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09-22-2011 01:05 AM

Busted - 34 replies

My wife busted me last night looking at forbidden material. I innocently told her that I was reading the articles and she somewhat pointedly told me that the new Lee-Valley/Veritas catalog does not have articles and that I was up to something with all the the dogeared pages. I guess that any mystery packages that show up at our door will onl...

09-05-2011 05:11 PM

Quote of the day - 13 replies

“Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration” A. Lincoln, 1861

08-28-2011 06:32 PM

Shop Fox Lathe - 8 replies

Hi I am thinking about dipping my toes into turning and thought that this would be a good starter lathe. It is a Shop Fox W1704 and a link on amazon is here: link Does anyone have this lathe or similar clone? Any thoughts? Will this this be a mess or something that for the price, under $200, something that get me started. Thanks. Greg

08-25-2011 04:49 AM

Ok Amazon, WTF? - 26 replies

Can someone explain something for me? I do a fair amount of shopping from Amazon and unless it is quite urgent, I only select “super saver shipping” and sit back and wait while Amazon takes their time to ship the purchase. I completely understand that they use the slowest and least cost method of shipping and that it will take a we...

08-24-2011 11:06 PM

34,258th Workbench Question - 6 replies

Hey, Having brisk competition in my household for cash, I am building my new bench out of dimensional lumber (2x) instead of hard maple, hickory, oak, ash, etc., etc. I am looking at this as a practice run to figure out everything I don’t like about a bench for the next time. I plan on applying mortise and tenon breadboard caps on t...

07-10-2011 02:52 PM

A quick question about handplane restoration - 11 replies

Hi I am in the middle of restoring a Stanley number 3 and a number 4. Do most folks flatten the sole and then reapply the jappaning (paint) or paint and then flatten the sole? Also, I have read that you should flatten the sole with the frog, blade, chipbreaker and cap installed. Is there any merit to this? Thanks.

06-21-2011 09:58 PM

Rabbet plane vs shoulder plane - 4 replies

Good afternoon, What is the difference between a shoulder plane and a rabbet plane (non-skew)? for example, how is this: different from this: I realize that the rabbet plane is wider than most, if not all shoulder planes, but beyond that, I really can’t see any major difference. They both cut to the edge of the plane, ...

05-27-2011 03:52 AM

#$%#$^ Customer Service -- NOT - 8 replies

Hey all We all have our horror stories with incompetent, inept and and annoying customer service. It seems we hear about these all the time, but the good stories don’t get mentioned as much. I would like to share some recent interactions with various companies as a way to say thank you for their attention and caring So, here goes: ...

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