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Saw Talk #11: More Thoughts on Sharpening Backsaws

04-05-2012 11:48 PM by Brit | 56 comments »

I’ve been hesitating to post this entry on my Saw Talk blog series, basically because I don’t feel I’ve sharpened enough saws yet to make any recommendations to others. Instead, I thought I would take the opportunity to point you to some websites that I have found helpful. I have read most of the information available on the web on this subject and the links below are what I consider to be the best information for those new to sharpening. If you are serious about finding out about this subjec...

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Mahogany Kitchen Stool Project #14: Finish is on - all 9 coats! Plus 2 buffing, wax and polish

07-12-2012 05:24 AM by sras | 16 comments »

After getting everything set up, the next step was put the finish on! I really like this step, each coat increases the gloss, depth and color. I use a two finish process, both parts are from General Finishes. The first finish is their oil based coat. I wipe the finish on with a piece of cheesecloth. The first coat basically soaks into the wood. Areas where the grain is very tight, even the first coat shows a little gloss. I add more coats until the wood shows a uniform gloss....

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Skill Building #4: Raised Panels with the Stanley #78

07-23-2011 06:30 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 11 comments »

Did a search on LJs for anyone using the venerable Stanley #78 and found nothing. Tonight in the shop I staged a bit of a dry run with the plane, making a ‘raised panel’ drawer bottom, and took some pictures along the way. First step was to check the iron. I bought the plane probably more than a year ago and my sharpening skills have improved since then, so it was a natural place to start because “sharp fixes everything” and I’m going to be cutting across the grain… The back had to be flat...

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Tips for Picking Saw Blades

12-15-2009 10:42 PM by knotscott | 38 comments »

-updated 2/4/2015 Good blades are analogous to good tires on a high performance car…they can ultimately determine or limit the resulting end performance. There are a number of different factors that should be considered in saw blade selection. Decent quality is essential or you’re sunk from the beginning, so skip the cheapos even if they’re a “good deal”. Two inferior saw blades that cost the same as one decent saw blade are still inferior. It’s sort of like ...

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The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #1: Part 1 - Restoring a Brace to 'Like New' Condition

08-15-2011 10:41 PM by Brit | 66 comments »

In a recent tool gloat, dakremer showed off three lovely braces he’d purchased and said “Now I just have to learn how to restore this kind of thing”. WayneC was first to congratulate him and then proceeded to drop me in it (only joking) by saying “Brit has lots of experience in restoring braces”. Later in the comments dakremer said he would love to restore at least one of them to like new condition. Always a sucker for punishment, I agreed to do a blog on restoring a hand brace and I’ve...

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dw- Plane notes from the field #4: How to set a bench plane chip breaker.

06-07-2012 12:50 AM by Don W | 21 comments »

A while ago on the “Hand Planes of your Dreams” thread there was a video pointed out that showed how the angle of the chip breaker affected the planes performance. The thing it didn’t show was how the mouth affected performance as well. It showed that a 80 degree angle on the chip breaker works better than a 50 degree. I checked and most of the planes I have were pretty close to an 80 degree bevel anyhow. At some point I’d like to see if the angle really makes a differ...

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dw- Plane notes from the field #1: dw's plane notes - General

06-28-2011 02:14 PM by Don W | 6 comments »

I started a document on one of my computers for notes I keep on plane information. My issue is I have several work laptops, a few personal laptops and travel a lot so keeping the notes in one place is a challenge. I figured this way, I could get to them from anywhere, including my windows 7 phone when looking at buying a plane, and maybe others would find the information useful as well. I’ll try to break up the information into logical units as separate blogs in this series. As alway...

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