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2 days ago

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...

189 days ago

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...

191 days ago

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, ...

258 days ago

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...

472 days ago

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...

529 days ago

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...

547 days ago

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...

559 days ago

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...

559 days ago

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 ...

580 days ago

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...

581 days ago

Turning Waxed Spindle Blanks - 4 replies

So when it comes to turning, I have never really worked with exotics. While at Woodcraft recently I picked up some waxed spindle blanks, nothing expensive. However, I am wondering if I will need to rough turn them, let them dry, and then finish turn them like with green bowls. Or can I simply turn them start to finish?

654 days ago

Do I need a new start capacitor? - 19 replies

My table saw is an older Grizzly saw (early 80’s vintage) and as far as I know has the original motor and start capacitor. My shop is in an unheated garage and I noticed last year that when it was cold, the saw would trip the breaker on startup once or twice and then start up fine the 2nd or 3rd time. It has started getting cold here agai...

717 days ago

Where do you buy your melamine-coated MDF - 5 replies

I know that it isn’t wood or lumber, strictly speaking, but it is a project material. My local Lowe’s and Home Depot do not carry it (HD carries melamine coated particle board, but I don’t want that). Just curious to see where you get yours from.

734 days ago

13" Planers: Dewalt, Ridgid, or Steel City - 52 replies

Well, I am in the market for a new planer and, having evaluated space, power, and my woodworking needs, have settled on a 13” planer. I have narrowed my choices down to the DW735, R4331, or 40300H planers. I have started a pros and cons list for each tool, but was hoping others could shed some light on these based on their experiences. ...

791 days ago

Workbench Construction Questions - 5 replies

I am working on my workbench, making it out of doug fir, but have a couple questions. I am getting ready to cut the stretchers to length, but I don’t know how much of an overhang on the left side of the top to leave for the face vise. I intend to use the economy face vise from Lee Valley (link), but haven’t quite yet decided on the...

870 days ago

Minimum Log Size for Usable Lumber - 5 replies

I have a couple trees on my property that we want gone and I can’t help but look at them and think there is probably some good usable lumber in them. I believe they are all ash, perhaps one or two small maples. The main trunks are straight with very few limbs up to about 15’. The only issue is that the two smaller ones are probabl...

908 days ago

Help me pick new bandsaw guides! - 12 replies

My wife surprised me by giving me permission to spend a little bit of tax return money on getting my bandsaw in proper shape. It really needs it: the thing is about 30 years old, most of which it was not cared for as well as possibly needed. The tension spring is toast, I think (original spring, kept with tension on it a lot of the time) and t...

1025 days ago

Your favorite shop-made hand tools - 22 replies

I have recently been bitten by the bug to build some of my own tools. On the top of my list are some planes, a mallet, and a matching marking knife and awl set. I still have a few other projects to get out of the way first, but I was mostly curious what your favorite shop made hand tools are (feel free to post pictures!) and which you find mos...

1066 days ago

Need some help with my bandsaw - 3 replies

So a little over a year ago I replaced the old rubber tires in my bandsaw (NIC brand, same as the Grizzly G1019 and HF’s 14” bandsaw) with new urethane tires. Well, the urethane tires are a little thinner than the rubber tires were, so that, coupled with the fact that the top wheel was routinely near its max vertical travel combined...

1093 days ago

Tool Gloat, Random Reminiscence, and some questions (to come) - 6 replies

After months and months of watching other people post their tool gloats, I finally have one. We took a trip back to the mother land (WA state, we live in NY right now) to see family for a reunion, etc. It also happened to coincide with when my birthday was, so fortune was smiling on me. For the b-day I got a set of 4 Narex chisels and an Iwas...

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