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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-26-2016, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone recall a website that has projects that can be done quickly with few tools? My time and tools are very limited (no table saw, no band saw, no jointer, no planer), but I want to keep making sawdust little by little so that my skills will continue to improve, albeit slowly.
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Dan’s Shop (several hand tool projects described)
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“Furniture Making Plain And Simple” by Aldren Watson: (Detailed hand tool-only project plans)
http://www.amazon.ca/Furniture-Makin...5811570&sr=8-2

Kerry’s hand tool-only Jewelry box:
Hand Tool Project - Jewelry Box - by Kerry @ LumberJocks.com ~ woodworking community

Recreation of a viking tool chest:
Wild Rose Woodcraft: The Mastermyr Chest - first hand tool project

“Boxes and Chests” by Alan And Gill Bridgewater (mostly hand tools)
http://www.amazon.ca/Boxes-Chests-Al...5811785&sr=1-1

“Made by Hand: Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop” by Tom Fidgen
http://www.amazon.ca/Made-Hand-Furni...5811927&sr=1-1

“The New Traditional Woodworker” by Jim Tolpin
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/144...imtolpincom-20

“The Woodwright’s Apprentice: Twenty Favorite Projects From The Woodwright’s Shop” by Roy Underhill
http://www.amazon.com/The-Woodwright...5812823&sr=1-5

http://www.renaissancewoodworker.com/
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Beginner Woodworking Projects: Easy Plans & Project Ideas

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Just google easy woodworking projects
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Pat - this topic came up last summer - you mentioned then that you had no shop and very few tools.
It depends on what you want to make - you could do any number of small projects with minimal tools.

I see in your profile that you say you've got "tons of tools" - maybe put in a list in your profile and we'd be able to give you some starting point/pointers on how to utilize them

I had posted a picture of a table that I made with no power tools. I used a plane, chisel, mallet and small dovetail saw.
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Here's another small project - an outdoor stand - yes, I did use power tools, but you could easily do this with a minimum of tools.
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Mike the way I got a lot of the tools I have is because I bought the tool to do a job that I would have otherwise had to pay someone else to do. The initial end cost may have been the same but I wound up with a tool that I was able to use for future projects.
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Mike the way I got a lot of the tools I have is because I bought the tool to do a job that I would have otherwise had to pay someone else to do. The initial end cost may have been the same but I wound up with a tool that I was able to use for future projects.
I have a lot of tools, but I don't have a place to use them. No garage, no shop. With a bad back, there's a limit as to how much I can lift to set up a "shop" on portable tables and such. Nevertheless, the stuff I do is fun, and I'm finally making a little progress. I do have 7 routers, two router tables, Festool drill/driver, Kapex KS 120 SCMS, JessEm doweling jig, Sears table saw (in storage, not accessible), RAS (bad motor), jointer (old, in storage, may not work), Elu 3380 biscuit jointer, and many other power tools. I inherited many of them, so I'm just learning to use them. I don't mind buying the tools I need, but I don't have room for them.
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Mike you've got more than enough tools.

No table saw accessible? Add one of these homemade circular saw tracks with a circ saw.

No joiner? Use one of your router tables as a joiner.

Didn't see a hand plane listed - you could do a lot with one.

Seems that you're a little leery about making stuff - you've mentioned both in your profile and in a couple of posts that you have no experience and are just learning - don't be afraid to make mistakes (as long as you don't cut off a finger )
Tell us what you would like to make and you'll get a lot of help.

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Sorry, meant to add a picture to my previous post for a homemade circ saw track
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Vince, all joking aside, I've made a few things, but I have had a very high level of frustration with most of them. For a while, I had a Hitachi SCMS that I finally pitched. Its cuts were totally inconsistent. Its tracking was laughable. Not long ago, I learned the hard way how inconsistently lumber from Lowe's is dimensioned. My best success recently has been with my JessEm 08350 doweling jig. It has a design issue, but it can be worked around with a little care. My current task is to try to make joint lines that disappear. I am making progress. That's why I want to try some different but simple things.

One of the last projects I built is a ladder shelf, similar to the picture below. It has presented a few challenges, but it is almost finished. It's hard to believe how much time it takes for such a simple project. However, the only way I'll get faster is with practice (and having a shop that I don't have to set up every time I want to cut a board.)

Hand planes are black magic to me. My son is learning how to use them. He's going to each me. Every time I try to use one, the result is NOT good.

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add some of theses to the arsenal...
PRO-Grip Straight Edge Clamps

make your own track saw..
one of these and a router and you have a joiner...
build a kitchen full of cabinets w/ better joinery..
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