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04-14-2016 10:17 PM

What Tools/Supplies Have Made Your Work Better? - 30 replies

Alright, I know that practice and skill are the bedrock of what we do, but I have an Amazon gift card coming for more than I would typically have at my disposal. There have been a few tools that I have bought and they were so good that it seemed my work when using them was just better. Same with certain supplies (like really good sandpaper or ...

04-12-2016 01:05 AM

The Search is Seriously Lacking - 16 replies

I love LJ, but the one thing that always drove me nuts was the lousy search function. It was not very good at all, but at least you could filter by project, blog, forum post, etc. It seems that some time ago, even that functionality was removed. It makes the search function all but useless. There is a specific project I am looking for that I...

04-09-2016 08:20 PM

Shop Made Bocote and Steel Infill Smoother - 2 replies

I finally got a new iron for the plane shown here: I will be selling this for a little less than I would normally ask because there are one or two minor aesthetic “oopsies” that happened. They in no way affect the function. The first oopsie is that one of the countersunk screws holding on one of the sides is a little deeper ...

03-30-2016 10:11 PM

Paying it Forward: Burnisher Up for Grabs - 3 replies

With my getting into metal working, I occasionally have an end mill that gets toasted. I hate to throw them away, so I kept this one and made a little burnisher out of it. It is free of charge, just pay shipping. However, I want it to go to someone who has scrapers but that does not have a reasonable burnisher. I think the shank on this is C...

10-31-2015 09:04 PM

Anyone have a Grizzly coupon code they aren't using? - 6 replies

So I am looking to pick up another machine and was hoping a kind soul here could hook me up. I gave mine away earlier in the year thinking I wouldn’t need it, and it turns out I do! Thanks!

09-16-2015 12:35 AM

FS/FT: Shop Made Infill Shoulder Plane - 8 replies

Well, after having it kicking around for two years, this plane is finally ready to send to a new home. I just got it back from the machinist. I had the sides ground parallel and the sole ground square. Here are vital specs: - 40 degree bed angle- 6” long- 1” wide- O1 iron- 1018 and O1 construction- Indian rosewood infill The...

07-15-2015 06:00 PM

FS/FT: Shop Made Infill Smoother - 11 replies

As some of you know, I enjoy occasionally making some infill planes in my shop. I tend to make them in pairs, and these small smoothers are no different. I only need one, so I figured I would offer the other one here up for trade or sale. The vital specs are: - 6” sole length- 1 1/2” wide, 5/32” thick O1 iron- about 1 1/2&...

02-23-2015 06:39 PM

Shop Made Tool Swap - 2015: Hand Planes and Spokeshaves - 767 replies

Alright, everyone, the voting time is up. With over 80% of the vote, we are doing hand planes and spoke shaves! So now, for some vital dates and details. Basic Details If this is your first swap, the way it works is everyone makes one of the category, in this case hand planes and spokeshaves. Then, a few weeks before the mailing date, ev...

02-15-2015 04:32 PM

Burnisher Up For Grabs - 4 replies

I have the good fortune of living less than a mile from an end mill manufacturing company, so on the way home from work a while ago I stopped in and asked if they had any broken end mills. They looked at me a little strangely, but pulled out 3 or 4 broken carbide end mills and gave them to me for free. So I turned a few handles for card scrape...

09-25-2014 12:54 PM

Grizzly Coupon Code - It's Yours! - 3 replies

Grizzly emailed me a 10% off your entire order code, good through the end of the month. Just shoot me a PM and it’s yours, first come first served! I’ll post here when it’s gone. Thanks.

08-20-2014 08:13 PM

How to do a spinning joint - 3 replies

So I got a new lathe and I am crazy. The convergence of those two facts has led me to pursue a rather ridiculous project. I also do metalworking and electronics work, so I use precision screwdrivers regularly. The only thing is that most of them are ugly, so I would like to turn new handles for some precision screwdrivers. Turning a handle i...

02-14-2014 04:38 PM

Why Are Plow Plane Irons So Tapered? - 7 replies

I have this odd hankering to try building a plow plane. Only twist is that I do not have any irons for one, which is not typical of someone looking to build one. I was planning to just make my own out of O1 stock, but would greatly prefer to not taper the irons. Why are they so tapered? Is it mostly so that the iron position doesn’t ch...

02-12-2014 08:13 PM

Does burl wood have "grain"? - 9 replies

I got a lovely piece of walnut burl from my brother, and I would like to try turning some stuff out of it. However, I was wondering if burl has grain like we think of it in regular lumber. I know that the burl is a growth deformation, so it doesn’t seem to me like it would have a preferred working direction like normal lumber. However, ...

12-08-2013 02:56 AM

Single Thread Norris Adjuster Question - 2 replies

The Norris adjuster is a subject of much debate, but one thing that is pretty well accepted is that a single thread version is less fragile and/or prone to thread wear. My question on them, is how is the threaded rod captured in the piece that has the pivot pin for lateral adjustment? In the double threaded version, the left handed thread is p...

05-07-2013 09:50 PM

Re-Filling in a Ruler Etch - 10 replies

I won a Starrett 12” rule on ebay and it was pretty dirty. I gave it an evaporust bath and cleaned it up, but the etch is fairly devoid of any color. Have any of you filled in a ruler etch before? What would you suggest? Paint? India Ink? I figure I can just hit the whole thing and then lightly sand at fine grit to remove the stuff off...

03-11-2013 05:16 PM

Favorite Shooting Plane That Isn't LA Jack - 6 replies

So I am going to be making myself a shooting board soon and wanted to know what you all favor for shooting that is not a LA Jack (LV, LN, or similar). The reason I ask is that I won’t be able to afford one of those any time soon, but do have a few vintage Stanley Bailey planes, along with the LV LA block. I also intend to make some infil...

02-21-2013 05:26 PM

What's your hand plane restoration philosophy? - 29 replies

So I’ve got a few old planes that I am in the process of restoring/updating. They include a type 9 #7C and a type 14 #5, each with original totes and knobs, etc and a SW-era 190. The #7 has a lot of the japanning missing while the #5 still had part of the decal on the tote. I made a new tote and knob set out of cherry for the #5 so that...

02-09-2013 07:03 PM

ReJapanning Planes - what do you use? - 27 replies

So I’ve got a couple planes that I am working on rehabbing/restoring and one or two are missing a lot of japanning (less than 40% remaining). I am not worried about collecting, but rather using. I have seen some people use actual japanning lacquer, but I don’t care to spend the time or money on something so specialized (not worried...

02-09-2013 07:01 PM

Why are smoothers shorter? - 5 replies

So I have started getting in to hand planes recently and have found several instances where people say that a jack doesn’t work really well as a smoother because it is so long. So why are smoothers shorter? I have a transitional jack/fore plane that I am considering chopping down some (already have a jack, fore, and jointer). Are there ...

01-20-2013 03:17 AM

Avoiding catches - 5 replies

So I am just getting back into turning after having not done any for close to 10 years. I have my dad’s old craftsman twin tube lathe, so needless to say, I’m already at a little bit of a disadvantage. I have the HF HSS set of chisels that I have sharpened on my bench grinder using my homemade version of the wolverine jig. So I se...

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