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|271 days ago||
hand ripping 30 ft of syp - 12 replies
So I just finished using my Stanley sharptooth hand saw to rip three 5-foot 2×10’s of southern yellow pine construction lumber into three 3-inch sections…equals 30 feet of hand sawing through 2x material. it was a good workout, and the saw worked well despite the crosscut teeth…i never felt like I wasn’t getting a...
|277 days ago||
SYP drying time - 9 replies
I just got some Southern Yellow pine 2×10’s form the home center for a workbench build, I cut it into 5-foot lengths and and stickered it to dry. How much time should I wait until I start building? It is advertised as “kiln-dried” which in reality means “pretty wet.” Keep in mind this is drying in my gar...
|280 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...
|294 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!
|295 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...
|300 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?
|306 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-...
|310 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...
|311 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...
|316 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.
|319 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?
|321 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?
|336 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 ...
|339 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:-...
|339 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...
|345 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...
|359 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....
|371 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...
|391 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.
|434 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 ...