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|07-31-2011 11:44 PM||
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...
|07-11-2011 12:37 AM||
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...
|07-04-2011 06:31 PM||
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...
|07-03-2011 04:56 AM||
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...
|06-28-2011 11:42 PM||
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,...
|06-13-2011 04:14 PM||
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?
|04-30-2011 11:09 PM||
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!
|04-26-2011 04:57 AM||
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...
|03-30-2011 03:14 PM||
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 ...
|03-12-2011 04:31 PM||
PC Router Deal Alert - 4 replies
I received an email this morning from Woodworkers Supply advertising a PC 690 router and a 7310 laminate trimmer at $169 for both. That seems like an excellent deal if you are in the market for these tools. If I didn’t already own a spare 690 as well as a trim router, I’d be all over this.
|02-26-2011 03:32 AM||
Leg Taper Question - 29 replies
Okay ladies and gentlemen, I’m taking a survey…. I’m currently working on a chess table, and the legs will be tapered on two sides (adjacent faces). The last time I did this, I put the tapered sides on the inside, leaving the outer faces perpendicular to the table top. But now I’m wondering if it would be better the ot...
|02-03-2011 07:01 PM||
Question for Work Sharp 3000 Owners. - 40 replies
My $69 Work Sharp 3000 (the subject of much recent discussion around here) was delivered Tuesday, and last night I had a chance to set it up and try it out. I pulled out an old, dull chisel that I only use for rough work, and put the WS3000 to the test. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the speed and edge quality. I had a mirror-finish raz...
|02-01-2011 03:35 AM||
Question for Plane Buffs - 18 replies
Here is a little mystery for you plane lovers. Two or three years ago I picked up this inexpensive Stanley plane at Lowes, telling myself I really needed to learn how to use one of these things. I bought a book on planes and techniques that came highly recommended, and that’s about as far as I got. Last night I had the strange idea to t...
|01-29-2011 11:18 PM||
It's Good to Have Friends (Wood Gloat) - 39 replies
A friend of mine named Gary E. is a fellow woodworker, and a lurker here at Lumberjocks. He does great work, so I don’t know why I can’t convince him to sign up and join us on a regular basis. Anyway, he was lucky enough to come into possession of a large quantity of padauk that had been stashed away in a contractor’s garage...
|01-09-2011 04:19 PM||
Stack Dado Deal Alert - 11 replies
I’m sure most of you get emails from Rockler, but in case you missed it…. I see they have the Oshlun 6 inch dado set on sale for $49.99. I bought one of these a while back and have been extremely pleased with it. It has received good reviews from others as well, and is a good bargain at this price.
|12-11-2010 10:18 PM||
Wood Gloat and ID Question - 19 replies
We are getting ready to do a complete renovation of our long-vacant old library building at the university where I work. The building is about 60 years old, and there was quite a bit of wood shelving that was going to be carted off to the dump. I picked up on about 16 pieces of what I thought looked like maple, and about 20 pieces of red oak. Th...
|11-16-2010 06:13 PM||
Heck of a Retirement Home - 66 replies
In case anyone noticed mt absence the last few days, my wife and I were visiting her aunt and uncle in California. They live in a huge retirement community a few miles from Laguna Beach. The property is ridiculously beautiful, with mountain views and a creek running through it. I’ve often thought about what a great place it would be to ...
|10-25-2010 03:48 PM||
Craig's List Find on Delta Table Saw - 5 replies
If anyone in the southern Mississippi or Louisiana area is looking for a table saw and has three-phase power available, this seems like a great deal. http://neworleans.craigslist.org/tls/2022679980.html
|10-18-2010 03:13 PM||
My Christmas Wish List - New Nail Gun - 14 replies
I’ve just run across what is now number one on my Christmas wish list. I’m told it will shoot a 16D nail through a 2×4 at 200 yards. Unfortunately, the gun control folks got a hold of it and made them remove the full auto mode.
|10-15-2010 09:24 PM||
Kudos to Rockler Customer Service - 11 replies
I just thought I should give a big thumbs up to Rockler’s customer service department on this one. Last November I purchased an Excelsior mini-lathe when they were running a special. I’ve been very satisfied with it, especially considering the low price, but a week or so ago it started making a noise like the bearings in the heads...