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post #21 of 25 Old 08-26-2013, 12:02 PM
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Things needed desperately (aside from everything)
1. some kind of worklight - anything better than the ambient light floating in thru the obscured garage door windows
2. a workbench - yup been working on the concrete slab :(
3. chisel sharpening techniques/ability
4. paring chisel
Thanks all for your feedback :)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
The new dovetails look good!

Some thoughts on the things you need:

1) I bought couple of cheapo spring-clip floodlights from... Harbor Freight, maybe? I put CF bulbs in them, and they're great as directional worklights. There are things that are better, but they're a lot better than nothing, and they're cheap.

2) A good bench doesn't have to be expensive. I built a pretty nice bench for under $200 from plywood and douglas fir. There's a full writeup here, and there are a lot of good build threads elsewhere on this this site. A couple sheets of plywood or a solid core door on sawhorses is better than working on the floor!

3) Not touching that can of worms. Nope. The can marked "sharpening techniques" is full of big, nasty worms. They have teeth. Don't ask how they sharpen them. (Seriously, though... look around on youtube for videos, and you'll get about a thousand options.)
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If you are mashing away at the wood, you are approaching it wrong. The wood is to be pared down slowly, you can't expect to hog away large chunks of wood with your chisel. Small, thin layers at a time. These thinner layers tend to come apart cleanly and more easily. And yes, this goes hand in hand with a scary sharp implement!
Thx again chop,
yup I was in fact expecting to hog away large chunks, mostly due to the trade I've been in for so long now. For me a sharp chisel was a new chisel. Spent several hours last night on youtube just to find out how incredibly wrong I was :( ...and just how much of a novice I am ...or whatever comes before novice ...monkey?
I now see just how important sharpening techniques are and why everyone on this thread has been trying to grind (no pun there) that into my thick skull.
And hey thx for the comp on the new pics :) motivation is always the best helper, especially when it comes from an honest place.
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Thx Fallbrook for another reply :)
Man oh man I wish I could take a class. Due to my schedule and finances, I am unfortunately at this time prohibited. However all this feedback is tremendous and MUCH appreciated!
I'm glad to hear that with practice, I should be able to keep up with the best of em ...or the better of em anyway :)
And yeah, that "good feeling" is something to which I am definitely looking forward!
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The new dovetails look good!

Some thoughts on the things you need:

Not touching that can of worms. Nope. The can marked "sharpening techniques" is full of big, nasty worms. They have teeth. Don't ask how they sharpen them. (Seriously, though... look around on youtube for videos, and you'll get about a thousand options.)
Hello amckenzie4 :)
thx for the reply there and I sure do appreciate the comp on the new pics! I definitely felt much better after the second go on the oak as opposed to the first - pics of the first go should've been attached so everyone could get a decent laugh...
I haven't been able to make a trip to Harbor Freight, nor Rockler yet. Lucky for me though (and super ironic), in my area they are located next door to each other ...go figure.
I have enough mats laying around my garage/backyard to build a decent table, but against my better judgment, I dove in head first on these DTs. Just gotta make the time now.
Sharpening: I never saw worms with shark teeth before >.> As mentioned in a prior post, Youtube has once again shown me how much I don't know and clearly the good folks involved with this thread had perfect reasoning to try and make me understand why I need to include sharpening in my focus.
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Hello all,
Thank you to everyone for your time spent. As mentioned above, I now see how important it is (and how involved it is) to have sharp tools and some basic necessities. Gonna take a lil break now to earn some money to pay for / build some much needed upgrades and to develop an entry level sharpening technique.
After watching some vids and reading some forums on this wonderful site, I can feel that overwhelming feeling coming over me and am now fending off that urge to become discouraged, which I refuse to let happen. So, instead it's time for me to step back and regroup.
I plan on returning to this thread a much more capable monkey :)
In the meantime, I'll continue to check back for any new and helpful posts.
You guys (and girls?) rock!!!
P.S. One last question for now, any tricks on avoiding burn scars when cutting Oak on the chopsaw?
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