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Forum topic by Caractacus posted 01-06-2013 10:20 AM 1012 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2013 10:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: newbie toolboxes education

Hi all,
Just want to say hi and introduce myself. I’m a native New Englander currently living in update NY. I recently inherited my grandfather’s toolbox loaded with old hand tools from his days as a carpenter on the North Shore of Mass and in central N.H. back in the 1930s-70s, I’ve always dabbled in woodwork, but would like to finally jump in with both feet. Not sure if I’ll focus on hand tools, power tools or a little of both.

I don’t have the time I would like to spend on woodworking, so I’d like to take some type of immersion course to jump start my new journey. The J.D Lohr Woodworking School outside of Philly looks promising. I would appreciate any suggestions or experiences others may want to share about these immersion courses.

Two particular challenges I face are 1) I’ve got a sweet tooth for old tool boxes. In addition to my grandfather’s, I’ve got an old oak Gerstner and I just picked up a huge old 17-drawer oak beast. Challenge 2) Very little room for a woodworking shop and for the toolboxes!

Looking forward to learning and engaging with you all.


-- The best way to knock the chip off your neighbor's shoulder is to pat him on the back.

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 01:12 PM

Caractacus, there are many schools you can attend relatively close to you. A couple you may be interested in: Check out North Bennet Street School, in the north end of Boston. also, New England School of Architectural Woodworking (NESAW), which is closer to you in Western MASS. There is also one in Manchester, CT, cannot remember the name.

Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 02:29 PM

Welcome, from a fellow newbie!

Been on this site maybe a week, and it’s amazing how helpful and how supportive people on this site are.

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#3 posted 01-06-2013 03:26 PM

Both of you be very welcome to Lumerjocks, the best place to be if you like woodworking

-- Bert

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 03:43 PM

Welcome Caractacus. I think you’ll find this site to be most helpful on your journey. I’m always amazed at what fellow member are making with limited tools and space so never let that stop you. That actually pushes me to to try new things.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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