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274 days ago

rasps, diamond files, files, etc... - 1 reply

I plan on making some wooden hinges and want to round over the edges of the hinge. I think I need needle files or needle rasps. I know that I need a flat curved skinny file of some sort. I’ve been looking all over but can’t find the answer. Can someone just give me the quick version of the difference between needle files, diamond...

300 days ago

box joint question - 11 replies

Well I’ve been giving it a think for an hour now and my mind just isn’t working tonight. I’m making a Pochade box for my wife. The sides of the box are four sides 6”X3/4” box jointed. I just found out that the canvases I want it to be able to hold won’t fit inside the box unless I make some more (inside dia...

301 days ago

Miter saw or sled - 6 replies

I need some advice for making accurate miter cuts. I currently use an Incra V27 http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2004787/7574/Incra-Miter-Gauge-V27.aspx with my table saw. I made a fence for it and it requires quite a bit of eyeballing to get accurate length cuts. I was contemplating buying a Nobex Proman miter saw http://www.rockler...

353 days ago

finishing help for batons - 4 replies

I’m turning some batons for police use and was stumped on what finish to use that will be durable and attractive. The wood is cocobolo. Thanks for the advice.Jon

579 days ago

turning handles for Irwin chisels - 18 replies

So I spent days trying to find out how to properly make handles for my ugly Irwin chisels. I finally decided to go it alone and make them without instruction. If anyone is having the same problem here is how I did it. First start by removing the old plastic nasty handles. The best way is to hold the blade in a vise. I used a leather belt...

602 days ago

Sharpening questions - 6 replies

Not sure why manufacturers can’t just stick to one or two grit denominations. I’m having some trouble. I recently tuned up all my hand planes and noticed something that begs a question. I currently have the following sharpening stones: Coarse Diasharp bench stoneVery fine Diasharp bench stone Fine (red) D...

602 days ago

Making hand tools - 4 replies

I am turning some new handles for my Irwin chisels and now want to make a set of screwdrivers followed by lathe tools. Any idea on where I can purchase quality metal ends of screwdrivers and lathe tools without buying the whole tool and removing handles?

609 days ago

Something amazing just happened - 1 reply

I had some time between projects drying. After tuning up a couple planes I inadvertently discovered the location of Ramesses II’s personal carpenter and all his woodworking tools. Either that or this is my recreation of Arnolfini’s wedding portrait…shrug.

616 days ago

help with book case decisions please! - 5 replies

I am almost finished with my daughter’s book case and I know almost nothing about finishing. The case is cherry plywood with hardwood edging. From what I have read I am contemplating a couple coats of BLO followed by shellac. I am not sure if I should add anything over the shellac like a varnish, poly or laquer. I also will be adding...

621 days ago

riving knife options? - 2 replies

I’m looking for a riving knife to put on my 10” Jet table saw (JPS-10TS). I can’t find one. Does anyone have any advice on where or if I can get one? J

622 days ago

Help with an applewood stump - 5 replies

Picked up this applewood stump a few months ago and am going to form a base for a live edge coffee table. I’ve never worked with live edge before and cant find a definitive answer. I need to strip the bark and first layer from this stump and then finish it. The top will be finished with a coat of shellac and then bar epoxy. For the s...

624 days ago

Accident yesterday - 28 replies

How do you all like my new push stick? If you keep sticks away from the table saw you probably won’t use them. Everything was going fine until my daughter started crying. I had one cut to go and got in a hurry. I’m extremely lucky-just lost a small piece. I’m now a bit ashamed and wiser. Cheap lesson.

626 days ago

Help finding chisels - 2 replies

I was hoping to find some nice but economic socket chisels such that I could remove the handles and turn my own. I want quality first, budget second. I currently own a set of Craftsman bench chisels that I abuse and a set of 6 Irwin Blue chip bench chisels with the blue handles. I like the Irwins but just tried to break the handle off so th...

626 days ago

Why so many planes and which should I buy? - 9 replies

So I have a couple of hand planes, keep them very sharp, and enjoy using them for my projects but I don’t understand the need for so many of them. Following is a link to Keith Mathewson’s shop. http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2011/07/08/keith-mathewson-profile/ Following the link, at the bottom of the screen there is a video. ...

781 days ago

spalted maple slab coffee table - 2 replies

Hello everyone and Happy Independence Day! I just got this spalted maple slab and the apple wood stump. I was planning on creating my first ever slab project! The plan is to sand to 220 keeping the live edges without bark, apply a coat of danish oil, and finish the top with a coat of liquid glass epoxy. I have a few questions: 1. How...

795 days ago

laquer - 6 replies

Hey everyone. I have about ten coats of minwax laquer on a chess board. I rubbed the finish to a high gloss and it has been sitting for about two weeks now. I put the weighted pieces on last night and, in the morning, when I took them off, they had settled into the finish a bit. The leather bottoms had made an imprint into the finish. Needl...

826 days ago

Wood filler questions - 4 replies

The issue: 1. little white lines in the wood grain.2. I am pretty sure it is the wood filler but not sure how to fix it. So I finished my chessboard and sanded to 220 grit. I used mineral spirits to clean it off and wiped with a tack cloth. I made sure my garage was very clean before proceeding. I used wood grain filler on the top of t...

832 days ago

white lines - 4 replies

First post here everyone…thank you for the help. I just put the seventh and final coat of lacquer on a chessboard. I used wood filler, packed it into the grain and used a painters spatula to smear it in. I waited for it to dry and applied a coat of shellac. I applied seven coats of lacquer and am now noticing that there are little li...


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