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158 days ago

Old Stanley no. 5 worth saving? No name plane can't seem to adjust. ideas? - 11 replies

Hi everyone, I have two hand planes about which I can use some advise. Hopefully the pictures come through. The first is an old Stanley no 5. A flea market find with a fair amount of rust. I cleaned off the rust and then started to flatten the sole with 100 grit, then 150 grit sandpaper. The pictures show where I am at...

378 days ago

sizing and making corner cabinet doors - 9 replies

Thanks again to everyone who posted in response to my last question about tongue and groove joinery for making doors. After some practice (I need to get a better router table some day) I have started to turn out really nice doors! I did try to make them on the table saw, but my results were C+/B- level. The router bits and table have me into ...

387 days ago

Tongue then Groove or Groove then Tongue? - 12 replies

I am getting ready to make 18 cabinet doors for the kitchen cabinets that I have been steadily making for the last several months. The doors will be “shaker style” using birch hardwood (1/4” Baltic birch plywood for the panels) with tongue and groove joinery and a flat panel (my wife likes the IKEA cabinet look and that is w...

666 days ago

Ryobi batteries really are worthless, should I get Porter-Cable, DeWalt? - 52 replies

I know that the problems with Ryobi batteries have been the subject of much discussion. I have just had my last day of frustration with them. Freshly charged, not too old old, 18v lithium-ion battery in my circular saw. I needed to make a series of 12” cuts (probably 12 cuts total). I got two of them done; the battery quit as I started th...

690 days ago

Hand planing before thickness planing - 5 replies

I think I am mostly double checking that I am doing things right and I would appreciate thoughts and feedback: I need to take some rough cut birch to finished quality for face frames and door rails & stiles (some may remember an earlier post about making kitchen cabinets where I asked about using plywood for these parts and all of the adv...

829 days ago

Enduro-var on 100 year old pine kitchen floor? - 0 replies

I just finished sanding our kitchen floor. I had to rip off two layers of underlayment and two layers tile to get to the original wood; which turned out to pine. House is from about 1910, so this is older pine. The guys putting in the underlayment must have been paid by the nail; they drove in a lot of them. I’ll try to post a pic. I wi...

951 days ago

Plywood Rails and Stiles--kitchen cabinet doors - 9 replies

This question has probably been asked and answered, but I didn’t find anything specific when I did a search. Can plywood (3/4” Baltic birch) be used to make the rails and stiles for Shaker style kitchen cabinet doors? My wife wants wider rails and stiles. I made a series of samples and she liked ones with 4” rails and sti...


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