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861 days ago

When Logs Were Logs and Men Were Men - 53 replies

For all you folks who like your lumber straight from the tree, here’s how it looked in the days before chainsaws.

893 days ago

Holy Smokes! - 47 replies

I just realized today is my 5th anniversary as a Lumberjock! The site has changed a lot since I discovered it, but one thing has remained the same: Great woodworkers and great folks who are willing to share their knowledge and skills. Thanks for a great five years, everybody!

902 days ago

Latest Off-Topic Solution Critique - 80 replies

Martin, MsDebbie, et al: I hope you take this constructive criticism in the spirit it is intended. I realize you can’t please everyone, but I don’t believe the new practice of hiding non-shop talk post titles in the main forum window is going to please either side too well. For folks like me who like to go to the main forum pag...

911 days ago

Lathe Question - Turning a Knob - 16 replies

Here’s a question for you turners: How would you hold the stock to turn a replica Stanley plane front knob? I know this seems pretty basic, but since I started turning I’ve been doing larger things like bowls and goblets, and I’m having a little trouble with this knob My first thought was to turn it with my woodworm screw...

920 days ago

Wanna Make a Violin? - 44 replies

I ran across this eBay listing, and it just struck me as funny. I know nothing about making violins, but I find it hard to believe you would have much use for one of these.

934 days ago

My Elusive #2 Stanley - 37 replies

After I was bitten by the old plane bug some months back, I quickly built a small collection of the common and less expensive sizes (#3, 4, 5, 5 1/2, 6, 7, and various block planes). What bugged me was that darned No. 2 size. There were none to be found at local garage sales or flea markets, and every one I ran across on eBay was quickly bid up...

946 days ago

Another Blood-Pressure-Reducing-Non-Woodworking Video - 14 replies

Some shots of this past weekend in Orange Beach, Alabama…. with apologies to Porchfish, who told me after the last one that he was not a fan of piano music. :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enDLRxK6QME

951 days ago

Non-Woodworking Video - 31 replies

Since this is the non-shop talk forum, maybe you need a break from woodworking for a few minutes. I put together this video using my own photographs, and a recording of some relaxing Chopin music. If you just cut a board too short for the third time, maybe this will lower your blood pressure. http://youtu.be/j6yHwoWuBCI It’s hi-def,...

956 days ago

Plane Information/Dating Question - 37 replies

I picked up these three mongrels on eBay the other day for a grand total of $22.00 + $10.95 shipping. That’s just under $11 each for you fellow liberal arts majors. :-) The one on the right intrigued me, because I’d never seen that particular craftsman logo before. It was pretty grungy, but as soon as I started cleaning it up...

978 days ago

Hug Your Shop Dog - 67 replies

Today I lost this beautiful mutt, Candy, we adopted 12 years ago. She’d been suffering with arthritis in her back legs for a while, and in the last week or so she had been having even more trouble than usual getting around, and was eating very little. This morning she seemed to have a seizure of some sort, and died in my wife’s arms....

988 days ago

Lazy Larry Strikes Again - 16 replies

Seems like our friend Larry has been up to more than cutting wood and going on personal grooming excursions: http://lazylarrybrownie.com/

991 days ago

My "Minty" S4 - 28 replies

As a newbie to the plane collecting thing, what I’ve found to be a really fun part of it is learning to spot a diamond in the rough. I saw this dog on eBay, and I thought “Hmmmm….. that layer of crud doesn’t look too thick.” When I got the plane in the mail, it was even better than I expected. For a tool that...

1012 days ago

Why Aren't All Antiques Created Equal? - 51 replies

Several recent forum topics dealing with old tool restoration got me thinking. Who are the people who decide how a certain type of antique should or should not be restored? Think about it. With old power tools, it is generally accepted that a good restoration is one which returns the tool to as “like new” condition as possible. Th...

1018 days ago

Why I love BLO - 25 replies

The other day I posted this box in the projects section. Although I was happy with it overall, I kept thinking that the colors were just not exactly what I had originally envisioned. After some self-debate, I spent about three minutes sanding off a polyurethane mirror finish I had several hours invested in, and wiped the whole thing down with...

1020 days ago

Plane Question #6,493 Updated - 10 replies

The other day I posted a photo of this #35 transitional I bought on eBay, and asked if anyone knew anything about dating these planes. Since then, I did run across a few websites that helped me date the plane by the markings on the iron. Not foolproof of course, but probably accurate in this case. The logo seen in the second photo below w...

1024 days ago

Plane Question Number 6,493 - 18 replies

I just grabbed a #35 transitional plane on eBay to add to my collection, and when I get my hands on it I’m going to be curious about its approximate age. I have a couple of good resources for dating iron planes, but I’m having trouble finding anything on the internet about dating transitionals. Any suggestions? Here is the plane,...

1039 days ago

Plane ID Question - 22 replies

Okay, plane geeks….. I can’t seem to find any identification information that really matches this plane. The word “Stanley” on the front looks different from others I’ve seen, and I am unfamiliar with the diamond pattern on the lever cap. Anyone familiar with this design?

1083 days ago

Quick Plane Question - 22 replies

I’m making a case for my collection of old Stanley planes, including two sizes I have not yet acquired. Can one of you guys or gals give me the sole width on a #2 and a #6 so I can get my case laid out correctly? Thanks!

1088 days ago

Lateral Adjustment Lever, and an Unrelated Bonus Question - 16 replies

I’m currently rehabbing a Stanley #3, and I noticed the lateral adjustment lever is extremely tight. It works, but moving it from side to side is a real effort. Do any of you hand plane experts know a trick to loosen it up a little, without making it too loose? By the way, in case anyone noticed my absence last week, I was on a combinat...

1114 days ago

Stanley #7 Bargain (IMO) - 21 replies

I ran across this #7 Type 13 (1925-28) on eBay, and the bid was only $29. It looked pretty bad, but the price was right. So with a couple of days left in the auction, I just entered a maximum bid of $35 and forgot about it. Whaddya know? A couple days later I get an email that it’s mine for 35 bucks! It arrived pretty rough looking, as ...

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