This journal describes my progress in woodworking with hand tools. Initially, I thought it would be helpful to chronicle stuff so that I can look up things that I forget. I also had a few friends who would occasionally read this thing when they were bored out of their skulls, and some family who read it when they wanted to make sure that I wasn’t selling crack on the streets or something.
When I first started at the end of 2006, I had read a lot of books, but had practically no experience. Therefore, not everything I’ve written here has been ridiculously well-informed. You have to start somewhere, though, and I’ve certainly learned a lot from others who have written about their own experiences in what works and what does not work.
I have put in a few editor’s notes in posts where I may have done things differently had I known better. For example, the way I tune planes has changed. However, they are just notes; I don’t change text in posts unless there’s a typographical error or something silly like that.
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