worried I could keep up

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  • 06 Nov 2016 11:54 PM
    Message # 4367249

    I've watched and gotten discouraged.  My tools are antiques and my best sharpening method is wet\dry paper on a semi flat granite tile. Im worried I can keep up. I've gathered that sharpening is where I should put my money.  I've got some stones and diamond plates coming. Any other hints or suggestions on what next? I've got a couple Lee Nielson dovetail saws. One rip and one cc. I guess the cc would be a small tenon saw? My chisels are pretty much crap. I'm guessing I should start there. My planes are serviceable.  Hardly high end. Basic stanley Bailey antiques.  

    Thanks in advance for any advice,

    Shawn

  • 12 Nov 2016 7:11 AM
    Reply # 4380927 on 4367249

    a kindred spirit, when the  fears and doubts envelope you and all you can feel is discouragement... look to yourself for true inner confidence. What I try to do is set a small challenge and seize a -small victory-, with a 'end' goal to win the campaign and create with confidence. At times, personally, it feels like a never ending struggle or an 'uphill situation' just continue and stay in the fight. Sharpen your tools, try a new technique and master it, make a small picture frame, small box or just square up some random stock if on hand. All the while watch the videos available here, starting with -Getting Started with Hand Tools- tab. Personally the more I can learn about a tool or even a build, like its nomenclature, history, various techniques and so on. the more comfortable i will feel and thus removing a few negative forces and allowing you to focus on making something cool!

    just my 2cents and all from my own experiences, so I mean no disrespect and i wish you the best of your best. 

    -Take Heart and Take Care

  • 14 Nov 2016 12:06 PM
    Reply # 4385350 on 4367249
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)

    Well said Jesse.  Respond to Jessee's post and i will add what i can. cheers

    Rob


  • 15 Nov 2016 12:05 AM
    Reply # 4390643 on 4367249

    Hello Shawn, just remember, the battles are won by the archer and not the arrow.

    The greatest tool a woodworker has is patients. 

    Keep on working, Mario.

  • 15 Nov 2016 1:39 AM
    Reply # 4390788 on 4367249
    Anonymous

    Shawn...

     

    I've been doing this for over 50 years and to this day I find that if I slow down and take my time to 'think about the task I'm doing', and do not rush into it I will get the best result and the next time I want to do the same task I have a lot more confidence in my ability and to get better at that task.

    So, never give up!

     

    John... 

  • 17 Nov 2016 12:19 PM
    Reply # 4397426 on 4367249

    Thanks so much for the words of encouragement.  This week has been humbling.  Kind words from total strangers, seeing fellow vets with similar struggles successful, and my wife by my side. I tightened the screws on my cobbled together bench, found a cheap granite tile and some wet/dry, and bought a cheap 8000 grit stone. I've made a decent sharpening station in the spirit of the proper plates and stones.  I've created the smoothest surface I've ever planed! hardly a flat surface, but it is smooth! Lol 

    I'm trying to get these harbor freight chisels flat and sharp... Or somethng close enough.  As much as I've screwed them up on an old worn oilstone, I'm sure glad I didnt buy decent chisels first! Lol

    I used my draw knife and made a mallet out if a walnut tree I had to cut down.  Now I will be able to practice some chisel work.

    I'm hopeful for some success now. With the dovetail tools I bought from Jacob a few months back, I now have all the tools to learn with.  

    Thanks all!,

    Shawn

  • 19 Nov 2016 4:13 PM
    Reply # 4401270 on 4380927
    Jesse Paredes wrote:

    a kindred spirit, when the  fears and doubts envelope you and all you can feel is discouragement... look to yourself for true inner confidence. What I try to do is set a small challenge and seize a -small victory-, with a 'end' goal to win the campaign and create with confidence. At times, personally, it feels like a never ending struggle or an 'uphill situation' just continue and stay in the fight. Sharpen your tools, try a new technique and master it, make a small picture frame, small box or just square up some random stock if on hand. All the while watch the videos available here, starting with -Getting Started with Hand Tools- tab. Personally the more I can learn about a tool or even a build, like its nomenclature, history, various techniques and so on. the more comfortable i will feel and thus removing a few negative forces and allowing you to focus on making something cool!

    just my 2cents and all from my own experiences, so I mean no disrespect and i wish you the best of your best. 

    -Take Heart and Take Care

    Thanks Jesse. Certainly no disrespect taken. I bolted together some scrap and made a workable vice. My little carport workshop is coming along! Lol I'll post a picture if I can figure it out.  Thanks again for the encouragement. Very wise words.

    Respectfully,

    Shawn

  • 07 Dec 2016 1:26 PM
    Reply # 4444856 on 4367249

    Hopefully this will work.  I uploaded a photo to my profile photo albums and linked it here.

    my carport workshop

  • 18 Jan 2017 9:02 PM
    Reply # 4555666 on 4367249

    Shawn, 

    Most of my tools are antiques as well. They work great!!!! Don't let that trap get you. Watch videos and get your tools working well. I find great enjoyment and satifisfaction in getting my old planes and tools working great. Here is the secret to it. You ready? USE YOUR TOOLS. As soon as you come to a problem fix it and keep going. You will never be able to sit down and get these tools perfect. It takes using them and learning their personality. I have a beautiful wood river 5 1/2(my favorite) but some times I still reach for my old Stanley Bailey #5 for certain tasks. You need to use them, work on them, use them, work on them. And my trick is, I'm never afraid to make firewood. You will mess something up, it's part of it. But every time I learn from it. Don't be afraid of it. Dive in head first, attack a project and have some fun. One last thing, I only recently got some "nice" chisels. A matter of fact, for a long time I thought that Stanley was THE TOOL to use.  Once you get them sharp, you will be able to pull of some very beautiful work with what most consider "Crap" tools.

  • 18 Jan 2017 9:04 PM
    Reply # 4555667 on 4390643
    Mario wrote:

    Hello Shawn, just remember, the battles are won by the archer and not the arrow.

    The greatest tool a woodworker has is patients. 

    Keep on working, Mario.

    You might wanna watch some safety videos if you have patients just pickin
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