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01-24-2015 02:50 AM

Vintage Circular Saw ID and Cleaning Tips - 16 replies

I just got an old corded aluminum body Craftsman circular saw from a friend this weekend and the saw still works. I don’t recall ever seeing a 7-½” circular saw before. I’ve included a picture of the saw and its badges. I really have two questions: 1) Can you help me identify it? 2) Do you have any tips on cleaning and polishi...

01-24-2015 01:01 AM

Rasp and File - 8 replies

I picked up a few tools from a friend this weekend, and two of them are unfamiliar. First up is a small rasp, flat on one side and slightly rounded on the other, with an overall length just under 10”. What is different about this one is that it’s shiny. At first I thought it might be aluminum, but that would be too soft for a ra...

10-31-2014 02:54 AM

Anchor Seal on Live Tree - 5 replies

Can Anchor Seal be used to seal the wound on a live tree? I need to trim some branches on my persimmon tree once it’s dormant in the next couple of weeks, and I don’t want to leave live tree parts exposed to weather and insects.

08-23-2014 05:32 PM

Cutting Board Design Software for Mac - 12 replies

I know that there is a cutting board design software for Windows machines. I looked last night for Mac-compatible software and didn’t see anything other than to install a Windows OS on the Mac such as Parallels. That seems like a solution, but I’m not willing to invest that time, money and effort to do that. I’ve also seen r...

07-15-2014 10:49 PM

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.

06-17-2014 02:25 AM

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.

05-31-2014 03:27 AM

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...

05-24-2014 02:21 AM

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.

05-19-2014 02:00 AM

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...

02-11-2014 03:24 AM

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: ...

02-05-2014 12:50 AM

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...

01-20-2014 12:39 AM

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...

01-19-2014 01:34 AM

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...

12-04-2013 03:38 AM

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...

12-03-2013 03:20 AM

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...

11-15-2013 03:26 AM

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...

11-02-2013 02:59 AM

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...

08-23-2013 07:47 PM

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...

08-11-2013 07:48 PM

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...

07-23-2013 02:23 AM

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...

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