Woodworking Skillz Thread

What skills to learn, what tools to get
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Post by fiby41 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:16 am

As suggested by skintstudent on vexed's journal so that we dont derail that.

AFAIK other that the people in that thread, ffj also does woodworking. Anyone else who is also interested and would like to come out of the 'woodwork'?

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Post by skintstudent » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:24 am

A couple of old threads that may be of interest to get it started.

http://www.forum.earlyretirementextreme ... king+tools
http://www.forum.earlyretirementextreme ... king+tools

There are several other woodworking related posts, but these were the two most interesting to me. A few good links are contained in them.

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Post by ffj » Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:35 am

Happy to contribute.

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Post by vexed87 » Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:56 pm

Not sure which direction this thread is going in particular, but I was looking into building a bookcase with nothing but hand tools, I'm limited to chisels, a jack plane, assorted saws and a few clamps. I was thinking about how to create a dado joint without a specialised router and came across this technique which I thought was worth sharing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_2a_FwjAgk

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Post by zarathustra » Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:31 am

interested.

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Post by jacob » Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:12 am

Minimal tool kit for greenwood and framing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANYc3kdGKjU

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Post by oh_wrd » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:58 am

vexed87 wrote:Not sure which direction this thread is going in particular, but I was looking into building a bookcase with nothing but hand tools, I'm limited to chisels, a jack plane, assorted saws and a few clamps. I was thinking about how to create a dado joint without a specialised router and came across this technique which I thought was worth sharing!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_2a_FwjAgk
I didn't watch to the end, but i got the impression he somehow secured the chisel at the appropriate depth in a block of wood. That is okay, but you can do dados much quicker by clamping two strips of wood at depth on either side of a dovetail/miterbox saw. Then use this to make a completely flat cut on both sides of your dado, and use a chisel as normal to hew out the inside. For typical support dados you can be done with several of them in the time it would have taken to try to get the chisel in the wood, and you don't have to fiddle with pulling a chisel in and out of some contraption every time you need to touch up the edge of the blade. As a bonus, you'll be improving free chisel skills in an area that will end up being covered up by the shelf. YMMV, but that is just my personal thoughts and preference on how to do dados easiest. Everybody has their own ways to do things though. Cheers~

edit, I should mention that your opportunity to mess up using what i describe is if you allow your clamped wood on the saw to slip, you could end up with a cut that is too deep. So make sure you clamp good and keep an eye on that! (n

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Post by vexed87 » Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:47 am

I think the point in the poor man's dado was to get a really smooth finish of the jointing surface, this is harder to achieve free hand (especially for novices) although as you rightly point out you could achieve perfectly adequate join freehand with enough practice. You would still need to use a back saw to cut the dado, the hack is purely to finish the surface for glueing.

I think it would pay off if you were doing more than two dado joints, like on my bookshelf project with 6 separate dados.

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Post by arrrrgon » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:20 am

http://i.imgur.com/WBC0m3U.jpg

That's my latest project. I still need to clean up the paint bleeding through that worthless painter's tape, and add in the inner square of trim just inside the front.

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Post by oh_wrd » Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:03 am

vexed87 wrote:. You would still need to use a back saw to cut the dado, the hack is purely to finish the surface for glueing.
Oh, I see. Yes I agree that would be worth the time if you are looking to finish with a very smooth and flat groove. I actually have a couple of flat ground chisels that I push across across the groove looking for high spots. I'm definitely not much of a perfectionist with dados though. Maybe I give the gap-filling of my glue too much credit. :)

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Post by black_son_of_gray » Fri May 12, 2017 10:18 pm

Really appreciate this guy's pragmatism and appreciation for using what he has. Very EREsque and inspiring!
Hank Gilpin:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTwwavQGHZc

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