In an effort, to create a more perfect woodworker, I have decided to step back from building “fine” furniture. To concentrate on the basic mechanics and “Fun” Sh-way! of learning how to “think” as a woodworker. In the last week or so I was hit by a thought (and it hurt!). Regarding how to document and share my interest. Going forward, I hope to post 1 blog maybe 2 a week, depending on the size of the project. So what kind of direction will this blog take? hopefully the fun road!
The scope of the blog will take you as the reader along with me as I try to learn and master a certain task be it sharpening a dull saw or chisel to dealing with the frustrations I have as a newbie woodophile, to far away topics of jest and humor about watching You Tube channels where the host makes a wooden tool with a garage investment equal to the GDP of some small countries. When “his/her” grandfather would have picked a stick and “whittled” said “tool”.
With that being said I want to return to a “hand tooled” era of woodworking. What? you say, there is this thang called E-lec-tree-city and indoor plumbing. I know, I know but from my point of view, My grandfather did carpentry with his bare hands, why can’t I? Plus I move around ALOT so a tool chest, saw benches, and work bench are all I WANT to carry around. And there is a personal satisfaction to “making” a table or other wood artifact by hand that you just don’t get with power tools. AND, I don’t have many tools! Sure wish I had a hand plane, that is the essential piece of steel missing my meager collection of tools.
Since last week I have worked on learning how to saw a straight line either as a rip cut or cross cut, as easy as this sound and having spent most my adult life in the Food Industry you would think I would know how to use a KNIFE! Sadly, nutin’ but FAIL. However practice and study of my technique revealed that in my saw stroke I was rolling my elbow and wrist inward causing a left to right drift and a sloping cut down to the right corner. Not to mention the hand cramps from trying to crush the handle like a walnut. Resolution, sharpening the saw made a ginormous improvement in drift. Also relaxing the grip allows the saw to track and do the work. Yes, YOU push the saw but pushing the saw harder does not make the saw work harder.
As my final exam this week I made a marking gauge, does work? yes, but it is far from perfect but as my first one not to shabby. It is made from pine (as this is the my only lumber at the moment) and the beam is to soft to hold any “screw” with out damaging it. So until next week!
TO BE A WOODWORKER, you must bleed like a woodworker. Take it one splinter at a time and plane on!