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|144 days ago||
bench construction details - 4 replies
I see many benches with dovetails joining an end cap to the front apron…are these mostly for show? Sometimes it looks like it is combined with a few bolts also holding the end cap on. Is this some form of breadboard? Is that how they account for wood movement? What’s the general approach here…assuming I don’t just wan...
|149 days ago||
lee valley "contour planes" - 1 reply
Has anyone used these…they are basically old-style wooden spokeshaves. They are inexpensive, I want to know if they are any good.
|151 days ago||
tongue & groove planes - 1 reply
If you were making a pair of wooden tongue & groove planes…would you make the grooving (simple plow plane ) first and use it to plow the groove in the tongue cutting plane? Or is another method better?
|153 days ago||
NUMBER 6 plane size? - 15 replies
What situation do you find best suits a no. 6? If you already have a 5 and a 7, at what point do you look at your work and decide it needs a # 6? do you really need one at all?
|169 days ago||
Dovetail saw: Stumpy vs. long? - 2 replies
It seems in the old days, there were lots of saws in this general style: Short, deeper cut: However, nearly all modern dovetail saws follow the longer, more shallow style, like this one (and yes, I realize many older saws also follow this design…but very few of the high-end saw makers make this style anymore…Pax is the only one I ...
|172 days ago||
How much set for a hand-saw? - 2 replies
For saw sharpeners…Do any of you have a “back-woods”, or “down-home” method for determining how much set a particular saw needs…(If your answer involves using calipers, please pass)? Examples for the following would be helpful: -Full-sized rip saw:-Full-sized cross-cut saw:-Medium rip carcass/tenon saw:-...
|172 days ago||
cleaning up aftersharpening - 9 replies
I’m wondering about what others do for clean-up after sharpening, Specifically those who use waterstones. 1. When needed, Do you flatten flatten the stone immediately after sharpening…while the stone is wet, or do you wait until the stone is dry…perhaps just BEFORE a sharpening? Is one way better than another? 2. How d...
|177 days ago||
plane id? - 24 replies
Is there any way to identify a plane with absolutely no markings? I just got a #3 sized smoother, with no markings, numbers, logos, nothing…the only oddity is there is no lateral adjustment. I plan to just use it, and it is working pretty good after an initial cleaning, tuning, sharpening…but it would be nice to know what it is...
|192 days ago||
$500 for a tool chest? - 21 replies
On the lostartpress blog, the Conn. School of Woodworking is selling a Tool chest built by Chris Schwartz at a recent class…for $500. http://blog.lostartpress.com/2013/08/23/hey-buddy-wanna-buy-a-tool-chest/#comments My question is, is this reasonable? It seems a bit high, considering that the materials probably cost around $100....
|204 days ago||
Shop-vac Physics question - 19 replies
I have a 6-gallon, 3hp shop-vac from lowes. It came with the 1.25” hose. My question is: Would I get more, or less suction and dust-collecting capability if I went to the bigger 2.5 inch hose? That’s the size of the hole on the vac…it just came with smaller hose for some reason. I assume that with a certain hp engine, t...
|224 days ago||
felling Redwoods by hand! - 2 replies
So you think you are a big, strong, hand-tool woodworker…check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcEto_Q8MlY Personally, if the tree is 6 inches or less, I’ll use my axe…any bigger, and I call a friend with a chain-saw.
|267 days ago||
Bed rails...Lag bolts? - 7 replies
Are Lag-bolts screwed into the end-grain of bed rails a good method for attaching them? It seems llike I have seen and heard of this being done…but it doesn’t seem to fit the fact that most people consider screwing into end-grain to be an inferior joint. Would such a joint get weak over time, especially if it was dis-assembled a ...
|276 days ago||
travel sharpening tools - 0 replies
What do you take with you on the road for sharpening? Your whole system, or something more compact? I just take the 4 sided,12.99 harbour freight diamond hone block…sure it doesn’t get as food an edge as my water stones…but in a pinch…it can put a servicable edge on my jack plane so I can keep working.
|281 days ago||
Adjustable Bit for Hand Brace - 7 replies
(If you aren’t sure, what i”m talking about, it’s this…http://www.irwin.com/tools/drill-bits/hand-brace-adjustable-wood-bits) I’m considering getting one of these…Is it a bad idea…an exercise in frustration and bad cutting? It certainly looks like it has the potential to be. Do these actually work? ...
|297 days ago||
Irwin Speedbor Max Speed Bits? - 1 reply
What do you think of these bits…especially as compared to an auger bit? I bought one for a specific purpose because my spade bit wasn’t cutting it, and I liked it…but how do they compare to auger bits?
|307 days ago||
Full log width board? - 4 replies
When going from fresh-cut log to lumber… If I’m wanting to make a board from the full width of a tree trunk…is that center section going to be a weak spot? It seems most of even the large boards I see are half the tree width.
|320 days ago||
convex sharpening method? - 18 replies
Are there any disadvantages to sharpening freehand in the method that has you rocking the iron back and forth as you grind and hone, so that you end up with a convex bevel (the opposite of hollow grind)? I have tried it and really like it, as opposed to trying to keep my bevel constant freehand (I don’t use a honing guide). Thanks f...
|330 days ago||
plywood table-top - 3 replies
I’d like to make a large table from a full 4×8 sheet of plywood, with solid wood trim covering the edges… 1. Will this type of table-top hold up, as long as I put enough finish on the top? 2. What types of thing should I keep in mind when designing the support structure? I’m going for simple, but not something that ...
|332 days ago||
How to drive screws into wood - 27 replies
Any technical tips & tricks on how much to tighten screws, whether for hardware, assembly, or whatever. I usually feel like I could easily hand tighten most screws enough to strip them right out, which obviously not what I want to do. Everyone just says “don’t over-tighten.” So… Is it just experience? If yo...
|345 days ago||
Cleaning tools - 7 replies
Could you describe your routine, if any, for wiping, cleaning tools after use? Specifically 1. What do you do most regularly to things like saws and planes that cut wood? 2. How often do you do any sort of cleaning? 3. Is there anything special you would do after using your tools on wet, pressure-treated lumber? Thanks!