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    Great weekend

    I spent most of Saturday cleaning the shop. Found some things I had been missing, made a gavel for a friend, cooked a nice lunch.

    Sunday I taught introduction to hand tool woodworking to a nice lady that I met at Stokes Stomp two years ago.

    She has a skill saw and not much else but really wants to learn, she watches This Old House, New Yankee Workshop and anything else she can find on TV about building and making things.

    We started with saws, rip, crosscut, miter, dovetail. She ripped a pine board and practiced cutting 1/4 inch slices off the end with the crosscut. The she asked how would you make that smooth so you could glue it together.

    So, we looked at all the planes, sharpened one ot two, planed the two pieces she had cut and glued them back together.

    Then we talked about joinery, M&T, dovetail, box joints, mitered corners. She wanted to try a dovetail so we laid out a dovetail corner and she cut most of the cuts. I corrected a couple. Then chiseled the waste and touched up a couple of cuts. Tapped it together and she was grinning and laughing at her accomplishment.

    She left with her homework, to practice cutting, buy some handsaws at Klingspor, and to get ready for more classes soon.

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    Re: Great weekend

    Good for you! I'm sure she was elated with her own progress. Thanks for posting.
    Every day brings a new adventure -- it is great to be retired!

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    Re: Great weekend

    she should be proud. That is a great looking joint.

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    Re: Great weekend

    Within a day you have brought her well past my hand tool skills! I hope she recognizes the expert instruction she received.

    Well done Mike.
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    You are the spirit of NCWW at work Mike! Great looking first time dovetails, so that makes 2 very proud woodworkers!
    Experience is a hard teacher; she gives the test first, and the lesson later.

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    Re: Great weekend

    EXACTLY what Henry said!
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    Re: Great weekend

    Great job on her part and yours. I hope she comes back for more.
    Nothing beats a try but a failure, failure is an opportunity to learn.
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    Staring the fire under a new woodworker.
    The thing that holds up all my woodworking is simply getting started.

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    Re: Great weekend

    Mike - is she a member of NCWW yet?
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