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38 days ago

Sharpening Planer Knives - 51 replies

I am working on putting a Parks Planer back in service, and my question relates to sharpening the planer knives. Are the edges flat ground only, or can they be hollow ground? Is there a standard bevel angle for the edge? This is all new to me so pardon the stupid questions.

67 days ago

Tool Grading Standards - 1 reply

My wife and I both collected coins before we were married, and I am aware of the American Numismatic Association’s coin grading standards. Are there such standards for tool grading? I’m not sure how practical they would be anyway, so this is more of a question of a curious nature.

84 days ago

National WWII Museum - 4 replies

Nannette and I spent Memorial Day, 2014 visiting the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. When it first opened about 14 years ago, it was called the “D-Day Museum” and focused on the planning and execution of the events of June 6, 1944. Since its opening, the Museum secured additional funding and the scope of the museum was expande...

91 days ago

CL Bandsaw Mill - 23 replies

There’s a Wood Mizer LT-15 bandsaw mill for sale in Henleyfield, MS (just north of the “boot” of Louisiana). If someone is looking to get into cutting rough lumber, you might want to take a look. Here’s the link to the listing. I’m actually tempted to take a look.

96 days ago

Help with Drill Press ID - 13 replies

I got a new-to-me drill press this weekend. The motor works and the drill press operates, but I’d like to give it a good going over before I put it back to work. It’s a 15” Delta/Rockwell floor drill press with ½ HP, 120V Marathon motor. The serial number (127-6150) is legible but I don’t see a model number—IR...

193 days ago

Breast Drill ID - 10 replies

I picked up this breast drill this weekend. It looks a lot like the Millers Falls No. 50 in the colors and the mechanicals with a two-jaw chuck to accept square bits. I disassembled it in the hopes of finding some markings to ID and date this tool. The only thing I’ve found so far is a part with raised letters cast into this piece: ...

199 days ago

Kits as a Business? - 14 replies

I know there are bunches of experienced woodworkers here who either make a living making and selling completed woodworking pieces as well as those who do similar work to supplement their main income source. My question is: Are there woodworkers whose projects for sale include kits, including the lumber, hardware and instructions to the buyer fo...

215 days ago

Luther No. 86 Grinder - 12 replies

I picked up a Luther No. 86 hand grinder while I was out and about today. I gave $20 for another “project” piece. I am hoping some other LJ might have one like this so I can see what the crank looks like. It has the arm, but no crank on it. I’d like to turn something that looks like the original. I’m also inter...

216 days ago

Hides for Strops - 43 replies

I’ve seen a few mentions in the fora recently about strops. Do animal hides other than cow hides make for good strops? Like pig skin, deer hide, etc. From my reading of advice posted here, it looks like the material of the strop is immaterial (pun intended) and it’s the loading with compound on a base material that make the stropp...

262 days ago

Rusty Finds + Need Help with ID - 31 replies

Apologies in advance for the length and picture-heaviness of this post. We have a local website where private parties offer items for sale or for free—I like to think of the website as the child of a Facebook/Craigslist marriage. My wife (my elf) saw a posting yesterday for some miscellaneous tools. The rough pictures showed a few han...

263 days ago

Starrett Rule - 14 replies

I’m not really brand loyal to any particular tool maker, but I do recognize that Starrett is a quality manufacturer and is seen as a top brand for its tools. Last week, I picked up a Starrett 12” rule marked “No. 300” and “Tempered No. 4”. It has ⅛”, 1/16”, 1/32” and 1/64” markings an...

281 days ago

Kudos to LJ terryR - 5 replies

I invite you to read this blog post by LJ terryR. In it, he describes how he made a marking knife. I’ve already posted this comment to terryR’s blog, but I wanted to share with other forum readers. Well, as it turns out, I am the VERY lucky recipient of terryR’s awesomeness! I went to the mailbox this afternoon and there was a n...

294 days ago

Do Kids Ever Really Move Out? - 17 replies

My wife and I have 2 kids, both of whom are married and physically moved out of our house. Most of their “stuff” left with them, but we still have lots of knick-knacks, books, seasonal clothes, school memorabilia and other pictures stored in our house. Does this stuff ever really move out of the parents’ house? We’d li...

364 days ago

Is Fig Wood Any Good? - 11 replies

I had to cut down a fig tree this morning. The tree was a producer for many years, but succumbed to some kind of disease. The majority of the tree was affected, but the main trunk of the tree doesn’t appear to have been affected. My question for this esteemed group relates to uses of the the good parts of the tree. I have a couple of p...

376 days ago

Shop Snake - 113 replies

I have an unexpected visitor in my shop: Stopped me dead in my tracks. Okay, I might be a bit of a wussy when it comes to snakes. I don’t want to kill it if it’s a good snake, but I do realize that most snake identifications are made on dead snakes. I think it’s either a rat snake (keeper) or a water moccasin (not...

396 days ago

Help with Coffin Plane ID - 5 replies

After reading Brad’s blog this evening on how a coffin smoother got a new home, I got my coffin plane out to see if I could get some info from it to identify it. It’s about 8” long and has a 2-1/4” wide iron of tapered thickness and a chip breaker. The iron has a clear marking of The Ohio Tool Co. The bed angle is 45 d...

398 days ago

Baton Rouge CL Unisaw - 22 replies

This saw looks okay for the $200 they’re asking. It’s listed in the Baton Rouge CL. I have no ties to this saw—this is just a heads up for area woodworkers who might have an interest.

398 days ago

Morning Rustiquing - 14 replies

Picked up a few items this morning. 3 Disstons with totes (one of which has a D-8 etching—no pic posted here) and one toteless plate; 2 Irwin bits, 2 small block planes (as yet unidentified); a saw set; a Craftsman rasp with handle; spare block plane plane; Belknap Bluegrass hand grinder. Still haven’t found a hand hole saw yet :...

413 days ago

Stanley No. 45 Cutters - 21 replies

Does any LJ have an “extra” set of Stanley No. 45 cutters they’d like to sell? I got a 45 recently and it only had the 3/4” dado cutter with it. I like the 3/4” cutter, but it’s probably not the one I would have chosen to practice using the 45 with. I have bid on a few sets on the bay recently and got snipe...

491 days ago

Motor for Parks Planer - 13 replies

I am getting a 12” Parks Planer to refurb and use. The motor was a heavy, cast iron body General Electric 2HP, 1740 rpm, 120V single phase motor that gave up the ghost. Motor shop said they can’t get parts to repair the motor (internal wiring issues, but not just a rewind job), so I’m trying to find out what kind of motor was...

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