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04-28-2011 12:30 AM

Identifying reclaimed wood help, please - 17 replies

A local print shop gave me a pallet today. I crosscut the decking pieces off and hand planed one down. Looks to be poplar. One of the stringers is obviously oak, but the other two are what have me stumped. Whatever they are, it’s the same kind of wood. My best guess is ash. I’ve never worked with ash; so this is a shot in the dark. ...

01-19-2011 05:55 AM

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12-26-2010 05:32 AM

Shimming up a board when using a hand plane - 3 replies

I apologize in advance if this is a stupid questions; especially since I think I already know the answer. But as a novice woodworker who’s learned what little he knows from trial and error + books and the Internet, I’d like to pick the brains of more experienced and knowledgeable woodworkers. I’ve never used shims under a bo...

12-22-2010 04:40 AM

Wondering if this is considered good or bad? Working around knots - 6 replies

I know that in a perfect world we just buy boards without bad knots or buy enough to be able to work around them. For some of us, that’s not always possible. Anyway, I’m building a bench top by laminating hand-planed boards face to face. I’ve come across a couple of knots that are really tough and were making planing a real ...

11-23-2010 08:48 PM

What are these small "horses" called? - 8 replies

On the cover of Christopher Schwarz’s first book on workbenches, he has a pair of small supports under the bench on the front cover picture. In the DVD where he shows how to build the cherry topped Roubo bench, I noticed that he uses on of these small “horses” to support the legs as he cut the tenons while holding them in his v...

08-26-2010 08:49 PM

flattening large panels with a low-angle jointer plane - 6 replies

I’m looking to buy a jointer plane to add to my small collection of planes (block, la block, #5 jack, and rabbet filister planes). I’ve had my eye on the LV la jointer, but didn’t know how it would fare when truing up a large, wide surface (like flattening a workbench, etc). I apologize in advance if this is a “dumb qu...


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