Beginner tips

  • 06 Aug 2017 3:28 PM
    Message # 5015440

    Hey all,

    I'm a 100% disabled from USMC Infantry and USANG. I'm discovering woodworking and love it currently the only hand tools I have are basic claw hammers and one plane (that I don't know how to use lol). Mostly I use my fathers power tools. If anyone has tips on what tools I should use or projects that I won't hurt myself attempting. I just tried to use a jointer for the first time and smashed/cut off the tip of my finger. I can't wait to earn from and get to know you all.

    Semper Fi,


  • 06 Aug 2017 11:22 PM
    Reply # 5015787 on 5015440

    I am still a beginner myself so i probably don't have any useful tips on how to not hurt yourself,  haha....   but i can tell you i have really enjoyed watching some of Robs hand tool workshops,  and there seems to be some great projects in there to choose from.

  • 07 Aug 2017 9:34 AM
    Reply # 5016391 on 5015440

    If you were useing hand tools that wouldnt of happened . Have you filled out an application to attend Rob's workshop? That will be key for you. But other than that, watch some videos, find a simple project you want to try, then get the tools you need as you go. Once you find something that pulls you, then go that direction, and gather tools along the way.  For the handplane that you have, watch some videos on tuning that up and get it working well. Start off with a 1/2 inch chisel and get that super sharp. Just get the tools as you need them. Tnats how most of us started off. The trick is, dont get junk tools. Get one good quality tool at a time as you need it. We cant aford to buy the same tool twice. I hope this helped.

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