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792 days ago

Moulding Planes - 5 replies

I am currently in the process of researching the design and construction of moulding planes and other wooden joinery planes. I thought this would be a good topic to pass around LJs. I think I will first start by making a list of good links to sites on the topic of wooden moulding/joinery planes. -M.S. Bickford’s bloghttp://musingsfro...

797 days ago

Obtaining Beech Logs - 3 replies

I am looking for a supplier of beech logs/quarter sawn beech in the southern Ontario area. I want to use them to make hand planes. If anyone knows of a supplier or could point me in the right direction that would be helpful. If I cannot get beech I would be fine with hard maple.

841 days ago

What to steam wood with? - 19 replies

Hello. I am trying to find a way to produce the steam for wood bending. Could you guys help me out and let me know the different ways you can produce the steam for a steam box? I am wanting something that doesn’t take up loads of space and doesn’t cost a lot of money either.

897 days ago

Elm for a Workbench? - 12 replies

Hello. I have been doing some thinking about workbenches and I was going over different woods that could be used. I was trying to think of wood species that have the characterists that would be suited to a workbench. One of those characteristics was resistance to splitting, and the first species to come to my mind was elm. As far as I can thi...

910 days ago

Infill Scrub Plane? - 9 replies

Hello.I was doing some research on scrub planes and a question came to me. Are there any infill scrub planes? Scrub planes are generally found in the: wooden european style aswell as some metal bodied planes and other shop made planes, but I have never seen an infill scrub plane. Does anybody know if any were ever sold?

923 days ago

Best Shave Horse Design? - 11 replies

Hello. I have some wood for a shave horse I want to make, but am contemplating which style of shave horse to make. I think you can put all the designs into two catagories: single arm, with one pivoting arm double arm, with two pivoting arms My main concern is which style of shave horse is most versatile with work hold capabilities, and...

960 days ago

How to Work Ebony? - 12 replies

Hello. I just bought a small amount of gaboon ebony for a picture frame. The frame is japanese inspired with half lap joints in the corners, similar to this picture. The ebony was partially air dried and is coated with wax. The store I bought it from has atmoshpere conditions the same as where I live. I am wondering how to go about workin...

966 days ago

Ash Log? - 6 replies

Hello. This is a log of ash, I believe, that I got after a beaver chewed it down. It is about 6’ long and averages 8” – 9” round. I thought I would post it and ask what you guys think I should do with it. It has 2 large knots with about 4’ of apparently clear wood. I am thinking just to bandsaw ‘er into a flit...

1007 days ago

O1 Tool Steel Sources - 16 replies

Hello. I want to buy some O1 tool steel bars for making plane irons and other tools and am looking for a good source to buy some. I have found 2 places online but the shipping was just as much as the product and one did not tell me the shipping prices. I live in Ontario Canada, so if someone knows a Canadian source that would be helpful for ship...

1021 days ago

Bent Bandsaw Blade Fix? - 2 replies

Hello. I have a new blade I bought, and while my cousin was using it to cut a large cylinder he turned the blade cought the wood and put a bend in the blade. It doesn’t have a dramatic kink in it, just a bend. But while it tracks on the saw, whenever the bent spot rides the wheel it moves foward on the wheel and then back to centre. I am w...

1095 days ago

What finish to use on ebony? - 5 replies

Hello. I am wanting to make some more wood hand planes but with a hardwood sole, perhaps ebony. So I am wondering what type of finish would be acceptable and what finish would not be acceptable to put on ebony? Also, is there any other exotic species that would require the same attention? Is a paste wax finish sufficient?

1097 days ago

Shop Machine Mobility - 14 replies

Hello. I have now aquired most of the major wood working machines I will get, other than a jointer, and they all have temporary bases now. I have been looking around to find different ways to make my machines (bandsaw, benchtop planer, router table, bench top table saw) mobile because I will often need to move around my machines for the space or...

1137 days ago

Turning Chess Pieces - 2 replies

Hello. I have just posted a video on youtube I made from a series of videos I recorded during the winter of me turning a Bishop on my spring pole lathe. It is designed after Roy Underhill’s lathe although I made a mandrill sort of jig to turn small objects. The rope spins the mandrill which turns a chuck which is inserted into the stock yo...

1141 days ago

Pressure treated wood harmful to garden? - 6 replies

Hello. My family has just put up a new fence around our backyard with pressure treated wood. We have also made a little veggie garden along the fence. I was wondering if the chemicals from the wood could possibly absorb into the plants through rain and damage the plants? If any one has a deffinit answer please let me know. Thank you.

1157 days ago

Bench top thickness for hold fasts - 3 replies

Hello. I am soon going to be making a new workbench, similar to the bench here http://woodtreks.com/design-build-traditional-woodworking-workbench-tail-shoulder-leg-vises/1651/ only I will not have a tool tray in the middle. So In designing the bench to use hold fasts I was wondering how thick the bench top needs to be, so I can design a thicker...

1190 days ago

Leeson motor rewiring? 220v-110v? - 3 replies

Hello. I have a table saw with a motor that is set up with to run 220. I want to rewire the motor to switch it over to a 110v. The man who gave me the saw said that it was 110 and he had switched it over to 220v, but he does not have the electrical diagram to show me how to rewire it. Does anyone know how I could find a diagram on the internet o...

1251 days ago

Inca Circular Saw - 9 replies

I have just been given an Inca Circular Saw from a older woodworking friend who is no longer in need of it. He has had it for over 20 years and it is still in great condition. It has a mortiser attachment, mitre gauge, and tenon jig. He has the fence at home on his bandsaw still. The quality is very nice and all the moving parts have very fine t...

1259 days ago

Lubricating metal vise screws? - 5 replies

Hello, I have just bought a metal shoulder vise and am wondering what or if any lubrication (grease/wax etc…?) would be good to keep it in good condition and turning smoothly?


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