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  • 19 Jan 2017 12:01 PM
    Reply # 4556695 on 4555666
    Anonymous wrote:

    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.

    Awesome advice. Thanks! I'm working with my tools and finding that as I use them I'm keeping them sharper and I'm having  bit more luck. I think I need new cutting irons. Most are almost as short as the chip breaker. I think I'm past the hardenned steel as they hold the edge for about a millisecond. Haha
  • 19 Jan 2017 2:33 PM
    Reply # 4557103 on 4367249

    I have been using HOC blades and chipbreakers in mine. Makes a world of difference. Huge improvement. Also Rob uses pinnacle blades and chip breakers. I bet those are super awesome. I am aware that by the time I do all this stuff and buy a blade and chip breaker set that I am just short of purchasing a new plane, but there is something I find very romantic about using my antique tools. I think we should all own a nice 5 1/2 or a nice new dependable plane, but I have found that 1 is enough. I looove my old planes and would never give em up in a million years.

  • 06 Feb 2017 11:16 AM
    Reply # 4593819 on 4367249
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)

    HI Shawn, I just read thru all the posts, you are in good hands!  cheers

    Rob


  • 06 Feb 2017 12:51 PM
    Reply # 4593897 on 4401270
    Shawn McDermott wrote:
    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

    Shawn, I hope youre still around on the forums, i was really wanting to hear from others with "apartment workshops" or along those lines. However Ive been dealing with the bad side of that:close quarter neighbors, rental/lease agreements, having a shop not on the 1st floor, not being able to use the carport or garage of a rental for a shop space, setting up shop in your actual living space, eating kfc something i normally never do but thought it sounded good and now im just wishing i didnt... oh and corporate greed of a Property Management Company. i think il have to start another thread about that to see what others have done, problem solve, so on
  • 06 Feb 2017 1:06 PM
    Reply # 4593918 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.

    Oooh Archery!? do you loose arrows Mario? My primary bow was a Bear Grizzly Recurve 65# and i loved that bow, right until someone decided they needed it more and decided to help them selves and about 24 arrows... and arrows in real life are like $12-18 for one arrow! I thought it would be like the video games and i would go cut some grass find a gold coin or a ruby and then go buy like 100 arrows with that... not so. Well the bow i have now and its my baby, a 70# 6 foot long bow with a slight recurve to it at the last 6 in of the limbs. that lil bit adds a final punch ive personally done long distance target shots at near 275 yrds... love that thing it has etched in filigree style embellishments and it even helped me fight off a pack of Orcs the other day :D
  • 14 Feb 2017 1:55 AM
    Reply # 4607829 on 4593897
    Jesse Paredes wrote:
    Shawn McDermott wrote:
    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

    Shawn, I hope youre still around on the forums, i was really wanting to hear from others with "apartment workshops" or along those lines. However Ive been dealing with the bad side of that:close quarter neighbors, rental/lease agreements, having a shop not on the 1st floor, not being able to use the carport or garage of a rental for a shop space, setting up shop in your actual living space, eating kfc something i normally never do but thought it sounded good and now im just wishing i didnt... oh and corporate greed of a Property Management Company. i think il have to start another thread about that to see what others have done, problem solve, so on
    I had to reboot my brain in the hospital for the past couple weeks. Got some new meds and have committed to staying out of a bottle. It's been a rough few weeks. My life has changed dramatically... I'm hopeful for the better.
  • 15 Mar 2017 7:00 PM
    Reply # 4669119 on 4367249

    Shawn, I just received an email from you that we will both be in Rob's class starting April 10--incredibly exciting times, eh? As you mentioned above, there are times that I'm worried about not keeping up. The meds for PTSD seem to dull my ability to remember things, but not taking them is not a reasonable option. Seeing Rob's videos lets me know that he is a patient and detail-oriented teacher. I used to be proud of cutting within 1/64 inch on my table saw, but after this coming class the 1/64 inch will seem like a gap in a cobblestone street! Always something to learn. See you soon!

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