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Gareth Hamilton28/04/2014 23:02:31
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Hi everyone. I am pretty new to woodworking (Nov 2013) and currently completing a Level 2 course in Bench Joinery part time at my local college to get me a few basic skills and on the path towards a career in woodworking. I have a fondness of hand made craft and completed my first project with using only the tools you can see on the workbench in the image. I hope this is posted in the right place and hope you all like!

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Julian29/04/2014 10:06:59
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Hi Gareth -- Thanks for posting the picture, a very good first attempt. You will always remember your first project especially one that has had a lot of time taken over it to get the details right. I must admire you though for being allowed to set up a workshop in your living room and not a shaving in sight devil --- Julian

Gareth Hamilton29/04/2014 11:51:38
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The living room workshop is a very temporary measure - and it means I am forever brushing up. There are a lot of shavings but they currently reside in plastic bags. I have the best wife, really supportive and keen to learn bits and pieces too...

Ron Davis29/04/2014 19:43:43
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Nice stool Gareth, and not a power tool in sight! But even with a supportive wife I suspect a band saw or a planer would be a bit too much.

welcome to the forum and keep sending in pictures as you complete your next project

Ron

Derek Lane29/04/2014 21:59:29
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Great job Gareth nice clean lines and a great piece to practice what you have learnt.

Look forward to some more of your work

Bryan Britt02/05/2014 14:09:27
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Hi Gareth -- Thanks for this picture. It's very great woodworking. Great job.

Edited By Steven on 02/05/2014 16:40:02

Big Al02/05/2014 16:18:20
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If you want to advertise your web site then contact the owners of this forum and pay for it!

Steven02/05/2014 16:41:31
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Thanks Al and well said, the link has been removed and the member has been contacted to explain the reason for this.

Gareth Hamilton11/05/2014 00:46:03
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Just a confirmation - the website remark wasn't meant for me... *phew* (I don't even have a website).

Great feedback from everyone - I am loving woodwork, coming from many years working behind a computer this has to be the most daring (taking a huge decrease in wage) decision I have ever made and also one of the best!

Ron, I am trying to stay away from power tools for the foreseeable future with perhaps the naive view on being able to make everything with hand tools - I understand this will slow the process but I'm okay with that for now. *that might change.

I also made a little beard comb from a piece of scrap as I started growing a beard when I started the bench joinery course. comb1.jpg

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Big Al11/05/2014 09:14:45
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Hi Gareth,

Looks like a good start in working with wood, certainly better than the thing's that I first made some 30 years ago at school.

I look forward to looking at your future projects.

Al

Ron Davis11/05/2014 18:04:30
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I have seen it all now! A beard comb and spicy beard oil. Now that will attract the dust

Ron

Derek Lane12/05/2014 18:09:50
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It's things like this that just make it pure fun as a hobby or even as a business

steve h02/06/2014 22:49:35
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Very nice first piece, much better than mine, as i recall, still cannot believe you get away with doing it in the lounge!!!!

Steve

Michael Forster 222/06/2014 23:57:08
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I'm enormously impressed by this - and great that you're concentrating on hand skills. I guess most of us use machines/power-tools for something these days but you're setting a good discipline especially in the introductory phase. Confidence with basic hand-skills really makes woodworking so much more enjoyable - and of course there are times when setting up the machine or jig takes longer than cutting an isolated joint by hand - so the skills will always be useful. it's also hugely satisfying. I love the quality of the work - there must be many more seasoned woodworkers looking at it with admiration - and the cleanliness of the bench and area is simply unbelievable! All in all a fantastic post - thank you.

Gareth Hamilton23/06/2014 00:11:04
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Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I am really keen on improving my hand tool skills for two dominant reasons, the first being that I have a great respect for the craft and put a lot of significance in developing the traditional skills that will one day hopefully be the difference between a potential client choosing something I have created over something mass produced.

My second reason is possibly a more practical one in that I currently have my workbench in the living room, behind the sofa, so I don't have room for any machinery and even if I did, I think the waste generated would be too much for me to manage with my little dust pan and brush!

One day when I have a proper workshop I will no doubt have machinery in it but financially that is still a long way away and gives me added incentive to develop really great skills with hand tools to enable me to produce purchase worthy products!

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