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11-29-2011 04:21 PM

any experience with Barr tools? - 1 reply

Just got through looking at Curtis Buchanan’s videos on his website of how he makes his chairs. I’ve not ever made a chair and the only time I’ve gotten anywhere close to that level of tools was meeting Roy Underhill in Atlanta 2 or 3 years ago and trying his pole lathe. But I am interested in doing a project from log to finish...

11-23-2010 02:17 AM

wood choice for shooting board ... - 2 replies

Was in the local Lowes today thinking of making a shooting board. Looking at the plywood choices they have I figured that none of the general plywoods would be suitable for a shooting board. They do have birch, not baltic birch, and luan plywood. Are either one of those suitable for shooting boards? I know baltic birch is commonly used and M...

10-22-2010 11:24 PM

how to ...? - 1 reply

Am looking to make a table similar to this one http://sethrolland.com/gallery/tables/sunburst.html Wondering two things: a) how is the top attached to the legs, or rather what would be a good way to do so? b) in a sunburst pattern like that, do the ends of the boards split out over time? Is there a different glue used in this case? I am...

12-26-2009 09:52 PM

basics of finishing - 3 replies

I read alot about different preferences of finsihes on wood. What I would like to ask, and I am sure most will think a very stupid question, but what are the basics of finishing? Are they applicable to both furniture and flooring? When working with raw wood, is the process a) some form of a sealer? (please explain what for), b) stain or natur...

06-29-2009 02:49 AM

Rockler Jawhorse - 1 reply

Anyone use one of these? What are your experiences with it so far? Is it sturdy enough to use hand planes, or too wobbly like a B&D clamping table?

12-07-2008 03:26 PM

Hambige progression - 2 replies

What does this mean? Was reading about dovetails online and thinking about a project, like a hope chest, or even a larger carcase where the dovetails are seen and thus part of the design. Got to thinking, “What would happen if each tail was slightly larger, or smaller, than the one next to it, maybe a wave pattern.” Is that what t...

09-20-2008 10:19 PM

cedar - 9 replies

I work out in the construction field, so I see construction grade lumber every day. I have one builder who throws away so much pine and cedar. I can’t resist picking it up. I have 1×6, 1×8, 4×10, 8×8, etc All at varying lengths. My question, is cedar good for any kind of furniture other than outdoor furniture or trim?

09-07-2008 12:04 AM

jointer plane - 7 replies

As a hand tool user, er … beginner …. I have come to realize that I “need” a jointer plane. I had a Record #8, but didn’t like it. Was thinking of having a wooden one made, either Japanese or Western. But as I began to look at different makers, the money thing hit me. Unfortunately, the money tree needs more Vigoro ...

01-10-2008 03:31 AM

automatic doors - 4 replies

I am trying to locate a motor system that would work in an entertainment cabinet. The idea would be to use a remote control to open the doors, which would then slide back inside the cabinet, bring the TV out and rotate, etc etc. Anyone know where I might find the motors and tracks for such a thing as this? Thanks. David

09-17-2007 05:39 AM

hand cut dovetails - 4 replies

Ok, after reading and watching several videos on the subject, now I’ve gotten myself confused. And worse, I got to thinking. Dangerous. When laying out the dovetails, I’ve gotten various information as to how to set the marking gauge. Ian Kirby, in his book “The Complete Dovetail” recommends setting the gauge to les...

09-09-2007 05:23 PM

sharpening - 11 replies

In trying to sharpen a hand plane bland, in order to get a curved profile, is the side or edge of the stone ever used? Seems that is pressure is put on the face of the stone, the flatness is sacrificed quickly. Any thoughts?

08-31-2007 01:08 AM

Festool with guides vs. table saw - 12 replies

Was wondering if anyone here uses the Festool products, the plunge saw in particular? How accurate is the saw with its various guides in ripping verses using a table saw? I have personally used one in laying hardwood flooring and doing some special work there. But hardwood flooring and intricate furniture work is very different, or maybe not?...

08-30-2007 12:42 AM

hand planes - 2 replies

I have seen a few raised panel hand planes online. I haven’t seen one around any antique sales or yard sales. But thinking of buying one. I have grown fond of using all hand tools. My question is, how are the stiles and rails made with hand planes? I’m guessing one would use a simple plough, then some sort of edge planes, or a c...

08-30-2007 12:38 AM

flat? - 8 replies

Just how flat is flat? What I mean is, can I use a $29 straightedge that I buy from Lowes? Or to do really fine furniture work, is it necessary to have all Starrett tools? I talked to a man in a woodworking store who told me that they use Starrett tools to judge all their other tools by. He sort of gave me the impression that “when I...

07-18-2007 04:16 AM

wooden planes - 11 replies

Is it possible to make a wooden plane with a cutting iron at a low angle? Or is there not enough wood to support?

07-12-2007 02:56 AM

shooting boards - 15 replies

Ok, I hope someone can help a complete newbie, but a total wannabe. I have been reading about shooting boards. I have a very basic understanding of the uses for them. But, having not used them myself, I have a basic question. From everything I read and see, it appears that, laying the board to be planed onto the shooting board, having the ...

07-08-2007 01:34 AM

Japanese tools: plus and minus? - 7 replies

Anyone here regularly use Japanese tools? Specifically planes and chisels? Would you say there is a marked difference in the use? What about the time or energy required to tune and sharpen them? Are they cost effective compared to western tools? Any help appreciated. Also add to this Japanese saws. I had one on one emails with Rob Cosma...

07-05-2007 07:48 AM

rust and planes - 3 replies

I have some Record hand planes that are still in the original boxes, purchased in the early 80’s. I have the 08 Jointer, the 5 1/2 Jack, the 4 1/2 Smooth, low angle block plane, a plough, and a 3 in 1 rabbet plane. Only the Jack and the Smooth have ever been used in these many years and they have been left in the boxes and put in variou...


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