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    If you like guitars at all, you should visit...

    If you like guitars at all, you should visit George Lowden's workshop.
    He's highly regarded in the guitar building community, and very different from the usual Martin/Gibson style builder.
    ...
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    I'd recommend starting with the Woodgears simple...

    I'd recommend starting with the Woodgears simple workbench.
    https://woodgears.ca/workbench/build.html
    Enjoy it a bit, and later make a better bench.

    For workholding, you can drill dog holes and...
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    Lovely work

    Lovely work
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    It makes really great guitars! Structurally,...

    It makes really great guitars! Structurally, it's an excellent replacement for Brazilian rosewood.

    Got any left? I'm in Alameda.
  5. Much respect to everyone here. My mentor just...

    Much respect to everyone here.

    My mentor just turned 71 three weeks ago.
    He runs circles around me....works about 14 hours a day (out of choice, could have retired decades ago).
    On weekends,...
  6. There's drills you can practice to help with...

    There's drills you can practice to help with that.
    I recommend practicing extremely slowly on your form, aim for smoothness.
    Also for other motions, having a proprioceptive anchor (touching...
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    Hey John, Do you have a channel on Chinese...

    Hey John,

    Do you have a channel on Chinese woodworking on youtube? John Zhu?
    I'm a huge fan.

    I've been following the links you posted for years.

    What draws me to chinese woodworking is:...
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    any good info on Chinese woodworking?

    Recently, I've found some interesting stuff on youtube.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKBaqYskb68

    It makes me want to get off my duff, and make stuff.
    With my fancy japanese saws, top shelf...
  9. Hey Stu, I've you're out there, PM me your...

    Hey Stu,

    I've you're out there, PM me your address.
    I'll send you something nice.

    -Matt
  10. Big belated thank you to Stu from toolsfromjapan

    Dear Creekers,

    I'm sure that you're aware that Stu closed ToolsFromJapan after his mom's passing.
    Also, a number of us have bought (quite excellent) tools and stones from him over the years.
    ...
  11. 35 here. Not a very good woodworker, but I think...

    35 here. Not a very good woodworker, but I think I'll get better with age.

    I think patience and maturity are things not to be undervalued.
  12. Anyone thickness with a ROS? Mirka Deros and Ukuleles

    Hi everyone,

    I don't have a wide belt sander, but I do have a Mirka Deros.
    I have to remove about 1 mm from some Koa for ukuleles.

    Has anyone used a random orbital sander to thickness thin...
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    hey Brian, I pictured you using an ink line and...

    hey Brian, I pictured you using an ink line and Japanese saw?
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    Comfort is subjective. Best---you might want...

    Comfort is subjective.

    Best---you might want to visit an audiologist to get a custom ear plug/noise protector.
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    Mirka Deros with Festool dust collector

    Mirka Deros with Festool dust collector
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    Get a better drill

    Get a better drill
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    Mirka Deros. One of the few tools I think...

    Mirka Deros.

    One of the few tools I think superior to festool
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    Note: If you ever want to upgrade...try getting...

    Note: If you ever want to upgrade...try getting an NSK micromotor.
    Sometimes, you can buy them cheap on ebay when dental students are graduating.
  19. Sycamore Fig- lumber any good for spoons?

    Hey Creekers,

    I had a sycamore fig cut down a year back, and the stump grew lots of new shoots.

    I'm thinking of cutting down the stump, and splitting it for spoon billets.
    Any comments on...
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    Actually, the saws and planes are Chinese style....

    Actually, the saws and planes are Chinese style.

    This Chinese style influenced the Japanese around the time of the Tang dynasty (I think?)
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    Wooden toy boat video- neander style

    I've been looking into buying a jointer for a while, and then I see this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghv6zsCYevg

    Ironically, one of my chisels is probably worth more than all his tools...
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    Thanks, Pete. I guess it's been a loooooong...

    Thanks, Pete. I guess it's been a loooooong while since I've been on Sawmill Creek.
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    Also, just to add that Stan doesn't really make...

    Also, just to add that Stan doesn't really make money off this stuff.

    He started doing this years ago to help the older/unknown blacksmiths be able to eat.
    These blacksmiths often struggle to get...
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    I'm not sure how to see the image, but look...

    I'm not sure how to see the image, but look forward to it?
  25. I think it'd make a very tasteful desk or dining...

    I think it'd make a very tasteful desk or dining table....and far nicer than anything ikea.
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