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257 days ago

The one thing I've learned from Lumberjocks... - 13 replies

Looking at losts of projects, tool-restores, forum topics, and blogs has informed me of a few things: -Most LJ’s make nicer projects than me, but perhaps not all.-Most LJ’s know more about tool restoration than me, but perhaps not all.-Most LJ’s are more eloquent writers than me, but perhaps not all. HOWEVER…the one...

271 days ago

Shop-made Toothed Bench stop - 0 replies

I’m doing some research for a workbench build, and wondered if anyone has made or seen a shop-made toothed, adjustable Bench stop. Since I don’t have a black-smith to make one for me, has anyone made something that functions the same way, but made with big-box store materials? (screws, nails, other?) Thanks!

271 days ago

If you don't have a honing guide... - 5 replies

...GET ONE! I have been sharpening freehand for about 4 years, and just purchased a $12 honing guide after hearing Denab P. Talk about the ease of getting consistency, and the time saved by repeatability…and after using it once, I’m sold. No question its easier, and I can see immediately that it will help my edge tools perform mo...

276 days ago

vintage levels - 8 replies

I see quite a few antique wooden levels at local stores. Are these ever usable? What should I look for, avoid. And expect as far as rehab?

282 days ago

Workbench with no front stretcher - 14 replies

I’d like to build a workbench, but in my very limited space, I’d really like to be able to roll my anarchist-style tool chest UNDER the bench when not in use…so that means building a bench without a front stretcher, or at least not a very low front stretcher. I just don’t want the bench to rack when I do aggressive hand-...

286 days ago

free 1/2" mortise chisel - 4 replies

I will be attending the woodworking in America marketplace this Friday in Covington, KY…if anyone wants this old beast of a chisel, I’ll meet you in the parking lot and give it to you…its that or goodwill. It is an old ranged chisel, I made the handle with a draw knife…you’ll probably want to make your own. The on...

288 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...

293 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.

296 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?

298 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?

313 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 ...

316 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:-...

316 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...

322 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&#...

336 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....

348 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...

368 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.

411 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 ...

421 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.

425 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? ...

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