reply to stev32k
Re: Hand tools to build a desk? Ah, thanks!
said by stev32k:I'd planned on getting a few saw horses for that very purposes. I've done some wood-working in the past, but usually with power tools and clamps, saw horses and various other things that needed to be done.
You are going to need something to support the wood while you cut, sand, and finish. Rockwell makes something called a jaw horse which is very handy for that sort of thing. Then you will need a regular saw horse for the other end. You will also need different types of clamps. When you cut wood with a circular saw and want the cuts to be straight you need to clamp a straight edge (usually a straight 2X4) to the work to act as a guide.
A joiner is a tool for making the surfaces of wood flat and smooth without dips and ridges. If you are joining two boards together to make one wider board the two mating surfaces must be perfectly straight, flat, and smooth else there will be gaps where the two come together. That is function of a joiner also called a plane or block plane.
It takes a lot of skill and practice to make a decent piece of furniture with hand tools. It can be a very rewarding experience, but don't expect your first attempt to be very good and do expect it take 10X as long as you thought it should and cost 3X as much.
Built my own entertainment center once... man, I miss it. It looked great, as I had gone through the process slowly and carefully, and occasionally, with help.
As for lots of skill and practice - naturally. Anything that's worth good stuff usually is.
I admit, I'd love to try doing this with hand tools, rather than power tools at the moment, simply for the experience. I suspect that with great care and attention, this project will come out great as well.
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