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11-25-2014 07:07 PM

types of poplar? - 6 replies

I have used poplar from big box stores for years on various projects, and it has always been really soft, wimpy-feeling wood. I just recently got some poplar from a friend who saws his own lumber, and it just seems to be a lot better, harder, sturdier wood… Is there some reason for this?

11-01-2014 06:46 PM

The Dado Plane Works!!! - 6 replies

Just wanted to share a few pics of my first attempt at making a dado with my new (ie, really, really old) Wooden Dado Plane. I had to to plane both sides and the bottom flat (hence the cool two-tone appearance), sharpen and somewhat shape the blade and the nicker blade, and adjust the fit of the depth stop to make it function properly. For t...

10-16-2014 10:54 AM

8 tpi rip saw? - 1 reply

I have procured a good old Diston d23 hand saw for about $5… 8tpi, what I assume used to be crosscut. (difficult to tell now, since there is some wear on the teeth. Since I already have a decent crosscut saw, I’d like to sharpen this as a rip saw…is 8tpi to fine? I know Its more teeth than a normal rip saw, but will it simp...

10-03-2014 09:18 AM

You can't (or shouldn't) do this with a table-saw... - 7 replies

Score one for Hand-tools…sawing and chopping half-blind dovetails yesterday…Suffice to say that if I had been working with the router or table-saw, I would not have enjoyed the help…

08-28-2014 11:30 AM

Dado plane set-up help - 3 replies

I just purchased an old Dado plane, and was wondering if anyone had any tips for setting it up for effective use, Specifically: 1. How much should the blade protrude on either side of the wood? 2. How wide should the forked nickers be ground to in relation to the blade width? Exactly the same, or slightly wider? 3. Any other likely cu...

08-20-2014 11:45 PM

For sale Stanley No. 6c plane, Type 14 (sweetheart) - 4 replies

Asking $20 plus shipping, if you are near cincinatti or Louisville we could meet up for delivery.. I got it and quickly sharpened it enough to try it out. Used it on one project to get some cedar smoothed out. I’m trying to keep all my hand tools fitting in one tool chest, and decided I didn’t need it. (LOTS OF PICS BELOW) G...

08-01-2014 02:09 AM

Multi-tool Craigslist Haul... - 5 replies

Saw an add on craigslist for a single handplane, but the guy mentioned that he had about 40-50 he would like to sell. So I went. He mostly had post-WWII stanleys (blue ones and Handymans) craftsman, and other cheaper planes, mostly #4 sized, about 4 block planes, and about 10-12 handsaws, and a hand drill that looked nice, but needed a new woo...

07-24-2014 04:45 PM

through dovetails long or short? - 10 replies

When you set your marking guage (or other method for determining the length of your tails and pins) for through dovetails, which of the following do you do? a. Try to make them exactly right to minimize cleanup planing when you are done. b. Make them slightly too long on purpose and plane off the end grain to make them level. c. Make th...

07-21-2014 01:47 AM

tongue and groove plane. - 15 replies

I have the chance to buy an old Stanley tongue & groove plane for $65…or I could get a new Lie Neilson t&g plane for $195. These are the ones with the reversable fence that allows you to cut both with one plane. What would you do?

06-30-2014 01:20 AM

coffin guidelines - 14 replies

I am interested in making my own coffin, and perhaps one for my wife as well…how can I ensure that the funeral home will use it and not say we have to buy one? Are there rules about the lining, or other guidelines?

05-21-2014 08:43 PM

interchangeable lever caps? - 4 replies

For 2 different no. 5 Stanley bailey planes… anyone know if a lever cap for a type 9 will fit a type 15? I have a good type 15 with a broken lever cap, and the opportunity to buy a cheap type 9 that is in rough shape, but has a good lever cap.

05-06-2014 07:48 PM

What kind of Marking knife? - 18 replies

So which kind of marking knife do you prefer and why? Not asking about brands, but rather the shape of the blade. Thanks!

04-17-2014 10:25 PM

Squaring case sides with hand tools - 3 replies

How do you hand-toolers square large case sides with hand tools? I’m speaking of squaring the ends after you cut them to length with a hand saw. Mine never end up exactly square right off the saw. Do you use a very large shooting board & hand plane? (I have a shooting board, but it’s not big enough for this job) Do you c...

02-10-2014 05:50 PM

Dishwasher question - 3 replies

I’m constantly surprised by the non-woodworking expertise of some lumberjocks, so perhaps somebody can help me out here: We got this dishwasher about a year ago, brand new, LG, with stainless steel innards…within 6 months, we noticed that the rubber seals at the bottom inside seemed to be degrading, rotting, melting, somet...

01-31-2014 12:32 PM

Vise chop liner - 8 replies

I have heard a lot of people lining their workbench vise chops with leather, but what about cork? I happen to have some thin cork laying around and I’m wondering if it’s a good idea. thanks.

01-27-2014 08:33 PM

2 Jack Planes? - 18 replies

So this is another “which one would you keep” thread: If you had 2 jack planes, (no. 5 or equivalent…both bevel down) And you wanted to only keep tools you use often, would you… 1. Use one with a cambered iron for roughing and one with a straight(er) Iron for small jointing/smoothing. 2. Get rid of one, but keep ...

01-27-2014 08:26 PM

Southeast Indiana Anyone? - 10 replies

Just thought I’d ask before the site goes up in flames…are there any fellow lumberjocks in Southeast Indiana? Cities in this area might include Scottsburg, Madison, Clarksville, New Albany, Vevay, Versailles, Hanover, Jeffersonville…also accross the river in KY: Milton, Bedford, Carrolton. Just wondering.

01-22-2014 11:39 PM

lock mitre planes? - 2 replies

Silly question perhaps, has anyone ever heard of a lock mitre molding plane? would it be much harder to make than any other complex molding plane?

01-11-2014 08:28 PM

trash old saw blades - 9 replies

Is it acceptable to simply throw old table saw blades in the garbage? or should I do something else with it? (I’m not going to sharpen it or make something out of it…i want it gone)

01-03-2014 02:57 AM

Hand drill Ferrule repair - 17 replies

Hi all, I and trying to rehab this hand drill for my dad. It has a wooden handle attached with a metal ferrule and what looks like a pin (or two, It either goes all the way through, or there is one on each side, I can’t tell). Does anyone know how it might be attached and the best way to tighten it. it is loos and the handle wobble...

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