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  • 25 May 2018 11:38 AM
    Message # 6261284

    Good morning, I'm new to Rob's Wounded Warrior program and am still new to woodworking.  I haven't done much hand woodworking and only started getting interested in woodworking about a year ago.  I am an OEF/OIF Marine veteran who deployed twice to Fallujah, Iraq with 3/5 in 2004 and again in 2005.  Thus far I've looked at a couple of projects that Rob has made and am excited to give them a shot.  As a new woodworker, I have yet to purchase many hand tools besides a basic saw and hammer so I was wondering if anyone could recommend a place to find decent quality hand tools for a fair price?  If there are any hand tool retailers that offer military/veteran discounts, I'd appreciate that recommendation as well.  I know Rob uses Woodriver hand planes and that Woodcraft sells a set of 3 hand planes for about $400 which still might be a little steep.  I don't frequent rummage sales or flea markets much at all but that's really the only other recommendation I've received.  I'm a first generation woodworker and none of my other friends partake in the hobby so the majority of my networking/learning/researching is almost entirely online or by watching videos.  It's good to have another resource.  Thank's for the great opportunity Rob and hopefully, I'll get to know some familiar names in this forum.    

  • 26 May 2018 11:21 AM
    Reply # 6264209 on 6261284
    Farm auctions, woodshop closing auctions, estate sales, and craigslist can really stretch your dollar. Ebay too but those guys usually know what they have so there aren't as many deals.
  • 31 May 2018 9:23 AM
    Reply # 6275141 on 6261284

    Another resource is woodworking forums.  Woodnet is particularly good. Look at their swap n sell section.  Generally those tools are either gently used or rehabbed by guys who know what they are doing.  I buy tools at auction and yard sales, then fix them up to use.  I don't necessarily pay attention to historic rennovation of the tool which I am sure lowers its collectors value, unless I stumble on something really special (I haven't as yet).  Do a little research on the sold/completed auctions on Ebay.  This will give you an idea of what people are willing to pay for a tool.  This way you can be educated on what a tool should cost.  By learning how to rennovate a tool you will learn a great deal about how the tool is designed to work, and how to adjust and maintain it.  Speaking of maintenance yard sales can also be a good place to pick up water/oil stones on the cheap.  In the mean time go get a piece of scrap plate glass or granite counter top and sandpaper of grits from 100 through 1500.  Then work on learning how to sharpen.  The tools must be sharp to be SAFE and effective.  Also get a pack of 100 safety razor blades and use these to scrape rust off of saw plates.  Once you get the rust off then you can sand from 150 - 400 or 600.  Try not to sand off the etch that should show up on the left side of the saw plate.  Learn how to sharpen your saws.  Start with a junk rip saw, using a homemade saw vise.  Saw sharpening is a lot easier than you think!   Then use the tool, practice with it, don't worry initially on making some world class heirloom thingy.  You will be your own apprentice and shouldn't be in too great a hurry to become a journeyman.  Get yourself some well seasoned hardwood firewood.  Split out or rip the wood down to something fairly rectangular, then use the techniques Rob goes through to process than down to 4 or 6 square.  During this process you will learn how to saw, plane, and most importantly sharpen.  When you are done the shavings make the best fire starter, just a couple handfuls of shavings and one match is all you will need.

  • 12 Aug 2018 3:21 PM
    Reply # 6524540 on 6261284

    Look at the tools Rob Cosman has here on his site. He has a recommended tool list and has great videos with recommendations.

  • 23 Oct 2018 6:06 AM
    Reply # 6868790 on 6261284


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