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|335 days ago||
Saw Sharpening...You can do it too! - 16 replies
I just wanted to encourage any you who feel you will never be able to sharpen saws, Just get a cheap saw (non-hardened teeth) and go for it. I’ve sharpened up my $7 stanley mitre-box Back-saw, a $1 backsaw from a yard-sale, touched up my Crown Gent’s saw, and most recently cleaned up and sharpened a super-dull old Diston Panel sa...
|341 days ago||
Waterstone Soaking? - 11 replies
What is the reasoning and necessity of soaking waterstones? I just got my very first waterstone (a dual-sided 1000/6000) and the instructions say to soak for 5 minutes, or just store it in water. (It is from Japan…I don’t know if that makes it a “Japenese Waterstone” or not.) I was always under the assumption that ...
|344 days ago||
I like cherry! - 1 reply
I just though I’d share that after 5 (and really all of growing up) building lots of items out of pine, poplar, and red oak…I finally got a piece of 25 year-old cherry from a friend’s barn stash, and I love working it! I have no idea if the project will turn out well…but the way it responds to planing, chiseling and sa...
|351 days ago||
Let's talk about wax... - 5 replies
What are situations where you find that one wax works better than another for shop use? For example: -Some use beeswax on handplane soles…does this work well for both wooden and metal planes? ...Is parafin wax or finishing wax necessarily better or worse? -My Veritas dovetail saw came with instuctions to use parafin wax for lubri...
|364 days ago||
Staining directly after hand-planing? - 7 replies
Does anyone use rub-on stain directly after hand-planing without sanding? It seems that when I do, the surface is too smooth to absorb much stain at all. Especially on pine or poplar. It seems that it needs to be roughed up with some 150 or 220 sandpaper to get a decent darker color. Is that what I need to do, or am I doing something els...
|367 days ago||
Pipe clamp slipping? - 10 replies
the movable part of one of my pipe clamps is slipping. It’s one I use a lot, could it just be worn out? or that spot on the pipe not grippy enough? any thoughts?
|367 days ago||
Design flaw...but it worked! - 3 replies
I was thinking the other day about my nightstands: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/55956 ...Which I made 5 years ago not really knowing anything about how wood glue works and stuff. Here’s the thing: the tops of these nightstands are simply glued onto the end-grain of the sides…that’s it. I set them on and put a heavy b...
|372 days ago||
Short Scrub vs. longer Jack/Fore? - 32 replies
For initial roughing of lumber, such that may have pronounced cupping or warping, do you prefer a short scrub plane, or a longer Jack/fore plane? -Scrub: smaller, lighter, less fatigue, able to get into tighter areas-Jack: longer sole give more reference and should result in a flatter surface. What are your thoughts? For my own purposes, ...
|377 days ago||
cherry Expansion rate? - 6 replies
I would like to make a jewelry box with a solid cherry top 7 inches wide. Does anyone know how much expansion to expect if I complete the box durring the winter months? Will it even be noticable? should I make it slightly undersized so it is flush with the front of the box (hinged at the back) during the spring and summer? There will be noth...
|383 days ago||
Side-mount drawer runners - 5 replies
I am planning to build a jewelry box for my wife with side-mount drawers (so the drawer fronts can be flush with no dividers between them)... I can rount the groove for the slides (See Sketchup picture), and make the wooden strips easily enough, but I have no confidence in my ability to accurately place the wooden drawer slides on the ins...
|399 days ago||
Table saw Set-up/Tuning - 14 replies
Hi all, I just inherited a small craftsman Table saw, the first I’ve owned. (something like this one: http://community.craftsman.com/Craftsman-10-in-Table-Saw-with-Stand-reviews?tab=details ...except mine is probably around 10 years old…without a stand…which I plan to build.) What kinds of things should I do to prep th...
|419 days ago||
Amazing Router Jig - 5 replies
Has everyone seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDPrFJazD3Q&feat If you could make one, it looks like the perfect mortise & Tenon maker.ure=g-vrec
|423 days ago||
Bad advice from another website... - 7 replies
Sometimes the Advise you get on the internet is just plain dumb… OP: When i saw wood with a hand saw i always veer to the left of the line I mark, any reason for this, I am left handed.ANSWER: Stop drinking before or during your work or just buy a table saw. So you can EITHER stop drinking…OR…buy a table saw…in whic...
|426 days ago||
Ben Hur Planes? - 2 replies
What do you know about the old Ben Hur planes? Were they made by a larger company? Are they any good?
|428 days ago||
Which Smooth Plane to buy? - 15 replies
I need advice on purchasing a smoothing plane. I don’t want to spend more than $200, so lie neilson is out. Currently in consideration: -Veritas #4 1/2-Veritas small BU Smoother-Wood River #4-Look for an old Stanley #4 I have zero experience with Bevel-up planes, other than block planes. I have an old Stanley #5 that I have tune...
|432 days ago||
Raised panel: stain or assemble first - 15 replies
If I’m making a raised-panel (solid wood, not ply) door, do I need to stain the panel before assembly, so that when it moves there is not a thin line of un-stained wood?
|444 days ago||
very short backsaw? - 8 replies
What is the intended use of a short fat back-saw that is only about 8 inches long, but has a cutting depth of 3.5 inches before you hit the stiff back? It seems an odd shape with no benifits? I recently got one from a yard sale for $1 to practice my sharpening…but am not really sure what the saw is for.
|447 days ago||
Kerfs for saw till - 3 replies
For those who have made a saw till (either in a tool chest, or othewise) that involves cutting slots for the saws to fit in…how do you cut them, and how wide? Here are the options I can think of: 1. Use the saw that will go in the slot: ( seems like it would be too tight a fit to get in and out easily)2. Use a slighty wider-kerf hand-s...
|450 days ago||
Dovetails without a chisel? - 4 replies
How good are you REALLY? I’m just wondering if any body saws their dovetails with a back-saw, then uses a fretsaw or coping saw to cut out the remainder of the waste COMPLETELY DOWN TO THE BASELINE…NO CHISELING?
|457 days ago||
Am I the only one...? - 7 replies
Has anyone else taken the black-handled back saw that comes with a yellow stanley mitre box, resharpened it, and used it as a Dovetail saw? Is anybody else this cheap? ...Or is it just me?