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#1 posted 02-12-2017 04:21 PM

I’m in a similar position as you are. Tho’ I have a complete woodworking shop of power tools, I’ve only had the time to dabble until I retired. Now I have a strong desire to learn hand tools. If it is going to be a year between the class and buying tools, I would get tools and head to YouTube, otherwise, I would forget everything the class taught me. Maybe your school offers weekend classes that would be a lot cheaper than a week long class. I took a 6-hour sharpening class before getting my tools just to get a bit f experience. Then I found that Lie-Nielsen also has an excellent YouTube series with Deneb Pulchaski that continue to help me. I wish I had saved my money, as, for my needs, the videos do a great job. There are obviously many similar videos also available. My next class is 90 minutes away on Monday nights for the next 6 weeks on Intro to Hand Tool Joinery. It’s only $280 and there I hope having a live instructor vs video will really help me establish my technique. A bit more money, though a night of classes with a week to practice what I’ve learned before moving on will hopefully cut my time to actual projects vs. just watching videos. I hope you enjoy learning this as much as I am!


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