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04-14-2012 04:42 PM

Sharpening concave spokeshave blades - 2 replies

Does anyone have any suggestions for sharpening a concave spokeshave blade by hand? I tried using 1000 and 4000 slip stones but didn’t get a very good edge. I thought about sandpaper on a dowel but maybe there is a better way.

02-22-2012 02:55 AM

Which sharpening stones should I get? - 22 replies

I’m hesitant to ask this because I’m sure there are as many ways to sharpen tools as there are woodworkers, but here goes. Currently I’m using sandpaper on plate glass ( Scary Sharp method) and it works great. I’ve reached the point though where it is getting to be a real pain changing the paper so often. So now is the ti...

02-04-2012 07:22 PM

I need help with hand plane technique - 21 replies

I’m trying to prep some stock using only hand planes. I’ve read about how to do it and seen some videos and the how-to seems easy enough. Seems I’m having problems with communication between my brain and my hands. First I check the board with winding sticks to get an idea of twist and flatness. Then I use a jack plane with a cu...

10-22-2011 09:37 PM

Making molding planes - 3 replies

I’m very interested in making my own molding planes. I searched around tying to find sources that explain how to make them but haven’t been able to find anything. There are quite a few sites where you can buy new (expensive) wooden molding planes,but nothing on how to make them. I don’t really like buying things like this on E-...

12-31-2010 09:06 PM

Trouble with treadle lathe - 11 replies

I’m a little embarrassed to ask this question, but I have run out of things to try to solve this problem. After all this was solved hundreds of years ago. I finished building a treadle lathe a couple of days ago and I was excited to start using it. I mounted a blank to try it out, but within 2 minutes of turning, the rope I’m using ...

12-11-2010 11:09 PM

Bevel up vs bevel down - 12 replies

I’m sitting in my shop pondering. Do bevel up planes really have a big advantage over standard planes? I’ve heard the advantages: no chipbreaker, simple blade change for different kinds and textures of wood, blades are interchangeable between different planes. I ask because I am going to spend alot of money on Veritas planes in...

08-31-2010 06:05 AM

Norm vs Roy: a midlife decision - 37 replies

Hi everyone. This is my first post. I’ve been reading L J for a couple of weeks and decided to sign up. I consider myself an intermediate level woodworker. Maybe I’m going through a midlife crisis, but I am seriously considering retiring all of my power tools over the coming year and replacing them with hand tools. I have a few re...


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