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90 days ago

Any Luthiers on LJ - 3 replies

I’m just curious, are there any luthiers on LJs?If yes, do you do it as a hobby?Personal use?Professionally? BJ

114 days ago

BLO for rosewood? - 5 replies

I’ve cleaned up a couple of old Stanley plane. I sanded the totes and knobs. They cleaned up nicely and the grain of the rosewood was very pretty. I rubbed it some BLO. It darkened the rosewood. Now I can’t see the pretty grain. Am I doing something wrong? This is the first time I’ve used BLO. Would I be better off with varn...

127 days ago

Plane cutting edge shape - 4 replies

Hi all, I was following links about Stanley replacement parts. I came across a diagram showing the recommended shape of the blades cutting edge. The diagram showed a smoothing plane as having a straight edge with a slight radius at the corners. This makes sense to me. Round the corners slightly to reduce putting a line in the work. The...

180 days ago

Dimensioning oversized lumber - 8 replies

I’m hoping someone can help me out. I purchased some 4/4 oak. It is +7” wide. I have a 6” joiner. I wouldnormally square up 2 edges on the joiner and then plane to thickness. Can I use a planer to square up the wide dimensions? Are there inherent problems trying to do this? I’m not skilled enough to do it with a ...

184 days ago

Thank You! - 4 replies

We all complain when the site is having problems. I just want to say thanks because it looks like the administrator has fixed the problem of the whole topic being displayed. Hope it looks correct on other browsers, (I’m using FireFox). BJ

243 days ago

Just returned home - 1 reply

I live in SE Wisconsin. It is a flat, plain, “rusty” part of an otherwise pretty state. Last week I visited my daughter in New Hampshire. We bummed around Dover and Portsmouth and then spent part of the day in Portland Maine. It is some of the most beautiful country I have visited. The towns were charming and the countryside was rugg...

286 days ago

Overpriced strop - 21 replies

Pardon my rant: I’ve been using my chisels to make M&T joints. I’ve been taking breaks and honing them every 10-12 mortises. I thought, well I should really get a leather strop and chrome oxide to make a finer edge. I went to woodcraft and picked up the chrome oxide, < $10, pretty cheap. The strops started at $28, and went ...

289 days ago

How snug should tenons be made - 20 replies

I’m making a set of 3 nesting end tables. This is the first project I’m making with M&T joints. The first table fit together well on the dry fit. On the second table, I was very careful and made the tenons snug to each corresponding mortise. I actually had to lean on them to test the fit. Well when I put it all together for a ...

302 days ago

Static electricity and DC - 15 replies

I was using my planer for the first big project. I have it connected to my DC via 4” plastic hose. I noticed the hair on my arms standing up anytime I got near the DC hose. Is this common? I know static is generated with any type of movement. Later I took a length of wire and ran it from the hose clamp on the DC hose to my cold water pi...

339 days ago

Upcoming Planer purchase - 6 replies

I’ll be purchasing a portable planer soon. Ive read a lot of reviews here and talked to some friends. I would like to buy a spiral head. But the only spiral head portable in my budget would be the Steel city 40200H or 40300H. I am wary of purchasing because of the mixed reviews posted on LJ. I’ve also read some reviews on LJ ab...

374 days ago

Incra mitre safety question - 1 reply

Hey all, I purchased an Incra mitre 1000HD. It is very cool and it worked better than expected. While using it I came across a problem. I was using the work stop and pushed a piece through cutting at a 45 degree angle. To be safe I would have to push through all the way past the riving knife to remove the piece. This would make me push the...

445 days ago

Gluing up curved objects - 4 replies

I have a question about gluing up curved stock. I’ve watched some videos on cutting stock into thin strips. Then gluing them back together in a jig to follow a curve, (think curved arm rests for a chair). When doing this is the glue used straight or diluted? I remember seeing something about diluting yellow glue but I could not find that l...

445 days ago

Question on planers - 5 replies

I’m looking at purchasing a planer in the next year. I was wondering how a helical head is sharpened. I understand that 2 blade or 3 blade units can have the blades removed. But how does it work with a helical head? Do you remove the whole head? Individual cutting blades? Thanks for any help. BJ

482 days ago

Shooting board - 1 reply

I have a question about shooting boards. Are they meant to true up miters when using a hand saw? Or are they used to clean up any cut edge? I would think a sharp blade on a power miter saw would give a good clean edge. Or if a TS was used with a cross-cut sled the edge would also be pretty clean and true. BJ

488 days ago

Flattening a plane's sole - 3 replies

I received some advice in an earlier post to use a plane to flatten out some joined boards. Before doing this I thought I would dress up my cheap knock-off plane that I purchased 3 yrs ago. I followed the method used by Paul Sellers’ You-tube video. Starting with 220 grit paper on a sheet of glass. Much to my surprise, soon after starti...

491 days ago

Best way to flatten joined boards - 8 replies

Hi, In the past I have made cabinets using frames w/plywood sides and backs. I am trying to make a small bookcase/CD cabinet and I am making the top and sides out of 3/4 red oak. I have to join two boards together. I am using a biscuit joiner to glue them together. I can see as I am gluing them up that I will need to work the joint to flat...

540 days ago

Zero clearance insert for TS - 5 replies

Last spring I purchased a Sears Craftsman Hybrid table saw. I love it. It was a great step up from a +40 year old craftsman. It works well for my small projects. I’m looking for a zero clearance insert for the saw. It has a granite top so the insert is a heavy metal plate that clips in place. I have not been able to find a zero clearanc...


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