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Forum topic by grego posted 04-30-2012 07:13 PM 27672 views 13 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2012 07:13 PM

There are plenty of details and plans around for power tool projects, but it seems to take a bit of work to track them down for hand tools. I’m sure the experienced woodworkers here could take any of those power-tool project details and convert them for hand tool execution, but I know know as a beginner I really enjoy finding a book or a blog that goes into detail on how-to-do-it.

Here’s some of the links and books I’ve found:

Dan’s Shop (several hand tool projects described)

“Furniture Making Plain And Simple” by Aldren Watson: (Detailed hand tool-only project plans)

Kerry’s hand tool-only Jewelry box:

Recreation of a viking tool chest:!/2011/01/mastermyr-chest-first-hand-tool-project.html

Bob Logan’s podcasts:

“Boxes and Chests” by Alan And Gill Bridgewater (mostly hand tools)

“Made by Hand: Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop” by Tom Fidgen

“The New Traditional Woodworker” by Jim Tolpin

“The Woodwright’s Apprentice: Twenty Favorite Projects From The Woodwright’s Shop” by Roy Underhill

Any other reccomendations?


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#1 posted 04-30-2012 07:34 PM

Awesome! thanks for posting this!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 07:35 PM

Thank you for your efforts Grego, it’s one of my favorites now.

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 07:42 PM

thanks for sharing Greg :-)

don´t be so scared of copying a powertool made project with handtools
just remember nothing new under the sun everything can be made with handtools
and was before the powertools where invented :-)
many times things can be made quicker and better with handtools

I agree with you it can impossibble to see where to start and where to end
but its the same if you had all the powertools you cuold think of
powertools don´t make you a better woodworker … only practish does :-)

take care

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 09:07 PM

Thanks for posting the links grego. I am new to handtool woodworking myself and I am constantly looking for ideas and tips.

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#5 posted 05-02-2012 08:58 PM

Shannon Rogers and the Renaissance Woodworker


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#6 posted 05-18-2012 10:38 PM

I picked up the Aldren Watson book for $2 a couple months ago, when I was first contemplating building some traditional style furniture. It was an excellent value for an inexperienced woodworker like me because the first 150 pages of the book are all info and tips about wood and techniques and joinery. I don’t know if I’ll use the plans but there are another 150 pages worth of them, and its a well written, well illustrated (all drawings) book.

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#7 posted 08-20-2013 05:01 PM

If you are new to the hand tool thing I recommend making some useful shop projects. Things like squares, bench hooks, shooting boards, marking gauges, storage cabinets etc are great projects where you can stretch your hand tool muscles and not have to worry about messing up unique and expensive lumber. Plus once finished these project give back every time you are in the shop.

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 03:47 PM

Peter Seller’s series are pretty good too, all hand tools. If you want a book, the guy from the unplugged workshop has made a couple of books with all hand tools projects.

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#9 posted 08-21-2013 05:35 PM

Jorge, I don’t think the Pink Panther guy did that much woodworking, but Paul Sellers does. :)

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#10 posted 08-22-2013 12:35 PM

:-) that’s the one…...

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#11 posted 08-22-2013 12:48 PM

You forgot Steve Ramsey’s classic video: Make a wood picture easel using hand tools

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#12 posted 08-26-2013 10:20 PM

Dave, not sure how I missed that. A classic for sure!

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