It is Friday of Get Woodworking Week but the posts are still coming on strong. On Tom’s Workbench Tom Iovino offers his link of the week. This week it it to New Yankee Online where you can purchase DVD and plans made by Norm Abram of The New Yankee Workshop.
Link of the week
His show is no longer in production. But, if you ask woodworkers who entered craft from the late 1980s through the late 2000s, you will find a surprising number of them got into woodworking because of Norm Abram and the New Yankee Workshop.
Norm has always been a favorite of mine, I still watch videos from time to time.
Tom posted links to a number of articles today, see his site for the links. I wanted to share a site that I found that was not on his list. Ross Henton of The Garage Workshop posted about a tool we all have, the hammer.
Blunt Instruments: Get Woodworking Week
If you look around the internet, you’ll see an enormous amount written about the craft of woodworking, and the one topic discussed more than any other seems to be the Arts and Mysteries of sharpening. Oilstones, waterstones, strops, grinders, sandpaper, bevel angles, back bevels, no back bevels, square edges, cambered edges, rounded backs… the sheer number of options is overwhelming. I’m going to stay off that particular subject (too late, I know). I’m going to talk about tools to beat on other tools.
So let’s talk about the lowly hammer. Not always something you think of as a primary woodworking tool, but they’ve come a ways since a piece of rock tied to a stick.
Fine Woodworking has released the schedule where and when their contributing woodworkers will be attending events or teaching classes. There are numerous appearances scheduled throughout the US and Canada with several in Germany as well.
Fine Woodworking On the Road: Come out and see us
Find out where Fine Woodworking frequent contributors (like Christian Becksvoort seen here) are teaching or attending events
It’s Thursday of Get Woodworking Week and here is our update of today’s action. Today on Toms Workbench Tom Iovino talks about the fear of making mistakes and how it is one of the biggest reasons people do not try the craft.
Get Woodworking Week: Thursday
Believe me, when it comes to making mistakes, I’m the poster child. If there is a mistake I have not yet made in a woodworking project, stay tuned. I’m bound to do it at least once during my time writing the blog.
Tom first link that he list of get woodworking sites for today in The Joiner’s Apprentice, Rob Campbell.
This is a post about getting rough lumber ready using hand tools. He discusses the various steps in detail from taking a board which was band sawed from timber, cutting it into manageable pieces, then working them with several planes until the boards were flat and parallel.
Preparing Rough Stock for a Project
With all that out of the way, what I set out to do was take a board right from the tree (well, right off of a gasoline-powered “portable” sawmill) and onto the workbench. In reality, most beginners will buy boards ready-to-go from a lumberyard, but I think its useful to see what would happen, even if you don’t do it yourself. Note that this is akin to an artist making their own paper and/or paint (as they did, once upon a time), so don’t feel bad if you don’t do this or don’t want to. My goal is merely to show what the machines are doing for you, and more than that, show that IF you wanted to, its not that hard and you can actually do a better job than a machine. The secret ingredient…
Up next is Matt Vanderlist of mattsbasementworkshop.com. Matt runs the blog as well as hosting and producing Matt’s Basement Workshop podcast and The Spoken Wood podcast.
Matt talks about the fact that you don’t need to have best and most expensive tools to get the job done. He also is advising new woodworkers get involved with a guild or club, take some courses and in general search around as there is lots to be found online.
Get woodworking week 2012
There’s a lot of misconceptions about what it takes to build a project, just about all of them center around tools. The fact is, you DON’T need every tool ever made to make your first project. Some of the most reknown woodworkers I know have started their professional careers with only a couple of tools.
Even today, these same woodworkers will talk about the fact there’s tools we assume you HAVE TO HAVE, that they wish they had in their current shops. Woodworking has nothing to do with…
Be sure an spend some time checking out all of the posts and podcasts on Matt’s site, lots of valuable information there.
Tom’s last links today is to Nikolaus “Nik” Brown of the Digital Woodworker whom we visited with in another posting earlier this week.
In today’s article Nik continues on with the Japanese theme and is building a Japanese workbench. He talks selecting the wood, breaking down the pieces, laying out the joinery, then cutting and finishing that joinery.
Getting started in woodworking: Building a Japanese Workbench
Most japanese woodworkers, from what I can tell, just put a big hunk of wood on the floor and sit cross legged. Most westerners (including me) don’t like sitting on the floor much though.
But when Japanese do work standing up, I found a number of different sawhorse styles. During my research I found a old plan by Jay van Arsdale published in American Woodworker Jan-Feb 1990. These sawhorse seems to fit my desires almost perfectly and they are all built using japanese compression joints, wedges…
Get woodworking week is in full swing and the sites posting about it are growing by the day!
Today on tomsworkbench.com Tom Iovino talks about the quest for woodworking information and how it has changed with the vastness of the internet. The internet has had a huge impact on how we get information and communicate with other aspiring woodworkers. As Tom discusses back when our fathers wanted to find woodworking information they went to the library. How many of your go to the library today to find what you need? I know I rarely do, the last time I was in the library it was because the power was out from our October “blizzard” and I wanted to get online with their wifi (it was down because they were on generator).
The Most Powerful Tool In Your Shop
It’s stunning to see how much the Internet has changed things since I first got into the craft back in 1999. Yes, there was an internet back then, and yes, there was information about woodworking on it. Compared to today, why, it was just a drop in the bucket.
If my dad had access to the internet today, he could not only found out about how to make raised panel doors, he could have also learned how to build a TV cabinet, stud a wall or lay carpet- all tasks we tackled in the basement remodel at our house.
As I said the number of get woodworking week links Tom is posting are growing everyday. At the time of this writing he had posted twelve. I think instead of covering those since you can get them from his post, I will highlight some others that I have found searching around today.
The first site I have for you is Logan Cabinet Shoppe which is run by Bob Rozaieski. Bob put up a great video that goes into great depth about choosing a saw.
Quick Tip #12: Choosing Saws (Get Woodworking Week 2012)
For my first post for Get Woodworking Week 2012, I want to talk about saws. If you are going to do a lot of your work by hand, then you are going to need a couple of good saws to get started. The most important thing about the saws is that they must be sharp (and sharpened properly). Dull saws probably account for 95% of the frustration that many new hand tool enthusiasts experience with hand sawing.
As Bob said, he will be posting more videos this week, be sure and check back again. If you would like more information about saws and other hand tools take a look at Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings by Aldren Watson, a great read!
The next post I came across is by Andy Margeson of Oregon Woodworker. Andy talks about the barriers or beginning woodworkers to get into the craft as well as the need learn basic skills.
Get woodworking week
Sharpening is a gateway skill without which you cannot enjoy woodworking and cannot do good work. I personally wasted a great deal of time, money and effort trying to sharpen effectively when I began. Expert discussion is often not helpful because techniques appropriate for experts can be extremely frustrating for beginners and opinion is sharply divided among many alternatives. I think the place to begin is learning how to sharpen a chisel so that it is very sharp. I’d argue that most other sharpening is an extension in some way. The method needs to minimize the time, money and skill required. We want early success.
Andy points out some good tips along the way and even offers an opinion that may cause some to disagree with him.
Next stop on my Get Woodworking Week post for today is with Dyami Plotke at the The Penultimate Woodshop. Dyami posted about how he got his friend Pete interested in woodworking by creating a project together. While the project was a simple one, the lasting affect of that day will be felt for years.
Peter Get Woodworking
On one hand, like most non-woodworkers, he’d never stopped to consider the steps involved in making something from wood, even something this simple. When we reviewed how using a simple ⅛” round-over bit in a trim router to address the edges would make the whole shelf much warmer and touch friendly, it was a eureka moment. Pete instantly understood why it was so beneficial to the project yet without this brief woodworking class it would never have occurred to him.
As you have read, it does not take a complex project to plant that woodworking seed. See if you can do the same this week.
For my last Get Woodworking Week article today I have chosen one from Eric Bushèe at BreenBushDesign. Eric’s article is about what you do not need to get started in woodworking.
You Don’t Need All That
I am usually not presumptuous enough (that’s a euphemism for arrogant) to suggest a list of tools someone else needs to have. It’s a natural question for a beginning woodworker. You see it from aspiring woodworkers in classes, workshops, and especially on woodworking forums on the web. The answer most often given is, “well, it depends on the work you are going to do”. If you are the one asking the question, you hate hearing that…
…With this being Get Woodworking Week, there will likely be a lot of bloggers out there with tool recommendations. I’ll take a different tack here, and instead (arrogantly) suggest what you don’t need. Or more specifically, recommend the tools you don’t initially need…
I tend to agree with Eric that you do not need all those big expensive power tools when you first get started. Find out what you like doing first then tailor your tool purchases to those types of projects.
That’s it for today, I will be back with more Get Woodworking Week action tomorrow. If you would like to get more woodworking news, videos and other information be sure and sign up for our aspiring woodworker weekly newsletter.
Its the third day of Get Woodworking Week and we will start off with Tom Iovino’s daily post. Today he talks about generating excitement for the cause and spreading the work.
He also posted a couple of videos from when he spoke about woodworking to his sons classes.
Get Woodworking Week: Tuesday
OK, everyone, it’s day THREE of Get Woodworking Week, and the posts keep coming in! I think we’re starting to generate a little bit of excitement out there. Now, remember, Get Woodworking Week works when we spread the word…
Tom’s links that he had posted at the time of this writing included the following.
Nikolaus “Nik” Brown of the Digital Woodworker posted about selecting tools with a Japanese flair and described some of the various tools and where to purchase them
Getting started in woodworking: Tool selection with a Japanese flair.
Anyone that takes a look at Japanese joinery will instantly be stuck by the complexity and precision of each joint. The secret to this joinery (other can skill and time)? A tool designed for precision joinery. By pulling the saw to cut the wood, vs pushing it, it allows the saw to be MUCH thinner and this allows the woodworker to be much more precise no matter what kind of joinery they are cutting.
The saw I started with is this one: Irwin Double Edge Pull Saw and it or this one: Shark Corp 10-2440 Fine Cut Saw can be found at most big box hardware stores. If your only option is a local store you can pick one of these up and get to work.
In addition to the pull saw such as the one pictured to the right, he discussed chisels, planes as well as other tools that the beginning woodworker would need to get started.
In a later post this week he is going to show how to build a set of sawhorses using Japanese joinery techniques.
Up next Stuart Lees of Stu’s Shed, he is a woodworker from Melbourne, Australia, I have always enjoyed his videos.
Stuart’s Get Woodworking Week post talks about the different tools he has had and how the colors in his shop have changed to reflect those tools manufacturers.
Colour my (shed) world
Even from early shed days, there was an interesting trend in the colour schemes in the shed, that paralleled where I was at in terms of equipment, and woodworking in general…
…Get a shed, or workspace that is dedicated (if at all possible), some basic tools, and take your time to build from there. A jigsaw (the puzzle, not the tool!) is completed one piece at a time, each is contemplated, assessed and placed before moving onto the next. Treat your tool acquisition in the same way.
These days, now I’ve had a sentence or two to think about it, I’d probably say, start 2nd hand. Acquire, contemplate, assess, place, use, then as your workshop grows you can then look at moving items on and scaling up the collection to bigger, better, perhaps newer…
As aspiring woodworkers we all have to make decisions as that will affect the tools and equipment we purchase, Stuart gives some great information and tips for beginners to think about.
Craig Bentzley of woodshopdemos.com is up next on Tom’s list of Get Woodworking Week links.
His post discusses “analysis paralysis” or the need to over think and plan your actions. This can become such an issue that the job at hand never gets completed or even started.
…thirty years ago when I met a young fellow who was more of a motor head than a woodworker but he had the fire in his belly. He proudly displayed his first attempt at a dovetailed box and I was duly impressed. The dovetails were clean, tight, and well executed. When I asked him what kind of saw he used, he told me very matter-of-factly – a hacksaw. I was blown away but I made a fatal mistake. I told him that hacksaws were for metalworking, not woodworking. Once that seed was planted in his head, he never again achieved the level of precision that he did on his first project.
All woodworkers probably go thru this at some point and the problem goes beyond the craft into everyday tasks.
The next site is Mike Siemsen’s School of Woodworking who’s school is located just north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. Mike’s article talks about how you can get started woodworking with a minimal amount of tools and some basic lumber and hardware. He does a great job of describing and teaching the reader how to build a sawhorse.
There’s a Hole In The Bucket! Getting Started in Woodworking With Hand Tools
…We will build up our tool kit and skills as we build a pair of sawhorses. In later posts we will build a Nicholson style workbench and a tool box as we add to our skills and tools. With that old song playing in the background we will help you get past the excuses and into woodworking.
I don’t have any tools, Dear Liza… Well get some! Dear Henry
No way around it, whether you choose to buy new tools, vintage tools refurbished by someone else, or vintage tools you fix up yourself, you will have to get some tools. This project has been designed to get you started with a minimum of tools. You will need to get a…
This is a fun and informative post which will teach you how to build a sawhorse that will give you years of service.
Now on to The Wood Whisperer, Marc Spagnuolo. Marc made a video post showing the steps to install a drawer knob. It may sound like a simple task but he has some great tips to make things work out nicely.
How to Install a Drawer Knob
In honor of Get Woodworking Week, I decided to take a moment to cover a very basic concept: installing a drawer knob.
I made two Shaker Tables a couple years ago and unfortunately I never got around to making the knob for the cherry version. My mom lost patience with me and purchased a commercial knob…
While you are there you might want to check out the library of videos he has made as well as the active forum. Marc’s website is a treasure trove of woodworking information for the high tech woodworker.
The next Get Woodworking Week stop is woodwork guy, Morty. He describes the need for and the steps he used making a bookcase in a weekend or so
The One-weekend Bookcase
After years of overloading our five particleboard bookcases with additional reading material, it was time to build some bookcases. I found a great article, The One-weekend Bookcase, by Popular Woodworking’s Christopher Schwarz. I like the height of this case, which allows for great book storage ability.
Following the plan, I made the necessary rip and cross cuts and began assembling the case. As you can see…
I think that the finished bookcase looks great Morty!
The last Get Woodworking Week site that Tom shared today is A Slice of Wood Workshop and Timothy Charles. He talks about how it can sometimes be hard to figure out what to build and the first project he made 10 years ago, which is still being used today.
Get Woodworking Week> What to build?
…Sometimes however if your new you can sit out there in the shop cleaning up a tool or vacuuming a floor simply wondering “What should I build?”. That is usually the hard part.
…A few other easy to build projects are things such as bread boards, wine bottle holders, signs, shelves, picture frames…. the list goes on…
He made some good points and has some great ideas for aspiring woodworkers.
If you are looking for project ideas here is a book with 150 easy projects, the beginning woodworker will sure find something fun to build.
That is if for Tom’s links for today however I found this post that Bob Easton added to his blog with a tip for new woodworkers that I found very interesting. He suggests that all aspiring woodworkers keep two things in their shop. The first one was obvious to me but I has surprised to hear the second. Seems a little strange, but will have to give it a sprinkle the next time I am in need.
Get Woodworking – Tip for New Woodworkers
Here’s a quick tip: keep these two simple things in your shop. Yep, Band-Aids and…
…I do occasionally draw blood while handling the tools … yeah, handling, not using. Typically, it’s just a light swipe or brush of an edge while sharpening or while picking tools up and putting them away. One very good things about surgically sharp tools is that they make very clean cuts which, don’t hurt much, heal very quickly, but sometimes bleed like the dickens. I hate getting blood on my woodworking projects.
Get Woodworking Week has begun and we offer you these updates.
Tom Iovino (get woodworking week founder) made a post about the importance of getting out and joining a woodworking club or guild. These can be great places meet and speak with other woodworkers about the craft and their techniques, equipment and such. As Tom states you can find great inspiration from the meetings.
Get to the guild!
But, there’s nothing like getting some face time with other woodworkers. Someplace where you can find a few other experienced woodworkers and ask them how they got started, where they can get wood for cheap or which tools are the best for the beginning woodworker.
When it comes to finding those folks, there’s just one bit of advice – get thee to a guild. Or a club.. there’s nothing wrong with those either.
In addition Tom posted links to the following sites, here are some of the excerpts.
TexWood of Short Bus Woodworking discusses a series of articles by Popular Woodworking magazine which are geared to the beginner and will help to build your skill-set.
He also talks about the starter tool that he finds invaluable, the pocket-hole jig. These are not your traditional woodworking tools but they can be used to build a lot of projects.
Get Woodworking Week – Pocket Holes?
…In my opinion, the one area that frustrates most beginners is joinery; the “simple” task of fastening one board to another. The pocket-hole joint allows you to join two boards together, simply, quickly, and strongly. Don’t be intimated by naysayers who say the pocket-hole joinery is not “fine woodworking”. You can build many “fine” projects with pocket-holes joinery. Once you have mastered a few projects, your confidence will grow and will start to try other more complicate joints. But trusty pocket-hole jig will always be useful tool in any shop. While, I rarely use the pocket-hole joint any more in my furniture projects, I use them all the time in my shop furniture and shop made jigs…
Next is Vic Hubbard of Tumblewood Creations. Vic talks about woodworking as his creative outlet and how restoring his house really got him inspired. As well as how building a shop in some ways held back his woodworking and how that changed with the slip of a tongue so to speak.
Get Woodworking Week Is Here. Get To It!!
I was well on my way to being one of those guys whose real hobby is the shop, not building furniture. I was comfortable. Yes, I had big dreams to design and build, but I was building a shop, dammit, and it needed to be perfect before I started down that road. The problem was, nothing is ever perfect and if you’re going to do anything, at some point you have to actually start doing it!
Queue a request from a life long friend, who had just found, after trying for quite some time that they had finally got pregnant and in my enthusiastic joy for them, the words coming from my mouth, “I’d love to build you something for the baby.” Oh my god!! What was I thinking!? The shop isn’t done! I’m not ready for this! Take it back! Quick, take it BACK! After the initial shock of what I’d committed to subsided, I thought about it and, hey! I’ve read about it. I’ve studied it for years. I CAN DO THIS!! That statement is key! YOU can do this!! It’s not rocket science. It’s a series of steps toward an end product.
We are now off to France and Sam of Woodworking In Paris blog (his post is in french so I read with the help of Google translate). Sam talks about how happy he is to be able to helping Tom with promoting Get Woodworking Week and to help french speaking people learn the craft.
Here is an excerpt as it was written in french.
La semaine Get Woodworking du 5 au 12 fevrier…
Je tenais donc tout naturellement à m’associer a cette excellente initiative initiée par Tom Iovino sur son blog Tom’s Workbench. J’ai décider d’écrire ce post en français, ce sera l’occasion de toucher un publique francophone qui ne le serai peut être pas par les autres blogs partenaires de l’opération du fait de la barrière de la langue. Découvrir une nouvelle activité peut être suffisamment intimidant pour ne pas en rajouter avec une langue étrangère.
Tom’s next link was to Steve Branam at Close Grain. Steve presents an extensive review of Jim Kingshott’s woodworking DVD’s and books.
Kingshott who passed away in 2002 enjoyed teaching his traditional woodworking methods and does a great job according to Steve. He does a great job of describing the various DVD’s and books.
Review: Jim Kingshott’s DVDs and Books
He was highly skilled, an excellent writer and teacher with a wonderful presence. He clearly loved his work and loved to pass it on. His accent reminds me of Michael Caine. Imagine Caine in his most grandfatherly role, showing how to sharpen a plane or cut a dovetail. You would have loved to have sat on a stool in Kingshott’s shop to watch him work, and in point of fact, that’s what the DVDs are like…
…That’s one reason I like to learn from different people, to get varying perspectives. I figure any method someone has used for decades is worth considering, even if it’s diametrically opposed to someone else’s method. If Kingshott’s books and DVDs were your only resources as a beginner, they would serve you well, with knowledge passed along through generations.
Next up is Ravinheart Renditions blog. He discusses the problem all aspiring woodworkers fight, time. He talks about ways to find more of it by taking advantage of time opportunities instead of trying to schedule time in the shop. Also how he was able to get more done and sharpen his skills at the same time.
Get Woodworking Week – 2012
So, last week I started just walking down stairs to the shop whenever there was time. There are times I would have no more than 5 minutes and times I got a couple hours in the shop. In the course of 5 days I finished up my mini router table base, designed and built a saw till (still working on the drawer), sharpened my chisels, practiced my dovetails, cleaned up and organized the shop, turned two pens, installed a bork splitter in my table saw, and finished up a few projects that have been waiting way too long. Instead of waiting until I had “all the time I need in the shop” just taking the time I can get I did more in one week than I could do in a couple of weekends in a row. Even if I did get the illusive full days in the shop.
Lastly Tom linked to Matt at Uppercut Woodworks. Matt talks about his memories of working with his grandfather in a garage and how he want that for his kids.
His daughter was in the shop with him today and they made a video of a project kit they built together, you can see by following the link below.
Video Post #10: Get Woodworking Week With Red Toolbox Kits
The Kit was $16 and came with everything needed except for the glue. The instructions were clear enough for Hayden to understand, the build was quick enough to keep her attention, and the piece went together well. All the pieces were pre-cut and pre-drilled, and fairly smooth on the surfaces. Clear plastic panels were pre-cut to size and drilled with vent holes. Assembly only required a screwdriver and a bit of glue. My only negative feedback with the kit is that the screws were low quality, with one being entirely unusable. Beginners should open the kit while they’re still in Woodcraft, and pick up any supplies they need. The Kit was unfortunately built in China.
Get Woodworking Week is coming next week. Tom Iovino of tomsworkbench.com came up with the idea of getting people into woodworking as a hobby. From February 5 – 12 numerous woodworking bloggers are going to be covering subjects and techniques that will help the beginning woodworker get started.
Tom will be keeping a list of these posts at his site as well as adding sites that he find that will be useful to novice woodworkers. He is asking that all woodworkers bring someone new into the craft.
The most important part of Get Woodworking Week is that each of you reading this takes the time to get out of your comfort zone and invite someone new into the craft. It could be a child, niece or nephew, a neighbor who has always admired your work – and talk to them about what you do. If we can expose woodworking as a hobby that is interesting, fun and educational – that challenges both the left and right sides of your brain – AND can leave you with an attractive, useful project at the end, well, we’re on our way to ensuring that woodworking will be alive and well for years to come.
Tom already has begun his Get Woodworking Week listings of sites that will be helpful to aspiring woodworkers everywhere. Be sure and check his site Tom’s Workbench if you are interested in getting into the wonderful craft of woodworking.
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