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95 days ago

Edlerly Stanley #5 - How flat is enoough? - 7 replies

Long ago I came into possession of an old (but not classic) Stanley #5. Says Stanley #5 but there are no patent numbers or anything. I think my father bought it for some purpose. No idea why – he was a wonderful man but had two left hands when it came to tools. Anyway, this plane has been kicking around in my toolbox for 30 years or mo...

325 days ago

Wide boards handling strategy - 14 replies

I am making a entry hall bench. The wood is poplar since my wife wants to paint it when it is done. I have a nice 8 foot piece 11” wide and 6/4 thick. Ultimately, I need a 4 foot by 20” piece for the bench’s top. My problem is that the 11” board isn’t finished though it’s pretty square. I have an 8”...

560 days ago

Entry hall bench joinery - 1 reply

My wife has asked me to build a bench for our laundry room that would have compartments beneath it to hold boots and shoes. I have come up with a schematic design that works It’s 42” wide, 20” high with 10” high compartments for boots and 6” high compartments for shoes. I’m thinking a solid top with f...

638 days ago

Drilling DEEP Dog Holes in Hard Maple - 7 replies

My Holtzappfel bunch is nearing the end (thank goodness). I am mounting the Twin Screw Veritas vise. Because of the thickness of my top (3 3/4”), the vise chop ended up very tall – almost 8 1/2”. It is made out of very hard maple. All has gone well until I tried to drill the dog holes. In the chop for the end-vise, I cut...

658 days ago

Assymetric chop of on the Veritas Twin-Screw vise - 4 replies

I am about to install my Veritas Twin-Screw vise. I’ve got a careful plan, have read the installation instructions twice (at least) so am hoping to start this weekend (assuming wife doesn’t have other plans). One open question is that Veritas says to mill the outer (moving) chop so that is asymmetric. In other words, plane it so...

658 days ago

Knife-edges on workbenches? - 3 replies

I am almost done with my Holtzappfel bench (hooray!). So am thinking about finishing touches. As I milled all the wood carefully, all the edges (except parts of the legs which I already chamfered)are “knife-edge”. The question is what to do with them. I built the bench out of Southern Yellow Pine which is relatively soft. A coup...

684 days ago

Blade burns in hard maple - 10 replies

I’m working on the chops for my face and end vices. I bought some very nice HARD white maple, 9” wide, 5/4. When I made the necessary cuts using a pretty new, clean WoodWorker II saw I get this kind of burning. I wasn’t feeding it fast and it cut very nicely, no bogging or problems, just these burn marks. Is this to b...

696 days ago

Chopping Mortises Mangles Chisel? - 22 replies

I am working on a big Holtzapffel style workbench made of Southern Yellow Pine. I finally at the point of chopping out the big mortises for the legs (2.5×5”). I drilled them out with a Forster bits, the chopped out the waste with a 1” chisel. The result was a reasonable mortise, but my chisel ended up mangled. It was very sh...

717 days ago

Woodshop floor options... with car - 5 replies

Unlike many of you, I don’t have a dedicated shop space. It’s a REALLY nice space – 19×20 feet, 11 foot ceilings, fully insulated and air conditioned (for summer). (see my LJ blog for more details) It has a concrete floor with very effective radiant heat. The downside of all this is that it IS a garage and as I live in ...

808 days ago

Efficient method for setting the depth for a roundover bit? - 7 replies

I may be missing something or perhaps there is no “easy” way. The problem is that when I am using a roundover bit I find I have to take a piece of scrap and somewhat tediously make a series of trial and error adjustments to get the bit set to the right depth. Perhaps there is no “easy” way and I will get better at homin...

830 days ago

Binding When Ripping Yellow Pine - 6 replies

I bought a bunch of yellow pine to build a Holtzapffel bench. I stickered it and left it for two months. About 2/3 of the wood I can rip, but about a third of it closes up so fast I can’t finish the rip. I wrote about it in my shop blog here if you want more details and pictures. But to be clear, the saw is a new SawStop 1.75 HP table...


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