A big thank you all for all the info here. I'm an old timer that just took an interest in woodworking. I recently brought some chisels that were given to me to a sharpening shop. When I began to use them I realized they weren't really sharp. I began lurking and learning here. I bought some oil stones and tried to do it myself. ( I was going to buy one of those angle guide rolly things but I took Tommy's advise) I began to sharpen one of the chisels I had sharpened but I couldn't shave arm hair with. In twenty minutes it was like a razor! I even saw the wire on the stone.
I will add that I am in awe of the craftmanship on display here from so many people.
It's been a big month for me Rick. I am trying my first piece of furniture, a small Shaker style end table. Trying to save s few buck on wood so it is in poplar and I'll have is finished in black lacquer. If that works I'll try it again in cherry. I just ordered a router table that will fit into the table saw. So we'll see where this takes me. I honestly never thought I would ever actually try to build a piece of furniture. Have you been doing this long?
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whats the router for??...poplar is fine...you could milk paint it too..check out some of the step stools that ae milk painted...prety sweet...you know..i never thought i would make furniture either...if you stick to it and stay on point ask questions and be willing to stay on the learning curve as long as it takes....you can build anything...look at me..i didnt know anything about this craft until 1999....its all good ...i got a pile of mistakes as tall as me...and i know i will have more to come ...i hope....it means i am stretching my abilities or not thinking...
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