learn how to Finish the Wood

04-15-2014 05:01 PM by WoodAndShop | 2 comments »

Step 10 is one of my favorite steps, because you get to see the true beauty reveal itself in the wood, and the grain patterns shine forth! I’ll admit it, I’m not one of those woodworkers who love complex finish recipes, but I love making it as simple as possible. In the above video I introduced quite a few of the well-known finishes used by woodworkers (there’s probably a lot more) but I encourage everyone to experiment and find out which finishes they like the best. My favorite, easies...

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