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523 days ago

Commissioning Sketch-up Drawing - 3 replies

I’m a not-so-talented beginner at Sketch-Up. I have a long way to go to build my skills, but I have a project that can’t wait for me to catch up. I’d like to talk with someone who is very good at making Sketch-Up drawings of reproductions going by a couple of photos and basic dimensions. Basically, there is a project I’...

535 days ago

V-Drum Sander Question - 8 replies

I’m considering making a V-Drum Sander and I wanted to ask people who made them and used them over the last couple of years to describe their experience with them. The main thing I would use it for is flattening end grain cutting boards, but I don’t even know if this is possible on a V-Drum Sander. Please let me know your experienc...

564 days ago

Veritas Low Angle Block Plane -- Using optional tote to make it a smoother - 12 replies

I’m seriously considering buying the Veritas Low Angle Block Plane. I’m intrigued by the idea that you can add an optional tote and knob and use the plane as a small smoother: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=41715&cat=1,41182,48942 It seems like a great idea, especially if you’re like me and don’t have ...

569 days ago

Block planes with adjustable mouths -- how often do you adjust them? - 14 replies

I’m in the market for a block plane. I’ve read the reviews of the Lie-Nielsen planes and the Veritas planes. I’m sure I can’t go wrong with any of them. They seem to be such high quality. My question is about the Lie-Nielsen low angle 102 – the one without the adjustable mouth. The 102 seems great for lots of t...

672 days ago

Travel to San Francisco -- furniture sites to see? - 2 replies

Folks,I’m going to San Fran next week and am wondering if any of you have recommendations for woodworking/furniture doings. Any galleries to recommend? Stores that sell handmade furniture? I’d appreciate any suggestions.Thanks,Mitch

715 days ago

Advice about a stack of air-dried maple - 4 replies

My brother had a maple tree cut down and milled into boards. They have been stacked and stickered in a barn for about five years now. I’m not sure if the maple is hard or soft. I also don’t have a clear idea of how much he has. Once I determine board dimensions and board footage, does anyone have suggestions on what to do next? ...

765 days ago

Do Knots in Cedar Cause Structural Weakness? - 11 replies

I’m making a set of Adirondack chairs and this is my first time to really use Western Red Cedar. If you look at the crude drawing, I’ve tried to show the location of a knot in one of the boards I’m going to use for arms. Will a knot in this location cause structural weakness? Thanks for any comments.

906 days ago

Handsawing question - 7 replies

I’ve got a sweet Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw that I’d love to blame for my sloppy saw work. Seriously, when I make a full stroke, it kind of bounces a little. Is that telling me it needs to be sharpened? I’ve had the saw for probably 5 years and used it a lot. Thanks,Mitch

928 days ago

Using a router to cut a segmented ring - 2 replies

I’d like to hear some suggestions on using a router to cut a segmented ring. The wood (cherry) is glued up in three layers of segments. The final outside diameter is about 5 inches. The inside diameter is about 4 inches, so the ring is about 1 inch wide. The three layers make it about ½” thick. The first thing I tried was attaching the glued u...

963 days ago

Question about when to use table saw zero-clearance inserts - 24 replies

I currently don’t have a zero-clearance insert on my table saw but am getting one soon. My question is when to use an insert. Is it a good rule of thumb to use a zero-clearance insert all the time except when you are making angled-blade cuts?Thanks, as always.

982 days ago

Router bit question -- upcut vs. downcut - 11 replies

Can anyone explain the difference to me? I’m wanting to buy a simple 1/8” router bit for routing grooves to make boxes. I’ll be using it with a router table. I’m looking at Whiteside bits on Amazon and want to know the difference between these two: Upcut:http://www.amazon.com/Carbide-Spiral-Router-Diameter-Cutting/dp/B...

1041 days ago

Ridgid Jointer JP610 question - 1 reply

I’m considering buying this model from someone on craigslist and wanted to know if anyone who has one could post pictures of the fence and the fence mount. I’m wondering how substantial the mounting is. Also, if anyone could comment on the strength of the fence, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

1054 days ago

Quest for non-toxic, nonflammable finishes - 3 replies

Since winter is coming and I don’t have access to environmentally-controlled space, I’m exploring the idea of using finishes that I can apply in my living room. I am intrigued by the whey-based finishes from Vermont Natural Coatings and will try them at some point. I am also intrigued by water-based shellac. One idea is to use water...

1057 days ago

Bench grinders and fire safety - 12 replies

Hello all, I’m thinking about buying a grinder for tool sharpening. Since my shop is in my basement and since my shop cleaning skills are not as advanced as my shop dirtying skills, I’m concerned about sparks smoldering in saw dust and causing a fire. While my first defence would be to sweep up and eliminate most of the dust in the a...

1088 days ago

Question about using a table saw to cut thin material - 5 replies

I made a miter sled to cut 45 degree angles on my table saw. I’ve used it on 1/2” to 1” thick material several times with no problems. It makes a great quality cut. Last night though, I tried to cut miters on material that was a little less than 1/4” and it didn’t work at all. A piece would break off and go flying. ...

1088 days ago

Major problem with Dewalt DW734 Planer - 39 replies

As I started discussing on a separate thread, I’ve got a major problem with my Dewalt DW734 planer. I bought it used and in good condition. Because of some performance issues, I realized I needed to change the blades. From all I’ve ever read, this was supposed to be a snap. The only thing that has snapped so far is my patience. There...

1101 days ago

For Sale: Stanley Bedrock 605 Smoother -- Type 14 - 5 replies

Hello all,I have an ebay auction going for a Stanley Bedrock 605 smoother. It is a Type 14 according to the Leach system. It has minimal rust. The only problems are that the tote is broken and I think the hardware on the front knob might not be original. Anyway, please have a look and let me know if you have questions.Thanks,Mitch PS. I asked...

1106 days ago

Vintage tool stores in Buffalo, NY - 3 replies

I am likely traveling to Buffalo in the next few weeks and wondered if any locals could recommend vintage tool stores or antique shops with tools. Thanks!

1117 days ago

Preference for vintage Stanley plane types - 4 replies

I’m getting more and more into vintage Stanley planes. I’m curious about which types within the different models people prefer and why. If you have a No. 4 smoother, do you like a type 6 or 9 or 11 or what? Is there an era you prefer over the others? I know that the quality of materials started to decline, and that Stanley started us...

1136 days ago

Stanley 35 Transitional Plane - 5 replies

A relative sent me a Stanley 35 transitional plane and I’m considering restoring it. All parts are present. It is very rusty and the sole is way out of flat. I’m wondering if anyone actually uses one of these as a smoother. Is it worth the time to restore?

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