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221 days ago

cherry "shorts" - 8 replies

I have an opportunity to buy kiln dried cherry shorts for $2.25 a bd/ft 3 to 5 feet long 4/4 rough sawnwidth varies but it almost entirely 6 to 8 inches wide. I don’t have anything specific in mind, but do you think it’s worth having 50bd/ft or so of this around? I was looking at the kinds of things I’d like to build and ...

267 days ago

I'm in Waterlox's newsletter! :) - 10 replies

Just got the Waterlox newsletter in my email. They used my story and photo from when I sent them feedback about using waterloo to finish my walnut kitchen island. Online Version Here Kinda cool :)

302 days ago

planning for a new vehicle - Got one! - 14 replies

This is WAAAaaaay early planning. Probably buying a vehicle next October. So….. early research. :) I currently drive a 2005 Dodge Caravan. 4×8 sheets go in flat on the floor with all of the doors closed and I’ve put boards up to 10 ft in there as long as I only have a few and can slide them up between the front seats. Combine...

330 days ago

Dewalt 734 knife wrench size - 4 replies

Just getting to where I might want to flip the blades in my 734. I was reading stories about people having issues getting the knife screws loose so I went out and gave it a try. I got ‘em all broke free for one knife without even any swearing! :) What I can’t seem to find is what size that torx head is on the t-handled knife wrech...

337 days ago

Bahco saw files in the US - source - 4 replies

Just found SJ Discount Tools has Bahco saw files (in the US). I just ordered a couple of 7 regulars to try them out on a 5-1/2 PPI rip saw. They have lots of sizes. I’m not affiliated in any way. Just found it hard to find decent saw files and the Bahcos are supposed to be decent.

338 days ago

Just another saw vise... - 5 replies

My files and saw set won’t be here until Wednesday or Thursday. Not being the patient type, I decided to try my hand at a saw vise. Made from maple scraps I had on hand, it can either go in my bench vise for standing and sharpening, or in my Workmate for sitting and sharpening. I haven’t decided which position I’ll prefer so...

340 days ago

hand saw sharpening newbie getting started.... - 1 reply

OK, so for anyone else just getting into hand saws and sharpening, I just spent about $60 getting some needed saw files and a new saw set. I bought a couple of one size saw file as I simply have more saws that will use that size file so… I figure I can shop for deals when I don’t need them right away, but for now I got a half doze...

341 days ago

Hand saw questions - 2 replies

OK so I am kinda diggin’ getting into more hand tools, but I have questions about hand saws. First of all, how many? Which ones?I have the following western saws (I’m not counting the japanese pulls saws here)Back saw 11PPI (10TPI) – it’s an older craftsman, but… it worksSimonds 62 5-1/2 PPI (5 TPI) – rippe...

343 days ago

Hand saw guys, I need a little help! - 11 replies

Tomorrow morning I’m going to pick up a pair of Disston hand saws. They appear to be a D8 and a D20. Pretty common I think. The guy advertised these as “3 Disston hand saws”, but one of them isn’t a Disston. It’s a Simonds and still has the nice blue medallion with 2-50 in it. My question is…. is there a qu...

351 days ago

Easel nearly done - 1 reply

Just need to add a few nuts to the struts and install the counterweight system, but the wood part is essentially complete. This was done in 90/50 cherry and trimmed with some leftover walnut I have from our kitchen remodel. I hope to get out to buy the hardware for the counterweight system today or tomorrow. This might be totally complete by the...

351 days ago

Vega scroll saw? - 0 replies

Anyone know anything about Vega scroll saws? There’s one available locally for $100 in working condition and from photos appears to be in decent shape.

355 days ago

Easel....getting there.... - 3 replies

Blogging this build here I’ve posted in various sections soliciting ideas for various parts of this, but I’ve made some real progress.I have the easel standing! (yay!) Right now it has a temporary back brace clamped in while I make the permanent ones. I have the center column built, but not installed as I have to make the canva...

357 days ago

Not sure exactly where this question fits... - 13 replies

Finishing? Lumber? .... anyways… I have a piece of 3/4” thick cherry, 2 inches wide and 28 inches long. It was so pretty when I got it done I just HAD to oil it. This is a part of my easel and the finish will simply be linseed oil. Yes, I’ve read all the discussions about linseed oil. I have decided that for this particular ...

361 days ago

OK, I'm agonizing over how to best make this cut... - 7 replies

Building my easel. It has a sliding frame within a frame. The design calls for the inner frame, outer edge, to be slotted with a 1/8 slot, it’s full 70 inch length. At the top of the OUTER frame, the guy wants me to take a hand saw and cut a 1/8 slot across the top end grain, such that it exactly matches (lines up with) the slot in the inn...

362 days ago

Plug cutter? - 18 replies

So I’m working on my new easel and part of it involves putting screws THROUGH the face (from the front) and into the edge of a rail. I don’t have any “pretty screws” that I’d feel comfortable leaving exposed. So my thought was to use a 3/8 forstner to recess some washer head square drives and then plug the holes. ...

365 days ago

Order of operations... - 10 replies

I buy rough lumber. I have a planer, a jointer, a table saw, etc. When you’re building something that is composed of pieces…. like if you’re building cabinet doors or a small table, you have a lot of “sticks”. Stuff that’s like 2 -1/2 inches wide x 3/4” thick and 24 to 30 inches long. You’re starti...

367 days ago

Which band saw blades to you keep on hand? - 9 replies

Really just getting into using the band saw. It’s an older Delta 14” and seems to be in great shape. I have a 1/4” 10tpi blade and a 1/2” 3tpi (hook, raker) and that’s it. Just 2 blades. I haven’t gotten into resawing and not sure how much resawing I’ll be doing with a 14” band saw, but I figure I ...

375 days ago

Just did a Snodgrass setup on the band saw - 21 replies

Wow… I just did a Snodgrass setup on my band saw and wanted to see how thin a slice I could take off…. accurately. I sliced a 1×6 on edge and sliced off a thin sheet and then measured it. .017 inches so that’s about 2 thousandths thicker than 1/64 of an inch. Greatest variance I could find was HALF a thousandth. T...

377 days ago

But, honey, this one's BIGGER..... - 2 replies

This is in western NY. I am SOOOoooo tempted, but I just can’t. No way. Maybe someone else will find it interesting…http://buffalo.craigslist.org/tls/3950307124.html

378 days ago

Brown maple? - 24 replies

I had not heard of this before. I have a local supplier that has “white maple” and “brown” maple. The brown maple is less expensive. Is this just from a different part of the same tree or is this 2 different species of maple? I’m assuming, because of the difference in price, that the brown maple is somehow less d...

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